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Resurrection

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  485 ratings  ·  121 reviews
A thrilling and provocative mystery and love story based on the historical discovery of the Gnostic Gospels in Egypt that asks the startling question: Was Mary Magdalene the first apostle?
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published July 20th 2006 by Riverhead Hardcover (first published 2006)
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Jaclyn
I ended up enjoying Resurrection despite its slow start. The book follows Gemma Bastin as she travels to Egypt to settle the affairs of her recently deceased father. Upon arriving in Cario, Gemma is taken in by her father's friend, David Lazar. Gemma stays at the Lazar's home getting to know the family, including David's two son's Michael and Anthony. While clearing her father's office, Gemma begins to discover what her father, an archaeologist, was working on; the location of lost scriptures th...more
Kurt
I picked this book up because I'm fascinated by early Christianity and it's myth, and antiquity in general, and I love novels where educated people couch their story in the frame of history - I found it to be overall not an un-enjoyable read, but a bit disappointing.

Perhaps my perspective of Malarkey's effort at the novel is askew since I've read many of the Nag-Hammadi texts (and find them not as mysterious as she tries to make them) and many of the acknowledged sources for her book (which som...more
Val
Feb 10, 2008 Val rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: DaVinci junkies;religious seekers
Recommended to Val by: Ann
Thought provoking historical novel set after WWII in Egypt, dealing with the discovery of the "Lost Gospels" at Nag Hamadi and how they may offer an expanded/controversial view of Christianity that includes women in a central leadership role. Explores the complex and capricious way history is actually written, with "facts" a matter of opinion and arrangement. Will remind you of "Da Vinci Code" but not as much of a page turner. (The love story subplot was secondary for me, but was interesting in...more
Alice
A bit slow at times and somewhat contrived. I am reading it because I am going to Egypt next week - a good plane read.

I found this book slow paced and going nowhere plotwise. The last third of the book is a bit better. The romances are quite ridiculous as are other events - contrived and stretching the feminist point. The only part I enjoyed is the history and some of the culture. Not really recommended.
Lynn Wilson
This book has been described as "The Thinking person's DaVinci Code" and I would concur. Both novels deal with the suppression of the feminine within the teachings of the Christian Church. Resurrection deals directly with the discover of the gnostic gospels in Nag Hammadi and incorporates historical material. It's a fascinating read as a novel and educational as well. I love the combination of the two!

Susan
The topic was interesting (the lost gospels) and the setting had potential (Cairo) but the heroine and characters were predictable, unbelievable, or stereotypical. I was disappointed, but finished it anyway. Read it if you don't have anything else handy, but don't go out and buy it.
Lia Heath
Reminded me a bit of a Dan Brown novel, but slower paced. I found myself always waiting for a climax but never getting it. Still, I am fascinated by the subject matter of a Gnostic-based Christianity that has been buried by the church. And Egypt was a great setting for the story.
Danielle
A admit - a ridiculous last name - Malarkey!? but wonderful - brings you into a roving tale about Egypt and archaeology during the second WW.
Alicia
Jul 14, 2008 Alicia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who questions the "gospel truth"
Recommended to Alicia by: Carolyn Phelan
Intriguing story along the lines of the DaVinci code but highlighting the gnostic gospels. Piqued my interest to read further.
Shala Howell
Engrossing. It's one of those books that sends me off to read a bunch of others. Starting with the texts of the Gnostic Gospels.
Shawn
it took a long time to get the story rolling along. Other than that..not too bad.
Joyce
Mar 13, 2009 Joyce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who liked Mists of Avalon
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Julie
This book began with great potential, but tuckered out a bit at the end. However, I have to say I liked it better than most Davinci Code type biblical revelation book because it takes place in the historical setting of post-WWII. So along with the mystery of the Gnostic Gospels, there is also an emotional conflict about the characters coming to terms with rebuilding their lives. As Gemma learns more about her archeologist father’s work and his recent death, she also develops a deeper understandi...more
Brittany
This is the second time I have read Resurrection. The first time I would have given it five stars solely based on content. I've said it to many people and I will say it again: This book completely changed my way of thinking. I honestly had no idea that any other gospels existed until I read Resurrection and I think that is a complete shame. Even though this is a novel and a work of fiction, it changed my faith and made it so much stronger. As far as the actual story, it is intriguing and made me...more
Coleen
(3.5 stars) This was a fictional story based loosely on the discovery of the Lost Gospels. After her father dies somewhat unexpectedly & suspiciously while in Egypt, Gemma Bastian travels to Cairo to clean out his museum office, and subsequently begins to try to understand how & why he was possibly murdered. By reading his old journals & doing some research of her own, she gradually becomes involved herself in tracking down evidence of the lost, gnostic Gospels. The description of th...more
Clif Hostetler
The subtitle on the cover says, "A Lost Past, A Hidden Gospel, A Monumental Discovery." This introduction places the reader into the correct frame of mind to expect a story that takes itself seriously. This novel purports to be about a discovery that can change human history.

The novel Resurrection provides the reader with a primer on the subject of finding, translation, trading and selling of early Christian manuscripts. The novel is written around the historical events surrounding the finding...more
Cheryl
There was something about this book that never quite got there. There were hints of a good book in there, but for the most part it was slow, with a contrived love triangle that didn't have any legs, and no depth to the plot. I wanted it to be really good because the whole concept is interesting. Egyptology: check; post-WWII: check; exciting archaeological finds: check; a heroine with an interesting story: check; one suitable hero: check; bad guys: check. But, when it was put together it never qu...more
Linda
British army nurse Gemma Bastion is struggling to recover from the horrors of WWII when her archaeologist father dies in Cairo. She travels there for his memorial service, staying at the home of his closest friend. Very shortly, it becomes apparent that he must have been murdered, and Gemma determines to discover how and why. As she clears out his office at the archaeology museum, she comes to suspect that his work, centering upon ancient papyrus scrolls, lead directly to his death.

Author Malar...more
Patricia Uttaro
Growing up in an Irish Catholic family in the 1960s and 70s was an experience steeped in church-every-Sunday, frilly white communion dresses, tiny silver crucifixes on delicate little chains, nuns enveloped in billowing habits, and don’t-you-dare-lean-your-behind-on-the-pew-when-you’re-kneeling instructions from Mom & Dad. I can tell you with much certainty that the Catholic Catechism I used in Sr. Paul Regina’s religion class sure didn’t have anything in it about the Gnostic Gospels.

As I’ve...more
Michelle
Several reviewers on the cover called this book "the thinking person's Da Vinci Code". I guess I can see the similarities, but I prefer not to even go near the Da Vinci Code. I couldn't stand that book.

Resurrection deals with an archeological find of several "lost gospels" from the New Testament time period and the ensuing chase to possess them. Museums and private collectors are in hot pursuit and several people are murdered. While Resurrection has a lot of subject matter I disagree with, it wa...more
Bobby J. Hill Jr.
Jul 11, 2007 Bobby J. Hill Jr. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy slow-building novels.
The story was interesting. But the novel moved so slow. But it kept me interested. As a reader I could feel the strain in some of the character's actions and relationships.

Okay, now the story. It's about the discovery of the gnostic gospels. As a christian I was a bit outraged at certain parts of the book. The book includes texts from the gnostic gospels themselves and builds theories off of them. The conspiracies don't go as far as The Da Vinci Code but they are offensive. The problem is that,...more
Helga Soenimanggar
when i read this book what i imagine was Egypt and make me put interest with this country. so many history, myth and story of this land. and so many interesting came up about digs about old city under the sand. What they get on papyrus can shocked all over the world. and nothing predictable, always unpredictable thing.many script found in Egypt.Thomas script found and many words can shocked our world even our belief. War that destructed Gemma and Michael world, amke them be closer and understand...more
Ginnie Leiner
...isolation is not the answer. We must be braver than that...God exists in the space between us, when we reach out for each other. We find him when we seek each other."

A lovely story about haunted, damaged people looking for answers in post WWII Cairo and the true story of the discovery of the Gnostic Gospels. Beautifully written with the sparseness of the desert in which it takes place. All that is superficial is scourched away leaving only the essential. What is God, how do we find him, what...more
Susan
The book said it was a mystery. The only mystery I found was why it earned any accolades at all. It tried to be too many things; a romance, a mystery, a novel based on a true story, a history of gnosticism; and only was marginally successful at any of it. The characters were so shallow and bland that I would not have cared one bit if a sandstorm had buried them all. The only interesting thing about it were the quotes from the texts discovered in the desert.
Rachel
"Resurrection" tells the story of Gemma, a nurse whose father, an archaeologist, dies mysteriously in Egypt after the end of WWII. She travels from Britain to Egypt, not sure exactly what she'll find. Gemma discovers that her father studied a set of gospels lost to Christianity, which some people will do anything to keep lost.

Some reviewers have compared this book to "The Da Vinci Code," and I can see where they're coming from. Both books deal with the subject of women in Christianity. However,...more
Jim
Just finished listening to the unabridged novel "Resurrection" by Tucker Malarkey. It had alot of promise. Having recently viewed the movie (and listened to the book) The Da Vinci Code, this novel could have been really interesting. I say could, as it turned out not to be very interesting.

As the story unfolded, the daughter of a missing researcher goes to the Holy Land to find her missing father. I turns out that he was dead; curse? natural causes? murder??? There is a sub-plot about the now fam...more
Jackie
I think the historical information on which this story is based is fascinating, I think the storyline itself and the characters are good, but not great-- so I give the book a 3.0, but it is definitely an interesting read.
Allen
The blurb on the back of the book quotes someone saying it's "the thinking person's The Da Vinci Code." Which is like saying it's the rabbi's Mein Kampf. It had a good first paragraph, though, so I bought it on impulse.

Like the Da Vinci Code, this book is a novel that revolves around various early Christian "heretical" writings. Unlike the Da Vinci Code, it's well written and thoughtful. Some of the claims about early Christian history are a bit New-Agey, but not totally implausible. It is cer...more
Mabeo
Jan 10, 2008 Mabeo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: great-fiction
I REALLY enjoyed this book, I don't know why I wouldn't put it as a 5 actually, probably a 4.5. Great writing, though I had a tough time with the 1940s thing most of the time because the main character is such an independent woman. I think its supposed to be because of the war, and actually reminds me of my grandmother a bit. Either way a great read about Egypt and the concepts of Christ's origins. Of course I don't agree with all the theology here but very interesting none the less. One of the...more
Indira Iljas
Sejarah mengenai keberadaan Injil-injil bid'ah, yang katanya dapat menggegerkan gereja.

Secara tidak langsung, cerita ini memang fiksi, tapi tokoh, tempat, injil-injil yang dibicarakan dalam buku ini memang benar ada.

Penemuan 4 injil bid'ah yang menjadi perebutan berbagai pihak. Terutama keberadaan Injil yang terakhir yang masih menjadi misteri hingga saat ini, yaitu Injil Maria Magdalena. Yang saat ini keberadaan injil tersebut tidak diakui oleh Gereja, dan berkaitan pula dengan gambar perjamua...more
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