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The Expected One

(Magdalene Line Trilogy #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  7,370 ratings  ·  839 reviews
Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the rocky foothills of the French Pyrenees, a gospel that contained her own version of the events and characters of the New Testament. Protected by supernatural forces, these sacred scrolls could be uncovered only by a special seeker, one who fulfills the ancient prophecy of l'attendue -- The Expected One.

Hardcover, 449 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Touchstone (first published 2004)
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Kara Babcock
I never thought this day would come. Ladies and gentlemen, I have found a book that rivals The Art Thief for the title of "Worst Book I Have Ever Read [and Finished:]." What begins as innocuous conspiracy-orientated historical fiction ends up becoming a delusional and boring dissertation on the "truth" behind Mary Magdalene.

Conspiracy theories attract us because they appeal to our innate need for order and relationships; they draw connections among disparate elements of society and history. It's
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The Expected One challenges what we think we know of the life and times of Jesus Christ & Mary Magdalene, in a modern conspiratorial form, but lacking the false sense of mystery and overwrought crypticism of such tales as the Davinci Code. It has excerpts from the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and really gives a loving and honored sense of the day to day rituals and life of biblical times. It also recounts several people and tales from the Bible that never sat right with me as a child, and having rea ...more
The Expected One explores the long untold story of Mary Magdalene. It follows a journalist as she begins to investigate that much maligned woman following a series of visions that she believes are guiding her towards something--and finds out much more than she had anticipated, including her own role in the story that, after 2,000 years, is still being played out.

The story told in this book is an interesting one, although the writing wasn't the greatest. (Nor, however, is it the worst--it's merel
Lessil Richards
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Truly amazing read. I am a published author myself. This novel made me feel like an amateur in comparison. I read and re-read at least thirty of the poor ratings on this book and am flabbergasted at the reaction and review others gave of this book. I am religious and spiritual, but I pride myself on being open minded as well. My only conclusions I can draw from the one star reviews is that some people may not be open minded. Perhaps they are brain washed. I really do not intend to add to the con ...more
Jun 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
Some of the book caught my interest, but then there was too much "filler" and I got bored. It took me months to finish this book and I read probably 20 others in the meantime. It started to get pretty good toward the end. Then I realized that the author actually believed this stuff and is rather strange. It's a good premise for a fiction "what if" but loses its luster when it becomes fanaticism. ...more
Mar 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
Another Mary Magdalane story - a cheap imitation of the DaVinci Code. Do your self a favor and read something else.
Deborah Joyner
Aug 16, 2007 rated it did not like it
Worthless. Okay that's a bit harsh, but this was the only thing I had to read while waiting to be called for jury duty. So, this novel, very loosely based on the real experiences of the author, is about that elusive (or not so elusive) bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. A historian, Marilyn Paschal, find herself having incredible realistic dreams and visions of Mary Magdalene's life, and after finding a ring in the Holy Land, Paschal gets pulled into a web of conspiracies between competing M ...more
Marcy Theobald
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What food for thought! This is the fictional story of a writer/professor who goes on a journey that leads her to discover the lost Gospel of Mary Magdalene, which the author of this novel suggests is real and was discovered about 15 years ago in France in a location where many historians suggest Mary lived out the last 30 years of her life. Within this book, the author includes what she claims is actual translations from the Arques Gospel (Mary's Gospel). Through the Gospel we learn that Mary wa ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘What is truth?’

Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the French Pyrenees. These scrolls contained her version of the events and characters of the New Testament and are protected, awaiting the arrival of The Expected One.

‘You have to look very carefully to see it for what it is.’

Maureen Paschal is the author of a book examining the truth about the ill-treatment of women in history. Her subjects include Mary Magdalene and, shortly after being given an unusual ring in a J
Dec 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: interfolks ested in reconstructed Bible stories, the women of the Bible, secret societies, etc.
I continue to be fascinated by the cult of Mary as it existed in the early church thru to the present. How overjoyed am I that there is another cult of Mary (the "other" Mary--Mary Magdalene) that exists parallel to the church! The book obviously begs the comparison to the Da Vinci Code and other books of that ilk. But this "novel" goes beyond the present day investigations of the author to visit the fictionalized historical characters, explore their documented lives, and mine the theoretical po ...more
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was as powerful as The Da Vinci Code and much more exciting. Kathleen takes her readers into a whole new world that merges faith, history and lessons we can all learn from our lives and the lives of our ancestors. I HIGHLY reccomend this book... and can't wait to read Kathleen's next project "The Book of Love". ...more
May 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A fun fictional and religious romp! Similar to The Da Vinci Code, but more imaginative and well-written.

The Afterward was oddly confessional, and just odd; I am not sure what to think of Kathleen McGowan's claims that her presentation of ancient history is more than fiction: that, indeed, her work is "taken from previously undisclosed source material [which has] never been released to the public before" (438). Alas, she does not disclose her sources either, "in order to protect the sacred natur
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying that whether or not you believe some of the less spiritual beliefs on the subject of Mary Magdalene, it should not keep you from reading this book.

This book is about a woman, Maureen, who starts having visions of events related to Mary Magdalene and Jesus. Events related to the crucifixion and the resurrection. She begins to research these events only to open and draw out skeletons from her own closet.

There is some very good historical references in this book. I like h
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this book at the library the other day and something made me pick it up and add it to my list. I'm sure that it's a book my mom would tell me I'm going to hell for reading (we are both devout Catholics), but I just can't help myself. I am always curious about other people's beliefs and about the what ifs that "conspiracy theories" put out there.

I have to say that it was a very good novel, right up there with Dan Brown books (which I love) and, honestly, maybe even better. There are "cons
Jun 05, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
The first sin of this book was presenting a main character without giving us any reason to love her. We were told she wore Manolos, she was a successful author, had a fancy condo, AND people thought she was the reincarnation of Mary Magdalene. Meanwhile I'm thinking, "Who gives a sh*t?". Oh wait. Apparently the author, who from the jacket cover is a dead ringer for "Maureen" even down to the signature ring, ADORES her. Please.

Toss in stilted, amateurish prose and an overload of conspiracy theory
Wan Ni
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Ien van Houten
Dec 23, 2012 rated it liked it
What can I say about this trilogy. Da Vinci Code meets Mists of Avalon? Call it fantasy or spiritual fiction and keep in mind that the Universe is queerer than we can suppose.

I read part one a few years ago. For the duration of the reading I was willing to suspend disbelief and entertain the concept that Kathleen McGowan had some of the experiences she gives her heroine Maureen Paschal. The idea that a Jewish religious teacher named Jeshua Ben Joseph had a wife makes perfect sense. A line of des
Nov 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
I found myself completely fascinated by the premise of this book. I wouldn't call myself religious by any stretch of the word, but I did grow up in a Lutheran family. One of the things I remember about all those Sunday School mornings and sermons was the overwhelming propagation of the idea of Mary Magdalene being a prostitute [I specifically remember a whole hour of Sunday School dedicated to teaching us the difference between the Biblical Mary's].

This book makes the whole story much more palat
Anshul Thakur
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a trilogy and maybe that is why, the plot takes more than the first half of the book to start off. Even then, the plot isn’t that gripping that I’d cling on to the book till late nights. It was like a rocket that failed to fire. Overwhelming use of adjectives at places makes the language excessively belabored and obnoxiously irritating. But in the end, it was neither a Fiction thriller, nor a well-researched theory and by the time it ended, I had this pent up feeling, thank God it’s over ...more
Lynn Dolven
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
This is a "poor man's" Da Vinci Code. The writing isn't as good and the plot has some obvious flaws - how wide spread was writing in the first century A.D.? I liked the series by Marion Zimmer Bradley (The Mists of Avalon) much better and she also had a feminist perspective, as this authors tries to represent. Part of the problem is that I find the plot to be incredible - I don't believe that Mary Magdelene was the wife of John the Baptist and bore him a son, and then become the wife of Jesus an ...more
Apr 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was the first book I've given up on. It kept getting compared to Dan Brown so I thought I'd read it. Within the first couple chapters you already know what the rest of the book is going to be about and nothing changes, nothing new is added, and there was nothing in the story to keep me interested. ...more
Jun 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: have-read
A man and a woman on a mysterious trip along the Rose Line in France? A mysterious, fantastically wealthy man who is fond of riddles and puzzles along for the ride? Mythic tales of the "Sang Real" stirred in for good measure.....hey, I already read this! ...more
Apr 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-book
This book had too much. There were too many characters; too many plots; too many different settings. The female lead is just a victim of genetics & circumstances, not a heroine. Dan Brown has nothing to worry about.
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was ok
Debbie Boucher
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I admire any self-published author that can sell 2,500 copies of a title in less than a year. That's how Kathleen McGowan was able to get The Expected One in front of a larger audience, by securing a publishing deal with Simon and Schuster based on her preliminary sales. Since the book achieved New York Times bestseller status in 2007, a cottage industry has developed around McGowan's titles, with guided trips to southwestern France to visit many of the places in this particular book. My sister ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't really enjoy this book. There were some parts for me that I felt really stretched on. I found it a bit dull in places and a bit predictable.

It is the story of a woman who finds out she is descended from Mary Magdalene and Jesus. She becomes the "Expected one" who can find the gospels of Mary.
Debra Waites
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two years ago I went to France and walked the paths that are talked about in this book. I learned about the Cathars and the burning of the them at Mountsegur. The area know as the Languedoc is rich in stories and lore of Mary Magdalen. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s interesting, presents another way things “might have been” and brings up lots of questions about what we believe and why.
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
“ History is not what happened. It is what is written.” McGowan explores the issue of the controversial real relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus and her real position in Christendom. She suggests that Mary Magdalene is not accurately and fairly potrayed in most of the Gospels. The author also indicates that the depictions of some other important women such as Salome in the gospels are also inaccurate and unjust. In the quest of truth about Mary Magdalene, the author has spent almost ha ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it
I bought this book after buying the sequel, "The Book of Love" in the $3.99 bin, not realizing that it was the second in a trilogy. I was pleasantly surprised by "The Expected One," which tells the story of Maureen Paschal, an American author who is concerned with the depiction of women in history (which I think is a very legitimate concern), who travels to France upon the invitation of an eccentric nobleman, Berenger Sinclair. I'm not going to get too in depth in my description of the plot, her ...more
I really wanted to finish this book because I was interested in the subject matter and I gave it an honest try. I probably listened to about 2/3's of it. Perhaps this was a book that needed to be read in book format instead of audio format. Or perhaps it needed more than one narrator to help with differentiating the characters.

I found the beginning of the book to be confusing. It bounced around between times, locations, and people so quickly. The whole purpose of Mary Magdeleine's book was uncle
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Kathleen McGowan is an internationally published writer whose work has appeared on five continents and in at least fifteen languages. She is notable for her claim to be the descendant of Jesus of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene

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Magdalene Line Trilogy (3 books)
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