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When journalist Maureen Paschal begins the research for a new book, she has no idea that she is stepping into an ancient mystery so secret, so revolutionary, that thousands of people have killed and died for it. Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the French Pyrenees: the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, her version of the life of Jesus and the events 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'Attendu, the Expected One.
As Maureen becomes immersed in the mystical lore of L'Attendu, the eerie prophecy of the Expected One casts a shadow over her life and work, and a long-buried family secret comes to light. Maureen's extraordinary journey takes her from the dusty streets of Jerusalem to the cathedrals of Paris to the rocky foothills of southwest France. To search for the scrolls, she must unravel clues that link history's great artistic masters, dynasties, and scientific minds. Ultimately, she comes face-to-face with Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, and a love triangle that changed the course of history in a deeply moving and powerful new gospel...the greatest story never told.
©2006 McGowan Media, Inc. All rights reserved (P)2006 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"[A] much-heralded debut." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Sheila on 02-19-09

the Expected One (unabridged)

I was surprised. Perhaps some of the reviewers left unsatisfied did not listen to the unabridged version. At first, it seemed to be just another Mary M. theory, but this goes beyond the DaVinci Code. Not as action-packed, but far more intriguing in the long run. Not for those who cannot bear to open their minds to new ideas. No need to believe it if it goes against the grain; just enjoy the story, & open your mind to a possibility. You will come out with a fuller, more dimensional view of the characters of history. Let your own instincts tell you what feels right & enjoy the experience.

Do NOT overlook the epilog that follows the close of the story. Do not expect alot of Indiana Jones action or high-speed action. Do expect to have your mind opened up a bit to new ideas, and visions.

I look forward to the author's next book.

The author is NOT declaring that the existing gospels are wrong. She is simply offering some wonderful food for thought. YOU decide how you want to use it.

Highly recommend this book, but get the UNABRIDGED version. You need to hear all of what she has to offer.

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4 out of 5 stars
By tiffany on 10-24-11

I enjoyed it!

I read some of the other reviews and wonder why anyone would read something when they aren't interested in the subject matter. Some complained that this book rides on the wave of popularity of the DaVinci Code. If you think there are too many books like that out there, why read another one? I enjoyed this book as well as Dan Brown's. I like this author's take on the subject. I think the history is solid and how she wove the story together makes it very entertaining. I was happy to find that this is part of a series. I look forward to the next one. My advice to other readers is if you are looking for another Dan Brown, this isn't it. If you are looking for a good story that keeps you wanting more, this just might be a good fit. But as is the case with Dan Brown, you must keep an open mind.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sollenbum on 02-18-16

Religious conspiracy theory novel

Always interesting to listen to new interpretations of Bible stories. This particular version seems to draw together many ideas that have been floating around for some time and ties them together neatly in a fictionalized world. The long flashbacks to Biblical times stagnated the flow of the modern plot a little but they did present a look into what might have been...

The author's note at the end was an added bonus although it did suggest a level of realism in the novel that is perhaps controversial.

All in all, very entertaining.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Carole on 03-31-08

Not recommended for Non-Christians

Unless you want to spend a lot of these 17 odd hours thinking in depth about the life, ministry and passion of Jesus Christ - don't bother downloading this book. If this is of interest to you - it may give you some different ways of looking at these stories. The Narrator was generally very good but those listeners with Irish or Scottish accents may find her attempts at these dialects something akin to nails down a blackboard - I know I did!

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4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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