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Thousands of desperate people are drawn to Lourdes and its renowned Grotto when the Vatican announces that the Virgin Mary will perform another miracle cure there. Their lives are at stake... but will a miracle really occur?

Irving Wallace, author of The Word, The Man, and The Prize, focuses on an eclectic group of pilgrims at the site of the Virgin Mary's legendary appearance: Ken Clayton, a young American who gives up medicine in hope of a spiritual cure; his fiancée, Amanda, a psychologist; a powerful Russian official who must keep his dangerous visit a secret; Hurtado, a Basque terrorist to whom the Grotto symbolizes repression; Liz Finch, a cynical journalist; Kleinberg, a Jewish doctor; Edith Moore, an English woman who is thrust into the limelight because of her own recovery; and Gisele, whose ambition is not to reach Lourdes but to escape it.

This is novel of mystery, faith, blackmail, love, and violence, encasing the fascinating story of Bernadette, the young French peasant girl who first saw Mary at the Grotto in 1858. The subject is thought provoking. The climax is surprising.
©2005 Irving Wallace; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Exciting and cleverly plotted...the extraordinary tension builds during the countdown to the Reappearance." (Publishers Weekly)
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2 out of 5 stars
By connie on 11-24-09

good idea, tedious dialogue

I tried to read Wallace novels decades ago because I liked his themes, but found the books too wordy. I thought audio might put life into them, but this one is so slow and wordy and repetitive, it's like the novel missed the editing process. It sounds like an awkward first novel, not an end of career work.

Sometimes dated background --like the Cold War --can add interest to an older novel, but not in this case. The narrator does not have a great range for accented English voices either. Life is too short for prose this bad and dialogue so tedious.

If there is an Irving Wallace revival afoot (I think he wrote some good novels and may have been ripped off a bit by Dan Brown), please produce abridgements!

I dislike reviews written by readers who haven't finished the audiobook, but I'm guilty of that here. After multiple tries, I can't get past hour 4 of 16.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 06-18-14

Bernadette of Lourdes Controversy Revisited

Many people have read or seen the movie of "Song of Bernadette", but this is a new take on the Saint who saw the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France.

Written from a modern viewpoint, Wallace recreates the history and controversy that surrounded the appearance of Mary and the life of Bernadette. It's inoffensive even to staunch believers, but presents the viewpoints in a human way through the venue of a novel.

An excellent and entertaining listen.

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