14 Dec 2010

THE EXPECTED ONE.

THE EXPECTED ONE by KATHLEEN McGOWAN.

Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the rocky wilds of the French Pyrenees, scrolls that contained her own version of the events and characters of the New Testament. Protected by supernatural forces, these sacred scrolls could only be uncovered by a special seeker, one who fulfills the ancient prophecy of The Expected One.

When journalist Maureen Pascal 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. As she becomes more deeply immersed in the secret cultures of Southwest France, a long-buried family secret comes to light, and it begins to appear as if the eerie prophecy of The Expected One may indeed be fulfilled.

Maureen's extraordinary journey takes her from the dusty streets of Jerusalem to the cathedrals of Paris, and ultimately to the scrolls themselves. She must unravel clues that link history's great artistic masters including Botticelli and Jean Cocteau; the Medici, Bourbon, and Borgia dynasties; and great scientific minds like Leonardo Da Vinci and Issac Newton. Ultimately, she, and the reader, come face to face with Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, Judas, and Salome in the pages of a deeply moving and powerful new gospel, the life of Jesus told by Mary Magdalene.
... From the inner front cover.

FIRST SENTENCE: There wasn't much time left.

MEMORABLE MOMENT: The Roman procurator was a complex man, filled with doubt, fear, and ambition. The tragedy of Pontius Pilate would come when all of these things outweighed whatever he had once possessed in love, strength, or gratitude.

If like me you'd enjoyed Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code then you will find this a fascinating read that, to me, is every bit as good, nay, better than Brown's offering.

Without as many chases, thrills and spills as The Da Vinci Code, I found The Expected One to be far less fantastical, more insightful and a much more intelligent read with equally good characters but a far stronger plot which, in a nut shell, deals with a long lost gospel written by Mary Magdalene herself.

Perhaps not a read for those who were offended by the thought of Jesus being both a married man AND a father, this novel also portrays him as spouse to Mary Magdalene as well as looking at the Sinclair connection and art work imagery.

Set in both modern and biblical times, this partly retells the story of Jesus and his disciples (including both Marys) suggesting that certain elements were not as they now appeared but perhaps been changed/covered up over the centuries due to religious and political reasons. Not wanting to give too much away, I  think it is safe to say that I was intrigued to think of  the story of John the Baptist and Salome, she who we are told danced for her step-father in exchange for John's head, in a whole new light.

Not a religious person, I was not offended or upset by the story BUT instead found myself discussing certain things with Husband dearest and various friends who pointed out several other aspects to the book that I perhaps had not picked up on leaving me wanting to explore more  - all the signs of a story well told in my opinion.

The Expected One was an ex-library stock read.

18 comments:

Mamakucingbooks said...

I love Dan Brown. Guess this is a book for me

Willa said...

I defitnitely think I could like this book - never heard of it before so thanks for reviewing it!

Mary said...

Thanks for bringing this book to my attention, nice review!

Misha1989 said...

Better than Dan Brown? I have to read this then. Thanks for the review!

NRIGirl said...

Thank you Petty! Sure I want to read it.

See, for now I might have bought that book if only you had a link to buy. I may forget later to go to amazon to look for one...

Just a suggestion, if you sign up for associate central in amazon.com you can then provide links to the books that you are writing about - so that people can just click on the image and be directed to amazon.com where they can buy the book. Amazon will pay you a referal. It is not much those pennies and dimes... but will roll up quite soon and looks kind of cute in your bank statement.

Just a thought. I do that all the time in my posts whenever I refer to a book or a DVD that can be purchased from amazon.

Stay warm,
~ NRIGirl

chitra said...

I am here to say Hi to you. read the review but wont such books create any protests. Here any book on religion immediately there would be problems and issues.

....Petty Witter said...

NRIGIRL - There is a link to Amazon if you click on the book title that is before the authors name. As for becoming an Amazon associate? What a good idea, I'm going to look into this.

CHITRA - There were a lot of protests about Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code but I haven't heard of any such protests about this book.

Arti said...

Will definitely scout for this one... Lets see if I can lay my hands on this one!
Have a wonderful week:-)

R. Ramesh said...

now that u have mentioned this..will check out for sure...keep the show going my dear friend..best wishes always

budh.aaah said...

Anything that even remotely smells like the Da vinci code'needs to be read by me. Will look forward to reading this one.

Vivienne said...

Going straight on my list now. Definitely one for me.

Kelly said...

Well, I must say you have piqued my interest about the John the Baptist/Salome connection.

I read and enjoyed Dan Brown's book and although I consider my Christian beliefs quite strong, didn't take offense to the book... perhaps for that exact reason. My beliefs are strong enough to hold up to a work of fiction.

(your little "Suzy" is marching away in the sidebar right now looking just as cute as can be!)

Suko said...

Terrific review, Petty! :)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I'm probably one of the few who didn't like Brown's Da Vinci Code. Odd since I love art and mystery. However, this one might be more interesting. Thanks for the review!

GMR said...

Haven't read Dan Brown's work as of yet...will take into consideration though once I do. Thanks for the recommendation!

purplume said...

Sounds intriguing. I wish ir would come to me in audio book form and I can listen while I do pre-Christmas housework.

naida said...

This does sound interesting. I am one of the few people who don't enjoy Dan Brown. I read both Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons and really couldnt get into either.
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dr.antony said...

Thanks my book guide !