The Expected One: Book summary and reviews of The Expected One by Kathleen McGowan

The Expected One

Book I of the Magdalene Line

by Kathleen McGowan

The Expected One
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2006
    464 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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.

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. Maureen's extraordinary journey takes her from the dusty streets of Jerusalem to the cathedrals of Paris . . . and ultimately to search for the scrolls themselves ....

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"Though the author makes no effort to render these gospel excerpts in period prose, they're the most compelling part of a novel otherwise freighted with romance-fiction stylings and unadorned facts numbingly narrated." - PW.
"In what is sure to be a big summer hit, journalist McGowan's page-turning debut introduces readers to Maureen Pascal, a journalist unprepared for the visions that haunt her as she researches her new book on misunderstood heroines of the past." - Library Journal.

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Despite a 6-figure publishing deal, foreign rights sold in 22 countries and a 350,000 first print run, the early reviews for The Expected One do not bode well.

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