Kathleen McGowan is an internationally published writer whose work has appeared on five continents and in at least fifteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons. You can visit her website at www.theexpectedone.com.
McGowan, an investigative journalist by trade, has spent 20 years researching Mary Magdalene. Her debut novel, the first of a proposed trilogy, introduces the engaging character of Maureen Pascal, university lecturer and author of HERstory: A Defense of History's Most Hated Heroines. As she travels the country promoting HERstory, Maureen is overwhelmed by religious visions she has had since childhood, compelling her to investigate Magdalene further. She ends up in France, where she learns that not only is she a direct descendant of the Jesus and Mary bloodline but that she is also the "Expected One"-the special seeker prophesied to discover the long-lost scrolls of Mary Magdalene. As Maureen and her friends translate the scrolls, they find themselves caught in the middle of two secret societies whose ancient rivalry has resulted in several recent murders. Listeners open to the reconsideration of biblical tradition will very much enjoy this book-McGowan's hauntingly real depictions of biblical characters put a uniquely human face on the events of Jesus and his times. Linda Stephens's graceful narration is the perfect complement to this enchanting story of Magdalene and her relationship with Jesus. Very highly recommended for all libraries.-Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., OH Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Highly evocative . . . keenly imaginative." -- USA
"Riveting." -- People
"A tour de force . . . profoundly moving . . . full of love and pathos." -- San Antonio Express-News
"Shimmering . . . engrossing . . . masterfully balanced." -- Irish Edition
The standard religious-thriller architecture is evident in McGowan's much-heralded debut, which coincidentally shares similarities with The Da Vinci Code (e.g., murders, Vatican interference, nefarious secret societies), but mostly the characters sit and talk about biblical history and the search for Magdalene-connected treasure. Biblical dreams and visions plague American Maureen Paschal, author of the bestselling HERstory-a Defense of History's Most Hated Heroines. When she travels to France's mysterious Languedoc region at the urging of Magdalene scholar Lord Berenger Sinclair, Maureen finds what has eluded centuries of treasure hunters-the original Magdalene scrolls that detail her love affair with Jesus, their marriage and the crucifixion. 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. Originally self-published, this first of a trilogy has already sold foreign rights in 22 countries. 350,000 printing; 15-city author tour. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.