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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (666 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathleen McGowan Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Magdalene Line Series Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781400188277
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The Son of Man shall choose When the time returns for the Poet Prince. He will inspire the hearts and minds of the people So as to illuminate the path of service And show them the Way. This is his legacy, This, and to know a very great love. Worldwide controversy surrounds author Maureen Paschal as she promotes her new bestseller-the explosive account of her discovery of a gospel written in Jesus's own hand. But a scandalous headline about her lover, Berenger Sinclair, shatters Maureen's plans and sends her to Florence. In Tuscany, Maureen and Berenger seek out their spiritual teacher, Destino, who insists the besieged couple study one of history's great Poet Princes: Lorenzo de' Medici, the godfather of the Italian Renaissance. Berenger is a Poet Prince of the ancient bloodline prophecy, and even across the centuries, his fate is intertwined with Lorenzo de' Medici's. Berenger must uncover the heretical secrets of the Medici family-and the shocking truth behind the birth of the Renaissance-if he is to fulfill his own destiny. These heretical secrets were hidden for a reason, and there are those who would stop at nothing to prevent Berenger's assumption of his rightful role. The Renaissance comes vividly to life as Maureen decodes the clues contained within the great masterpieces of Lorenzo the Magnificent's friends: Donatello, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. Maureen uncovers truths connected to the legend of Longinus Gaius, the Roman centurion who pierced the crucified Jesus with his spear. Could Longinus Gaius, doomed to live forever, be someone she knows? Could his infamous Spear of Destiny, sought even by Hitler, be the key to Berenger's fate? As Maureen and Berenger race to find the answers, someone is after them, hell-bent on settling a five-hundred-year-old blood feud and destroying the heresy once and for all. Rich in Kathleen McGowan's signature insights into art, architecture, and history, and set in the beauty of Renaissance and present-day Italy, this is a spiritual detective story of the highest order. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Highly provocative…Keenly imaginative.”

    USA Today

  • An edge-of-the-seat thriller written in sharp, glinting shards of words. Held in, held back, whispered and shouted. Fantastic! Tim Wynne-Jones, Edgar Award-winning author of The Uninvited
  • “Breathless…fans who enjoy wildly romantic conspiracy theories will be thrilled.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 2/12/2014

    " Not as a compelling as the first and not as interesting as the second but still a good read. I am not sure if McGowan knows where she wants this story to go anymore. It hopped all over the place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kjwill5165 | 1/26/2014

    " This book intrigued me bringing forth beliefs and ideas completely foreign to me. Her research was so well done. She had me frequently researching the Internet to try to decipher fact from faction. The book so intrigued me that I am now reading her earlier books in the Madeline series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 1/24/2014

    " Not as good as the first two but still entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/23/2014

    " This was to be the final 'chapter' in the series but there will be more books in this intriguing tale of the Magdalene line. Ms. McGowan weaves fact and fiction into a compelling story that for me had me wanting to search for more information...while some reviewers felt she didn't breathe life into the characters I felt as if I was actually in the presence of Lorenzo, the scholars and artists who surrounded him. The theories behind all these stories are facinating and if true, we as a Christian people have surely wandered off the path that Jesus spread before us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/16/2014

    " This book started out slow for me but persistence paid off. Like the Davinci Code, the book explores the possibility that Mary Magdalene was Jesus' wife. I didn't know how much I would enjoy historical fiction until this year. I learned a lot about the Medici's and the Renaissance period. I love reading series and to my delight, there are two more books by this same author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milissa Bailey | 1/12/2014

    " Kathleen McGowan first caught my attention with the Expected One. Being a fan of historical fiction. This book fell a little short of expectations, but still had me going. It was a must in finishing the series. I look forward to her new works as hinted in this read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saffron Rose | 1/9/2014

    " Not as good as the other 2 books. Seemed like an after thought. But worth reading just to get that last piece of the puzzle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dinah | 1/3/2014

    " I did not enjoy this book as well as her previous too. I think the Italian names made it harder to connect with the people. It took me longer to connect with Lorenzo and Columbina's story. The present day story resolved itself rather abruptly. But overall I did like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 11/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed this series and look forward to her next book.I loved the storyline as well as all of the interesting history from the Renaissance period interwoven throughout the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sazzle182 | 11/22/2013

    " it was ok. a bit disappointed there will be a 4th book was hoping for everything to be tied up in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Babs | 10/28/2013

    " Another great book in the series. I loved the story line about Loranzo Medici the best, fascinating stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 10/24/2013

    " Sometimes tedious to read this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 9/14/2013

    " Een ode aan de liefde... Zo prachtig! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 6/13/2013

    " Cannot wait till the next one! The first in the series will always be a favorite, but anything Kathleen McGowan does is a winner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/1/2013

    " I enjoyed this one as well as the first two. I was a little disappointed at how well everything came together so perfectly at the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 All About | 8/15/2012

    " Too much going on in the story - could not enjoy, and don't recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 4/21/2012

    " I gave this book two stars because it took me 9+ months to read and in the end, I skimmed the last 30+ pages. It wasn't a bad book, but it had serious pacing issues. I enjoyed the first two books of this series, but this one was just not as gripping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzette | 3/18/2012

    " Again a book you can't put down. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisbeth Labellarte | 3/14/2012

    " Agree with other reviewer.....kind of all over the place. It didnt really take me 440 days to read, but the first book in the series is the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda (LoveofJoe11) | 2/26/2012

    " Overall, enjoyable. I really enjoyed learning more about the Medici family of the 15th century. It was not nearly as controversial as the first one and definitely more historical fiction-like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurence | 7/30/2011

    " I enjoyed this book as well. It is the third of the trilogy. It was slightly slower paced than the two others in the series, but still a great read. Loved this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 6/12/2011

    " Loved this, the third book in McGowan's Magdalene series. This one features Lorenzo di Medici as the chosen defender of the bloodline dynasty; running parallel to the continuing contemporary story of Sinclair Berenger and Maureen Paschal, the bloodline historian. Highly recommended! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nannerbhmain | 3/2/2011

    " Just picked it up in the library - never knew it was the end of a trilogy! Oh well.. (Mind the Gap potential?) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delene | 2/4/2011

    " I am not as thrilled with this third book in the series. I am listening to the unabridged audio, I like this new reader better. But, not as thrilled with the story line in the third book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/11/2011

    " Ugh, I dunno. I give her 3 stars for an interesting historical subject, but I'd like to give her 2 stars for getting super formulaic in her books. And she's got ANOTHER one coming out. Where does it end?!?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/1/2010

    " I enjoyed this one as well as the first two. I was a little disappointed at how well everything came together so perfectly at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 11/12/2010

    " Sometimes tedious to read this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 9/8/2010

    " Not as a compelling as the first and not as interesting as the second but still a good read. I am not sure if McGowan knows where she wants this story to go anymore. It hopped all over the place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Dawn | 9/7/2010

    " I just really enjoyed this series, weaving real history with the legends of the secret societies. Very interesting and fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Babs | 7/28/2010

    " Another great book in the series. I loved the story line about Loranzo Medici the best, fascinating stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mosaics5 | 7/15/2010

    " More of the Magdelene series,but intro into the masculine line of spirituality. Some ideas are mind boggling,but enough to keep me interested in where this series will go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 7/13/2010

    " Another great read and inspiration for my own christianity! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabrielle | 7/6/2010

    " It's a guilty pleasure, this series. I've even highlighted passages. I'll probably read the 4th one when it comes out. I like the subject matter, and while I admire McGowan's ability to weave so much together in the plot lines, I'm not "wow-ed" by the experience of reading this. "

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