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This is part of the blurb on the back cover...As Maureen( call me Mo-my shorthand) learns more 'boot Matilda, a warrior Countess secretly married to a Pope who joined her not only in bed, but in using the lost Gospel of Jesus to form a radical new kind of Church, she begins to see the eerie connections 'tween herself + Matilda, she must unravel quickly if she is to stop the wrong people from finding the Book of Love and hiding it forever...(yawn)
Ya know, if ya ever watched any of those appallingly bad afternoon soaps like... As my stomach turns, our childrens childrens pet goat, etc ya know how bad the scripts were, the gazillion sponsor break-ins, ya realize that is the style authoress emulates. Her 1st book was a classic example of how not to write a so-called bestseller.
Now this is what I came across on pg 19, where the authoress is describing what its like to have to be grilled on a TV interview....' Which brings me to the question on everybody's lips. You claim that the story you tell about Jesus marrying Mary Magdalene comes from a lost gospel you recently discovered in the south of France, Yet you refuse to divulge your sources or tell any more about this mysterious document. What are we to make of this? Your harshest critics say that you have invented the entire story. Why should we believe you when you don't come forth with more proof that this gospel even exists?*
On the forum at present this very same question regarding the Castillon Diary is being heatedly discussed, and yet this same type of document the so-called alleged 'gospel' of Magdalene as mentioned in this book has never been broached, much less dealt with. The moderator, in a very strange manner has decreed Authoress to be a sacred persona of sorts. I approach her text as the material she choses to present, as she presents it, especially since it delves into the arcana of the RLC enigma.
This so-called 'gnostic gospel' relegated to the status of toilet paper by early synods is being re-cycled as having some credibility in the mindset of folk like Pagels. If ya recall, Authoress sez each book in this 3 book series is fiction based on reality, that Authoress is convinced she is The Expected One for our times. I phrase it like that, 'cuz Authoress sez Joan of Arc was the Expected One of her time, indirectly means Authoress is a distant relative to a person who was a virgin who had no descendants. Authoress sez folks like Botticelli were part of the Expected family in their time, without a shred of evidence, it is fact 'cuz she sez so.
The Book of Love was hinted at so much in the 1st book, I actually thought the 1st book was a 400+ page ad for book 2. The action picks up with this elusive Book of Love being given to an 8 y.o kid in 390 AD who has to watch mom+ dad get beheaded for being heretics. Now this a bit odd, 'cuz I am currently reading this book of love in English, even tho' authoress sez its written in Latin. The current book almost makes it to 500 pages.
The average scene pan in length is 2 pages before station break for a sponsor spot. This same soap style scripting is going on in book 2( ah, a commercial break- I gotta get a brewski). Ya know, I have a great sense of Irish gallows humor, but even that can be tested. Here's the latest challenge. Authoress has Mo having a toss + turn dream session at Orval, even tho', she don't know its the spot. Well anyway, she approaches a well where beheaded folks from 390 AD were dumped into.
Somehow her magic copper ring she got from an Arab peddler who had a shop not at Hollywood + Vine or along a street where stars put their hands into sidewalk cement, no, its at the location of the 8th station on Via Dolorosa where Jesus talked to wailing wimmen folk. Jesus told them not to weep for Him, but for their children + for Jerusalem. Those words still are in effect, they were not just a simple folksy chat to kill time in a social sense. What I imply is that Authoress chose this extremely prophetic utterance location to be where she gets a good luck charm ring, compete with secret code, the kicker here is she didn't have to save any box tops to send in to get it.
This ring acted like any masonic ring, in that wearer-bearer let's folk know is a member. Well, this ring slipped off her finger, and wouldn't ya know a gold fish hops up out of the water and spits it back to her. Then comes a prophetic poem that harkens back to the 390 AD scene,
Knock-knock its wakey wakey time, as a TV make-up artist shows up a 4 AM to get Mo ready for the early show interview. Its this type of not so well finessed abrupt scene changes Authoress used in 1st book, is resorting to again. See the quote above from said TV interview.
Meanwhile back at the oasis were the Arabs were eating their dates, her miffed lover Berry Sinclair misses his Mo. Berry gets a mystery package, this is the start of the Mathilda 'thang'. It had to start somehow, so out of nowhere some dude from Italy shows up at Berry's chateau, dumps his package and splits. Interesting folks these Italians. After decoding the mystery document, sealed in glass. Ben's finds make for a trend setter in RLC follow ups it seems.
Berry manages to send this 2 foot long glass encased document to Mo in a box of flowers sent to her hotel and it gets there also in a 2 foot long cardboard flower carton in 1 piece. Ya gotta remember I am reading all of this from the Book of Love that is still not in Mo's possession. She let her conveniently happening Jesuit Priest cousin steal it from her to give to the Vatican, so, what can I say, shit happens. There is no way for Mo to prove she has the document, and louvian sez, no coincidences? yeah sure.
Hey, do we have any deja vu fans out there? Authoress is stealing from herself again, or is that merely called repeating herself. When Mo gets a coded poem from Berry again she knows she is on the road to a new adventure and another riddle to solve. Would any of this be possible if Agatha Christy never wrote anything? Here's where it gets interesting, 'cuz in a toss + turn dream Mo found herself in Orval's ruins looking at a statue of a small Madonna holding what seemed to be a squirming child and the madonna spoke to her in the dream, those words were on Berry's riddle message,
This is what they called planted evidence in the spook trade. Ya know the deal, a cop standing next to the not as yer falling twin towers catching a partially singed passport of an Arab hijacker, yeah sure. These convenient clue enhancers happen with regularity to Mo. Maybe she can SWAG- (Scientific Wild Ass Guess) me some winning lotto numbers like some dude did on UK telly recently.
Stay tuned, I am only up to page 35.