Pure Vision: The Magdalene Revelation

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The Spear of Longinus is stolen... An ancient document is moved... A journey to find the Grail unfolds... NEW YORK TIMES reporter Maggie Seline has written an explosive book that offers a controversial solution to the Middle East crisis. During a live radio interview, a kidnapping attempt is made and Maggie vanishes. Her disappearance sets in motion a worldwide women's march toward Jerusalem that threatens the status quo and parallels a frantic race to possess ancient talismans. The Spear of Longinus and the Holy...
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The Spear of Longinus is stolen... An ancient document is moved... A journey to find the Grail unfolds... NEW YORK TIMES reporter Maggie Seline has written an explosive book that offers a controversial solution to the Middle East crisis. During a live radio interview, a kidnapping attempt is made and Maggie vanishes. Her disappearance sets in motion a worldwide women's march toward Jerusalem that threatens the status quo and parallels a frantic race to possess ancient talismans. The Spear of Longinus and the Holy Grail are sought by men who will stop at nothing to increase their power-over religion, governments, and the planet's energy sources. An upcoming peace conference hides the true motivation of Giovanni Mabus, outgoing president of the European Commission, who intends to exploit an ancient mythological connection between the two legendary treasures. In league with the clandestine pseudo-Masonic group, Propaganda Due, he sets in motion events aimed at furthering political and military chaos in the Middle East in order to accomplish his aims. Meanwhile, Maggie and Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Michael Sonada race to thwart the sinister plot to undermine the conference-a race that takes them into the forbidden regions of Nepal to make an earth-shattering discovery. Pure Vision brings together ancient myths and contemporary challenges in a rich tale of past and present good and evil. Perri Birney seamlessly weaves myth, history, and contemporary events in an intriguing scenario that encourages a closer look at the spiritual forces that infuse the world's political battles. PERRI BIRNEY has traveled extensively throughout Libya, India, Nepal and Tibet and is the editor of several Tibetan Buddhist publications. The author lives in upstate New York.
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Editorial Reviews

Whole Living - Paul Hertel
A thrill ride in the vein of The Da Vinci Code but with a much larger vision for all of us. The alchemy is part historic fiction, part spiritual adventure, and a variety of interfaith metaphysics that metamorphosize into a golden vision of world peace...that women in every country can unite to demand the end to senseless slaughter seems pragmatic and attainable. Plot elements of mystical revelation...dark WWII occultism and cinematic shooting chase scenes...A page turner.
Chronogram - Staff Reviewer
Birney infuses this epic novel with feminine echoes of The Da Vinci Code and The Red Tent, with her eyes on the prize of world peace. New York Times reporter Maggie Seline courts controversy by championing an international Jerusalem. When she disappears, women around the globe march for peace in her name, even as powerful men vie for two ancient artifacts.
Daily Freeman - Cynthia Warren
The book, which revolves around a New York Times reporter, presents a fascinating story full of intrigue and history. Birney's fiction seamlessly blends science and religion into a tale worthy of Indiana Jones. Politics, religion and economics come together in this story to present possible solutions to current international dilemmas. The book left this reader confident that idealism is not dead and that, sometimes, it can be the road map by which we might save ourselves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981748221
  • Publisher: Pure Vision Communications
  • Publication date: 9/23/2009
  • Pages: 586
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Perri Birney has traveled extensively throughout Libya, India, Nepal and Tibet and is the editor of several Tibetan Buddhist publications. The author lives in upstate New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Really enjoyed the writing style and the intricacy of the plot.

    Really enjoyed the writing style and the intricacy of the plot. The points of view of the characters are very clear. All in all, this is quite a writing feat, between the parallel story lines and movement into different countries like Nepal and Libya.

    Also found that the descriptions are very visual and it's easy to see this novel turned into a movie. Definitely has all the elements since it's epic in scope, with plenty of intriguing twists. The conflict is set up in a unique way, bringing the spiritual elements into the political arena which I found really interesting. I enjoyed the tie-in to the Spear of Longinus which was an unusual and intiguing artifact to learn about, especially since many historical figures, including Hitler had once possessed it.

    The novel makes for a stimulating read while also being informative and keeping the reader questioning. It's definitely an idealistic vision given a chance to be voiced -- A worthy piece of inspiring fiction.
    -- Review by NorbuMorton

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  • Posted August 14, 2013

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    Pure Vision

    Reading the synopsis of this book, my initial thoughts were pretty straight forward. I expected an adventure, lots of mystery surrounding ancient artifacts, and couldn't help but wonder how much it would end up reminding me of other books. It did have everything I was expecting, but it also had depth, a sense of reality and a seriousness I wasn't expecting.

    As simple and cliche as the reference and comparison is, this book is very much like several of Dan Brown's works. The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol come to mind specifically. Not focused specifically on one person, but a group of people intertwined by Fate, this book follows the paths of many people, who all influence the unfolding events and circumstances. Running on adrenaline and caffeine, several people around the world work separately toward a common goal- world peace. In the shadows, a few work seemingly effortlessly at a common goal- world domination and chaos. With hidden artifacts, secret groups pulling the strings behind closed doors, and governments riddled with corrupt, greedy politicians, this book is a treasure trove of mystery, adventure and danger.

    Intertwining spiritual and political challenges, Perri Birney crafts a suspenseful scenario, pulling back a veil on today's world, and takes a “what if” look on the future. With adamant urges to end the fighting in the Middle East, and calling on feminism for peace, Birney creates a well written story that takes her readers on a personal and spiritual journey.

    It's a curious thing, mixing fiction with so many well known conspiracy-theory ideas, myths, and legends. By putting words in the mouths of people who actually existed, the author gives credibility to fiction, while at the same time, blurring lines of reality. Because of those elements, my feelings on this book are very mixed. On a personal level, I disagree with several of the fundamental ideas that propel this story, and some of the assumptions made of historical figures. However, it was a thrilling story, and if I don't put my personal feelings into it, it was a good fiction book. I applaud Mrs. Birney for putting so much effort and research into writing this book, and raising questions and ideas on issues people generally just want to ignore.

    Overall, this novel is definitely not a leisure read, and makes your brain work to keep up. It's apparent that a lot of time and research went into this book, but I think many of the references would be lost on most people. While I've studied the majority of the topics in this novel on my own, I don't personally know many people who would be able to keep up and understand everything. You certainly need to be familiar with world geography, world politics, world history, the major world religions and spirituality, diverse myths and legends, while still being open minded enough to appreciate the plot and story itself.

    All that being said, I think this is a good novel, and if it looks interesting to you, it's well worth the read. I would recommend this book to any fan of conspiracy-theories, feminism, or Dan Brown.

    *I was given an ebook copy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

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