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The Magdalene Cipher [Paperback]

Jim Hougan
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2 Mar 2006

A stunning international thriller of psychology and conspiracy, espionage and prophecy, history and suspense.

After someone he has under surveillance is slaughtered - literally - CIA agent Jack Dunphy is ordered to leave London immediately and return to the US, where he is dumped into a tedious desk job that seems calculated to make him quit. Determined to learn why, Dunphy uses all his CIA tradecraft on the agency that has turned against him - and discovers the fragments of a story that seems too wild to be true, providing him with evidence of a conspiracy that goes back to the time of Christ, a conspiracy so vast and deep and old that the CIA itself is but a cover for it.

Embroiled in a plot far more elaborate than he ever could have imagined, with players too powerful and consequences too deadly, Dunphy must uncover the shocking truth - or die trying...

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (2 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099498472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099498476
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,028,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for John Case:

The Murder Artist

'John Case's sure hand and deep understanding of the visceral terrors of the situation... a convincing thriller which grips the heart and gut with equal force' Guardian


"'Deep in Harlen Coben territory... Scary, compulsive stuff.' Independent on Sunday"


The Genesis Code

'A sizzling thriller... well-written and extremely gripping' Daily Mail


"'Cracks along... more than enough murder, mayhem and scientific mystery to keep the reader entertained' Sunday Telegraph"

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A gripping, page-turning novel in which a CIA man goes on the run from a sinister cabal, intent on maintaining the secret identity of the last survivor of the line of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ. By the co-author of the bestseller (250,000 sold in Arrow) The Genesis Code.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read 9 July 2006
By J. Hart
Maybe it was because I read this book off the back of two of the most awful books that a tree ever lost its life to, namely 'The Last Templar' and 'Codex', but I found this book to be quite clever. It was the first time I had read this author and was a bit tentative but once I got going I couldn't put it down.

It has smatterings of the Da Vinci code, but steers far enough away to not be bundled in with the current batch of Da Vinci Clones.

If you have been stung by the 2 books above and need to have your faith restored by the current batch of fiction writers then Jim Hougan could be the man for the job.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot - poor research 30 Aug 2006
Not bad and quite readable - except for the number of occasions you come to a stop at the mention of hundred pound notes! How this got published unamended by a British publisher is beyond me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Book without an ending? 8 Aug 2008
I picked this up from the library with the thought: "well it could hardly be worse than The Da Vinci Code" - at least Dan Brown included an ending. I got the feeling reading this that the author thought: Ok - now I've created this all powerful secret society that run the CIA, how do I get my heroes out of it?...erm... no idea...I'll just finish here.

In fairness, it had less of the crass generalisations about Britain and the British than Dan Brown - tea drinking, pea soupers... weird mixes of regional accents etc. but as other reviewers stated the plot seemed very unsatisfactory and left a lot unexplained at the end. The plot was unbalanced as well in my opinion. it started out as a regular thriller, with a guy on the run from his own organisation, it was only about 2/3 of the way through that we were presented with a huge glob of information all at once about The Magdalene Society (and yes, we had crop circles, UFOs the lot really).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Bad Bad 6 Jun 2007
Not a good book at all. I'm not someone that is a big book worm and I do take an age to get through a book, but this sai I do enjoy a good read. For this type of book I would advise some one like James Rollins... Much better (I'd even put some of his books above Dan Brown!). As for this one, the plot was rubbish and the characters undeveloped. and the only positive this left me with was the hope that I could become an author one day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Magic/Suspended Belief perfected. 28 Jan 2014
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"The Magdalene Cipher" was deadly, and I'm perplexed by the other reviewers, and hope they are all involved in a ten-car pile-up.
Known previously as "Kingdom Come"- it seems- I loved this book, and it was nearly, in its own way, as addictive as Denis Lehane's first five were; of which, plurally, kept me up 'til 2a.m. 'n stuff.
"The Magdelane Cipher" was entertainment in its purest form- and Mr. Hougan may have followed the advisory order and entreaty of Tenessee Williams(?) to 'Dramatize, Dramatize, Dramatize': and Tenessee Williams is in agreement with me there...
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