The Writing of THE MAGDALENE MISSION: An Archaeological Thriller

As a writer, I have an extraordinary curiosity about many things, explained or unexplained. It is the latter that often leads to the possibility of an interesting story. Such an opportunity appeared to present itself when I looked at the various theories and facts that surrounded the life and mystery of the Magdalene, as she was known.

It is generally accepted that she was a close companion of Jesus or Yeshua as he was then named. It appeared that she acted as an explanatory mouthpiece of his words to an often-bewildered collection of apostles.

What Christ spoke, she wrote down, and the original scripts can be seen in the museum in Berlin to this day.

Gospel of Mary

The most complete text of the Gospel of Mary is contained in the Berlin Codex, but even so, it is missing six manuscript pages at the beginning of the document and four manuscript pages in the middle.

The enigmatic factor is that ten pages are missing...

That in itself presented me with a range of possibilities for producing a story in an attempt to locate them. The most prominent questions were … Why? When? Who? What was in them to warrant their removal? Each of these questions had a potential for varied theories.

It was these that I acted on and invented the story, THE MAGDALENE MISSION, as you will read it.

Like many good stories, it is not all fiction. My favourite term ‘faction’ came very much into play. The story is full of facts based on an extensive range of research that involves actual events, worldwide locations, and of course the Roman Catholic Church. To complete the mix, there are the ‘good guys’ and the ‘bad guys.’ Each has their own agenda and the reasons for that.

Writing stories like these, e.g. Biblical mysteries, gives me plenty of time to notice my own feelings and reactions as the narrative progresses.

There is with me an opening up sensation that I have to balance with mystical fiction, facts and reality. My own beliefs, like so many things in this world are what they are, often just beliefs, with no real way of truly knowing. I’m not here to bang my drum but to present an entertaining story that you will enjoy and maybe give you cause to wonder.


THE MAGDALENE MISSION is now available on Amazon. 
Free to read on Kindle Unlimited. 
I hope you enjoy it.

April 5, 2023
Surrey, UK

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