** spoiler alert ** This book was a rewritten shorter work from the 70s. It should have probably been left shorter. This novel is way too long and plodding. The title would be more fitting if it were "Talking About the Quest" or "Planning a Quest." There is a TON of slow, tedious, only moderately interesting planning and discussing and preparing for the Grail quest. The relationship aspect was apparently grafted on for the novel and wow, is it frustrating. The lead female character just needs to make her mind up about the man she wants! After the long, sometimes interminable leadup to the quest, the team encounters a character that confirms of their speculations and the book speeds to a quick finish, including a pretty predictable encounter with the book's main bad guy.
Probably not when I compare this novel to other books written by Nelson Demille
This book was a huge disappointment. Other books by this author are usually 5 Star. Scott Brick again delivers a fine performance, but the book was too long for the plot. The description of Ethiopia during the 70's revolution is much appreciated, but the story itself was average.
The very beginning about the priest's captivity and escape.
I'm a big Nelson DeMille fan, However the story line takes far to long to hook you into this book.
Nelson DeMille has been my favorite since I first read Charm School 20 plus years ago. His stories have explored many exciting venues and he has developed dozens of unique individual characters. However, Mr. DM admits that The Quest was rewritten under pressure from his publisher to "sex it up" in order to sell more books. In doing so, it transformed the story line from exciting, exotic, adventure; to the quest of the whining chick. It's a shame that this Master Storyteller could not stay true to himself. Not even super Scott Brick could save this tale.
The time has come, and Kate would look great in black. I've loved the Corey series from start to finish, but this one is just too regurgitated for me. In this one DeMille trots out the same jokes, the same basic plot structure, basically everything except the surroundings that he has used since Plum Island...and it's kinda just enough. Plus, does anyone know if Scott Brick suffered some sort of nasal injury? I don't think so, because I've listened to some of his other work from the same time period, but he (or the director?) seems to have made some odd choices in this one. His voice characterization sounds less like a wise-cracking NY cop and more like Howard Cosell with a sinus infection. It's too bad, because Brick is one of my all-time favs, but at least it seems to be limited to this effort. Oh well. Get the rest of the series -- it's great -- but pass on this one.
Very slow moving . . story not very interesting
I read all of DeMille . . and love the intrigue, John Corey smart ass character. This was just boring and slow moving
Want my money back