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The Quest: A Novel | [Nelson DeMille]

The Quest: A Novel

From the locked archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely trio begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. Two journalists and a beautiful photographer are traveling together in a broken down Jeep while covering the 1975 Ethiopian civil war. Both men fall in love with the woman and that complicates things. When the trio winds up lost in the jungle, in the no man's land between the fighting factions, they take cover and dig in for the night. In their hiding place, they encounter a dying man who tells them an amazing and quite unbelievable story. But for some reason - one that they grapple with for the rest of their journey - that night they believe.
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Publisher's Summary

From the locked archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely trio begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. Two journalists and a beautiful photographer are traveling together in a broken down Jeep while covering the 1975 Ethiopian civil war. Both men fall in love with the woman and that complicates things.

When the trio winds up lost in the jungle, in the no man's land between the fighting factions, they take cover and dig in for the night. In their hiding place, they encounter a dying man who tells them an amazing and quite unbelievable story. But for some reason - one that they grapple with for the rest of their journey - that night they believe.

The dying man is a priest who has been imprisoned for 40 years because - as he tells it - he found the Holy Grail. This night he has escaped from the prison because it was bombed during the day's fire fight. Unfortunately, the priest was hit, too, so his freedom only lasts for one short night. But it's long enough for Father Armando to describe for our journalists the location of Christ's cup from The Last Supper - and it's long enough to make them believe his story....

Thus begins their quest - a deadly adventure that pits them against the Vatican, murderous tribesmen, shadowy assassins, fanatical Coptic monks and, ultimately, against the powers of the Grail itself.

In the best Nelson DeMille tradition, The Quest takes listeners on a heart-pounding, thrilling ride, as well as to quite a few good bars in Rome. Against the backdrop of a legend that has lasted 2,000 years, and with a love affair influencing many decisions, good eventually triumphs - but at a steep price.

©2013 Nelson DeMille (P)2013 Hachette

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    Bonita Excelsior, MN, United States 11-18-14
    Bonita Excelsior, MN, United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm a big Nelson DeMille fan, However the story line takes far to long to hook you into this book.


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    Kathryn A. Flanigan Aliso Viejo, CA United States 10-09-14
    Kathryn A. Flanigan Aliso Viejo, CA United States 10-09-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Bummed by Rewrite"

    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.

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    Book tramp 08-05-14
    Book tramp 08-05-14
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    "Time for Corey to die in the line of duty"

    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.

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    albert 05-18-14
    albert 05-18-14
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    "DeMille's disappointment"
    What disappointed you about The Quest?

    Very slow moving . . story not very interesting


    What was most disappointing about Nelson DeMille’s story?

    I read all of DeMille . . and love the intrigue, John Corey smart ass character. This was just boring and slow moving


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Complete Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Want my money back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Denham Springs, LA, United States 04-26-14
    Michael Denham Springs, LA, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not as bad as reviews make you believe."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's Demille and Brick. nuff said


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like all of Demille's works. Narration is the key to any story and Scott Brick could read obits in a way that would cheer you up.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Dying priest questioning


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    huh?


    Any additional comments?

    no. that last question killed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Minetto, NY, United States 04-16-14
    Gary Minetto, NY, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Fascinating story but far too salacious"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Don't think I could recommend this to any one under 40. Really? Raunchy sex and the Holy Grail?


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The travel and history


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Always good


    Was The Quest worth the listening time?

    No


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    Woodrow 04-05-14
    Woodrow 04-05-14
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    "A Little To Far Fetched for Me"

    DeMille says in his comments at the end of the book, that this is a rewrite. He probably did make it better, but it is still a little to "sweet" for me. If I want to read about a search for the Holy Grail, I would choose to read something from a King Arthur series. The closer they get to the end, the more difficult it becomes to suspend disbelief and go with the story. I used to rate Nelson DeMille right up there with Michael Connelly and Daniel Silva. After this I'm taking him off of my wish list.

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    Jennifer Mexico, NY, United States 02-28-14
    Jennifer Mexico, NY, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not DeMille's best work."

    I knew this was a rework before I used my credit, so I was not expecting The Lion or WildFire. DeMille has evolved into the writer we know and love over many years so I knew this would be a step back, not forward. This book started out interesting and I was intrigued enough to continue listening. Some of it was a little unrealistic and irritating and as it became more fantastic I stopped caring about all the characters but Purcell. It was a struggle to finish and I was underwhelmed as the credits rolled. I still love DeMille but I don't love this book.

    Of course Scott Brick was amazing but the material he was reading was not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane United States 02-28-14
    Jane United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Bad, just bad."

    I normally like Nelson DeMille's books, but this one was just bad. It was long and boring. The narration was devoid of emotion. The characters were one dimensional and I just didn't like anything about them. The only characters in the story I liked died. What a waste of time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    eQualityBooks Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 01-27-14
    eQualityBooks Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2012

    Love books. I'm a bookseller! An avid reader too.

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    "Not his best by a long shot"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really appreciated the research that went into writing this book and the effort to paint the picture of what we were seeing and where they were in Ethiopia and other European areas such as Italy. I've always appreciated that about his books ...that while you listened you could picture yourself there. But the storyline in this was terribly weak. And the three or four main characters in it were vapid and one-dimensional. He never has written women particularly well but in this case it was the worst. Vivianne was not very impressive. Her two sidekicks were so unsympathetic to me as a reader that I really didn't care what happened to anybody by the time I was three quarters of the way through the book.


    Has The Quest turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. In the case of this particular writer it's understandable that he loved the feeling of this book. I also sometimes go back and read things that I wrote 20 or 30 years ago appreciating the feeling of writing it but I don't subject other people to it. Perhaps he has learned his lesson. I'm sure he reads these reviews.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott's intonations in characters are amazing but even he couldn't rescue this book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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