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
DeMille. Scott brick is great.. together they are unbeatable. cannot pass up their work. great.
** 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.
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