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
Don't think I could recommend this to any one under 40. Really? Raunchy sex and the Holy Grail?
The travel and history
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.
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.
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.
Love books. I'm a bookseller! An avid reader too.
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.
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.
Scott's intonations in characters are amazing but even he couldn't rescue this book.
I'm not sure. It was not his normal story.
Sycamore Row. Half read and it is one of his best.
Very very good
This was really a terrific read and as always, Scott Brick brings it to life. The story line is fun to follow and keeps the listener engaged. I read the reviews and hesitated to purchase, eventhough DeMille is one of my all time favorite authors. I am writing this only as a reaction to the reviews discouraging this book. This my first post.
The build up an preparation to the Quest. The details and in classic DeMille, the fun of personalities of the team. You listen, smile, laugh and sometimes say ugh.....
He is the best hands down, never disappointed.
I see that The Quest is getting a lot of criticism but I enjoyed it as a typical DeMille book. The narration by Scott Brick made it feel like another sarcastic John Corey story. It kept my attention throughout.
This was definitely worth the journey! A bit slow getting started and nearly bailed an hour in but in the end I was glad I hadn't given it up.
I understand that this title has been completely rewritten and the Author explains at the end why he was moved to do so. Hearing about what he changed - it sounds as though these were needed improvements. It was entertaining and the character Purcell was so dry....there were parts that were laugh out loud funny......."right....." A twisted love triangle helped keep it well balanced. Some parts dragged a bit -- their travels through Rome and the parts about the Vatican were great - the political climate he described in Ethiopia was interesting to say the least. Overall well worth the credit!
It is hard to imagine the team of Nelson DeMille and narrator Scott Brick doing anything but the best. This was really no exception, in spite of the fact that it was really a rehash of a much, much earlier work. The plot was unremarkable, the search for the holy grail, and some of the characters were stereotypical, but the trademark wise-cracking protagonist, as brilliantly portrayed by Brick, made it all worthwhile. The ending was a bit cobbled; but, again, it is DeMille, who is a master. Evidently he required the addition of love scenes for the republication, and these were quirky and not entirely believable. However, it does, in general work, and is a satisfying read, with special insight into the terrible wages of war.
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