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
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
Yes. It's Demille and Brick. nuff said
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.
Dying priest questioning
no. that last question killed it.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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