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 am a dedicated DeMille fan but I have to say this book was bad, I found the plot slow to develop and not very interesting. Most annoying for me though, was DeMille's character development. The character of Purcell was nothing more than a ripoff of a Demille favorite John Corey. Wise ass comments and attitude. Bricks narration probably reinforced these negative feelings as he is same narrator for all John Corey novels.
This Is the second worse DeMille book but much better than Word Of Honor. Story is about the search for the Holy Grail after an old monk locked in prison for 40 years gets out due to an attack on his prison. That is the best part. Then the three amigo's, two competing men and one women of questionable morality set out to find the black monastery. Sounds interesting? It aint. I think they sat at a table in a cafe and talked about it for about an hour. Then they moved to the library and talked about it for an hour or two. Then they went to the hotel room and talked about it for a long while. Then the woman has sex with one of the horney men and they talk about it some more. Then the slutty woman has sex with the other man and she knows that he knows that she knows he knows that she had sex with the other man but she loves the one man and did it to end the relationship. (pause for breath) Meanwhile back at the Quest, the book is almost finished and the Quest isn't even started. But, in the last few pages they cross the continent, find the monastery, see the grail, are overcome by the spirit of God and leave empty handed feeling great about life in general.
I was disappointed in the gratuitous, explicit sex. I have appreciated DeMille recent books particularly enjoying John Correy. But this one hit you over the head with explicit sex rather than just the suggestion. I didn't care for it at all.
a religious fanatic
Plot was trite and out of date. Characters lacked any kind of depth and conflict, outside of sexual jealousy. Themes were sophomoric.... "If you believe in love you believe in God"?! Really?
Monotonous. Characters could have used a lot more punch
I could tell it was bad from the beginning when I found out it was an old book dragged out to sucker us Demille lovers into purchasing it. Waste of a credit.
Write a new book
I love Scott Brick so I hated giving this book such a bad rating. He is my favorite reader.
It got rid of one of my credits so I do not have to worry about using that credit before it expires.
I have read other DeMille novels and found them engrossing; however, the Quest seemed to go on and on and never really gets anything done. The story didn't seem to have a main focus. Was it the sexual relationship between the characters, the history of the war torn country, or the quest for an elusive religious object?
No, I will probably listen to other DeMille novels.
I think Mr. Brick's performance was very good.
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