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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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    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 11-07-13
    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2008

    Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.

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    "Love and 2 Adventures..........."

    I enjoyed this audiobook. I liked the fact that I got two adventures in one book. The book starts out with journalists in a war zone. This part is great by the way. The journalists learn of a secret in the jungle and upon returning to civilization, decide to go back for it......despite the dangers of returning to this war-ravaged country. This planning part gets a little long and I would have liked the 2nd adventure of traipsing through the jungle on their mission to be longer. However, all in all......it was an entertaining read. Packed with excitement, mystery and of course a love story (or two), I would recommend this book to anyone.

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    Ruth M. Penson 10-16-13 Member Since 2014

    Ruth

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    "DeMille should have left this book behind in 1975"
    What would have made The Quest better?

    nothing!


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

    no


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    As good as he is, he could not save this one!!!! But he certainly made every effort.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Quest?

    The whole book!


    Any additional comments?

    DeMille should have left this book behind in 1975, never to be read again by anyone! This is a story that does nothing and goes nowhere. It just drags the reader thru an endless jungle with dull characters who are poorly developed. I love DeMille's writing, but not this. Had it been the first of DeMille's books I read, it would have also been the last! I cannot believe this is the same author who wrote "Up Country" or "Word of Honor", just to mention 2 of his excellent books. There just is no comparison between those books and "The Quest". As another reviewer said, this was a money grab!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William 10-16-13
    William 10-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Tedious"
    What disappointed you about The Quest?

    This book was written 40 years ago, it's a ripoff to sell it as a demille new book. Not that I would have minded if it was any good but it stinks. I invested 12 hours listening to it and finally had to stop for safety reasons - I listen to it during my one hour drive to and from work and i was afraid it would put me to sleep while driving. Fortunately I would periodically scream "GET TO THE POINT!"


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nelson DeMille again?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States 10-13-13
    Thomas New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Action Plus Intellectual Content!"

    This is an action/adventure filled with tons of depth, intellect and insight. An extensive rewrite by Nelson DeMille of something he did before he became a well-known writer of enormously popular novels, The Quest is a historical piece, set in the 70's, that blends action, adventure and a great amount of very well told history. It's a bunch of great characters in a great setting, doing some great things. A different Nelson DeMille from what he's done most recently, but more than worth your time!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ernie Miller Place, NY, United States 11-06-13
    Ernie Miller Place, NY, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Slow, Boring and a waste of time"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jake STONE, ID, United States 11-03-13
    Jake STONE, ID, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2014

    Rangerider

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    "A very very sloooowww DeMille."

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael CALDWELL, ID, United States 10-28-13
    Michael CALDWELL, ID, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "too much gratuitous sex"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Dietrich Fort Collins, CO United States 10-27-13
    Mary Dietrich Fort Collins, CO United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Go ahead. Waste your time and your $$$"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    a religious fanatic


    What was most disappointing about Nelson DeMille’s story?

    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?


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Monotonous. Characters could have used a lot more punch


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Swartz California 10-22-13
    C. Swartz California 10-22-13 Member Since 2007

    TV Buyer

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    "Listened for about an hour or two"
    What disappointed you about The Quest?

    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.


    What could Nelson DeMille have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write a new book


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

    I love Scott Brick so I hated giving this book such a bad rating. He is my favorite reader.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It got rid of one of my credits so I do not have to worry about using that credit before it expires.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Fredericksburg, VA, United States 10-20-13
    Linda Fredericksburg, VA, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Scott Brick?

    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?


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

    No, I will probably listen to other DeMille novels.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I think Mr. Brick's performance was very good.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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