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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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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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    Janels 11-17-13
    Janels 11-17-13
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    "The team of DeMille and Brick does it again"

    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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    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 11-17-13
    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2001
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    "While I Enjoy DeMille this came up a bit short"

    Demille & Brick make a great team and while Brick delivered the material he had to work with was a bit off. All in all though an enjoyable listen.

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    Dennis United States 11-12-13
    Dennis United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who wants a history of the area


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

    I don't know. It was just not up to the standard that I expected.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He, too, sounded bored by the narration


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappoimtment


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to othe titles by the author

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    John Mundelein, IL, United States 11-11-13
    John Mundelein, IL, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "In the vein of the "John" character..."
    What did you love best about The Quest?

    Demille has developed the sarcastic John character so well and in this novel uses a derivative of him. You can hear John Corey and John Sutter in Frank's words as you listen to the book. I found the story to be intriguing in a Dan Brown way of mixing history with mystery and love the "john" characterization.


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

    Consistency in the author's "voice" from other DeMille books.


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    John Eastham 11-09-13
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    "This is Classic DeMille"
    If you could sum up The Quest in three words, what would they be?

    Another great story!


    Any additional comments?

    Have never read a DeMille book (have read them all ) that I didn't quickly became engrossed with. Characters are 'real' and credible. Story is unique but accessible..

    Another excellent Scott Brick performance!!

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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 2015

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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!!!

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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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