The Quest

The Quest

Book - 2013
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AUTHOR'S NOTE:
An earlier, shorter version of The Quest was published in paperback in 1975. In 2013, I rewrote The Quest and doubled its length, making it, I hope, a far better story than the original, without deviating from the elements that made the story so powerful and compelling when I first wrote it. In other words, what made The Quest worth rewriting remains, and whatever is changed is for the better.
I was happy and excited to have this opportunity to rewrite and republish what I consider my first "big" novel, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did when I first wrote it.
BOOK DESCRIPTION:
A sweeping adventure that's equal parts thriller and love story, Nelson DeMille's newest novel takes the reader from the war torn jungles of Ethiopia to the magical city of Rome.
While the Ethiopian Civil War rages, a Catholic priest languishes in prison. Forty years have passed since he last saw daylight. His crime? Claiming to know the true location of Christ's cup from the Last Supper. Then the miraculous happens - a mortar strikes the prison and he is free!
Old, frail, and injured, he escapes to the jungle, where he encounters two Western journalists and a beautiful freelance photographer taking refuge from the carnage. As they tend to his wounds, he relates his incredible story.
Motivated by the sensational tale and their desire to find the location of the holiest of relics, the trio agrees to search for the Grail.
Thus begins an impossible quest that will pit them against murderous tribes, deadly assassins, fanatical monks, and the passions of their own hearts.
THE QUEST is suspenseful, romantic, and filled with heart-pounding action. Nelson DeMille is at the top of his game as he masterfully interprets one of history's greatest mysteries.
Publisher: New York :, Center Street,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781455503162
9781455576425
1455576425
Branch Call Number: FIC DeMil
Characteristics: 458 pages

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Aug 06, 2016

The Quest. --- by. --- Nelson DeMille.
DeMille's Quest is another one of those quest for the holy Grail adventure novels. Just what the world needed. But this quest is just a little bit different. For one thing, it isn't set in Rome, it isn't set in Britain. Rather this one is set in the steamy jungles of Ethiopia. DeMille's characters are blessed, or cursed by their usual sense of wit. The novel features sadistic colonels Who love to torment their captives before executing them. The novel features scavenging horsemen who follow the circuit of battlefields in their own quest for the spoils of war: weapons, uniforms, food and drink, body parts. Well, you get the picture.
DeMille has certainly forged another one of those novels sure to keep you entertained if not exactly enlightened. Fun to read if you like this king of book. For sure, Agatha Raisin it ain't.

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SallyHawkins
May 11, 2016

It makes no sense to rewrite a book to twice its length after publication. Sounds like the author is extremely lazy and desperate and can't be bothered with originality.

Seems to be the longer a writer is successful the worst their books get. I learned years ago the very best books are the author's debut novels.

ChristchurchLib May 08, 2016

Originally published in 1975 and rewritten (to nearly twice the original length) and republished in 2013, The Quest follows three journalists in the 1970s as they follow up on a tip from a dying priest. Originally in Ethiopia to cover that country's civil war, their quest for a scoop changes focus when the mortally wounded priest, who claims to have been imprisoned for decades, tells them he's found the Holy Grail. Captured by rebel forces and then kicked out of the country, the three -- driven by different motivations -- plan their return. Fans of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code may be interested in this early take on a historical mystery.

Dazio May 16, 2015

I can't say that this is one go DeMille's better works. His more recent books are better. That being said I still enjoyed the book and character development.

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childlee
Jan 15, 2015

A disappointment. It drags. It repeats. I skimmed paragraphs.
Ending best part.

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dannnn
Jun 28, 2014

His worst by far. Makes me wonder if you wrote it.

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sharlkan
Feb 24, 2014

Such a disappointment, DeMille is so much better than the contents of this book. I returned it only half read. Not up to Camel Club standards and the use of explicit sex woven throughout is a sign of diminished talent.

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harrybosch
Jan 12, 2014

Very long and dragged out. After 300 pages you still have not reached the main objective. Annoying and naïve main characters. Its almost a copy of Up Country, with just the names and places changed. A very poor effort from Mr. DeMille. 2 stars at best.

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eljefe88
Dec 19, 2013

Far from DemIlle's best!
Very, very far!

mishimishi Nov 14, 2013

In the past I have loved all of Mr. DeMille's books. This novel, however, in my opinion dragged on and on. The story kept repeating itself with desert fights between different desert tribes and it is very graphic and disturbing. The entire chapters seemed to be based on one fight after another and the description of the savagery of the tribes. There seemed to be no change to this novel as I neared the middle of the book so I returned it without finishing it. This is the FIRST DeMille novel I returned without reading to the end.

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