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3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  3,899 ratings  ·  649 reviews
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 wha
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Hardcover, 458 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Center Street (first published 1975)
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Kemper
(I received a free copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for a review.)

Apparently Nelson DeMille wrote the first version of this book back in 1975, and it’s about people having an adventure while trying to find the Holy Grail. Even though I’ve been reading DeMille since the ‘80s, I’d never even heard of it. So despite his best-selling career writing thrillers about cops, spies and terrorists, I’m gonna assume that the success of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code really chapped DeMille’s ass, and t
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Patrice Hoffman
I have wanted to read a book by Nelson DeMille for a long time now. I occasionally see his books are I peruse the shelfs at my favorite bookstore. When I was approved a review copy by Netgalley I did a happy dance like none other. Sadly, that happy dance turned into me ripping my hair out and screaming ARGH! to the top of my lungs.

Let's begin with an overview of The Quest. An old priest who's been incarcerated in an Ethiopian prison for 40 years is minutes from his death by gaurd when the walls
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Tucker Elliot
“The Quest”

If John Corey and his sarcastic sense of humor had been in Ethiopia looking for the Holy Grail then I admit it would have taken DeMille’s THE QUEST to a whole new level – or at least based on some other reviews I’ve seen it would have been a more enjoyable ride for much of DeMille’s fan base. That being said, I have to admit I really liked it anyway.

I know it’s a rewrite of a book originally written by DeMille four decades ago. That wasn’t a secret and it didn’t bother me – although I
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Lee Lipps
To my surprise, I still had my copy of DeMille's original version of The Quest in a 1975 paperback. It has been quite interesting, fun actually, to compare his original with his re-written version.Today's version is substantially revised, most notably by punching up the humor and sarcasm a bit. He also tones down the introspection in this newer version, but not enough for my taste. It still borders more closely to bathos rather than pathos.
As for the plot, it might be well to remember DeMille de
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Sue
Oh my, this was a major disappointment. Characters that you really didn't care about, riddled with inconsistencies, and the world's cheesiest ending. Mr. DeMille, are you really this desperate for cash? Did you have a pressing contract? I just don't understand this insulting slap in your loyal readers' faces. If you're a DeMille fan, skip this.
Chris Bauer
I've read a great many books by Nelson DeMille and have largely enjoyed them all.

Until now. I actually feel guilty about not enjoying the work more; DeMille is a great writer and I've recommended his other works time and time again.

His latest book "The Quest" was, in my opinion, a complete misfire. The plot was promising and complete with interesting twists and turns. The setting was absolutely fascinating and I'm determined to make some time to learn a little more about the storied past of Et
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Will
Oct 08, 2013 Will rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Action adventure junkies
First of all, I have read all of Nelson DeMille's primary novels and I consider him the American novelist laureate. To put it succinctly, I consider DeMille to be my favorite author. But in this case. Ovid's explanation of 'Love bade me write' does not quite hack it. Not since Night Fall have I seen the end of the book bail out Nelson DeMille the way it did in The Quest. But the rest of Night Fall was supreme, which ranks it far higher than The Quest. As an author myself, I agree that adding the ...more
JoAnne Pulcino
THE QUEST

Nelson DeMille

I know every blockbuster spawns multiple copycats but more to the point why do I feel I have to read them? I do know why and it’s because when an author I admire writes a book I'm eager to continue my relationship with him. And then I found out that this book was originally written in 1975 when I read it for the first time. Since then the genre has become terribly overloaded.

Dear Mr. DeMille much to my regret I have to say, been there, done that so despite a few good char
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Ed Armstrong
Oct 28, 2013 Ed Armstrong added it
Shelves: boring
This novel is not worthy of Nelson DeMille. It was so boring I stopped Reading it - so bad it doesn't even warrant a star.
Jeanne Ledden
I have been a huge Nelson DeMille fan for many years, and generally have enjoyed his books. Most of them have been hard to put down and very captivating. It seems like quite a few years since he has written a book and I was looking forward to this one. However, I was very disappointed in this and actually have decided to stop reading it - something I rarely do with any book. First of all, the topic has been addressed in a number of other books, and it seems to be an overdone topic at this point. ...more
Nancy
Love DeMille, hated this. I truly feel cheated. Didn't like the characters, dialog, plot, nothing.
Linda
Nelson DeMille is known for his heart pounding thrillers and this book joins his distinguished list or novels. However, it is another story about the hunt for the Holy Grail. How many stories have been involved in that quest? Too man to count and Mr. DeMille joins that list.

I must say I have a problem with some of his character's and their sarcastic comments or off-the-cuff-remarks which kept me from finishing The Panther. I found the same thing with the main character of this novel but not as a
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Drew
Oct 09, 2014 Drew added it
An awful book, just awful. Torturously slow, and with all the excitement of a wet funeral. I am a newcomer to the work of Mr. DeMille, and after reading this book it will be a longtime before I pick up another of his titles.
I simply cannot fathom the point of either this book, originally written in the 70s, or of its contemporary re-publication. It has zero thrills, zero adventure and zero plot - it seems to be an attempt at a 'Heart Of Darkness'-type journey into the soul of a group of intrepid
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Kate
This is a review for the original, 1975 edition. I understand that a re-written, updated version is being published in 2013 -- I didn't read that book!

Picked this up at a book exchange, and didn't expect much from it. I found it generally pretty lame, and forgettable.
Shel Schipper
This was an mediocre story centered around three fairly unlikeable main characters. The premise, however, is fascinating. "The Quest" is the story of that quintessential endless quest for spiritual enlightenment shared by all of us; but in this case, is made even more interesting by setting the story as a search for the historic Holy Grail within an obsidian monastery hidden deep in the jungles of Ethiopia during the civil wars of the 1970's. The history is what is most interesting. The royalty ...more
Kate
Really disappointing. i looked forward to another DeMille, having read and thoroughly enjoyed all of his others. However, I really got tired of trudging through the jungles of Ethiopia and running from the bad guys. The characters were just ok and I didn't really care who got the girl in the end. Besides I am getting tired of the Holy Grail. But that is just me. Would probably have given it a 2 star but my loyalty to DeMille wouldn't let me do it. Maybe it is because we are of the same generatio ...more
Tracy
When I saw that Nelson DeMille had a new book out, I was really interested in reading it as I enjoy his writing. I did not realize that he had written this book originally in the 1970s and had revamped this one for 2013. It would be interesting to compare the two books. In his acknowledgments he mentioned that his editor said the original book needed more sex. Actually, for me, that was the one thing I felt this book didn't need. I liked the quest portion of the book but the romance just detract ...more
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Nelson DeMille reworked a book he originally published in 1975, in which the protagonists seek the holy grail in war-torn Ethiopia. Two journalists and a photographer come across a dying priest, who has been imprisoned for 40 years in a country ravaged by jungle lords and national armies. The three decide to seek the relic from the Last Supper, but have a very twisted relationship. Not as good as Raiders of the Lost Ark, not even close.
Jim A
This is a reissue and update of a book written 30-35 years ago. I'm happy that I checked this out at the library rather than buying it. I didn't really like this book when I first read it in the 80's and that opinion hasn't changed.

For the readers that are using this book as a beginning for DeMille's work, if you didn't like this try a few others. Some of them are excellent ( 5 stars) and others are quite good (4 stars).
Anne Slater
Every thriller/spy.adventure writer with a brain HAS to write a Hunting-For-The-Grail novel They rarely succeed.

This one does, in spades! Great character interaction (arguments, mutual assistance, love conflicts), background. The build-up to the find makes your heart race. You don't want to put the book down.

Just Go Get It!

So-- why did I give it 4 stars instead of 5? Because, according to the acknowledgments Kate Hartson wanted him to put more sex into it. The scenes were boring, poke-her-and-g
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Deah
I like books about quests to find holy objects, and I'm super interested in the way that Ethiopia believes they have the ark of the covenant in a chapel in Axum. I even flew to Axum to see said chapel. And the history of the Falasha Jews is a really interesting historical topic as well.
But I'm rating this book only three stars because of the characters. The two men are basically a younger and older version of the same guy, and the woman kind of flits, rather rudely, between the two. I was much
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William Cone
The decision to rewrite and republish The Quest was apparently made by the author and his publisher over cocktails. Mr. DeMille should have listened to that inner voice telling him good decisions are never made in bars. Fans expecting the thrills of The Charm School or The Lion's Game will quickly understand The Quest is little more than reheated leftovers.

Unfortunately republishing was not the author's only bad decision. He tells us Ms. Kate Hartson helped him understand the original version n
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Karen
Although I stuck with the book to find out whether or not the characters in the book were successful in their quest (another search for the Holy Grail…will that topic never die?), I really didn't care if they lived or died. For me, the most interesting parts of the book were about the history and geography of Ethiopia, a country I know little about other than the much publicized famines that occurred there over the years and, if I'm correct, gave rise to the song "We are the World" back when ent ...more
Robert
Being as DeMille is one of my favorite authors I really had a hard time rating this one. At the end I thought of going four stars but ended up giving this one a three. Perhaps I could be a bit generous and say close to three and a half. I have read a few books this year that, according to the description, have been a bit misleading. The Quest is another of those books. I thought this would be a grand tale of Indiana Jones, Demille style, proportion telling of a quest for the Holy Grail. So we be ...more
Scott  Breslove
Nelson DeMille is without a doubt one of my favorite authors, but I don't think this book even cracks my top 10 of DeMille's books. Although, I don't think that that is a criticism of this book as much as it is acclaim for some of his others. I wasn't enamored with the religious aspects of this book, but that doesn't really impact my feelings about this book. The plot was awesome, as well as the settings. My main flaw with this book was probably the characters. I didn't find many of them too lik ...more
Sandino
Оценка три минус.
Това е най- първата книга на Демил, която е решил да разшири двойно и да преиздаде. За съжаление това ми е най- малко любимата му книга. Цялата средна част е планиране на пътуването и кроене на планове, като се повтарят едни и същи неща отново и отново. И в крайна сметка самото пътуане, което потготвяме цяла книга е развива за 50 страници. Слава богу прокрадва се типичния за Демил саркастичен хумор(няма да се учудя ако е прибавен при донаписването). Затова и Пърсел е готин образ
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Lisa Dolatowski
The Quest is along the lines popularized by Dan Brown's recent works (an earlier, shorter version was actually published in paperback in 1975).
This story centres around 2 journalists (Frank Purcell and Henry Mercado) and a photographer (Vivian Smith) who are in Ethiopia to cover the war that is going on.. On their travels they meet a dying priest, Father Armando. He was locked up because he was protecting the location of the Holy Grail. Armando is the last remaining witness to an expedition star
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Definitely not De Mille's best, yet a worthwhile, if overly lengthy read.Rewritten from an earlier, shorter version, the resultant novel presents interesting details about Ethiopia's history and its violent transition from a hereditary emperor to a Marxist government. The country's struggles and rich environments form the background for a trio of reporters searching for the Holy Grail whose Ethiopian location is revealed to them by a dying priest. So far, so good, but the story of the quest seem ...more
Victoria Adams
As published on my blog: Victoria's Reading Alcove


This weekend I admittedly faced the need for recharging. Sometimes you get so wrapped up in meeting deadline after deadline and solving all the issues, great and small in life, that you suddenly find yourself walking on thin air. With no certain knowledge that you can fly. It was, perhaps, an excellent place from which to venture into Nelson DeMille’s The Quest.
Nelson DeMille is, to me, a consummate storyteller. He will often drag me off into th
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Rob1109
Let me begin by saying I'm a big Nelson DeMille fan. He is one of my 5 favorite authors and I have thoroughly loved all of his novels. Not only do I love the John Corey stories but also enjoyed Spencerville and Mayday.

I was not thrilled with the subject matter (the search for the Holy Grail) but figured since it's DeMille I'll read it and surely enjoy it. I was wrong.
I realized at the outset of this novel it was written 40 years ago. I will say he's become a much better author. "The Quest" shoul
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille. He moved as a child with his family to Long Island. In high school, he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army and attended Officer Candidate School. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army (1966-69) and saw action as an
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