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.
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.
Read my first DeMille book about 8 years ago while in a book club. Up Country, General's Daughter, Panther, and started The Gatehouse. Only The Gatehouse comes close to how really bad this book.Loved the background information but the plot was all over the place. And that ending.....Zzzzzzz
Fortunately I came back to DeMille for the Panther. Now that is good stuff
Another excellent story by an author who seems to always get everything just right. Strong characters with which one can identify with and feel sympathy, anger and a host of other feelings. The storyline went from catching my interest at the beginning and wanting to know what else happened even though the last page has been turned. Highly recommend this book.
Let me declare that I have read many wonderful Nelson DeMille books. Many. However, the two latest, most particularly The Quest, have convinced me he's totally lost his touch. Don't disturb you positive view of him but look only to his works of the 70s and 80's