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Monday, October 21, 2013

"The Quest" by Nelson DeMille~Nobody Writes Like Him!


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.





Published by:  Center Street/Hachette Book Group

Pages:  455

Genre:  Fiction/Suspense/Thriller

Author:  Nelson DeMille





Nelson DeMille is the author of eighteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, and The Panther. His other New York Times betsellers include Wild Fire, The Gold Coast, and The General's Daughter. For more information on the author, you can go to www.NelsonDeMille.net. - See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/authors/nelson-demille/#about

Just want to start out by saying Nelson DeMille never lets me down personally, and he's one of my favorite suspense/thriller authors from way back!  I can honestly say that when he writes a book, I just take it without even looking at what it's about.  I know it's going to be a thriller.  In short, I'm a huge fan.  Seriously, a bookseller recommended "The Charm School" to me in the late 1980's and I was absolutely hooked--forever.
I wish I could put my finger on what his magic is.  I know his characters are so alive they grab you from the first pages.  You feel like you know them intimately, and you feel as if you're taking their dangerous trip with them.  The drama is high.  The situations in the plot are extreme and seemingly insurmountable.  The humor amidst it all is grand, dry and irreverent...it will have you laughing out loud.  The mix of all the above in this book keeps you turning the pages faster than you can believe as the story melts away.
In this particular novel, as well,  DeMille takes us on a wild ride through war torn Ethiopia searching for a lost monastery and the Holy Grail.  It's a story told by others in other genre, but not in the style of this master thriller author.  He puts in the twist of a menage a trois and their captivity by a sexual deviate, psychotic warlord...not to mention the other violent near misses of their horrifying search and obtain mission.  The other element  I found new for this author is the spiritual content.  Very interesting in the possibly agnostic hands of DeMille...or at least what is his telling of the different sides of the various spiritual players and their quest for the Grail.

I usually find DeMille's books so compelling that I can't put them down.  This book kept me reading all day, but for another reason.  Frankly, because I thought it would pick up more at some point.  It did as it ran toward the end, but I thought that was an awfully long time to wait.  Not your typical for him...it's usually very high octane from the start.

I recommend "The Quest" for all his fans, absolutely.  However, I'm not sure it's the best of his books.  Although, even one of his second-best books is better than anyone else's top-level trys!

4 stars                  Deborah/TheBookishDame



I like his books too. His characters and dialogue always ring true.

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