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The Quest: A Novel Paperback – June 24, 2014
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Nelson DeMille is at the absolute peak of his powers in "The Quest" (Center Street, 464 pages, $26) an epic tale that's broad in both scope and vision, harkening back to his earlier masterworks such as "The Charm School" and "By the Rivers of Babylon" as it brings the action in Africa of the mid-1970s. That's where an old priest named Father Armando emerges from a bombed-out prison after decades in captivity with the location of nothing less than the Holy Grail tucked in his mind.
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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 infantry platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam. He was decorated with the Air Medal, Bronze Star, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
DeMille returned to the States and went back to Hofstra University where he received his degree in Political Science and History. He has three children, Lauren, Alexander, and James, and still lives on Long Island.
DeMille's earlier books were NYPD detective novels. His first major novel was By the Rivers of Babylon, published in 1978 and still in print, as are all his succeeding novels. He is a member of The Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, and American Mensa. He was a past president of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers ThrillerMaster of the Year 2015. He holds three honorary doctorates: Doctor of Humane Letters from Hofstra University, Doctor of Literature from Long Island University, and Doctor of Humane Letters from Dowling College.
Nelson DeMille is the author of: By the Rivers of Babylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General's Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Up Country, Night Fall, Wild Fire, The Gate House, The Lion, The Panther, The Quest, and Radiant Angel. He also co-authored Mayday with Thomas Block and has contributed short stories, book reviews, and articles to magazines and newspapers.
Top Customer Reviews
When I finally got it on my kindle, I cracked it open almost immediately and settled in for an all nighter.
A couple of hours and 125 pages later, I was so disappointed with this book, I found myself googing for more info.....and that's when I discovered it had been written 40 years ago.
DeMille pompously admits to "updating" it by adding "more sex".....seriously!?!?!
It is a total ripoff and I may never read anything he writes ever again, that's how angry I am at being duped.
If I could have given it "zero" stars, I would have; without that option, I gave it the lowest rating possible.
Amazon, thank you for refunding my money; as always, you are a pleasure to work with.
Save your money, folks, and skip this one; too many great books out there waiting for us!
I was looking forward to "The Quest" as the blurb sounded like an intriguing mix of adventure, politics, and maybe some mythology thrown in for good measure.
Imagine my surprise, after I got it and started reading it, in finding out in the very first few pages that this book is actually one he wrote BEFORE his usually-acknowledged "first" book, "Babylon". It actually precedes the publication of that book by three years - published in 1975 as opposed to "Babylon's" 1978 (according to Wikipedia) - and enjoyed a very limited release which promptly (and understandably) sank out of sight.
Wouldn't you think that the fact that it's a recycling of his first failed attempt at authorship would be a germane tidbit of information potential buyers might like to know? I sure would. And yet not one word about that little factoid in either the Amazon product description nor the book's flyleaf. You have to actually start reading the book before you find that out, which means you've more than likely already bought it. In which case, sad news for YOU.
Had I known that, I wouldn't have bothered with this book. I thought "Babylon" was trite, neither well-written nor polished, with shallow characterizations and a simplistic plot. But THIS book makes it look like classic literature by comparison.Read more ›
Sadly, this book is pathetic. Badly written, stuffed with irrelevant, hackneyed details, shallow and unbelievable characters, and uninteresting action.
I pre-ordered it, expecting a treat. Burnt offerings, instead.
Why would a respected author put his name to such a travesty??? Has he no self-respect? How does he want to be remembered?
A double whammy... turns out this is a retread of a failure. DeMille's loyal readers don't deserve that.
My first review ever. Had a duty to warn the gullible public.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would LOVE to see this as a movie. This was my favorite read of the past year and first DeMille. I will read all the rest if his others are as good or better, as other reviewers... Read morePublished 1 day ago by NRL
Slow in all the right places. Exceptional story with a lot of human tension with action galore. Worth the read.Published 2 days ago by Milo Bisconer
Good rewrite. I think Nelson does a good job of researching. I got a much better feel for Ethiopia in the 70's from reading the book.Published 5 days ago by Don Golden
Love DeMille as an author, but this one seemed a bit lack luster. I would classify as a "Beach Read". Read morePublished 5 days ago by Molly
I stuck with it because I am a fan of the author and although I think I learned some interesting things, it was my least favourite of his works so far.Published 6 days ago by Cill Van Der Velden
This is a rewrite of a shorter earlier version, Engaging but drags at times.The ending leaves something to be desired. Not his best.
All in all, I really liked this book. There are parts that are slow, but I enjoy books with factual information included. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Susan Phillips
Cannot say enough about Nelson DeMille's writing. Whether funny or semi-humorous, I enjoy ever word.Published 13 days ago by Ol' Reg