The Quest

The Quest

by Nelson DeMille
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The Quest 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 187 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MY husband and I both usually enjoy Nelson DeMille's books. So I was anticipating the arrival of the pre-ordered  copy of The Quest. Upon opening the book you find an author's note stating that it was published 40  years ago and on the advice of an editor sex was added to make it more current.Barnes and Noble should have been truthful to its loyal customers and revealed this fact. Feel totally ripped off and should be receiving a refund! I think I will stop pre-ordering books and wait for readers comments before purchasing . Pass tis comment onto the author and publisher.
NorthernSue More than 1 year ago
I would have said prior to reading this book "Nelson Demille is my favorite author". I've read all of his books and eagerly anticipated this book when I preordered it. I'm not sure what happened but this book is dull and the characters are pretty one dimensional. Usually, Demille's books catch me right away and I'm interested in the story. I love his usual cheeky approach to relationships between men and women. It is fun. Not so in this book. What happened, Mr. Demille? Perhaps it is because this book was originally written earlier in your career and didn't show the depth of your usual mature writing. Please don't take and old work and "update or rewrite" it again. I feel ripped off!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Quest is awful. Nelson DeMille is one of only 10or so authors that I read the second the book becomes available. Never again. I stopped reading this book after slogging through 150 pages, and realizing that reading is supposed to be pleasant and this wasn't. Just a very boring story with uninspied characters. Terrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nelson Demille is one of my favorite authors and I eagerly awaited the release of this book but was sorely disappointed. He mentioned it was one of his earlier books he re-wrote, but it reads like he found one of his college manuscripts in a box and decided to publish it with little or no effort and capitalize on his name. Shame on Mr. Demille and please do not waste you money on this tripe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's difficult for me to pick a favorite novel by Nelson DeMille because I love them all. But I think this is my favorite. I hate to give too much away, if you love adventure, suspense and love you will enjoy this! Thank you Mr DeMille for such a fantastic read! I hope to see you soon in AL and I am thrilled beyond belief to hear you speak at my favorite independant book store!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DeMille has always been one of my favorite authors, but the two books prior to this one started what is now a confirmed downhillslide in quality. Turning wisecracking detective John Corey into a terrorist fighter has not worked; his jokes seem lame in the international setting. Since this book was not involving the Corey character , I had high hoped for it. But it turns out this is DeMille's worst effort ever.. Not only is this basically a retread of a 40 year old book, there seemingly was nothing done to update it or make it appealing in any way. The characters were unlikeable, the plot boring, the dialogue terrible. It seemed like maybe this was his first book written inhigh school. Absolutely awful; I bailed after about 100 pages. The first time ever I did not finish one of his books. Do not waste your time or money on this book.
Jemimajane More than 1 year ago
As always - so excited to have my hands on a new Nelson Demille...... That was where it ended. I finished the book because it wasn't awful it just wasn't great. I loved the story idea and could see a lot of John Corey in Frank Purcell and all that did was make me miss John Corey even more!
wandererDE More than 1 year ago
If you are a "It's Nelson DeMille and Damn The Torpedoes" fan then you might enjoy this book. I'm pretty forgiving but this thing is a turkey. Let me count the ways: All of DeMille's characters retain the same characteristics. Like using the word "right" all the time. Only a small percentage of Americans use the word "right" as an acknowledgement to someone else's statement. The sarcasm is there, you can bet your boots on that. But the plot is a plod - too much mundane "filler" that taxes the patience of the reader. This is supposed to be the same author that wrote thrillers like "The Charm School" which in my opinion rates many stars. DeMille could have spent more ink or pixels on describing Africa. or even for that matter Vatican City - but he didn't. He expended all his energy trying his best to create an air of tension between the three main characters. And it does not work. I am on page 250 something and I am damned near ready to archive this loser. I had to chuckle last night when I found myself wishing the "opposition" would catch the three wraithlike main characters (they are so shallowly constructed and get it over with. The book continues DeMille's downward spiral from greatness to mediocrity. Eleven bucks down the you-know-what. I will NOT be ordering any more of DeMille's books UNTIL 50 reviews have been posted with at least a 4 star rating. No more wasting money on novels that are as compelling as a Roadrunner Wiley Coyote cartoon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt, this was the worst book from him I have ever read. While it started out with an excellent premise storyline and characters, it soon bogged down to mundane writing, no meaningful plot changes. I'm almost at the end, just because I need to see how he pulls the ending off. Hopefully, it is something imaginative, but I'm down to the last 20+ pages, and it "ain't lookin good". As stated in the other comments/reviews, shame on BN for not noting this was an earlier work by him. Is he behind in tax payments and had to throw something together??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband and I have enjoyed DeMille's books for years. His humor is razor sharp in such novels as Up Country and The Panther. And what is a 63 year old man doing lusting after a 23 year old...kinky. And then she gets it on with another character when her lover is tied up and hanging from a torture post...right under his nose. This novel was painfully slow to read and we only finished reading it because we respect DeMille. We did not enjoy this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big Nelson DeMille fan but the Quest was a long and dreary read. Had it been written by an unfamiliar author,I doubt that I would have finished it. As far as a can't put it down enjoyable book, it doesn't come close to Plum Island, The Gate House, The Gold Coast, Night Fall, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every one of Mr. DeMille's books as he is a very good to great mystery/adventure writer. This is not his best one and it was generally disappointing. It is interesting but I wouldn't recommend purchase. Wait till it comes out in paperback or better yet get it from the library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
booooorrrrrinnnnng.... usually enjoy his book, but this is slow, tedious, boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this book to drag on and was kind of boring. The sex parts read like they were written by a novice. Very boring geography lessons as well as the boring history.
EZ-READERJL More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book and it should have never been published...You can tell that this is very early DeMille. Subject matter is as outdated as the prose. Thank goodness his writing style has improved exponentially. Gratuitous sex only degrades the writing. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK This is not the DeMille I am used to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best thing about this novel is that some of it was written before DeMille descended into filling pages with the inane witticisms of John Corey. Adding romance to his earlier version of this book does little to increase its literary quality. Not a bad read, but it never approaches the heights of his pre John Corey novels.
Ocilla More than 1 year ago
Terrible. Awful. The worst written book I have ever picked up. Did Mr. DeMille really write this? If it had been an unknown author it would have never made it out of the envelope at the publisher's office. The story is lame. Mr. Deville should stick to the plots he is good at. A love story is not his forte. I did not have the problems with the electronic book that others mentioned but I wish I would have so I would have given up a lot earlier on the book. The publisher should reimburse every person who bought this book. When I see an author and their publisher stoop to this level to sell a book it means I will never read the author again. Mr. Demille, thanks for all the great books but I have read the last one of yours.
Tampadeppfan More than 1 year ago
I have read every one of Mr.DeMille's books. He is my favorite author. Unfortunately, this is one of the first books that I've ever put down before finishing it. It lacked everything I admire in Nelson's writing. Boring from the start and it got worse. I get the impression that it was released to make some quick cash. This is probably the worst book I've ever read. Now I'm not sure if I'll ever purchase another DeMille book.
Betty34110 More than 1 year ago
My husband and I have read every DeMille book and were disappointed in The Quest. We both became so weary with the "triangle", which seemed to become the plot rather than the quest for the Grail. The tension between the three was tiring. Neither of us finished the book.
Coxswain More than 1 year ago
I must conclude that 40 years ago DeMille was nowhere near the writer he later became. I have read his books as much for his writing as for the stories. But this one is so padded, I skipped over whole pages, even several at a time. Some of the characters were a bit unbelievable, especially the female who spread her legs for everyone. I kept asking myself why the male characters loved this slut.
rstar54 More than 1 year ago
This is notMr DeMille's best work. I have enjoyed every book this author has written to this point. I found this book too long in charachter building and not enough into the story. I kept reading hoping that the story would finally start to pull me in but unfortunately it didn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I. wish I knew this was a revised edition of a book written 40 years ago, a dated adventure story, but good nevertheless .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not another addition to the long list of great books by Nelson DeMille that we avid fans would have assumed or expected. It is a reprint of a book written 40 years ago before the author's writing had matured to a level that has made for such entertaining reading these past two decades. "The Quest" is a mildly enjoyable story of yet another quest for the Holy Grail written in a manner that is demeaning to people of faith and presents two of his main characters as basically silly for holding such beliefs. The only reasonable and believable character is the non-believer. The love triangle is itself "silly" and its ultimate resolution betrays the characters that had heretofore been developed. On the whole, however, if you buy it for under $3 you have not wasted your money and will likely enjoy the reading experience. Vale! ("Be well!")
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very boring and wordy. I think the story had the potential to be good but unfortunately it wasn't. Thank goodness Nelson Demille has improved over the years and given us some really great books. This wasn't one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess he learned to write in the many years since he wrote this book. No wonder he didn't publish. He must have been embarrassedStruggled to read it and struggled to even give it one star.