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4.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts
Having read all of Nelson s books and enjoyed them all I must say I found The Quest ok but a little slow to get going and sort of very repetitive in a sense.Lot of needless going on about the Jungle etc..But overall another good read even though would not be my favourite.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Written when he was at college and boy does it show....
First up, I am a huge fan of Nelson DeMille (Plum Island is still one of my favourite books) but this, oh dear this... It's stated in his intro that he wrote this when he was at college and was persuaded to "rewrite" it and release it for publication. The rewrite as far as I can see has been minimal, it reads like it was written by an overexcited kid, repetitive...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Written when he was at college and boy does it show...., 21 Oct 2013
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First up, I am a huge fan of Nelson DeMille (Plum Island is still one of my favourite books) but this, oh dear this... It's stated in his intro that he wrote this when he was at college and was persuaded to "rewrite" it and release it for publication. The rewrite as far as I can see has been minimal, it reads like it was written by an overexcited kid, repetitive use of phrases, names of characters repeated again and again in sentences, disjointed, non-sensical, unbelievable plot lines/jumps - this is NOT the Nelson DeMille I know and love. So excrutiating that I gave up two thirds in (and I HATE givng up on books). In his postscript he says that his new wife read it and said it was the "best thing he'd ever written" I can only say love must be blind and if this is the path Mr DeMille plans to go down in future then sadly he travels it without my company any more...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not his best, 15 Oct 2013
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Unlike the best DeMille novels, this one isn't written in the first person and suffers from it. Character development is almost non-existent and the plot is a bit thin, although there is some genuinely good imagery, a sense of place and a real lurking menace (the obsidian monastery will stay with you). There's not enough of the usual humour.

To be fair, this was a very early DeMille novel, pulled out and refreshed, and this is why it's not up to his current standards. Compare it to Mayday, maybe, in which case it's superior.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Written by a 16-year old?, 5 Mar 2014
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Sorry Mr DeMille. I have loved all of your books and even read some of them many times over, but this one is just awful. If I didn't know you had written it, I would never, ever had guessed. The very style (or lack of) writing suggested a very immature and inexperienced young man with a good idea in his head but didn't know how to transfer this to the written word. Still looking forward to your next book which I am sure will be up to your usual high standard.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 8 Oct 2013
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Having read De Milles books over the past 30+ years starting in 1978 with 'By the rivers of Babylon'(Brilliant) I have found most of his books entertaining and gripping to the final page. However as a story this one is at best average and I found myself losing concentration regularly which for me has never happened with his other books. It is easy to see why it was originally not published and shelved for so many years for as a first novel it would not have brought him the acclaim he got with 'Babylon' and subsequent books 'Cathedral' and the 'Talbot Odyssey'. The one redeeming feature is that as a historian I found the factual information regarding the imperial links back to ancient times fascinating together with the story of the exit of the Falusha Jews to Israel. As an adventure story however I am sorry to say it was quite boring.
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1.0 out of 5 stars There were great leaps from one scene to another, 28 July 2014
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I'm sorry, I don't know or care what the reasons for releasing this book were, it's unfair on Mr DeMilles loyal fanbase to publish such a poorly cobbled together volume. The whole thing is so inferior to his other publications that it's hard to believe that it has come from the same pen.

The two protaganists are so appalingly constructed that, all through the book, I just didn't care who got the girl or if either of them even made it through to the end.

The story didin't flow at all. There were great leaps from one scene to another, ignoring any logic as to how someone may have escaped from the precarious situation they had been put into,

Finally, a faintly pornographic interlude was so irrelevant to the story, it was almost as though it had been written by a smutty minded 15 year old trying to turn himself on!

Come on Mr DeMille. You can & have done better. It's not fare to con your fans by publishing dross such as this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts, 9 Oct 2013
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Having read all of Nelson s books and enjoyed them all I must say I found The Quest ok but a little slow to get going and sort of very repetitive in a sense.Lot of needless going on about the Jungle etc..But overall another good read even though would not be my favourite.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A diverting story, 29 Sep 2013
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A very good story line with twists turns like all his books a very good read hard to put down ones started
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing pot boiler, 6 Oct 2013
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I have all his books and enjoyed them all except this one.
Apparently it's a rewrite of one of his earliest efforts and truly I think he should have left it alone.
Thin plot, cardboard characters,poor research,slow moving and boring.
I hope he reverts to his normal style which is normally excellent.
I much regret buying it
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 4 Oct 2013
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I just love Nelson De Mille's books and have read them all. As soon as I saw he was ready to publish another, I pre-ordered and read it as soon as it reached my Kindle. However, unfortunately this one did not do it for me. I found the characters one-dimensional and I did not care who got killed or who got the girl in the end. I was exhausted trudging through the jungles of Ethiopia and running from the bad guys. I feel that perhaps it is more of a "guy's book"' if such a thing really exists. Perhaps someone who is a fan of combative, guerrilla video games would like it.

I was about to give this 2 stars but my loyalty to DeMille wouldn't let me do it. I will give him another chance and hope his next will be better. Gold Coast, Charm School,. Plum Island, etc etc were so great. Where has that DeMille gone? Hope he returns soon.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted., 25 May 2014
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As usual with Nelson another fine novel. He never fails to deliver an excellent story. Read everything. You will never be disappointed.
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