Review: The Quest, by Nelson DeMille

DeMille originally published this story in a shorter form in 1975. This longer version came out in 2013. I found it kind of hokey but enjoyed the book on CD on my commute. The plot centers around the 1974 overthrow of long-time Emperor Haile Selassie by the “Deng,” a Marxist-Leninist military junta, following a period of civil unrest throughout the country. Three journalists–Vivian, Henry and Frank–have ventured into the interior to cover the revolution and the battles between Royalist and Marxist armies. Here they meet an elderly dying Catholic priest, just escaped from forty years in a remote prison. His crime: he had found the location of the Holy Grail, hidden in a remote jungle monastery. Not great literature by any means but it sparked my interest in Ethiopian history, the ancient Ethiopian Jewish community and the Ethiopian College in the Vatican in Rome, which all figured into the plot.

RATING: * * * A good read

Reviewed by: kh

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