Jester Paperback – Mar 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Just who is writing the coauthored Patterson novels makes for interesting water-cooler chat, but whether the majority of words are contributed by Patterson or Gross, this terrific new novel is prime Patterson all the way, another step in the author's application of his patented storytelling style to a multitude of genres-in this case, historicals. The title character is, when introduced in 1096, an unassuming innkeeper in a French village oppressed by the local nobleman. To earn his freedom, Hugh de Luc joins the Crusades for a torturous, bloody march toward Jerusalem that occupies the book's first third and ends with him escaping the madness around him by deserting back to France, in possession of some minor treasures-or so he thinks. Back home, he finds that his beloved wife has been taken captive by the odious nobleman, and his infant son slain. Seeking his wife and revenge, Hugh adopts the guise of a jester in order to enter to the nobleman's castle, where he begins to fall in love with a young noblewoman, and she with him. In time, Hugh finds his wife, only to experience tragedy, and learns that the nobleman is searching for him, as he is believed to have carried back from the Crusades the greatest holy relic of all. Returning to his village, which has been destroyed during the nobleman's hunt for him, Hugh persuades his townspeople, then surrounding towns, to rise up in revolt against the corrupt nobleman and his henchmen. From start to finish, this is supersmart popular fiction, slick yet stirring, packed with colorful details of medieval life, bursting with unforgettable characters and clever tropes and themes. Patterson's fans will adore this one.
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From Library Journal
Another departure for Patterson after Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas: home from the Crusades, Hugh must play the jester to find his wife, abducted by knights.
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Top Customer Reviews
James Patterson and Andrew Cross's new book Jester is little more than the bag of nuts you get on an airplane to keep you going until your next layover or until you reach your destination. You wish your flight had a meal served on it, but are happy to at least have the snack.
Jester is an exciting tale of love, wars against royalty and quests for religious relics. While the tale briefly begins in present time, the true story begins in 1050 A.D. when Hugh De Luc watches people head off on crusades. He holds himself back from partaking in the religious battles at first, but when a second opportunity arouses, he is unable to keep himself from going to war. He leaves his wife Sophie at home and fights for the freedom he feels is right.
When Hugh returns home he finds that his decision to join the crusades has affected his whole villages and his wife, who has been taken captive. Going on about the plot might actually make the book seem less appealing and more dime-store-romance-novel-ish... But essentially that's what it is, with only a fraction of the smut.
Patterson and Cross do a very good job of writing an entertaining story that keeps you turnings the pages. With no less than 153 chapters in only 452 pages, Jester is broken up into bite-size chunks easily accessible to anyone.Read more ›
Hugh De Luc, a commoner, an innkeeper, in medieval France sets out on Crusade with visions of freedom from serfdom and better life for himself and his family, only to return to an inn burned to the ground and his wife missing, presumed dead by his fellow villagers. Unable to accept the demise of his wife and hearing that he had become a father just after leaving, only to hear his son had been killed in the fire, Hugh sets out to find his love, his wife and avenge the death of his son. But he sets off in the wrong direction, finds himself mauled and close to death, but rescued by a beautiful noble born lady, and then apprenticed to a jester so that he might gain entrance into the hall of the Lord "he" thinks has taken his wife. He finds her but not where he thought, and becomes along the way a leader of the poor and downtrodden while in possession of a holy object he is unaware he has that he brings back from the Crusades. Leading a revolt agains't tryanny and winning where not thought possible. There are knights here in this book with honor and many without. There are battles and loving and romance and adventure and humor too.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
One of my favorite book ever. Good intrigue and I like the main character. My first James Patterson book and not the last one.Published 18 months ago by TheReader
I like it when Patterson books change it up. The setting is England and the Jester is quite a character.Published on Oct. 5 2013 by Cathy Buhler
This book is a hit! I enjoyed it so much that I couldn't put in down, and once I was done I passed it on to friends and family. Read morePublished on March 23 2005
This book is one of those books that you can't wait to read every day! The idea behind the story is outstanding. Read morePublished on July 9 2004
It's been ages ago I've been reading books. But when I took this book in my hands, I couldn't stop reading. I just had to keep on reading. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Alain De Mol
Unlike most of James Patterson's works, "The Jester" falls far short of a good read. In a change of pace, James Patterson has attempted to portray a medieval setting of... Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by Edmund Khoo
I wasn't sure I'd like this book, but I did, and a lot! It dates to 1096, in France. It really was a page turner though and added adventure and romance and passion into the whole... Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by C. Kraus
For me this book was too much of a departure for James Patterson. It's not bad...but just not up to his usual standard. Read morePublished on May 12 2004 by Scotsman in Canada