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The Jester [Library Binding]

James Patterson , Andrew Gross
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)

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May 29 2008
You are about to begin the most thrilling James Patterson novel yet. Hugh De Luc returns from the Crusades to discover that his terrifying nightmare has just begun. Merciless killers have slain his young son, kidnapped his wife, Sophie, and destroyed his town in their search for a priceless relic from the Crucifixion. Hugh's quest to find Sophie is one of the most pulse-pounding adventures, mysteries, and unforgettable love stories in all of thriller fiction.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Patterson in "Old England" Oct. 5 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like it when Patterson books change it up. The setting is England and the Jester is quite a character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Genre For Patterson Oct. 9 2003
Format:Hardcover
I have to admit that when I started reading this book, it began like his mysteries/thrillers. Then it jumped back to the time of the Crusades - involving a court jester, his life and how he gets revenge for the death of his wife and son. This was definitely a different change for Patterson, but his writing is so well done that I could stop listening to this (I got the book unabridged on cassette). The reader was excellent and literally brought the story to life. Patterson is wonderful with his research and weaves all the aspects together beautifully. This is a must for any Patterson fan, even if you aren't a fan of "medieval" mysteries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite book ever July 26 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
One of my favorite book ever. Good intrigue and I like the main character. My first James Patterson book and not the last one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of Patterson's best! March 24 2005
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Its different from most of his work, but a pleasant surprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Non Stop Pulse Pounding Action! July 10 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is one of those books that you can't wait to read every day! The idea behind the story is outstanding. I would fully recommend The Jester to anyone who wanted a good action/thriller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satiable Hunger June 16 2004
Format:Hardcover
Sometimes all you need is something to tide you over. Dinner is in an hour but your stomach is rumbling away so you nibble on a cookie, chow on a candy bar, suck on a ring-pop. The food might not be the greatest and a couple hours later you've probably forgotten you had it. But it did the trick. It took care of your hunger for the moment.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One word "Phenomenal" June 9 2004
Format:Hardcover
I would like to be frank and honest, I really love Patterson. Not because of his writing, it because he knows how to capture the imagination. I think its great that Patterson went a different direct than his normal genre of writing. Among friends, when discussing Patterson novels, we have a saying of normal Patterson, which is mostly detective/suspense or weird Patterson, which is out of the norm for us. This book is out of the norm. I feel in this book that he's just a great storyteller. Even though, I feel that some of the slang and words used weren't authentic of the time era. I imagined someone sitting down in front of an audience telling a story through his owns words. The story beings with archaeologists finding a relic from the past and with this relic a historical fictional story unfolds. The time era was in 1096 with the main character Hugh de Luc feels he must fight for freedom of his people. He leaves his wife behind and his quest begins. Through out the book Hugh is faced with pain staking realizations and no matter what had happened he had a lot of passion and heart. He had true beliefs in the goodness of things even though horrible things had happened to him. He continues to press on and the strange thing was that the thought of giving up never crossed his mind. Even though, there were many people around him giving much doubt, he still believed!! I felt Patterson (with some help of course) captured the true essence of that. Now, if an author can do that he is a great writer within his own class!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining June 5 2004
Format:Hardcover
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. I finished it within a week, however if I had to count the hours, it would be only a day.
In short, The Jester reads very easy, and yet is very captivating.
Someone wrote in his review this is moviebook, and indeed it wouldn't surprise me if this gets onto the white screen. The story just asks for being filmed.
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