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  • Library Binding: 485 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435290089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435290082
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)


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I like it when Patterson books change it up. The setting is England and the Jester is quite a character.
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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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By A Customer on March 24 2005
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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By A Customer on July 10 2004
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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By CincinnatiPOV on 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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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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By Alain De Mol on 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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Format: Hardcover
Some of the reviewers on here. Jesh!! I wonder when the last time or even if they've ever sat down and just read something for the fun of it. If you're gonna analyse this book and compare it and state how historically inaccurate it is, save all the rest of us the pity we feel for you and skip it. But if you're considering buying this because the cover looks interesting and the title sounds intriguing and hey, it's James Patterson here, okay? If you're looking for that rare book that will keep you up all night and turning pages until the very end, sacrificing sleep, then this would be highly recommended for you.
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.
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