Freedom - in eleventh-century France, it is a luxury enjoyed by only the King and nobility. For the serf, it is surely worth fighting for. But is it worth dying for? Arriving home disillusioned from the Crusades, Hugh DeLuc discovers that his village has been ransacked and his wife abducted. The dark riders came in the dead of night, like devils, ...
Freedom - in eleventh-century France, it is a luxury enjoyed by only the King and nobility. For the serf, it is surely worth fighting for. But is it worth dying for? Arriving home disillusioned from the Crusades, Hugh DeLuc discovers that his village has been ransacked and his wife abducted. The dark riders came in the dead of night, like devils, wearing no colours but black crosses on their chests, leaving no clue as to who they are. Knights they may be, but honour and chivalry are not part of their code. They search for a relic, one worth more than any throne in Europe, and no man can stand in their way. Until Hugh, taking on the role of a jester, is able to infiltrate the enemy's castle where he believes his wife is being held captive. And when a man is fighting for freedom - for his wife, and for everything he holds dear - he will prove a formidable opponent. With the unstoppable pace and plot of a page-turning thriller, The Jester is a breathtaking, pulse-pounding adventure - one that could only be conjured by the mind of James Patterson, writing with his co-author of 2nd Chance, Andrew Gross. No one who has ever hoped for good to defeat evil or for love to conquer all will be able to stop turning the pages of this masterful novel.
DO NOT READ OR LISTEN TO THE PREFACES ON EITHER BOOK OR TAPE.
The first paperback didn't give the entire jist of the story in the
Introduction. It ruins a crucial surprise in the book. Set in rural France during the Crusades, this is one of MY TWO FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME.
I'm an ex-English teacher and I had to read it four or five times over the years because it was better than anything else I had at the time. Although pretty full of violence and some sex I let my son read it in the 7th grade because he hated to read. He probably read it about three times, then asked for it when he had to get a book to read during I.S.S. (In school suspension) at H.P. a couple of years ago!
GREAT......My other favorite book: 'Eyes of the Dragon' by Stephen King
Nov 22, 2012
One of the best books he has ever writen. He's one of my favorite authers.
Jun 18, 2009
This book is very hard to rate. The Jester is actually about a real jester back during the Crusades, with castles and kings. The first third of the novel was about battles, wiping out entire towns. It started to pick up after that, but seemed like a lot of small stories linked together. A very long book (452 pages). Lots of descriptive writing, which tends to slow down reading. If you like this kind of story, then you?ll want to read it. It's well written and a lot of research went into it. But, if you prefer Patterson?s novels of intrigue, then maybe you should pass on this one.
Apr 17, 2008
This book is a very different style for James Patters (& Andrew Gross), who generally do murder/mystery/suspense type books. Set in the 11th Century, this book incorporates a war story with a romantic tale. At the beginning, you learn that an ancient holy relic is found in the grave of a Duke. The rest of the story is how this relic came to be placed in the Duke's grave. Hugh, the main character, goes through many triumphs and tribulations on his quest to find the truth about his wife, and then save the village from further abuse of the liege. If you would like a book that represents faith, love, courage, and bravery - this is the one for you. This book is a very easy read, and hard to put down once you start.
Aug 9, 2007
I read all of James Patterson's books - this was a different story. Set back a bit in time. It took me a little longer to get into the story, but once I did, I was hooked!
Publishers Weekly, 2003-02-03 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. (Mar. 3) Forecast: More than any Patterson since Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, this book has the potential to expand the author's already huge fan base. Its tag line alone ("Every thousand years or so, a great adventure comes along...") will draw in browsers, as will a fabulous cover featuring a gold castle and the title in bold red; anyone who reads one page will be hooked. Expect this to hit #1 with ease. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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