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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-po ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2003)
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The Book Maven
Feb 20, 2015 The Book Maven rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think the nicest thing I can say about this book--and possibly all of Patterson's books--is that it would be an excellent book for adult learners (especially male) to cut their reading teeth on. The chapters are short, the sentences are short, there's very few big words, and there's no complexities to the text whatsoever.

But for an adult reading at an adult level, this book is painful.
Jeff
Aug 29, 2008 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just reviewed Sail, saying it was the first Patterson book I'd read. I was unaware that he had also written Jester. I stand corrected...and Patterson has been redeemed in my eyes. Jester was so great. I cared so much for the characters in that book - and felt as though I was right there with them. Set in the days of knights, kings, and of course, jesters...this was a great story of revenge! After realizing that a story I loved so much was written by James Patterson has now motivated me to go o ...more
Mel
Oct 14, 2007 Mel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm only reading this because I haven't gone to the library recently and it was one of the few fiction books on the shelves that I hadn't read. It's terrible, but yet I keep reading. Morbid curiousity, I guess. It's supposed to take place in France during the Crusades, but the writing style is all wrong for historical fiction and is full of anachronisms and unconvincing slang. There's no emotional depth to any of the characters, and no intricacy to the plot. Patterson has clearly written way too ...more
Susanne Leist
Aug 14, 2016 Susanne Leist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I buy a James Patterson book in a thrift store and expect to sit down to read a silly, modern day caper. Instead, I find a love story from a man's perspective taking place during the Crusades.
Hugh, a commoner, an innkeeper, joins the Crusades out of boredom and a way to better his and his wife's lives. He makes unusual friends along the way. His love of stories makes him popular. After a few years of blood and gore, he runs back home with a few trinkets for his wife.
His town is gutted and his w
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Bill
Aug 26, 2012 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the story was awesome. I kept raising the question "How is Hugh getting out of this one?" which kept me reading until the end, finishing the book in less than a week. Of course the book doesn't really leave a lot of downtime. The story is always progressing, jumping from one event to the next in the blink of an eye. You're never too far from the action, and with how short the chapters are (and large text) a book that looks like it could take a while is actually a quick and fun read.

On
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Thee_ron_clark
May 15, 2010 Thee_ron_clark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action, mystery
Every so often, I pick up a book and have a difficult time putting it down. This was exactly that type of book. I swam through nearly 500 pages in less than two days, dying to see the outcome. From start to finish, I was more than impressed.

The basic premise is that an innkeeper joins the Crusades to gain freedom from his tyrannical liege. He becomes disheartened after the first major conflict he is involved in and deserts the Crusader army with a few trinkets picked up during their victory in A
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Saša
Oct 21, 2013 Saša rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't read this. You'll get a headache. At first it will seem actually amusing, because you won't be sure if the writer(s) are serious with their catastrophic depiction of Medieval France, the Crusade wars, and the unavoidably horrible sex scenes. However, as you delve deeper and deeper into this atrocity of a novel, you will only find yourself regretting the money (and time) you wasted.
Tarah
Sep 01, 2010 Tarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this book off the shelf because it was by James Patterson first & foremost. When I started on the story I was surprised and a little hesitant to continue onward once I found out what time it was set in. I've never been a huge fan of historical novels but I am glad I gave it a chance. Mr. Patterson with the help of Andrew Gross really draw you into this setting and allow you to immerse yourself into the story. You hear the anger in Hugh's voice, you smell the fowl stench of the jail ...more
Jerry
Jul 23, 2010 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unusual and violent medieval tale stretches belief...

Patterson and co-author Gross have certainly crafted an unexpected offering, set literally 1000 years before Alex Cross, Lindsay Boxer, and the gang come along. A French innkeeper, and our leading man, Hugh de Luc, leaves his wife Sophie and his hometown to seek ultimate freedom from his life of servitude. He joins the Crusades in 1096; then we wade through many chapters of violence and gore as men on both sides of the argument die brutal dea
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Kate
Mar 25, 2014 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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John
Jan 15, 2014 John rated it liked it
Typical Patterson, for better or worse. If you're looking for artistic merit of any sort whatsoever, then forget it. THE JESTER succeeds only on the level of a trashy pulp adventure story--the kind of thing you might enjoy reading in the tub after a long day at work. The writing mostly feels like it was intended for kids, yet the content is strictly adult fare. The story is set during the Crusades and written in first-person (except when it's not), yet the voice of the narrator is virtually indi ...more
Bryce Potok
The novel follows an innkeeper, Hugh, who seeking freedom from the tyrannical ruler of the region, Lord Baldwin, joins the crusades. Throughout his yearlong journey to reach the holy lands and during the battles of the holy lands, there are many suspenseful moments and situations. During the battles in the holy lands, Hugh fights against the Turks. In Hugh’s final battle of the crusades, he fights a monstrously large Turkish man. Hugh loses the swordfight but is spared because the Turk doesn’t b ...more
Adam
Aug 10, 2014 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest book by Patterson I read was “The Jester”- when I rented this book I was expecting a criminal novel but to my surprise when I began to read, I discovered that this is a history book!!

When I began to read “The Jester” I got little uneasy not knowing what to expect of Patterson, but quickly I discovered that the master of suspense can write history books. “The Jester” is a story of a simple man Hugh De Luc who is joining The Crusades in a search for adventure and fortune in XI century
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Johnny
At first, I regretted picking up The Jester. The very style of the book with its incredibly attenuated chapters made it tough for me to become involved with the characters. I had to restart the book three different times because the quick cuts were so annoying that I couldn't get any traction with the characters. I didn't care. But once the book was the only one I had on the train, I finally reached the 1/3 mark in the book and I was in for the long haul after that.

I have a theory about this boo
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Emsfreak
Jan 31, 2012 Emsfreak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emsfreak by: It was a book for a Read-In at my school and I thought is sounded intresting.
A few weeks ago I read a book called The Jester by James Patterson. It was published in March 2003 (first e-book edition) by Little Brown and Company, or James Patterson, I'm not sure. I absolutely adored this book, although I thought that it was a bit gory for my taste. There were so many battle scenes that the Patterson describes with such detail that they either A: make you want to throw up all over the book or B: make you want to cry. Here's an example: "A dark-skinned Saracen whirred by, an ...more
Lisa Dresdner
Mar 19, 2013 Lisa Dresdner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
Recommended to Lisa by: friend/colleauge
So this is what happens sometimes to a well-known, rather respectable author: he can now suggest a storyline, perhaps outline the plot and sketch out the characters, and then let some other writer (??) fill in the blanks.

This book came highly recommended by a friend and colleague whom I respect, but I think she may have been seduced by the setting of France during the Crusades, especially since it's so close to Easter right now. Or something.

The novel has so many things wrong with it I can't eve
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Angela~twistedmind~
This is a re-read, something I didn't realize until I started to add it to my shelf and discovered it was already there. I don't remember how long it has been since I first read it, but I gave it 4 stars back then. I have to give it a weak 3.5 stars this time. The book started slow for me and, although a good read, it just didn't draw me in, really draw me in, until about 3/4 the way through the book. From that point on, I still give it 4 stars, but I have to take in to account how slow the bigg ...more
Carolina Gonzalez
Apr 14, 2016 Carolina Gonzalez rated it liked it
Love Mr. Patterson's books, they're very easy to read and fast. It was slow at first, I wanted to drop the book. But, then I gave it a second chance and it started to pickup. The love part of the book was good. Until the battle, it just took forever to read. After all it was a good book read because of the history.
Kevin
Arriving home from the crusades, Hugh DuLac finds his wife missing and his house burned down by masked knights looking for relics from the holy land.

Alternate title...reasons to be grateful not to live in the eleventh century.
Linda Todd
Feb 04, 2015 Linda Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Linda by: gift
Another one of his very good book I have read and enjoyed so this one I will be delighted to recommend to my friends so keep smiling from wee me. xx
Tim
Nov 05, 2010 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderfully imaginitive historical thriller. I would say that the whole book is built around the premise "In times of trouble the only one who can speak the truth is the Jester." It's set in the times of the crusades when religious persecution and rule is widespread. The stripped down story is old and archetypal...the institution takes the protagonists family away from him and he goes on a journey for revenge to recover what he's lost. However the gem of this story is not the story it ...more
Cheryl
Apr 26, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it
Really 2 and 1/2 stars. The book could've been better if 100 pages were edited out and the plot pace was quickened. An OK read, but it could have been so much better.
Shannon Bernier
wow what a book there is some not so pleasnat things in this one but itz a great book
Amy Subaey
Sep 29, 2009 Amy Subaey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The BEST book I have ever read!!!!! its so exciting, and remember, this was pre- Da Vinci code, exciting in a new way. Its also very historical - I love the era of the Crusades, the characters are so interesting, the story is so unexpectd and refreshing - its a thinking person's book for sure. Its not a typical murder mystery like he usually writes. I have passed this book on to Julee and Jeff and they both were just engrossed and read it in like 2 days!!!!! MUST read (good beach reach, plane re ...more
Ed
Oct 07, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non-series - 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 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 w ...more
Alasandra Alawine
Hugh whose early life was spent traveling with an itinerant band of goliards (a group of clergy who wrote bibulous, satirical Latin poetry in the 12th and 13th centuries) after his Mother (a cleric's mistress) died. Hugh now runs an inn with his wife Sophie in a small French village.

When the miller's son is viciously drowned by Norcross (acting for Baldwin) Hugh determines to fight with Stephen in the Crusade and win his freedom so he will not have to fear the same thing happening to his future
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skywalker (uninspired)
Meh... This book had a good plot that was very poorly executed. So there is a lot of adrenaline rush one expects while reading thrillers, and I'll assure you that all of that will be wasted on this book if you ever get any ideas as such.
No it does not keep you on the edge, it just falls short of giving you any sort of feels, 'thriller' be damned; this is boringly predictable and only my patience and enormous capacity to bear monotony can be credited for my finishing this read.
So the action lac
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Mayan Liston
Main character Hugh De Luc's nightmare is becoming true. Luc returns from the Crusades. His wife Sophie was kidnapped by merciless killers. Also, these evil people killed his son. The setting is in Veille du Pere, which is a village in southern France. Took place in 1096. Hugh's quest to find his wife is unforgettable and very pulse pounding. The conflict is definitely man vs society. My opinion of the book is that it's very well put together. I strongly suggest reading the book because it's act ...more
Teo Hoppe
Wow! After reading many of the reviews of this book, it is apparent that many Patterson fans want him to stay in the crime/suspense/mystery genre. It is also apparent that many have no desire for 'history-based' fiction. Consequently, I fear my review will be quite unpopular as I thought THE JESTER was an outstanding effort by Patterson. However, I must admit that I'm something of a Crusade/Arthurian junkie.
Present Day...
Dr. Alberto Mazzini, Director of the Vatican Museum is urgently called to t
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Lady Bouse
Dec 17, 2015 Lady Bouse rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'm just not a Patterson person...
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“Like a good song, life has verses, the goliards had taught me. Each verse has to be sung. It takes all of them to make a song. It is the entire chanson you name, but when you think of it, when you smile, it is a favorite verse that delights your ears.” 13 likes
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