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The Jester

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  14,983 ratings  ·  802 reviews
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
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.
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Jan 31, 2012 Emsfreak rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Linda Todd
Feb 04, 2015 Linda Todd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Amy Subaey
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
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
Πάνος Τουρλής
Δεν έχω λόγια! Ο Πάτερσον το έγραψε αυτό; Καλά και ο Γκρος το συνέγραψε αλλά δεν ξέρω το ποσοστό της συμβολής του ούτε ποιος είναι ούτε τι άλλο έγραψε (χμ, βλέπω εδώ 2 βιβλία της Γυναικείας Λέσχης Φόνων πάλι του Πάτερσον). Λοιπόν ένιωσα να διαβάζω το Όνομα του Ρόδου (ως προς το αστυνομικό-θριλερικό κομμάτι και κυρίως ως προς την ατμόσφαιρα). Ο Υγκ φεύγει Σταυροφόρος, έρχεται αντιμέτωπος με τον παραλογισμό και τη βία στο όνομα του Θεού, λιποτακτεί, γυρνά στο χωριό του κι εκεί βρίσκει άραθα, μάραθ ...more
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
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
Janie Johnson
This is probably one of my faorite Patterson books! And it is totally out of his normal genre. And I love that!

The book is set back to medievil times, it had a great plot and shared some history! I loved that too. I rarely put the book down to be honest. It was a fast quick read.

This book is definitely worth a read by any Patterson fans! It gets 5 stars from me!
Terrible book! If you enjoy reading at the level of an 8th grader, then perhaps I might recommend it to you. Otherwise, I recommend spending your time on more worthy pursuits. This is the only James Patterson book I've read, so I can't make a general claim about him as a writer, but this book was definitely enough to discourage me from any further books of his.
Without a doubt, this is the worst book I have ever read in my entire life. I mean that, and I’ve read a lot of books. This is worse than The Da Vinci Code in part because it pretends to have done research, while Dan Brown at least admits he writes fluff intentionally.

I saw Morris Bishop’s great book on the Middle Ages in the “Sources”….too bad Mr. Patterson didn’t use it. It would have at least solved his problem with improper titles.

Just for starters here are a few things wrong with the novel:
I could not manage to put this one down. Completely engaging from start to finish, loved it.
Injoyed the ending of this book!! That says alot from me considering a lot of books I end up disappointed by the end. Moved pretty quick in the beginning and made it hard for me to get into but eventually it slowed down and was totally enthralled. All in all a great book
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