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The Jester by James Patterson
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In an attempt to save his village from further plundering, Hugh de Luc leaves his wife and fellow villagers behind and joins one of the Crusades. He hopes that by fighting alongside the king in the Holy Land, he will win his independence from his Lord Baldwin. The Crusade turns out to be much more than de Luc ever expected and, nearly two years later, he returns home to find his wife and newborn son (whom he never knew existed) were taken from the village and his home as well as many other homes were torched by plunderers looking for a religious artifact that de Luc supposedly has. While his fellow villagers believe that his wife is dead, de Luc is not nearly as pessimistic and decides to infiltrate the castle of Lord Baldwin by pretending to be a jester. Once inside, he uncovers many things that do not bode well by him, and he takes it upon himself to set things right. It is very odd to see Patterson tackling a period piece and he doesn't really do it all that well. He injects dialogue that is very modern and does not sound at all like it fits in with the otherwise old English that is spoken. And, while the action sequences are very fast paced, the way things work out seems highly suspect.
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