The Jester

The Jester 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 Cr

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 blacFreedom 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 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.

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  1. Official US SiteOfficial UK SiteBookShotsJIMMY Patterson BooksOfficial Site for James Patterson s Middle School SeriesReadKiddoReadJames Patterson has created enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series As of January 2016, he has sold over 350 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most 1 New York Times bestsellers In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, he also writes children s, middle grade, and young adult fiction and is also the first author to have 1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children s bestsellers lists.The son of an insurance salesman and a schoolteacher, Patterson grew up in Newburgh, New York, and began casually writing at the age of nineteen In 1969, he graduated from Manhattan College He was given a full ride to Vanderbilt University s graduate program in English but dropped out after a year, knowing that he wouldn t be able to continue reading and writing for pleasure if he became a college professor.Instead, he moved to New York to become a junior copywriter for the advertising agency J Walter Thompson, eventually becoming CEO of its North American company.In 1976, while still working for J Walter Thompson, Patterson published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, with Little, Brown and Company After being turned down by thirty one publishers, it won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel Patterson s 1993 novel, Along Came a Spider, his first novel to feature Alex Cross, was also his first New York Times bestseller in fiction.In 2001, Morgan Freeman starred as Alex Cross in a film adaptation of Along Came a Spider, and Tyler Perry also played the character in the 2012 film Alex Cross A film adaptation of Patterson s middle grade novel Middle School The Worst Years of My Life will be released in theaters in October 2016.For his initiatives to help kids become passionate readers and for his philanthropic efforts, Patterson was awarded the National Book Foundation s 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community James Patterson has donated than one million books to students, emphasizing some of the most under resourced schools and youth programs in the country In 2015, Patterson donated 1.75 million to school libraries throughout the United States, and 250,000 in holiday bonuses to individual bookstore employees He also gave 1 million to independent bookstores in 2014.Patterson has recently donated over 26 million to his and his wife s alma maters the University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, and Manhattan College and he has established over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty four colleges and universities throughout the country Patterson has also donated over 650,000 books to U.S soldiers at home and overseas In May 2015, Patterson launched a new children s book imprint at Little, Brown, called JIMMY Patterson, that is unwaveringly focused on one goal turning kids into lifelong readers This imprint also provides resources, strategies, and programs to serve teachers, parents, librarians, and booksellers Patterson will be investing proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro reading initiatives Patterson has also founded ReadKiddoRead, a website designed to help parents, teachers, and librarians ignite a new generation s excitement for reading.

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  1. I guess it s no surprise that a historical mystery written by two thriller writers is not very historically accurate, but if you can grit your teeth and ignore that then it s an enjoyable, often farcical romp through medieval France Set in the crusades in 11th century France, cheeky commoner and innkeeper Hugh deLuc joins the crusaders to travel to Jerusalem to kill the infidels with the promise of freedom and riches on his return After seeing the reality of the crusades with many of the common [...]

  2. 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.

  3. 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 correctedd 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, jestersis 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 out and buy the new [...]

  4. 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 many [...]

  5. 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.

  6. This is an excellent example of my distaste of 11th 14th century history The barbarism is perpetrated via a Jester at the time of the Crusades Thus providing another example my distrust and abhorrence of all religions Alas and in a clown move, the only laughter occurs at the end 0 of 10 stars

  7. 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 wife g [...]

  8. 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 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 Antioch.H [...]

  9. 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 the other [...]

  10. A Pillar s of the Earth like novel of a French inn keeper swept up in the Crusades who comes back home to the destruction of his familyunder the pretext of being a court jester seeks to avenge the wrongs by exacting retribution against those in the nobility who harmed his familyDecent, but no Ken Follett

  11. Unusual and violent medieval tale stretches beliefPatterson 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 deaths Usi [...]

  12. 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 than the bag of nuts you get on an airplane to keep you going until your next layover or until you rea [...]

  13. 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 cells, you [...]

  14. 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 indistingu [...]

  15. 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 read if you don t wan [...]

  16. 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

  17. This was the first James Patterson book I have read, and I must say I was not impressed It was co authored by Andrew Gross, so I cannot say to whose writing style I provide this review.I was first drawn to this book for the tempting story of a man posing as a jester to infiltrate a Duke s castle to save his wife, but that was very short lived The story was 10% a jester infiltrating a castle and 90% gathering the common low borns to fight for their freedom.At first the book hooked me I walked bes [...]

  18. 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 belie [...]

  19. 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 book I [...]

  20. 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 France But [...]

  21. 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 biggest [...]

  22. 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 even list [...]

  23. 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 archetypale 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 itself, but t [...]

  24. 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 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.

  25. I must say that after reading some if the negatives I m left perplexed Why would these supposed over educated ever finish such a disastrously written book in the first place I ll tell you why, because is simple, easy to read fiction with all the little twists necessary to make the reader continue reading I enjoyed it immensely because it was just that, simple and fun

  26. I am realizing that I am a James Patterson fan but I tend to not enjoy his collaborative books This was immediately doused me with SO many details I just wanted to close it and take some ibuprofen I toughed it out, but didn t enjoy it.

  27. 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

  28. Great book Second time reading I went into it with the intent to like it, because of my last name, but loved it because of the content.

  29. 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

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