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Jester by James Patterson

Posted by Caitie F on April 28, 2012

Title: Jester
Author: James Patterson
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher:  Little Brown
Pud Date: 2003
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads

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-pounding adventures, mysteries, and unforgettable love stories in all of fiction


I am not a big James Patterson fan. In fact, the only thing I usually like about him is the money he brings in to publishers, which allows other books to get published. Jason told me this one was actually really good, so i had to try it.

And it turns out he was right!

It was exciting and the characters were complex and endearing. It was an action adventure story set in medieval times during the Crusades, a time period that is not one of my favorites due to the religious fever. Luckily, Patteron’s main character is not a religious man thinking he is on a righteous cause, he is a man that wants freedom from the Lord that rules him.

If you are looking for a book with a strong hero who does what is right and gets others to follow him, pick up this book. The main character is the the best part of this book and was very fun to read!

My biggest problem is there were some very predictable twists that I figured out very very early on and hoped I was wrong. That took some of the intrigue out of the book. There were also some side characters that had no development at all. If the lord and some of Hugh’s sidekicks had more to them, it would have been a better book.

If you like historical fiction and books with a lot of action, this is a must read!


5 Responses to “Jester by James Patterson”

  1. Interesting. It sounds like Patterson is branching out of his tried and true formula.

    • Caitie F said

      He does it every so often. Lately he has done Toys and Zoo is coming out in a few months and they are different too. i may have to check those out!

  2. SandySays1 said

    I thought the book had some “un-Patterson writing,” I’m glad others noticed the difference.

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