By: James Patterson, Andrew Gross
(Hardcover / 400 Pages / Little, Brown & Company / ISBN: 0316602051 / $27.95)
Description:Arriving home disillusioned from the Crusades, Hugh discovers that his village has been ransacked and his wife abducted by knights in search of a relic worth more than any throne in Europe. Only by taking on the role of a jester is he able to infiltrate his enemy's castle, where he thinks his wife is captive.
Verdict:From start to finish, 'The Jester' is slickly stirring popular fiction, breathtakingly-romantic, packed with colorful details of medieval life, and literally bursting with unforgettable characters and bountiful themes. Patterson's fans will adore this one as should a whole host of avid book readers in general. Based around the age-old premise of good defeating evil and love conquering all, 'The Jester' - being that it's from the same man who brought us such classic literarys as 'Along Came a Spider,' 'Roses Are Red,' 'Violets Are Blue,' and '1st to Die' wields his keyboard blade with such visual masterstrokes that you could swear that you just spent the better half of the week back in those dank, dark, raw medieval times ! I mean, could you get more rusticly ambient than a knight in shining armor ready to save the one he loves and storm the Evil castle?! I think not. James Patterson could easily be one of the best suspense novelist out there today and the ghost-writing of Andrew Gross (who also aided Patterson on the brand new '2nd Chance') adds yet another dimension to the unfolding story. This is definitely one pulse-pounding adventure and one not to be missed.
Reviewed by Nick Gurney