In his absence, Hugh's son has been killed and his beloved wife, Sophie, abducted by a ruthless duke in search of a priceless relic dating back to the Crucifixion. Taking on the role of a jester, Hugh infiltrates the court where he believes Sophie is held captive. There he confronts men more evil than he ever imagined and embarks on an epic battle to restore his broken life.
©2003 James Patterson, All Rights Reserved.; (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of AOL Time Warner Book Group
"From start to finish, this is supersmart popular fiction, slick yet stirring...unforgettable characters...Patterson's fans will love this one." (Publishers Weekly)
I must admit that having recently heard two of James Patterson's recent detective mysteries, I'm not exactly a fan. I chose this novel because I was curious as to how a mystery writer would handle a period piece. In a nutshell "badly".
The story line is contrived and unnecessarily crude. While the plot moves quickly, it is predictable from beginning to end. The author used one cute trick. He included every dirty joke that email has produced in the last two years (at least a dozen anyway). Interestingly a story that takes place mostly in France was read with a British accent. Also some of the French characters were given French names others English. What a mish mash. I guess I really didn't like it.
Excellent listen! A story about love, loss, dedication, and a believable look into what life might look like in medieval times.
Great story of middle ages superhero...only drawback was English accent of reader for story taking place in France. This really did not detract from the story for me though.
Having been a fan of both Patterson and historical fiction, I was eager to give this a read. While it managed to hold my interest, it only barely did so. The story had the two dimensionality of a fairytale. The good guys were absolutely good, the bad guys unbelieveably bad. Except for the constant violence and some sex, I'd recommend this for children. Not a winner.
I'm a big fan of Patterson. This is a Medieval tale full of knights, damsels, ladies, baddies (noblemen), and village people; all painted with broad, shallow strokes. The performance is great, but the narrator probably should have done it with a French accent rather than English. The story moves like screenplay and is a bit predictable and stereotypical. Bad buys are REALLY bad, good guys REALLY good. To get a sense of how this book plays, think about all Errol Flynn, Robin Hood-Maid Marianne, or Lancelot and Guinevere styled movies and how the acting was there. Very nobel words, black and white emotions, and everything played out with such a staged quality.
This is how this entire book "reads". If you like this style, you will love this book. If you don't and want more of the old Patterson style, you won't find it here. Even so, this is a "page turner" and I found myself wanting to know what happens next. Definitely different for him (maybe it is the coauthor who gave it this feel), but not bad if you like novels that don't force you to think hard.
This period piece takes place back in the age of Serfdom. Not only is the story interesting and intriguing, you also get a feel for life back in the age of the Crusades. One of my favorites!
Don't waste your credit or money. The big plot twist is so obvious that it will leave you completely underwhelmed. So the story wasn't really worth it. I didn't feel that I came to understand the medieval times, so the history wasn't worth it for me.
Believe me. I do not make the predictable charge lightly. If you read a Patterson book and are looking for something really unique, it's your fault. However, if the book offers no surprises, that's his.
This one was all his.
Plus, this may be prudish, but I felt it was needlessly obscene. People walk in on others having sex three times (different position each time). If that turns you on, listen on, but I was looking for exciting historical fiction, and this was not it.
It is a story of the reluctant heroism of the common man, triumph in the face of tragedy, the encouraging power of loyal friends, and the ability to love again.
Hugh is a lowly innkeeper who joins the Crusade with his mind filled with the ideals of war and the cause behind it. However, reality brings with it disillusionment and sorrow as his friends are slaughtered. No longer filled with innocence, Hugh leaves the Crusade to be with his love and wife, only to find his inn destroyed, his wife taken away, and the infant son he never knew murdered.
With vengeance in his heart, Hugh seeks revenge. Apparent that the only way to get close to the murderers is to become a court jester, Hugh begins a path toward the final confrontation. Along the way, others join his cause and his quest becomes a battle cry for the entire country
I only read love stories. Nothing about this book's advertisements indicated that it was a love story, but a friend told me it was. Adventurous, historical, suspensive. This is a must get! Best hear this year.
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