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)
A well told, well narrated, "historical" mystery. The tale of man of various guises successfully navigating a difficult life path from disaster to happiness with many surprised. I liked it very much.
This Patterson novel is less annoying than most of his, probably because of the talents of Andrew Gross who has since produced some good work of his own. I rarely read Patterson because he writes so poorly and is not well edited, but tried this one because of the subject matter. The tale is a good one, but becomes Pattersonly tedious at times.
The storyline is very good, and there are dozens of good characterizations. If you have a dislike of violence, gore, or explicit sex do not buy this book. The author could have used half as many words and still have a good book. Somewhere about the fifth hour of listening I got weary of hearing about horrible deaths and torture techniques. I have not read any of his works prior to this so maybe I am just not comfortable with his style. The book has over 150 chapters. If it comes out as an abridged version, it might be a better book.
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