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Claus: Legend of the Fat Man [Kindle Edition]

Tony Bertauski
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Book Description

Santa is not just about the presents. See something deeper in this mythological figure. A story that’s meaningful. Find a cast of gritty, compassionate and courageous characters that make the journey to mythological fame despite their shortcomings and frailties. Pull away the veil of magic, reveal the difficulties of love and loss and struggle with life.

Because Santa Claus is much more than presents.

In the early 1800s, Nicholas, Jessica and Jon Santa attempt the first human trek to the North Pole and stumble upon an ancient race of people left over from the Ice Age. They are short, fat and hairy. They slide across the ice on scaly soles and carve their homes in the ice that floats on the Arctic Ocean. The elven are adapted to life in the extreme cold. They are as wise as they are ancient.

Their scientific advancements have yielded great inventions -- time-stopping devices and gravitational spheres that build living snowmen and genetically-modified reindeer that leap great distances. They’ve even unlocked the secrets to aging. For 40,000 years, they have lived in peace.

Until now.

An elven known as The Cold One has divided his people. He’s tired of their seclusion and wants to conquer the world. Only one elven stands between The Cold
One and total chaos. He’s white-bearded and red-coated. The Santa family will help him stop The Cold One. They will come to the aid of a legendary elven
known as… Claus.

(10% of the profits is annually donated to the WINGS for Kids.)

Editorial Reviews


"This is a great imagining of how Santa Claus came to be." --Amazon Reviewer
"It was the perfect holiday book!" --Amazon Reviewer
"Forget everything you know about Santa Claus!" --Amazon Reviewer
"I have always liked alternate Santa stories and this one is extremely good." --Amazon Reviewer
"Fantasy at its best. Just a good book to smile about." --Amazon Reviewer
"This is a WINNER." --Amazon Reviewer

Product Details

  • File Size: 2596 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications (December 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F0SVTY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,728 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't be shy. July 31, 2012
By Jazz
Format:Kindle Edition
Tony Bertauski's novel follows the adventures of the Santa family, Nicholas, Jessica and their son Jon, at the North Pole.

And that is as far as your familiarity with the classic Christmas tale will get you.

There's no Nutcracker here (and if there is, you'd better watch out!). This is a twisted version of Santa Claus.

It is 1818, and the Santa family has boarded the Alexander, the ship which, with the Isabella, under the command of Captain John Ross, was tasked with finding the hoped-for North West passage. Captain Ross was ultimately unsuccessful, but for the Santa family, Ross' failure is merely the next step in their own quest for adventure and the unknown.

Above the Arctic Circle, a civil war has been waging for centuries. On one side, Jocah leads a group of elven forced to move from hiding place to hiding place. On the other side, Jack, the Cold One, squats in his palace at the North Pole and plots his takeover of the entire world. When three warmbloods blunder into his territory, it seems Jack's plans can finally come to fruition.

The family is separated. Nicholas, captured by Jack's forces, is kept prisoner in Claus' lab and will be used to bring destruction to all warmbloods on the planet. Jessica and Jon, meanwhile, find succour with Jocah's people, where they learn the true nature of the gentle elven and meet the recipients of their genetic modification: Dasher, Dancer
and the boys, who don't fly, but rather leap prodigiously from place to place, lugging sleigh-fulls of rebel elven behind them.

It's an odd setting, an even odder cast, but there is something rather satisfying about this not-a-Christmas tale, especially when treated with Bertauski's wry humour.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous, Adventurous, and Scientific July 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Cover Thoughts-
Matches the frozen tundra setting of the book perfect. :) I'm not sure what the man is carrying to make those tracks but it looks cool and enticing to read.

First Thought-
I have never ever heard of anything like this. Sci-fi? Santa? This has got to be a must read.

What I liked-
The originality and creativity was endless. It took a classic old tale of Santa Claus and Jack Frost and pushed it aside and made a whole new outlook. I sincerely loved it. My absolute overall favorite scene was what I call the smashing scene. "hey there, fella," he said. "You ready to party?" I just couldn't stop laughing after that. The Cold One (Jack) is convinced everyone loves him and that his day has finally come to destroy the ones that got away. Really he believes he just the coolest kid on the block. I honestly felt bad for him though. Tony describes Jack so well its like I went through everything with Jack. Poor guy was bullied all his life being blue and all. And Claus, his brother, got all the attention. He is smart, good looking (well better than being blue), and pretty much the elven's role model. Now theres a third guy he begins a total different guy from Claus and his last name happens to be Santa. He is a total different guy. There is no Santa Claus in this story. He is stolen from his wife and son and captured by Jack. Jack wants to steal all his memories and send him to the human world to rid it of stupid humans. Claus is the only scientist who can do it and Jack is the one forcing him to do it. This tale is humorous, adventurous, and scientific. The ending will blow you away and possibly make you cry.

What I disliked-
I have no real complaints. This is quite possibly the best scientific festive read ever (and probably the only).
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Claus: Legend of the Fat Man November 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
To start off, I wanted to like this book. Really, I did. I got it for my new Kindle because it sounded interesting. The start did capture my attention with Nicholaus and his family stranded in a snowstorm so close to the North Pole without food or water. That was good. Unfortunetly, I felt that it suffered from a very sagging middle, tacked on ending, and so many font changes that I got a headache. The story is not the typical "How Santa Claus came to be" kind of story, and that part I didn't mind. However, I felt that there were a lot of missed oppertunities in this.

What I liked:
The concept - I loved the concept of the book. That's why I bought it. I do enjoy the many different "How Santa Claus came to be" stories that come out every December on the TV. I love seeing how people imagine a story differently.

Nog and Merry and Tinsel - Three of my favorite characters who didn't go through much change in the book. By that, I mean the changes they did go through felt more in line with their characters. Nog, I felt, learned to like Warmbloods while Merry and Tinsel learned to be brave (or braver). I really liked them, and one of the reasons I kept reading was to get to the next part with them in it.

Jack - The bad guy. I just adored him. There were some things that annoyed me, but that's later. The whole idea of Jack was something I really got into.

Jon - Only the first 1/3 of the book did I like him. After that, nope. More below.

What I didn't like:
The sagging middle - Frankly, I felt that where the bulk of the action should take place, there was a whole lot of nothing. Nicholaus is captured by Jack's group, and sleeps or barely leaves his room pretty much the rest of the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, annoying, and thought provoking
I love Santa. I never grew up in that respect, so I was intrigued by this storyline.
It has a very strong beginning. But the character Jack was annoying. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Karen aka Lady Kyra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great alternative Santa legend!
This book was a fast read for me because I just couldn't put it down! It's the story of the Santa family searching for the North Pole and adventure, which needless to say they... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Sue K. Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
unusual ideas, captivating, recommended
Published 18 days ago by william beebe, jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Claus: Legend of the fat man
Claus: Legend of the fat man was a good book. I don't know why some reviews were disparaging, after all, the whole Santa Claus thing is a fiction. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Tamara Ingram
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun,if at times awkward,read
Getting started in this book was a bit of a slog, but once it got going it was pretty good. Generally a family friendly story (there are a couple of deaths towards the end that... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Kevin L. Zemanek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i enjoyed this a lot. Very creative and fun.
Published 20 days ago by anniefannie
3.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
Not exactly what I was expecting, but interesting...
Published 23 days ago by Catherine Shafer
5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper if you love fantasy.
Awesome ending!
Published 25 days ago by Ann Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
This book would be a blockbuster film. The characters are mysterious and the plot is mesmerizing. A definite must read
Published 1 month ago by Charlene Parrish
2.0 out of 5 stars Well, THAT was different
Difficult to suspend one's disbelief, the story gets stranger as it progresses. Basically, a psychopathic super-elf/dwarf wants to conquer the earth and get rid of all humans.
Published 1 month ago by Jana Boardman
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More About the Author

During the day, I'm a horticulturist. While I've spent much of my career designing landscapes or diagnosing dying plants, I've always been a storyteller. My writing career began with magazine columns, landscape design textbooks, and a gardening column at the Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). However, I've always fancied fiction.

My grandpa never graduated high school. He retired from a steel mill in the mid-70s. He was uneducated, but he was a voracious reader. I remember going through his bookshelves of paperback sci-fi novels, smelling musty old paper, pulling Piers Anthony and Isaac Asimov off shelf and promising to bring them back. I was fascinated by robots that could think and act like people. What happened when they died?

I'm a cynical reader. I demand the writer sweep me into his/her story and carry me to the end. I'd rather sail a boat than climb a mountain. That's the sort of stuff I want to write, not the assigned reading we got in school. I want to create stories that kept you up late.

Having a story unfold inside your head is an experience different than reading. You connect with characters in a deeper, more meaningful way. You feel them, empathize with them, cheer for them and even mourn. The challenge is to get the reader to experience the same thing, even if it's only a fraction of what the writer feels. Not so easy.

In 2008, I won the South Carolina Fiction Open with Four Letter Words, a short story inspired by my grandfather and Alzheimer's Disease. My first step as a novelist began when I developed a story to encourage my young son to read. This story became The Socket Greeny Saga. Socket tapped into my lifetime fascination with consciousness and identity, but this character does it from a young adult's struggle with his place in the world.

After Socket, I thought I was done with fiction. But then the ideas kept coming, and I kept writing. Most of my work investigates the human condition and the meaning of life, but not in ordinary fashion. About half of my work is Young Adult (Socket Greeny, Claus, Foreverland) because it speaks to that age of indecision and the struggle with identity. But I like to venture into adult fiction (Halfskin, Drayton) so I can cuss. Either way, I like to be entertaining.

And I'm a big fan of plot twists.

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