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- Print Length: 340 pages
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- Publisher: DeadPixel Publications (December 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076J12MMW
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On a routine Christmas practice run, Santa goes missing. Trapped in an unknown location, Rudolph and the Elven work hard to find him. With less than a month to go , the inhabitants of the North Pole are frantic to get their patriarch back, but his captor has other plans for the jolly fat man.
Shortly before Christmas, Kandi Anthony leaves the frozen Alaskan tundra with her father to visit a colleague in a remote tropical island. For Kandi, this should be a vacation, but something isn’t right. After a strangely secretive journey, Kandi should be happy to be free of the snow and the ice, but with the overly done Christmas theme of the resort’s holographic reindeer and other merriment in the hallways, the atmosphere is almost jarring. With her only companions being an AI Sandman and a peculiar boy sequestered behind a glass wall Kandi becomes determined to figure out the story behind the island’s owner and her father’s long work days. The more she attempts to glean information about this person referred to as “The Miser”, the more it seems that the island and its inhabitants are out to stop her from succeeding.
“Claus: Rise of the Miser” is the latest in the Christmas themed Science Fiction series of novels by Tony Bertauski and is the fifth in the series that sees popular Christmas time characters reimagined with a Sci-Fi twist. Rise of the Miser, is the second in the Claus arc. The first novel “Legend of the Fat Man” delves into the origin story of this popular holiday myth and is an amazing read by itself. While “Rise of the Miser” piggybacks off of the earlier book, it is not necessary to have read the legend to understand the story line of Miser. For me, Rise of the Miser was a fun read with an overall theme of family. Heether/The Miser’s story is one that will have you feeling for the “bad guy” and wondering what you would do if in a similar situation. Sandy, the AI “Sandman” that seems to be Kandi’s constant companion inside the resort is a hilarious bit of comedy added in just the right amounts. If you love Christmas but are not steeped in tradition and are willing to give something a little bit different a try, Rise of the Miser would a great choice for a holiday read that has familiar characters but is totally different.
This book is a stand alone book but it is part of a series. Many times series books like this have to bring you up to speed about the characters. Since I do not have the others in the series I was a little concerned about information not being there I needed. I need not have worried. If the up to speed stuff was there it was not noticeable. Everything was quite clear.
In this book we focus on a young girl and her father who have been called away to a special project. Away from their home in Alaska to a warm caribbean climate in the days before Christmas. In this special resort, they appear to be the only guest. The girl finds a young boy in a room that he cannot leave. Why he cannot and what it means is a mystery she needs to solve.
Meanwhile, while Santa is out on a dry run, he is kidnapped by a mysterious woman in a cloak that seems to glow with heat. Santa needs to get back to the North Pole in time for Christmas or Christmas will not happen.
The author does a good job of bringing all the elements together. The story has a good flow to it and things happen for a reason, not just to fill pages.
I recommend this book for all ages, though I am sure that younger children would not get much out of it. It is an entertaining story about how the elves, and Santa came about, why a woman would want to end Christmas (or does she) and what a family truly can be. Pick it up for some holiday science fiction.
Santa has gone missing and the elves and Rudolph are frantically looking for him. 'Nuf said. lol.
Mr. Bertauski's series is not only a great read ...... offshoots, if you will, of typical stories we tell our children (Santa Clause, Frosty the Snowman, etc.). You can read other reviews for the gist of the story. I want you to read it because this author has a mind like no other when it comes to retelling a story we've grown up on ..... differently. You will feel the chill in your veins, goosebumps on your skin, laugh like never before (at appropriate times of course) and, more importantly, FEEL like you are a part of the story! You will not only NOT want to put this book down but you will immediately read the others in this series. Mr. Bertauski and his books are among those few authors who can, within the first few lines, grab your attention and keep it.
An amazing story by an equally amazing author!
I found Bertauski's sensibilities of the daughter to be right on. His story telling brought me back so that I could imagine myself, as a young girl, acting and responding in much the same way as his character. This is one of the things I love about his stories. The characters are plausible. He gets their humanity, even when they aren't human, exactly right.
Another aspect I enjoy is how he extrapolates the possibilities of technological evolutions and creates possibilities that are viable. This novel tidied up and connected previous stories and answered some questions I'd had about a previous character.
Another fun-filled ride nthat kept the book in my hand for six straight hours. I couldn't put it down and read through the night. I might have been blurry-eyed the next day, but I felt richer for the experience.
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