Claus: Legend of the Fat Man

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The Christmas story you never heard.

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...

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Overview

The Christmas story you never heard.

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.

Other books by Tony Bertauski (Bertauski.com)

The Annihilation of Foreverland (Thriller/Sci-fi)

The Socket Greeny Saga (YA/Sci-fi)

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Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Susan Hawthorne
Tony Bertauski's characters were all so charming and engaging that I was sorry when the book ended. I will recommend this to both my writing and reading friends and can't wait for them to finish reading it so we can discuss it!

I promise you, this is one fun read. I couldn't put it down. Don't miss it!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478161158
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/29/2012
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 942,294
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Father. Husband. Teacher. Writer. Not necessarily in that order.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted December 5, 2012

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    Fascinating, thought-provoking, and definitely fun! Think you k

    Fascinating, thought-provoking, and definitely fun!

    Think you know all about Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, or the elves? Well, think again. Tony Bartauski creates a whole new myth for the modern age out of elements of the old. All the usual suspects are there—Santa, Jack Frost, the reindeer and more. But the story’s filled with a satisfying sense of intrigue, gentle touches of history and science, wry humor, and a message for the ages, pleasingly tooled for the adults and children of today.

    “Magic is what you call something you don’t understand. This is science, dear,” says the wise old elf. A red-nosed reindeer leaps into the sky, an icily angry Cold One tries to seize control of the world, and mankind’s folly is nicely balanced by the courage and compassion of one small family and the short fat strangers they meet. I could image the cartoon or movie version of this as I read, rich in period details and enlivened by musically magical engineering. Each new creature delights. Each revelation invites new questions and thoughts of responsibility.

    If you believe the world of man is worth saving, if you believe there’s hope for the future, or if you just want to learn how Santa gets all around the world in one night, this is the book for you… with just the right amount of ethical mystery, scientific intrigue and magical myth; perfect to share this Christmas.



    Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author and I’m offering my honest review

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Not good, but not on the naughty list.

    Poorly written, amateurish, and confusing. Interesting subject and some good ideas. Don't waste your time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Not a winner

    Okay story but amateurishly done. Only 180 pages but felt like 400. Unfortunately, I bought Jack when I got this one, so I will give it a shot, but if it is no better than this one, I doubt I will bother to finish it. I read this through to the end hoping it would get better, but it didn't.
    Another reviewer found the increasing font size to show shouting and emotion, a plus. However, to me it was just gimmicky and cutesy. As if the author knew his writing style was lacking and he needed to do something to make an impression. He did, but not in a good way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    Great book. I loved the way the story evolved and led up to our

    Great book. I loved the way the story evolved and led up to our story of Santa Clause.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

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    I want to thank Tony for giving me the opportunity to read and r

    I want to thank Tony for giving me the opportunity to read and review Claus: Legend of the Fat Man. I really enjoyed his take on the becoming of Santa Claus. I do have some pro's and con's of the book. The pro's are that the way everything was described from the elven living quarters to the way Nicholas, Jessica, and Jon transformed to survive in the north pole was very creative and well thought out. I really felt connected to the character's and their issue's. I rooted for the good guy's to win and really hoped Jack got what he deserved. The con's of the book are that it could of been slightly faster paced, It wasnt too slow to the point that I lost interest but I did feel that it dragged in a couple of spots. All in all I think it was a good read and I would recommend it to anyone that want's a good christmas story unlike any that I have read before.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2015

    This might be okay for a five year old.

    This might be okay for a five year old.

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  • Posted January 2, 2015

    unreadable in my opinion

    didn't make any kind of sense to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2014

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    Good story. Jms

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    Avoid!

    What could have been a charming story ends up being foolish and full of anachronisms. The authors insistence on using extremely large fonts when ever any of his characters is shouting is both a waste of space and extremely annoying.

    Supposedly, this novel takes place in the early 19th Century but the character, Jack, speaks in modern slang and references modern events. Really, would the Elven be clapping out the Queen refrain from We Are the Champions? I seriously doubt that!

    As fantasy ideas go, this is original but in execution is so lacking that I cannot recommend it to anyone.

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  • Posted December 12, 2014

    Yery fun, and enjoyable to read. My wife is not a big SciFi read

    Yery fun, and enjoyable to read. My wife is not a big SciFi reader. May have to purchase the paperback version. Elegant way of creating Santa Claus
    , thank for this work.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2014

    Don't waste your time

    I thought this book sounded interesting and I was looking for a Christmas Story with a twist but I wish I hadn't wasted my time. I always try to give books at least 100 pages to get interesting but this one is sheer torture. Poorly written. I couldn't wait for it to end. I won't be buying anymore of Tony Bertauski books.

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  • Posted November 24, 2014

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    A new take on our beloved jolly fat man, Santa Claus, the legend

    A new take on our beloved jolly fat man, Santa Claus, the legends that have made him what he is in our eyes and the elven, which do not remind you of what you grew up believing in.  The magic we have grown up to, debunked with great explanations that are creative and thought provoking.  The relationship between Claus and Jack has a whole new meaning and the author does the explanations justice.  I do wonder if the evil Cold One’s, aka his Excellence, aka Janack aka Jack’s, personality was shaped a bit by the movie, The Santa Clause 3:  The Escape Clause.
     
    This book centers on the finding of a “Warm Blood” that Jack has wanted to get his hands on for years.  This story takes place during the Fracture, where elven have been separated in to two different factions and are against one another.  This has been caused by the personal agenda of The Cold One.
     
    The author blew me away with his descriptive writing style.  I felt the cold, blinded by the storms, was giddy with the formal introductions of the reindeer, awe struck by the technology of the elven , broken hearted over what had happened medically to Jack and understanding of how Claus wanted and needed to believe that his brother was so much more than what he thought of himself.  The author tickles the reader’s interests in the beginning, warms us up to the story than without the reading even realizing it, is brought under the spell that the author has weaved.
     
    There are so many different layers to this story.  The elven, the warm bloods, Claus and Jack and Cane and so much more that trying to lasso it all together for this review is hard, to say the least.  If you are looking for a more adult and dark version of the North Pole and its inhabitants, than this book is what you are looking for. 
     
    After all this, you are probably wondering about my rating.  There is so much going on, that at times I felt a bit lost.  I had to reread certain details, go back at times to get the gist of things and at times still didn’t fully get what was going on and I felt that was enough of a distraction to warrant the 4 star rating.  Now, having said that, I do look forward to reading the other books in this series.  There is something to be said about a story that twists from the known to make it into a more complex and thoroughly enjoyable read.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Great new Santa story--give it a read and you won't be sorry

    Each year I try to read a different Santa type book to help me get in the mood for Christmas. I stumbled across Claus: Legend of the Fat Man and thought I would give it a try. I had never read anything by Tony Bertauski before and am always on the lookout for new authors. I really liked the story. It was a completely different style of Santa and Elven story than what you typically see during the holidays. The writing was smooth and progressed nicely. Looks like I now need to see if I can find the sequel.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Heartwarming!

    Excellent book, reads fast and easy, on the line of Harry Potter type book. Heartwarming and a wonderful story. Gives an idea of what happens to the pushed aside child that is ignored. I loved the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Fun Read

    This book is for the reader who can throw reality out the window and just enjoy a new take on the Santa Claus story. If you're looking for reality don't bother, but if you're looking for a fun read it might be a good choice.

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    This was a very enjoyable read. A highly imaginative tale of the

    This was a very enjoyable read. A highly imaginative tale of the beginnings of santa claus. Would definately reccommend this boo,



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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Inventive

    I realy enjoyed this story and would recommend it it puts a new twist on the santa claus legend. I was surprised at how inventive the writer was in tying in all of the elements of santa, his sleigh, reindeer, the elves, the trip around the world in one night. An engrossing story.

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  • Posted December 24, 2013

    Ok, I'm 57 and I truly enjoyed this book.

    Ok, I'm 57 and I truly enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Do you believe?

    Fantasy and myth redefined in the age of video games with the strangest ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Fantastic!!!

    What a great read+! Could not put it down!

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