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Jack: The Tale of Frost (A Science Fiction Adventure)

Jack: The Tale of Frost (A Science Fiction Adventure)

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by Tony Bertauski

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Some tall tales are true.

Sura is sixteen years old when she meets Mr. Frost. He's very short and very fat and he likes his room very, very cold. Some might say inhumanly cold. His first name isn't Jack, she's told. And that's all she needed to know.

Mr. Frost's love for Christmas is over-the-top and slightly psychotic. And why not? He's made


Some tall tales are true.

Sura is sixteen years old when she meets Mr. Frost. He's very short and very fat and he likes his room very, very cold. Some might say inhumanly cold. His first name isn't Jack, she's told. And that's all she needed to know.

Mr. Frost's love for Christmas is over-the-top and slightly psychotic. And why not? He's made billions of dollars off the holiday he invented. Or so he claims. Rumor is he's an elven, but that's silly. Elven aren't real. And if they were, they wouldn't live in South Carolina. They wouldn't hide in a tower and go to the basement to make...things.

Nonetheless, Sura will work for this odd little recluse. Frost Plantation is where she'll meet the love of her life. It's where she'll finally feel like she belongs somewhere. And it's where she'll meet someone fatter, balder and stranger than Mr. Frost. It's where she'll meet Jack.

And Jack hates Christmas.


Where did you come up with the idea of writing science fiction for holiday characters?
My nephew mentioned the "secret Santa ninja elves" that visit his school during Christmas, and this spawned the idea of writing a semi-serious sci-fi version of Santa. How the ideas flesh out is a long process. I started keep track of how the story arc of my latest novel evolves, just to remember where it began. It's all over the place. I love the challenge of bringing a story to light, letting the characters get in my head and telling me where to go. Flury: Journey of a Snowman is the third book in the Claus series. It was originally Frosty the Snowman, but Frosty is copyrighted. It didn't matter, really. The character was better suited to be something other than Frosty. Flury is a bit more serious.
Are you getting any backlash for rewriting these Christmas legends?
Not at all. In fact, a lot of readers have connected to all the unanswered questions surround them, especially Santa Claus. How does he go around the world in a night? Why is he fat? Why does he live on the North Pole? How do reindeer fly? How does he carry all those presents? All of them answered with the magic wand of science fiction... I mean, the science wand of science fiction. The stories still have the fantasy element, of course. Some leaps of imagination. And also the romance angle. Why? Because all stories have love.
What is your favorite character from the books that you have written?
Socket Greeny is one of my favorites. That science fiction trilogy was my first story. I wrote it in first person and really connected with him. However, Jack Frost is in Claus (Legend of the Fat Man) and Jack (The Tale of Frost) and has become my all-time fave. He's childish, irreverent and dangerous, but at the same time lovable.
What order should readers purchase the Claus books?
Claus: Legend of the Fat Man is the best start. After that, any order works. They all can be read as standalone novels.

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Meet the Author

Tony Bertauski lives in Charleston, SC with his wife and two kids. During daylight, he teaches horticulture at Trident Technical College. He’s published two textbooks on landscape design, still very popular with aspiring designers.

At night and during weekends, he slouches in front of a keyboard writing a gardening column for the Post and Courier) and fiction. In 2008, he won the South Carolina Fiction Contest for his short story entitled, 4-Letter Words. Since then, he’s produced a bevy of science fiction / dystopian novels, all highly rated on Amazon (4.0+ stars).

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Jack: The Tale of Frost 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
knobren More than 1 year ago
One should definitely read "Claus - Legend of the Fat Man" first!  This wouldn't make much sense otherwise. I really liked both books and am looking forward to the book about Frosty. Without giving too much away, this book focuses on a mysterious estate in South Carolina that was established shortly after the deaths of Jack, Claus, and their mother and the subsequent reconcilliation of the two elven factions at the end of the first book.  The estate is owned by Mr. Frost.  He is not Jack, but we don't really find out who he is for a while.  We are brought into the estate via a teenaged girl, who has just started working on the estate, following the death if her single mother, who had worked there all of her life.  We see some things from her point of view and some from Mr. Frost's.  During the course of the story, we kind of see the where the story of the Grinch is supposed to come from and how tiny, toy-making elves originate.  This is a fun read! 
SherryF More than 1 year ago
If you like the odd, the adventurous, the sci-fi world of magical beings, then this book is for you. ~~~~~~ Sura takes a job at Frost Plantation. She will meet Mr. Frost, who’s love of Christmas is obsessive, after all he invented Christmas, didn’t he? Sura will find the love of her life and the home she has longed for. She will also meet Jack, who is the opposite of Mr. Frost. Jack hates Christmas. ~~~~~~ A Christmas story so unusual, it makes the Grinch seem like child’s play. The world building and character descriptions will have your mind working overtime trying to envision them. Tony Bertauski’s imagination knows no bounds as he takes me on a magical, sci-fi adventure after the downfall of the North Pole. There is a love story, but to me that was just the icing on the cake. Jack is the cake. Elves in South Carolina? Impossible? If you saw a round blue guy, what would you think? I love a “guy” that I love to hate and Jack fits that bill to a T. I wanted to laugh and cry with Jack, when I could get over the fact that he was a total asswipe. I felt bad for him and then I wanted to slap him up side the head. Jack didn’t have visions of sugar plums, but there were reindeer and a jolly fat man dancing in his head. The sun was so hot, but his memories were of white, fluffy snow and ice cold temperatures. He was not a pleasant “person” to be around. All that being said, I have to say that I liked Jack. The things he went through as he came “alive” made me root for him, encouraging him to hang in there, things will get better, won’t they? I was confused for a while, trying to figure out what in the hell happened after all the badness at the North Pole, but as it came together I was even more surprised. This book is darker than Claus, but every bit as entertaining to read. I love a surprise at the end, and Tony left me screaming for more! When Tony says, “I’d rather sail a boat than climb a mountain”, I smiled, nodded my head and said to myself, “I’m with you Tony.” I received this book from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I liked Jack – it’s plain and simple. Jack was not totally there, I mean he was cloned and when they cloned him they didn’t give him all of his memories so he was searching for answers. Jack was determined to find out where he belonged and what had happened to him and in the end well, I can’t tell you what happened but I am glad I rooted for him because the conclusion was incredible. Not your traditional Christmas story, Jack: The Tale of Frost is more of a science fiction tale with elven and some technical advances that not your typical Santa Claus can pull out of his magic sack. A bit confused in the beginning of the book by the middle of the book, I got into the flow and was feeling frustrated as Jack tried to understand his dilemma. As Mr. Frost tries to control his surroundings and Sura and Joe find their place, I tried to quicken my pace so I could put the players in their proper place….like I had that much control. As the temperature dropped in Mr. Frost’s underground chambers, I grab my blanket and settle into an afternoon of cold twisted drama. Thank you Tony for sending me a copy of this book to review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Or should I say closing. Great how it all ties in. Well done.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Another hit from Mr. Bertauski. Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. As with Mr. Bertauski’s other books that I have read, they are not my “usual” genre but I wouldn’t miss them. This one was no different – a fun, interesting, different read that had me hooked. This series of books is fascinating. It gives us an alternate take on the men — legends — we know. I’m not sure how Mr. Bertauski came up with this world of elven, Claus, Jack, and their advances and influences on Christmas but it is a wonderful world that makes you think. It is a world that is easy to get lost in. This is a tough review to write because I really don’t want to give anything away. Jack is a sad little man. I felt for him. Mr. Frost is a kind man who wants to change the course of things. Freeda is not a favorite. Templeton is surly but has a purpose, one I did not see coming. Sura and Joe were interesting, unexpected additions to this world. If I go on about all that is revealed and done, then I will spoil the book. So, I will leave it at this: It’s a good read. Try it. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book, especially if you read Claus: Legend of the Fat Man. Will I read it again: I don’t think so. But I definitely want to read the rest of the Claus series. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)