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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Claus, Legend of the Fat Man by Tony Bertauski

On the fourth day of Christmas, I reviewed for thee....
Claus, Legend of the Fat Man by Tony Bertauski.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

From My Perspective: 

This is certainly the stuff legends are made of!  The book is over three hundred pages long, but there is never a dull moment.   The Santa family has journeyed to the arctic and encountered a storm; they are separated with mom, Jessica and son Jon being rescued by the rebel band of elven and  Nicholas, being rescued by elven working for the Cold One.  From then on it is a magical tale of trying to get the family back together and helping the elven to reunite their people.

The story is well written and entertaining.   For anyone who loves Chrismas and the "magic" it has to offer, try this on for size.   In my heart of hearts, Santa lives on and now I know the legend of how he came to be just who he is.....a fat man in a red coat trimmed with white fur.   Good fun!   4 Winks!

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.


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