Thursday, November 21, 2013

REVIEW: Claus: Legend of the Fat Man

Claus: Legend of the Fat Man
By: Tony Bertauski

Genre: Adventure, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Year published: 2013
Pages: 327

Date read: 12/15/12

Recommend to: Anyone who loves Christmas stories, especially ones that are not the typical thing

Summary: Some legends are forged in fire.  Others are born in snow.

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.

My thoughts

Christmas is one of my two favorite holidays and I am always looking for a good Christmas book to read in December.  Last December I found this one.  I especially like ones that are different than the norm and this one is definitely that.  

It has tons of action, the good brother vs the bad brother (when done right, it can never get old), highs and lows - there were several times that I actually caught myself holding my breath as I read, worried about what was going to happen next.  

And the story behind HOW Santa became Santa ... loved it.

It is a book that I will definitely read again and one I think everyone will enjoy.

But it did leave me with one thing - wanting to know what happens next AND wanting to know more about ... THE COLD ONE ...

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