Claus by Tony Bertauski
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 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.

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About Tony Bertauski

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 Tony Bertauski lives in Charleston, SC with his wife, Heather, and two kids, Ben and Maddi. He teaches horticulture at Trident Technical College, writes a gardening column for the Post and Courier, and published two textbooks on landscape design. Among his numerous novels, he was a 2008 winner of the South Carolina Fiction Contest for his short story entitled, 4-Letter Words. 
Published December 28, 2013 by DeadPixel Publications. 327 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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