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Claus

(2012)
Legend of the Fat Man
(The first book in the Claus series)
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Christmas is hot.

When Kandi's dad gets a mysterious call, they fly to a tropical island where the buildings are enormous and the rooms empty. Despite the heat, his sunburned client wears a heavy cloak.

Kandi meets a boy living all alone in one of the empty resorts. When he goes missing, she enlists the help of the technological wonders that haunt the island to find him. What she uncovers is a much deeper mystery that will affect more than just Christmas. The world doesn't know it yet, but Santa Claus is missing. Kandi knows where he is.

And why.

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR

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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Used availability for Tony Bertauski's Claus

Paperback Editions

November 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Claus (Rise of the Miser): A Science Fiction Adventure (Volume 5)
Author(s): Tony Bertauski
ISBN: 1-979017-87-5 / 978-1-979017-87-9 (USA edition)
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June 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Claus: Legend of the Fat Man
Author(s): Tony Bertauski
ISBN: 1-4781-6115-9 / 978-1-4781-6115-8 (USA edition)
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Title: Claus: Rise of the Miser
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Title: Claus: Legend of the Fat Man
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December 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Claus: Legend of the Fat Man
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December 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Claus: Legend of the Fat Man
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Kindle Editions

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Title: Claus (Rise of the Miser): A Science Fiction Adventure
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December 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Claus (Legend of the Fat Man): A Science Fiction Adventure (Claus Series Book 1)
Author(s): Tony Bertauski
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