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The Christmas adventures continue. The second volume of the holiday tales you never heard growing up... HUMBUG Eb Scrooge is left to run Avocado, Inc., an innovative technology business, all alone. An introverted shut-in locked away in a Colorado mansion, only his servant droids keep him company. Until the gifts arrive. THE MISER When Kandi’s dad ge The Christmas adventures continue. The second volume of the holiday tales you never heard growing up... HUMBUG Eb Scrooge is left to run Avocado, Inc., an innovative technology business, all alone. An introverted shut-in locked away in a Colorado mansion, only his servant droids keep him company. Until the gifts arrive. THE MISER When Kandi’s dad gets a mysterious call, they fly to a tropical island. Despite the heat, his sunburned client wears a heavy cloak. The world doesn’t know it yet, but Santa Claus is missing. Kandi knows where he is. RONIN There's one Christmas story no one has ever heard, the legend of the biggest and baddest reindeer of them all, the one who leads the sleigh and protects the herd. Billy Big Game doesn’t want to discover the last reindeer. He wants to capture him. REVIEWS A very good read with an ending that will not disappoint. –Amazon Review for Humbug Even Dickens would approve. –Amazon Review for Humbug You'll LOVE Humbug! –Amazon Review for Humbug Another great addition to the Claus series –Amazon Review for Humbug A great retelling of a classic story - with a sci-fi twist. –Amazon Review for Humbug A total 10! I love it. –Amazon Review for Humbug I absolutely love his Christmas series. –Amazon Review for The Rise of the Miser All of these winter wonderland characters are given new and meaningful outlooks as the author re-writes their stories… –Amazon Review for The Rise of the Miser A must read for all Santa followers. –Amazon Review for The Rise of the Miser Great characters and an awesome twist at the end. –Amazon Review for The Rise of the Miser I love everything he has every written but this is a personal favorite!!! –Amazon Review for The Rise of the Miser


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The Christmas adventures continue. The second volume of the holiday tales you never heard growing up... HUMBUG Eb Scrooge is left to run Avocado, Inc., an innovative technology business, all alone. An introverted shut-in locked away in a Colorado mansion, only his servant droids keep him company. Until the gifts arrive. THE MISER When Kandi’s dad ge The Christmas adventures continue. The second volume of the holiday tales you never heard growing up... HUMBUG Eb Scrooge is left to run Avocado, Inc., an innovative technology business, all alone. An introverted shut-in locked away in a Colorado mansion, only his servant droids keep him company. Until the gifts arrive. THE MISER When Kandi’s dad gets a mysterious call, they fly to a tropical island. Despite the heat, his sunburned client wears a heavy cloak. The world doesn’t know it yet, but Santa Claus is missing. Kandi knows where he is. RONIN There's one Christmas story no one has ever heard, the legend of the biggest and baddest reindeer of them all, the one who leads the sleigh and protects the herd. Billy Big Game doesn’t want to discover the last reindeer. He wants to capture him. REVIEWS A very good read with an ending that will not disappoint. –Amazon Review for Humbug Even Dickens would approve. –Amazon Review for Humbug You'll LOVE Humbug! –Amazon Review for Humbug Another great addition to the Claus series –Amazon Review for Humbug A great retelling of a classic story - with a sci-fi twist. –Amazon Review for Humbug A total 10! I love it. –Amazon Review for Humbug I absolutely love his Christmas series. –Amazon Review for The Rise of the Miser All of these winter wonderland characters are given new and meaningful outlooks as the author re-writes their stories… –Amazon Review for The Rise of the Miser A must read for all Santa followers. –Amazon Review for The Rise of the Miser Great characters and an awesome twist at the end. –Amazon Review for The Rise of the Miser I love everything he has every written but this is a personal favorite!!! –Amazon Review for The Rise of the Miser

30 review for Claus Boxed 2: A Science Fiction Holiday Adventure

  1. 4 out of 5

    Al Burke

    Before we start, let it be known that I listened to the audiobook version. I've experienced the author's work before, and it's usually fun, clever and plays with your mind a little. Or a lot. This threesome of tales is no different, although for whatever reason, they didn't do it for me this time. The stories are all related to some degree, and as the title might suggest, revolve around Christmas. The first, Humbug, is my favourite. A retelling of A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge runs a techno Before we start, let it be known that I listened to the audiobook version. I've experienced the author's work before, and it's usually fun, clever and plays with your mind a little. Or a lot. This threesome of tales is no different, although for whatever reason, they didn't do it for me this time. The stories are all related to some degree, and as the title might suggest, revolve around Christmas. The first, Humbug, is my favourite. A retelling of A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge runs a technology company, and has fame, fortune and so forth. However, he's also a jerk, so he's none too popular. When he starts having dreams and believing his dead partner, Jacob Marley, is visiting him at night, his life starts to spiral out of control. This is Tony Bertauski, so this isn't about some crotchety old git changing his ways. Instead there's robots, malicious code, holograms and so forth. It's good fun watching Eb lose his mind. The second tale, The Miser, is about a girl who's dragged off on a mystery job on a tropical island by her dad. However, who is voice who controls the island, and who are these kids who are popping up all over the place? This one entails cloning and links into the other stories in the author's holiday adventure series. Finally, we have Ronin. This has an interesting premise of a woman who wants to have Christmas every day, and part of the plan involves a Big Brother (TV show, not 1984) type scenario where the groups are split into Naughties and Nicies, But they didn't count on Ronin, a badass reindeer who has other plans. Did I mention this was an audiobook? The narrator was absolutely the best thing about the trilogy, adding life and a seasonal vibe to the proceedings. I could easily imagine him narrating Frosty the Snowman or the Grinch, and I'll have to check out what else he's done.. The stories are pretty good, and enjoyable enough, but I enjoyed them less than Maze or the Socket Greeny saga. Still, if you want some Christmassy sci-fi this is worth a listen. Or a read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Interesting variations on Christmas stories. The first is a variation of Scrooge, which definitely deviates from the well-known classic. And I don't mean in the fact that it's set in Bertauski's world of bio-mites. In this story, I don't think Scrooge was redeemed like he was in Charles Dickens. The second story provides even more background to Bertauski's world, that readers of the Halfskin books will recognize. It actually builds on the theme of the Scrooge story. A former employee of Scrooge b Interesting variations on Christmas stories. The first is a variation of Scrooge, which definitely deviates from the well-known classic. And I don't mean in the fact that it's set in Bertauski's world of bio-mites. In this story, I don't think Scrooge was redeemed like he was in Charles Dickens. The second story provides even more background to Bertauski's world, that readers of the Halfskin books will recognize. It actually builds on the theme of the Scrooge story. A former employee of Scrooge brings a scientist and his daughter to an island to fix problems with the island and its inhabitants. The third story was the most emotional, and ultimately the most uplifting. It's the story of the last reindeer, and his bond with an orphan boy and the results of the orphan boy being saved on Christmas Day. It again builds on the first two stories, using elements from them to provide the background. Overall, I enjoyed the stories and the universe which Bertauski has built.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Wells

    This box set from Tony Bertauski’s Claus series includes Humbug, book four, Miser, book five and Ronin, book six and each one is both entertaining and addictive. Humbug gives you Scrooge as you’ve never seen him as the author updates the setting to a modern tech mogul complete with futuristic droids that do his bidding. Miser takes us to a remote tropical paradise populated by elves and ‘Sandmen’ in a story full of humour and mystery as well as tension and revelations about all the characters inv This box set from Tony Bertauski’s Claus series includes Humbug, book four, Miser, book five and Ronin, book six and each one is both entertaining and addictive. Humbug gives you Scrooge as you’ve never seen him as the author updates the setting to a modern tech mogul complete with futuristic droids that do his bidding. Miser takes us to a remote tropical paradise populated by elves and ‘Sandmen’ in a story full of humour and mystery as well as tension and revelations about all the characters involved. Then there’s Ronin which puts a mysterious twist on Santa’s lead reindeer. Where does he fit into the story of Ryder, an orphan at a mysterious ranch run by the super rich Billy “Big Game” Sinterklaas who has an obsession with the North Pole? Tony Bertauski’s retelling of the stories of our favourite Christmas characters has been a joy from the start and this collection of the ‘second three’ is excellent and top class entertainment. Recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becky Muys

    Amazing! Loved It! I wasn't sure about this Claus book set but I LOVED IT! The intricate weaving together of the stories was so meticulously written. The stories brought tears to my eyes several times. I used to love Christmas but some sad and unpleasant moments happened and I lost my ability to enjoy it as all I felt was sadness. This is the first time in over 11 years I felt a joy regarding Christmas. Thank you for helping me remember the Christmas Spirit! Even if it only lasts a short while fo Amazing! Loved It! I wasn't sure about this Claus book set but I LOVED IT! The intricate weaving together of the stories was so meticulously written. The stories brought tears to my eyes several times. I used to love Christmas but some sad and unpleasant moments happened and I lost my ability to enjoy it as all I felt was sadness. This is the first time in over 11 years I felt a joy regarding Christmas. Thank you for helping me remember the Christmas Spirit! Even if it only lasts a short while for me. Maybe I will need to read it again to bring this feeling back to me. Maybe one day it will stay.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Janet Mack-Davis

    Twisted Christmas These stories are the adult versions of Christmas!. Even though each book can be a stand alone book it could be very beneficial to you by reading the previous set #1 to #3. In each novel some chapters were drawn out but at the same time this series will keep you reading these novels till the end

  6. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    A wild ride This book did not disappoint. It was the sixth in a series of amazing takes that kept me glued until the end. Betrayal is a masterful story teller that takes something you think you know into a whole other from of discovery. I can't wait to read more of his masterful creations. A wild ride This book did not disappoint. It was the sixth in a series of amazing takes that kept me glued until the end. Betrayal is a masterful story teller that takes something you think you know into a whole other from of discovery. I can't wait to read more of his masterful creations.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Casey Cross

    So unique and special These stories are a delight. So.etimes I would get so emotional that I would both feel like I couldn't read another word and like I had to continue - couldn't stop. So glad there's another trilogy to move on to. These stories rap around you like kudzu, so intertwined and engrossing. Can't wait to see what lies ahead in the Claus universe!!! So unique and special These stories are a delight. So.etimes I would get so emotional that I would both feel like I couldn't read another word and like I had to continue - couldn't stop. So glad there's another trilogy to move on to. These stories rap around you like kudzu, so intertwined and engrossing. Can't wait to see what lies ahead in the Claus universe!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Byers

    For The Kids Who Always Believed I thoroughly enjoyed this and the first 3 book set. Bertauski wields a deft hand with an age old story while sprinkling in just enough magic (Science!) to keep an adults attention.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim Ehrenhaft

    Enjoy the concept This series of sci-fi Santa takes doesn’t fails to entertain. If you enjoy a twist in a familiar story, then you’ll love these books. Looking forward to the next books in the series!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    What a different version of Scrooge that I have never heard before. Totally intriguing second set of stories.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hsg134

    Holiday adventure Holds your attention all the way to the end. Very good writing. It all falls into place with each book before it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I don’t know why I loved these stories, but I did. They pull you in and captivate you. It’s part of the Christmas magic, or science, if you prefer. Merry Christmas.🎄

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jan Blackburn

    Ho ho ho A great time reading this book at Christmas time. Woul recommend to anyone who believes or wants to believe and can with these books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joycekk

    Fun book about the holidays I enjoyed the series very much! I plan to read the following series next year. Thank you for your creativity.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debra Lefort

    Good reading I love the twists on the Christmas stories we grew up on. There is lots of weirdness too. I'm a fan of anything about Christmas as well as mystery and weird. Good reading I love the twists on the Christmas stories we grew up on. There is lots of weirdness too. I'm a fan of anything about Christmas as well as mystery and weird.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mr J Burnett

    👍 Great! The Clause Universe explains all you need to know about Christmas, set in a science fiction near future. Well written in depth characters.

  17. 4 out of 5

    chris varner

  18. 4 out of 5

    Peter Royle

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  20. 4 out of 5

    toni simpson

  21. 5 out of 5

    Earl D Vass

  22. 5 out of 5

    Becky Roath

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Fullmer

  24. 4 out of 5

    Doug Morris

  25. 5 out of 5

    Meshel Sweigart

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Lesak

  27. 4 out of 5

    shelley elsden-smith

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kim Conley

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tracey L Shields

  30. 5 out of 5

    Quanita

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