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  • Gingerman: In Search of the Toymaker

  • A Science Fiction Adventure (Claus, Book 8)
  • By: Tony Bertauski
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Series: Claus Series, Book 8
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Summary

The eighth stand-alone novel in the Claus Universe.

His real name is Christmas. It’s embarrassing. 

He’s been accepted into the Institute of Creative Mind, a prestigious institute for eccentrics, outliers, and gifted students. A school located in the middle of nowhere with 200-year-old castles and a formidable stone wall. A school where Christmas is celebrated the entire year. 

Christmas trees, ornaments, and lights decorate the castles. Presents are given out every month, and students are pitted against each other in creative challenges. Chris soon finds out, however, the stakes are high.

The losers are expelled.

He spends sleepless nights keeping up with his homework to not disappoint his parents and to keep a cruel guidance counsellor off his back. But this place is more than a demanding school for gifted students. Chris finds a clue in a textbook his first night, written in code. 

Run, run as fast as you can. 

When he’s presented with an impossibility that defies all laws of physics and biology, anything becomes possible. Chris discovers students aren’t chosen for their artistic abilities, but because of a DNA test. He doesn’t know what the school is really after. If he doesn’t stop them, Christmas will end forever. Everything depends on his courage.

And a strange little friend.

©2020 Tony Bertauski (P)2021 Tony Bertauski

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What an imagination!

Fantastic story from beginning to end! Was pulled in straight away and the author never missed a beat! Great world building and characters as well!
The narrator did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life.

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Another Great Claus Universe Tale.

If you’ve read any of the other books in this series you’ll know what to expect. Tony Bertauski takes elements from well known fairy tales and lets his imagination run free with the story. Incidentally, if you’ve not read any of the previous books don’t worry about starting here as each instalment of the series works as a standalone book. This book is clever, imaginative and fun but it’s also unpredictable, at least it was for me! That’s what I like most about this author’s stories, you never truly know where he’ll take things. This one starts out as a story about teenaged Chris as he goes off to an exclusive boarding school. Where it ends up will of course be revealed during the reading, which I won’t spoil. Be assured though that there will be some characters you thought you knew all about and some you’re glad to meet. There will also be many twists along the way. Overall, another great addition to the series.
James Killavey returns as narrator and he does another good job. He has an almost whimsical style and his voice adds character and life to the story and the characters. The production and Killavey’s delivery are both very professional.

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  • Kindle Guy
  • 15-10-21

Excellent, as usual.

Really good story with lots of twists and turns and a fantastic ending. I think this is more fantasy than science fiction ( although it has elements of SF too ) but whatever the genre, it is an excellent story. I hope the author keeps up this series. I look forward to the next one every year. Oh...and the reader ( same as for all the others ) is also excellent...as usual. Five stars all around.

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  • kixfan
  • 07-02-22

Awesome

Another amazing entry in the Claus universe of books. Like the others this can be part of the series and a standalone. Well written as always. Look forward to these every year and they never disappoint.