Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past by Paul Cude


Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past is an adventure story children and adults alike will love, about the present day world in which dragons disguised as humans have infiltrated the human race at almost every level, to guide and protect them. 

Three young dragons in their human guises become caught up in an evil plot to steal a precious commodity, vital to the dragon community. How will the reluctant hero and his friends fare against an enemy of his race from far in the past? 

Fascinating insights into the dragon world are interspersed throughout the book. Ever wondered how dragons travel below ground at almost the speed of sound? Or how they use magical mantras to transform their giant bodies into convincing human shapes? 

In an action packed adventure that features both human and dragon sports, you'll get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and insight into what to do if you meet a giant spider grinning at you when you're wearing nothing but your smile! 

You'd be flamin' mad to miss it.

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My Review-

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, nothing more, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

In Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past we meet Peter Bentwhistle. Peter is a dragon/human; he is a dragon who can shift into a human. Peter lives amongst the other dragons in a society hidden from humans. He stumbles upon a plot that could destroy the dragon/human relationship as evil forces try to impose their will.

This book for me was a great take on dragons. I love how Paul has come up with the idea of a Dragon society that is hidden from humans but is also helping to guide humanity; as it evolves and progresses. I found this to be an interesting perspective. I also like how the dragons can shift into human form so that they can mingle with other humans.

Paul has done a great job of creating some fantastic dragon lands, it seems quite clear that Paul has spent time and effort creating detail. The adventure is both believable and entertaining too. There is a great cast of characters, and the antagonist; Manson, plays his part well, even I didn't like him!

I enjoyed reading this book it was a refreshing change in both Paul's take on dragons and from my current reading pile.

I think that Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past will appeal to both adults and younger readers too, even more so if your a lover of dragons.

About The Author-

Paul Cude was born in Southampton, Hampshire in 1968. As a small child he moved to Salisbury, and as a much older child (12) developed a fanatical interest in playing hockey - something he is still obsessed about to this very day, or so his eldest daughter claims, as she’s dragged to hockey training on cold, winter Sunday mornings. A photocopier, fax and printer engineer up until 8 years ago, redundancy allowed him the privilege of becoming a full time house husband, watching and shaping his two fantastic children as they progress in life. Married to a beautiful wife, he likes nothing more than days out with her and the children. On the odd occasion that free time presents itself, he likes playing hockey, taking computers apart (sometimes even putting them back together again, occasionally successfully) and of course, writing.

Paul says, “The completion of this book wouldn’t have come about if not for the patience and understanding of my wife and two children. If not for them I would have failed at least a dozen times over. My wife particularly deserves thanks for her hard work, dedication and enthusiasm, and for putting up with me asking her all sorts of silly questions at all sorts of silly times of the day and night. Rachel, Jaina and Poppy, thank you. I’m the luckiest man alive to have such a wonderful wife and children. I love you with all of my heart.”

Since the start of 2011, Paul has been working in a wonderful school as a Teaching Assistant, a job he enjoys more than any he has ever had. He hopes to continue in this role for a very long time.

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