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

DRAGON
Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past by Paul Cude
Publisher: Authors Online
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full length (376 Pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Part 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.

Peter Bentwhistle is a dragon who works as the head of security in a human company called Cropptech, a world renowned supplier of precious metals and valuable stones. All dragons are able to take on two forms, their dragon form and their human form. As dragons, they live below the surface of the earth in a world of their own, complete with a very fast monorail system which can transport them anywhere in the world.

Paul Cude has written a very imaginative story with excellent descriptions of both the dragon and the human worlds. Peter lives in Salisbridge in a human home left to him by his grandfather. He has no memory of his grandfather or his parents and is very much alone except for his two friends, Tank and Richie, who grew up with him in the dragon nursery.

I liked Peter and his friends and I found the descriptions of the dragon world to be fascinating. I also enjoyed reading about dragon habits, and one of my favorite supporting characters is Tank’s boss, Gee Tee, one of the oldest dragons in existence. There is a great deal of humor in this book, which makes it an enjoyable read.

Sports, both human and dragon, are described in complete and exacting detail. I did find it tedious to have Peter’s field hockey matches (Peter is an avid player), and even the dragon game of Laminium Ball explained play by play. I felt these descriptions slowed the overall pace of the book. Without them, this is a fast-action highly suspenseful book with never a dull moment. The games are important to Peter and his friends, so I’m sure they’d work for sports fans. And it was fun to see how Tank managed to rig Peter’s television with a crystal so that they could watch the professional Laminium Ball game even though they’d been unable to get tickets by intercepting the newspaper’s live feed.

This is an exciting fantasy novel with a rich detailed description of dragon life portrayed in a unique and imaginative way. Readers of fantasy are sure to enjoy adding this to their reading list.

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