Saturday, November 9, 2013

Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat From the Past by Paul Cude

Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat From the Past
By Paul Cude
Publisher: Authors Online
Published: Nov. 22, 2011
ISBN: 9780755206780

Amazon Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

This was an imaginative novel about a society of dragons that live in the present day on the earth and under the earth with the purpose of taking care of the human population (without the knowledge of the humans of course). I love the idea that the dragons live among us..

The story revolves around three dragons, Peter, Tank and Richie, who live and work on the surface in “mutatio” or human form. It begins with George and his heroic killing (apparent) and removal of a dragon from a town sometime in the past during a time of knights. We later that this is a ‘true’ story being told to some young dragons in the nursery rings, where Peter, one of the main protagonists has gone to visit.

The dragon world exists under the human world with most large dragon cities corresponding to large human cities above. Dragons have access to the surface through secret entrances in various public sites and in their homes. The dragon world is quite fascinating and the routes down to their world sometimes resembles something of a rollercoaster ride (I’ll bet humans would love it too!). I really liked the creativity of the author in his creation the dragon world. It is a fascinating place he has created with lava fountains and lakes, environmentally friendly transportation and sometime unique building materials.

Sometimes the story seemed to go off on a bit of a tangent as some of the sports that the humans/dragons were involved in as the author went in depth in describing some of the matches that the protagonists either watched or were involved in. However, these sports were important to both the protagonists and the author. For children and youth who love sports, this might be a draw for them to pick up the book to read.

The author created very likeable protagonists with few vices. They don’t smoke and they don’t do drugs. Peter doesn’t drink at all as he doesn’t see the point in the silliness and sickness that alcohol can cause. They do swear some (“hell” and “god” mainly) but they also have a good work ethic and display good sportsmanship.

The mystery of who Mr. Manson is, and why Peter feels there is something evil about him, and what Manson is doing at Cropptech, the company where Peter and Richie work, is quite well done. Peter finds himself in the position of having to solve this mystery. He is a believable unlikely hero

Paul Cude took put a lot of thought into this novel, so much so, that he even made a play on words in the titles of his chapters. They were just a fun, quirky little addition. An example? Chapter 1 – “Dragon Sleighing”. Since the chapter is about defeating a dragon, you’d think the title should be “Dragon Slaying”. However, “Dragon Sleighing” is the title because the carry the dragon carcass away on a sleigh. Cude is a “pun-ny” man.

This book was an entertaining read for middle-grade students (ages 9-12) and up, or for parents to read to their children. It’s also suitable for young-at-heart adults. I gave this book 3 stars.

Thank you to the author, Paul Cude for providing a copy of his book for a fair and honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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About the Author:

Paul Cude was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 1968. As a small child he moved to Salisbury, and as a much older child (12) developed a fanatical interest in playing field hockey - something he is still obsessed about to this very day.

 A photocopier, fax and printer engineer for many years, 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 field hockey, taking computers apart (sometimes putting them back together again, occasionally sucessfully) and of course writing.

Paul has spent over a year working as a teaching assistant in a wonderful school, a job he enjoys more than any he has ever had.

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