Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past

Rated 4.57/5 based on 7 reviews
An adventure story children and adults alike will love. Three young dragons in their human guises become caught up in an evil plot to steal a precious commodity. Team sports teach them life lessons which become vital in equipping them to deal with a dragon enemy. Humour and fascinating insights into the dragon world are interspersed throughout the book. You'd be flamin' mad to miss it! More
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Words: 157,320
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301290536
About Paul Cude

Paul Cude is a husband, father, field hockey player and aspiring photographer. Lost without his hockey stick, he can often be found in between writing and chauffeuring children, reading anything from comics to sci-fi, fantasy to thrillers. Too often found chained to his computer, it would be little surprise to find him, in his free time, somewhere on the Dorset coastline, chasing over rocks and sand in an effort to capture his wonderful wife and lovely kids with his camera. Paul Cude is also the author of the Bentwhistle the Dragon series of books.

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Review by: Larry B. Gray on Nov. 10, 2015 :
I just finished reading a very intriguing book that captured my imagination and interest and would not let it go. Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past by Paul Cude is an excellent example of creative fantasy writing.

I really like the storyline developed by the author. It was fast paced and full of intrigue. Its plot twist and turns were just enough to keep me glued to the pages from start to finish. The story was well develop with all needed background information to pull me deep into the story.

Paul Cude put together a twist on his cast of characters by combining the world of dragons and humans in a unique way. I found each of them believable and easy to identify with. He gave enough background on them so it was easy to follow the hero of the tale story and get into his story.

I enjoyed reading A Threat from the Past by Paul Cude and recommend this book to all readers.
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Review by: ailyn koay on Jan. 28, 2014 :
Paul Cude's dragon story is unique, a community of dragons living underground is believable when you see it Paul's way. This good versus evil story stretches from a long time ago, when an evil dragon plotted to rule the world, he was put to rest in a safe place.
This book is child and young adult friendly, as enjoyable as Eragon I think.
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Review by: on Sep. 24, 2013 :
A delightful adventure
Inspired by magical dragons
Beginning in City folklore
Mythics blending in like humans

I enjoyed Paul Cude's messages & hidden insights throughout this book.
The protection & healing mantras mentioned, particularly resonated with me.
I was also excited by the idea of the Daily Telepath transmitting news via dragon senses,
because I love the supernatural.

If you enjoy a classic story of the fight between good & evil, then "Bentwhistle the Dragon" is right for you.

Very well written throughout & I now long to become Peter with special powers & shields to
fight against the evil politics of this land.
As well as encouraging me to read other legendary dragon stories, I look forward to reading Paul's next book, Bentwhistle the Dragon: A Chilling Revelation.

Thank you Paul!
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Review by: Dii on Sep. 18, 2013 :
Unique! Fun! Humorous! A little quirky with a side of dark and dangerous! Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past by Paul Cude puts a whole new slant on those dragons that are living among us! (Because, they do, right?) I admit it, I have never read about dragons in this light, and I was completely enthralled with how “normal” they are as they move among humans while in human form and yet, have their own world where, they can look like dragons! There is also something sinister afoot and Bentwhistle, an unlikely hero is up to his scales in the thick of it! Ancient magic, best friends, ominous enemies and more add to the fantasy and intrigue that is suitable for ALL ages, kids on up!

Rich with fine detail and characters that are as real as you or I are, the sense of friendship and loyalty shared between Bentwhistle and his best friends is a joy to follow! Their dialogue sounds like true conversations between friends and Peter Bentwhistle is so “average” that he makes the perfect unlikely hero as he follows a dark and twisted mystery that reeks of evil.

Paul Cude has given us all a realistic and relatable contemporary hero in Peter, while creating a fantasy that is family-friendly, light enough for younger readers, yet with enough mystery that older readers will enjoy the escape from reality, too! Have you ever discussed a book with a young person? I have, and their take on a story is fascinating! Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past is the perfect book to start a new tradition with!
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Review by: Simon Pert on Aug. 13, 2013 :
I thoroughly enjoyed Paul Cude debut novel and was left wanting more. I am not normally a reader of this type of book but found it instantly readable, fast plot and inventive characters kept me turning page after page.
I cannot wait for the follow up and urge everyone to give this book a read, you will not be disappointed.
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Review by: Panther on July 10, 2013 :
Fantastic concept. I totally enjoyed this book. I have never read a story about dragons with abilities and lives like the ones in this book. What a great imagination this author has. Where is book 2. I can't wait to read the continuing story - where is it???. A must read for fantasy lovers.
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Review by: isabella white on July 09, 2013 :
Word Cloud: Dragons; nursery rings; laminium ball; mantra's; grotto's; enchanted necklace; dragon holiday camp; king's guards.

The story begins with a history lesson. It threw me off a bit when I realized at the end of chapter one that is was only a lesson, but Paul revealed it at the end of his novel why he started with George and the dragon.

Peter is the Main character and we follow him through and amazing underground world where dragons live. We get to meet his two best friends; Richie, a beautiful dragon with an attractive human body who likes to use her dragon strength. She's a bit of a rule breaker and does it in such a way that she doesn't get caught. Peter is secretly in love with her. Tank is his other friend, and like his name; he's a block of a human who plays rugby and love everything connected to animals and plants. He works with mantra's which is like spells, but just more complicated.
We experience a game of laminium ball, which is a dragon sport and visit the grotto's when a close friend and colleague of Peter pass on.
Paul's imagination creating this world went beyond my expectations.
The inner conflict Peter struggle's with makes the reader connects with him on a very deep level.
The action and main plot comes in the form of Manson, a real evil and creepy guy that makes Peter's live and work environment a living hell.
The end has an amazing twist and one I didn't figure out till the end, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Now for what I didn't like about the novel, and I do this with all my reviews.
The chapters are extremely long and due to Paul trying to show us everything from the world he created, some scenes felt stretched out and like an info dump. He tells a lot which slow the pace down during the first half of the book. Even due to what I didn't like, I still recommend the Bentwhistle series to everyone that loves dragons, fantasy and those that like to explore something new. His imagination and story telling is enough to sell and buy the book.

Great read Paul and I wish you all the success with the Bentwhistle series.

You can find The Bentwhistle Dragon in the Threat from the past on Smash words.

Keep a lookout for the review on Paul Cude himself.

Kind wishes
Adrienne Woods
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