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Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past (Volume 1) Paperback – October 19, 2011

3.9 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Series: Bentwhistle the Dragon
  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1503315282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503315280
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,989,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book starts with a perfect introduction, which is actually a short story happening sometime in the past, when humans weren't so advanced and when dragons tried to help them and control their own. The not-so-short chapter is a perfect mix of magic, mystery, and action. I wish the whole book was like that.

When the actual story starts the author moves us to the present times, to the Earth we seem to know. The thing is, there's a whole world just under our feet. The world accessible only to dragons in their original form, as well as in their human bodies.

The blending of human and dragon worlds is perfect and extremely detailed. You can find out not only how it will all happen to exist, but also how the dragons can travel so fast and what's their favorite sport. Actually, the descriptions are so detailed that you'll find out not only the name of the sport, but also the game rules, the team members and how they happened to get their names. I think these are the details that kind of put me off. I do enjoy a good world building, but I think I got a bit overwhelmed here. Too many details, too little action

Each of the characters also gets their own story. Obviously, Bentwhistle, as the main hero, is especially well developed, but the author does not forget about the others. You will get insight into their lives, work, free time. You'll see exactly how they fit into the story and how they influence it.

This review was hard for me to write. For some strange reason, this book and I couldn't get along. It's a pity because both the story and the world building seem great! Oh gosh, that would make a fantastic movie!
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I’ve seen buzz out there in social media for Bentwhistle the Dragon by Paul Cude. I read the blurb, thought it sounded interesting, and gave it a read. Below are my thoughts!

Synopsis (from the author): Ever been addicted? Most people have at some point, but it was different for these three. They'd become addicted to their respective sports: hockey, lacrosse and rugby. What's wrong with that? Nothing, apart from the fact they're DRAGONS, living in the present day, in a world in which dragons disguised as humans have infiltrated the human race at almost every level, to guide and protect them.
Three young dragons, a master mantra maker, and a complete dragon stranger with more than a little history attached to him, become caught up in an evil plot by a sinister newcomer 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 team sports, you'll learn the true story of George and the Dragon, 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.

What I liked: Who doesn’t like dragons? Especially dragons who nurture and guide humans. And dragons who can change shape and pass for humans and live among us. That is what you get in Bentwhistle the Dragon!
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I was given a e-copy in exchange for my honest review.

I found the concept of the book to be amazing. The idea of dragons living among us and protecting mankind, how the dragons were "human" here, but had their own place to be themselves, how the "magic" happened, etc., was very imitative. Even though science-fiction is not at the top of my list as preferred genre, after reading the description of the book, I had to give it a try. The beginning started off great, however, throughout the book, there were areas that seemed to drag, and/or be repetitive. I found myself having to go on to something else and come back, hoping that it was just me getting into a readers funk. Unfortunately, that was not the case. When the action was going, it was amazing, and then it would hit areas that just seemed like fillers. Or areas that where there was just too much information given for that particular scene. I think that the book was missing an age range. Like the author couldn't decide which age group the book was intended for. That, of course, is just my own opinion. I do feel that this book has an audience, but it just wasn't me. I do feel that the ideas were amazing, it just didn't have the flow that I prefer.

I recommend that if you are a science-fiction fan and love dragons, please give this book a try. Don't let my review keep you from giving it a read. It is just my opinion, and wasn't my cup of tea, but I am sure there are many the will love it.

That being said, I will be looking for other work by this author in the future.
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