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Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past (Volume 1) Paperback – October 19, 2011
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The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that's something I really look for in a good book.
The book synopsis says it all; “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!...”
If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens next, you’ll just have to turn the pages yourself to find out!
This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. There are attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a spellbinding journey!
It’s one of those stories that come along once in awhile that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader!
I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Paul Cude in the future. I would definitely recommend this book. Five stars from me.
During that time, Mr. Cude creates an entertaining dragon world with whimsical ways for the dragons to access the human world above. There is some magic but the magic is not intrinsic to the story. The detailed descriptions of the various dragon and human games may delight sports fans but I found them tedious and incidental to the plot.
I enjoyed the first chapter but could not understand what it had to do with the story until the end. In my opinion, there are too many such unrelated stories and details—they detract from the story arc and make the novel boring. With a little tightening up, this could have been a more enjoyable read.
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!
So yes, I didn't manage to finish reading this book and I've decided to finally stop trying, but it doesn't mean you have to follow because the story is good, the world and character building are fantastic and it's all about dragons :).
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