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Some of the book blogs that have reviewed Bentwhistle The Dragon. In no particular order:

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Reviews For Bentwhistle The Dragon in A Threat From The Past

Amazon.co.uk

A few of the 5 star reviews from Amazon.co.uk

I love the idea that dragons can take human form, 10 July 2014

This is a most original, imaginative adventure, full of surprises. I love the idea that dragons can take human form, live on the surface of the earth and effectively watch over the human race in their secret human personas. The author weaves a clever story around Peter (Bentwhistle the Dragon) and his two sport-loving friends, Tank and Richie. Intrigue, fantasy and mystery lie at its heart and sport plays a large part in the story, both in the dragon world and human world, ultimately revealing the threat from the past. There are many unique and unusual images in the book. For instance, the idea of an underground train system allowing dragons to travel at vast speeds around the country is particularly fascinating and very skilfully described. This book is a must for anyone who loves a well-written fantasy. I highly recommend it to all dragon-lovers!

Well worth a read, 10 April 2014

Paul’s first book sets the scene for what is going to be a well thought out series of adventures for the three main characters, Peter’ Tank and Richie. Set in a totally believable world of humans and hidden dragon folk’ he also manages to get the feel for team sports in both worlds as well. A well thout out and intriguing plot leaves you wanting more!

A WONDERFUL READ FOR ALL AGES!, 12 Feb 2014

What’s not to like about this book? Whether your seven or seventy, there’s something for everyone. Heroes, fantasy, dragons, and parallel realities along with a dollop of magic and evil. Paul Cude has created a story that can be read on so many levels and one that my grandson will soon be reading! Thank you Paul, for writing a family friendly book with subtle moral messages. I recommend this one to everyone, whatever your age!

Here be Dragons, 5 Mar 2014

Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past by Paul Cude is quite simply a magnificent fantasy adventure for all the family. Imagine an author clever enough to blend elements of classics such as Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Harry Potter books – Hobbit – and you have Paul Cude.
The author has reinvented our world where humans exist on the surface as one would expect. But beneath that surface live dragons in vast caverns connected by tunnels that lead to the surface. They are highly developed and can travel at incredible speeds. These dragons can alter their shape and become humanoid in appearance and by doing so look after us, nurturing us in ways we would never fathom. The history of these two worlds combined is so lovingly displayed by Paul who obviously is young at heart. This reader especially enjoyed the retelling of George and the Dragon.
But everything is about to change when a devious dragon plots to destroy this beautiful relationship and only Peter Bentwhistle and his young friends Richie and Tank can see what’s going on. These three brave dragons must stop the threat from the past to save our present.
The characters are well fleshed out and the action descriptions are richly embellished, especially the dragons’ underworld which is quite breathtaking. This brilliant novel ranks up there with Jules Verne and JRR Tolkein and would perfectly fit next to those books on any bookshelf.
A FIVE STAR family adventure for all ages and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED so get downloading for on of the best reads you’ll ever have in this genre.

There Be Dragons! Highly entertaining read, 28 Feb 2014

Imagine, if you will, the World you and I populate, with all its everyday events. Now imagine that, below our feet in a hidden subterranean world, there be dragons! Highly intelligent, caring dragons with the mission to help the human race as it evolves and progresses. Imagine these mythical beasts have the ability to morph into human form and mingle with their charges.

Paul Cude’s `A Threat from the Past’ features one such dragon, Peter Bentwhistle, as, accompanied by his friends Richie and Tank, he goes about his job as acting Head of Security for a high-tech mining company. Yet, Peter, a sports-loving young man, in his human form, stumbles across a plot that could spell the end of the Dragon-human symbiosis as evil forces seek to impose their will.

The author conjures up the fantastic lands of the dragons and the ways in which they interact in our human world with consummate care, creating a very believable basis for an enthralling and entertaining adventure tale. It has a cast of unforgettable characters, my personal favourite being the irascible owner of the Mantra Shop, Gee Tee, that will appeal not only to younger readers but to adults as well.

If you are a fan of the `Harry Potter’ books then you will enjoy this one; it mingles the fantastic with the quotidian in the same expert fashion. A highly recommended read for all.

An unusual and intriguing read, 10 April 2012

This debut book appeals to all ages and creates intrigue all the way through – the writer creates interest by interweaving different themes throughout with the undercurrent of the dragon world running all the way through. It also leaves the reader guessing as to whether good or evil will prevail!! An interesting read!!

Dragons live!!, 17 Mar 2012

An intricately written world where dragons live among us. I loved the idea of a secret world where dragons still live and are among us, taking part in every day things such as going to school and playing sports. The book is a great children’s adventure and I enjoyed reading it.

Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past, 15 Feb 2012

I really enjoyed Paul Cude’s debut book. From the moment I started the first page I could not put it down; I found the characters believable and found myself cheering on the goodies whilst hoping that the villains would not win. The plot was clever, fresh and fast. I loved the way Mr Cude used the real world mingled with a dragon world and was genuinely saddened when I reached the final page, it was like leaving new found friends. I look forward with anticipation to more works from Paul Cude and would advise anyone who enjoys a good read to give “Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past” a go.

A great and fun-filled labour of love about dragons, 25 Aug 2013

“Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past” by Paul Cude is using a highly original idea and makes it the centre of a very entertaining adventure story for young adults and those young at hearts. In times of “Eragon” and “The Hobbit” many of us older adults love a good dragon story just as well as the younger ones and I am sure most people who pick up this book will appreciate Cude’s excellent effort in that regard.

Most of the story however is surprisingly set in present day and not in the distant past. The dragons are not enemies of us humans but are actually here to protect us, a tradition that goes a long way back into their past. Using this inventive set up Cude tells us with much love for detail about the world and communities of dragons, their habitat, tunnels under the sea and much more which I found very enjoyable.
Myths and legends in the dragon world their good and bad members, their habits, their sports and their views on the human world add flesh to the action part of the story.

Cude has taken the simple idea and given it a lot of thought and imaginative detail, it is obvious what a labour of love writing this book must have been and it certainly has paid off.
Highly recommended, a great and fun-filled read.

A lovely dragon tale!, 5 Feb 2013

When I first picked this book up my initial thoughts were that I had probably never read anything quite like it before. Upon finishing Brentwhistle the Dragon I can confirm that I was correct!

I like to be exposed to different styles and genres because, as far as I’m concerned, that’s what reading is all about. This book was another `first’ for me. I wondered how a story about dragons that lived alongside humans would work and how sport could come into it too, but I can say that it all fitted together quite neatly, turning out to be a real feel good story that would be suitable for anyone from teens through to adults. I’m not really into sport, and after my senior school years the word `hockey’ makes me wince with pain, but the accounts of matches, the adrenalin and camaraderie that accompanied it all actually made me feel like giving it another shot. Peter and his two friends were perfectly well formed and all had distinct personalities of their own.

The only downside really (and it’s only really a downside if like me you get funny about how long it takes you to read a book and where you do and don’t feel comfortable breaking from a read) is that there are few chapters. This means that each one is quite long and I work better with chapters that are shorter and allow me to pick it up, read a couple, and put it down again without having to cut my read short halfway through. That being said, when I did get to sit and read, I really enjoyed joining Peter on his journey to solve the mysterious goings on at work, and was quite fascinated by the extent to which some writer’s imaginations stretch! Amazing! I would happily recommend it to my friends that love dragons and fantasy fiction and, in fact, I have recommended it already.

Happy reading and very well done on this lovely dragon tale of yours, Mr Cude.

 

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A few of the 5 star reviews from Amazon.com

Fantasy at its best! Creative Genius! September 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!

A Fantasy novel so good you won’t want it to end, September 3, 2014

What a brilliantly written fantasy novel. I was so absorbed in this world of humans and dragons that it made me wish I was a dragon. Paul Cude brings the characters to life with unexpected twists and turns and upon finishing makes you want to read more. Good thing there is a second book. I highly recommend this for any reader who loves to dwell in the fantasy world cause once you enter the world of BENTWHISTLE the DRAGON you will not want to leave. Definitely worth more than 5 stars. Well done….

Fireproof Underwear Not Required!, July 21, 2014

Have you ever met a dragon? You may have met one of Paul Cude’s dragons disguised as a human and never know it. If you happen to see a young girl arm wrestle two big burly men at once and win — maybe! You don’t have to get your arm broken by a human dragon for adventure. I suggest reading Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past for a fantasy fix.
It is obvious the author spent a lot of time developing his clandestine dragon society with an interesting history that will keep the pages turning. What do dragons eat? How do they secretly move from our world to theirs? How do they hide their tails? Can they breathe fire in their human form? How do they get their news? Why do they like sports so much?
Paul knows. He knows how to bring the human side out in his dragon characters and develops their growth through experiences, bonds of friendship, and betrayal.
“Do dragons poo in lava?” …a rhetorical quote from the book is an example of the humor and wit in the writing. The vocabulary is advanced for YA but the story is suitable for the whole family.
When I read the book and discovered the dragons could transform from human to their true form I involved my family in a book club discussion by asking them: if you were a dragon what would you look like? Would you have a long tail and razor-sharp wings? What color would you be? What attributes would a dragon have? Speed? Agility? Telepathy? Tail-kicking skills of a ninja?
(You are thinking about it right now, aren’t you?)
After reading this book… I want to be a dragon and you will, too!
From the first chapter: “Dragon Sleighing” (Pun intended) the dragon lore was engaging. If you like British myths made into modern-day legends loaded with an original plotline and filled with unique magic this book should be on your reading list!

Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past by Paul Cude, February 13, 2014

A fun , humorous Y/A story about a society of Dragons that live on Earth in the present day under the Earth with the purpose of taking care of the Human population with out them knowing about it.The story revolves around three Dragons, Peter, Tank and Richie they live and work on the surface in Mutatio or Human form. The story begins with George and his heroic killing of a Dragon from a town in the past when Knights were around. We later learn the story is true and it was being told to some young Dragons. There world exists under our world and the cities are basically the same. The Dragons use secret entrances to get to the world above. I especially liked the Dragon world with Lava fountains and lakes. The author goes in depth about the sports the humans and Dragons were involved in. A truly delightful story for children and adults.

Delightful and educational adventure, December 24, 2013

Paul Cude has written a superbly amusing, fantasy novel, Bentwhistle the Dragon, about a wondrous dragon world existing below the present human one. Peter, Richie and Tank are the main dragons in the story who take on human form to infiltrate our supposedly superior, friendly world. We discover secret passages between each world, learn everything there is to know about those fascinating dragons, and take comfort in the fact that they are actually protective of humans and not those bad-tempered, treasure-greedy, nasty reptiles we meet up with in most children’s books.
This is a delightful and educational adventure−everybody should make it a point to learn the authentic facts about these lovely creatures− for children and adults alike.

A Wild Ride, October 21, 2013

Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past is a masterfully written story which will engage you from the beginning. Paul’s imagination in creating this world where dragons co-exist with humans and morph from one form into the other is incredible. Rich with the type of detail that draws you into that world and a story line that has you so engrossed you don’t want to leave. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I look forward to the next in this series. 5 stars!

 

Reviews for Bentwhistle The Dragon in A Chilling Revelation

Amazon.co.uk

A few of the 5 star reviews from Amazon.co.uk

A thrilling adventure read!, 29 May 2014

“Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Chilling Revelation” is the second volume of Paul Cude’s series and is a much longer book than the first, although, thanks to the fast-paced tale, it doesn’t become boring. The story reintroduces the reader to the team from the first book, (the titular Peter Bentwhistle, Tank, Richie and the irascible Gee Tee) as the adventure addresses events after Peter’s encounter with Manson. Expertly interwoven is a parallel adventure featuring a new dragon called Flash who is a covert agent working for the King. Both tales come together and plunge Peter and his new friend into a mystery that intrigues and entertains as they go up against an old enemy possessed of formidable abilities. Dark forces are at work as the story races toward an explosive finale that is a perfect set-up for the next novel in the series.

I mentioned in my review of the first book that Peter Cude’s work would appeal to any lover of the Harry Potter books and I would definitely insist in this with this tale. At times it reads like a classic secret agent tale, albeit with fantastic creatures instead of the accustomed spies, and reminded me also of many of the Alistair MacLean novels I read years ago. Definitely recommend as a thrilling adventure read.

Flaming laminium balls! What a story!, 10 April 2014

Having re-read Bent whistle to get me back in the mood for dragons’ hockey, rugby, lacrosse and laminium ball, what do I find? An ancient tale moves briskly forward to the present and we are once embroiled in the wrong doings of Manson’s legacy. We meet new characters and races and find out more insights into favourite beings, such as Gee Tee and the King. Once picked up it was very hard to put this book down despite it’s necessary length and definitely makes one want for more and more..please!

SIMPLY WONDERFUL!, 1 Mar 2014

This book has it all. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series and the newest one did not disappoint! Dragons, a world where dragons and humans interact, adventure, love story, good and evil, a feast for the senses! And that’s just part of it. The fantasy world that Mr. Cude creates is not only magical, it’s refreshingly innocent, and a wonderful read for all ages. I can’t recommend it highly enough! Well done, Mr. Cude!

Fantastic Fun, 25 Feb 2014

“Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Chilling Revelation” by Paul Cude is the second book in his great fun dragon themed fantasy adventure series.
The story begins with a thrilling sequence about Aviva, a dragon who infiltrates the human world at the time of Alexander the Great and Ptolemy, trying to interfere with humans and their world. Other dragons have to interfere with her plot and restore what has been disturbed unwarrantedly.
This turns out to be a story told by Peter, a dragon who is currently stuck in human form due to an injury from a precious adventure. The world we live in is that of young dragons at school, part of a society of dragons living underground in a parallel world to humans. There is a king and his council and dragons who can take on human form. The setting is magical, imaginative and great fun. Particularly enjoyable to me were the Laminium Ball matches between the dragons. Cude has given his new world a lot of thought and created a detailed and colourful environment.
The story of this book’s main adventure begins with a mission in the Antarctica and includes a complex terrorism plot. The opponents in this book are nagas, a new race with their own agenda.
Interesting characters, suspenseful action and great humour are plentiful in this book. There is action, adventure and also young love, making this a rich feast of a novel., that should appeal to old and young fantasy fans alike.
I don’t often read fantasy but this is a series I am thoroughly enjoying and one that I’d highly recommend.

 

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Amazon.com 5 Star Reviews

Fantastic Dragon Fun, February 25, 2014

“Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Chilling Revelation” by Paul Cude is the second book in his great fun dragon themed fantasy adventure series.
The story begins with a thrilling sequence about Aviva, a dragon who infiltrates the human world at the time of Alexander the Great and Ptolemy, trying to interfere with humans and their world. Other dragons have to interfere with her plot and restore what has been disturbed unwarrantedly.
This turns out to be a story told by Peter, a dragon who is currently stuck in human form due to an injury from a precious adventure. The world we live in is that of young dragons at school, part of a society of dragons living underground in a parallel world to humans. There is a king and his council and dragons who can take on human form. The setting is magical, imaginative and great fun. Particularly enjoyable to me were the Laminium Ball matches between the dragons. Cude has given his new world a lot of thought and created a detailed and colourful environment.
The story of this book’s main adventure begins with a mission in the Antarctica and includes a complex terrorism plot. The opponents in this book are nagas, a new race with their own agenda.
Interesting characters, suspenseful action and great humour are plentiful in this book. There is action, adventure and also young love, making this a rich feast of a novel., that should appeal to old and young fantasy fans alike.
I don’t often read fantasy but this is a series I am thoroughly enjoying and one that I’d highly recommend.

 

 

 

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