Thank you, Paul, for getting in contact with me and gifting me an eBook copy of A Threat from the Past in exchange for a review.
Paul Cude puts a whole new slant on dragons living among us. Paul has reinvented our world where humans exist on the surface but beneath that surface live dragons in vast caverns connected by tunnels that lead to the surface. The blending of the human and dragon worlds is perfect and extremely detailed. You can find out not only how it came to exist, but also how the dragons can travel so fast and what's their favourite sport.
Paul’s dragons are highly developed and can travel at incredible speeds, can alter their shape and become humanoid in appearance. Another thing that I liked about this book is that it explored the different opinions of dragons on humans. While some work for humans, some look down on humans and will never take their human forms.
I was completely engrossed with how “normal” they are as they move among humans while in human form and yet, have their world where they can look like dragons. These dragons are not enemies of humans but are here to protect them, a tradition that goes a long way back into their past. The history of these two worlds combined is so lovingly displayed and we the reader are told in detail about the world and communities of dragons, their habitat, tunnels under the sea and much more which I found very enjoyable.
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. Ancient magic, best friends, ominous enemies and more add to the fantasy and intrigue. Each of the characters also gets their own story. Peter, as the main hero, is especially well developed, but don’t worry Paul doesn’t 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.
The characters are well fleshed out and the action descriptions are richly embellished, especially the dragons' underworld which is breath-taking. The sense of friendship and loyalty shared between Peter Bentwhistle and his best friends is a joy to follow and Peter is so “average” that he makes the perfect unlikely hero as he follows a dark and twisted mystery that reeks of evil. These three brave dragons must stop the threat from the past to save our present.
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. Most of the story, however, is set in the present day and not in the distant past. 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.
Paul has given us all a realistic and relatable modern hero in Peter while creating a fantasy that is family-friendly.