Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the PastHot
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Paul Cude Updated November 01, 2014
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Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past is a fantasy novel based in modern day Britain, aimed at 9-12 year olds. Peter Bentwhistle and his friends are dragons in disguise, benignly living alongside unsuspecting humans. Peter stumbles across a plot to steal a precious metal the dragon community depends upon, a plot run by an evil man....or is he? As events become stranger, the bonds of friendship forged in the dragon nursery rings and developed on the surface, give Peter the strength he never thought he had, to win the day and come face to face with his childhood hero. The true story of George and the Dragon opens the book, as told to young dragons in their nursery ring, a place Peter has fond memories of and sometimes visits, just like the mysterious old man who used to drop by to see him as a dragonling. Having taken his place in the modern day human world above ground, Peter’s human disguise means he can mix freely with humans without them suspecting he is anything other than a normal security supervisor at Cropptech, the site where laminium is refined, a metal precious to humans but invaluable to dragons. Peter and his friends Tank and Richie met in their dragon nursery rings, and are great friends above and below ground. , whether it be playing at their local sports ground, or attending laminium ball matches with other dragons. But a A scheming human called Manson joins Cropptech and the sports club, changing the atmosphere of both places. Watching his favourite laminium ball team takes Peter’s mind off work, but his relaxation is short lived as Manson joins the hockey club. and soon things start to change. The three friends are divided about Manson’s motives, causing their friendship to be tested to the limit. With the help of Tank’sworks for a famed mantra maker named boss Gee Tee, who helps Peter understand some of the more specialist forms magic can take, which plays on his mind at work, as Manson’s methods become less pleasant, and Peter learns of the death of his colleague Mark, a fellow dragon who has made Peter his executor. Peter interrupts Manson in Mark’s house, and becomes convinced that Manson has poisoned Mark and is working the same evil method on the head of the Cropptech facility. With Gee Tee’s help, Peter makes Mark’s house safe, and is rewarded with a magic locket. Peter’s friends do not understand his concerns about Manson, so he is relieved when he is invited to meet with a Councillor who invites him to report on Cropptech to the dragon community. However, his hopes are shortlived as the Councillor states in no uncertain terms that Gee Tee’s methods are not acceptable to him. Meanwhile at work Manson’s behaviour becomes more threatening, and his underhand methods are also used on the hockey pitch. At last Tank and Richie begin to realise that Manson is much more than he seems, and not in a good way. the famed mantra maker, Gee Tee supplies a mantra with which Peter tries to neutralise the poison attacking Cropptech’s owner, but the sneaky Manson outwits Peter and sacks him. It becomes clear that Manson is far more than he seems, . Peter cannot turn his back on the company, and stumbles into Manson’s plot to steal Cropptech’s lamimium, leading to a spectacular confrontation between them at the sports ground during bonfire night celebrations. Manson turns out to be a dragon, albeit different in many ways from the kindly ones Peter associates with. In the ensuing battle Peter nearly dies, saved only by a quirk of fate, with the mysterious Manson fleeing. As Peter recovers in hospital, the old man from his childhood visits, on behalf of the council. He is revealed as the current king of the dragon world when Tank and Richie arrive, and confesses that he is George of George and the Dragon fame. Intriguing details of the dragon world are interspersed with an exciting story about how friendship can inspire even the most reluctant of heroes to great feats. Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past is an adventure story children and adults alike will love, about the present day world in which dragons disguised as humans have infiltrated the human race at almost every level, to guide and protect them. Three young dragons in their human guises become caught up in an evil plot 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 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.