Key to 1935: The Salisbury Plot
Mrs. Michael Byrne, the former Dora Benley, is returning from Cuba on the Morro Castle when she encounters a young man she has never seen before in the dining room. He demands that she hand over the Lawrence maps, key to world domination. He obviously works for the Nazis. She pretends to know nothing about it, though she will have to tell her lover, Colonel Sir Edward Ware, who is up to his military boots in intrigue over the maps. He is a spy for Winston Churchill, the backbencher, and this young man whoever he is, seems to know it.
She escapes from the dining room. Things escalate later that evening. She catches the mystery man setting fire to the ladies writing room. The whole ship soon catches fire, and she finds herself a widow. She quickly escapes to England to join Edward Ware.
But weeks later during her wedding ceremony at Salisbury Cathedral in the south of England the mystery and intrigue deepen even more. Up on the balcony a stranger appears chanting, screaming, and howling at the guests below assembled at the church, threatening them. Edward shoots at the unknown rogue, but to no avail.
What on earth is going on? How many people does Hitler have working for him? Has he summoned the medieval ghosts of the cathedral, too, the spooks and demons from ages past? As Dora races out of the church she feels a chill so deep it must be centuries old.
On May 1, 2017 Cheops Books LLC will publish Key to 1935: The Salisbury Plot. The Kindle edition on Amazon will sell for $8.95. The paperback ediiton on lulu.com will sell for $12.95. There will be a Goodreads giveaway starting soon. You will be able to enter the contest to win one of seventeen copies to be distributed on May 1.
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Cruising Along Route 66 With Cheops Books:
Old Faithful Plot has recently expanded to include Route 66. The Lincoln Highway began in 1913. Route 66 came later. But by 1933, the year of Edward’s and Dora’s epic journey west to escape Hitler’s agents, both existed and were the primary means that Easterners used to drive west, either northwest or southwest.
Fleeing Hitler’s agents and Dora’s husband’s photographers, Edward and Dora begin their journey in a hurry in Manhattan at the Waldorf Astoria. Edward had just come off an ocean liner from England. Now under special orders from Winston Churchill, the back bencher for whom he works, he races west. He is trying to meet a rendezvous set up by Churchill to hand over the Lawrence maps that he has been hiding up his sleeve. He must hand them over before Hitler’s agents get hold of them. After all, they are the key to world domination.
When Churchill’s agent veers off course, Edward gets the word to proceed to Route 66. They are treated to the isolated high plains of Texas and the weird rock formations of northern New Mexico around Albuquerque and the Painted Desert in northern Arizona. They also stop at numerous auto courts and diners along the way that add to the local color of that famous road.
Old Faithful Plot, the next in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, will soon be published by Cheops Books LLC.
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Old motel sign along historic route 66.
Will You See Cheops Books In Tarragona This Summer?
See you in Tarragona is hardly what you hear most people saying about their plans for this summer especially if you hail from the USA. But if you happen to be hanging around Barcelona come summer and you are bored with the beach and looking for thrills and chills you might just see a van driving past with staff from Cheops Books headed toward the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tarragona and its fantastic Roman ruins. Here you don’t just have a building or two, you have a whole ruined city to behold. You can stand in the well-preserved amphitheater and gaze out to sea at the same time just as Romans did thousands of years ago from about 218BC onward through the Middle Ages.
A teenager back in the USA could be looking through the attic in her house and come upon a vase or piece of jewellery from this era and this town of Tarragona, Spain. She could start hearing voices and start seeing ghosts who talk about some cataclysmic event that occurred here a long time ago that haunts them and the heroine still. And this could become a young adult thriller for Edward Ware Thrillers YA.
Pliny the Elder could visit Tarragona on his madcap escape from the Germanic tribes who have his number because of his book, the Germania, criticizing their peoples and their cultural traditions. He could hide among the Spanish peoples forever. It could become a legend and legend only that he disappeared in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD in Vesuvius Plot, coming soon from Cheops Books, LLC, another book in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.
So don’t forget to enter the On The Road Again Contest sponsored by Cheops Books before May 1. Win the Amazon gift certificate and see you on the road.
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On The Road Again: Pompeii
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Come summer will you see Cheops Books LLC at the most famous archaeological excavation at Pompeii on the Amalfi Coast in Italy? Will you be there yourself?
Adolf Hitler came up with the idea that he wanted to change the timeline of history. He imagined that he found a time tunnel that led from volcano to volcano from the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park in the United Sates all the way to Vesuvius looming over the Bay of Naples right next to Pompeii. He wanted to send his most trusted henchmen, Herr and Helga von Wessel, back in time to 79AD. They were to rouse up an ancient lynch mob from Germany who had followed the former Roman governor all the way to southern Italy where he kept a villa. The former governor had written a nasty track about Germans villifying them. Thus began a 2000 year old tradition of blaming Germans for everything which Hitler wanted to nip in the bud. That way history would be changed, Germans would become more powerful sooner, and the Germans would win World War 1.
Who was this governor? His name was Pliny the Elder, the author of the Natural History, the first encyclopedia, who also wrote the Germania. According to legend, he was supposedly killed when the volcano erupted, but Hitler was not taking any chances. And Hitler wanted to get hold of the manuscript of the Germania which Hitler did not want to survive the man’s assassination.
All this action takes place in Pompeii during the eruption of Vesuvius. So it would be a great place to join Pliny the Elder and all sorts of villains for the high point of the action in Vesuvius Plot, the next installment of Edward Ware Thrilers at War soon to be published by Cheops Books, LLC.
On the Road Again at the Alcazar
Will you find Cheops Books LLC at the old Moorish Fortress in Cadiz, Spain called the Alcazar come summer? Will you be there? The place has plenty of history to serve as a backdrop to many a tale of adventure and mystery woven around its charming, pink blooming and fragrant bougainvillea plants that are fabled to grow around the fortress and cast charms.
The magical locale might serve as the backdrop for an Edward Ware Thrillers YA tale. Again an American millionaire will buy up the place and transport it to the New World probably in the desert southwest, maybe Arizona. The teenagers will find a genii in a bottle who will cause all sorts of trouble. The tale could feature Arab mythology from the distant past.
Dora and Edward Ware might well come here trying to find a place to hide the much sought after Lawrence maps. in another Edward Ware Thrillers at War novel. Hitler will no doubt be sending his special agents to trip them up and discover where they are hidden. The priceless almost magical maps are reputed to be the key to world domination. Hitler would not care if he had to lay siege to the fortress of the Alcazar to retrieve them which he might have to do in such a tale.
Will Cheops Books LLC show up in southern Spain near the straits of Gibraltar, far from its base in the US? If it was good enough for the Barber of Seville, it is good enough for them. Find out. Enter the contest which started on February 1 and will end on May 1. Win a $25.00 gift certificate from Amazon to stock up on books for wherever you will find yourself.
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Murder at Stone Tree House:
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Dora and Edward must make their way down Route 66. They get the message in Chicago when they are fleeing from a movie theater with King Kong chasing them. Route 66 begins in Chicago as a gateway to the west. They set off right away to meet Churchill’s messenger so they can hand over the Lawrence maps which are like hot potatoes. They can’t get rid of them fast enough before someone tries to murder them. As the German agents sent by Hitler know — they are the key to world domination in the 1930’s.
Dora and Edward drive through Illinois and Missouri, Oklahoma, too. They can’t get to New Mexico fast enough and finally zoom across the border to Arizona. They are to meet Churchill’s agent at the Stone Tree House in the northern part of Petrified Forest National Monument just outside Holbrook, Arizona. Surrounded by the Painted Desert the building made of petrified stone millions of years old sits waiting for Dora and Edward with its doors open. But no one is there. No one answers when they call out. Suddenly a man falls out of his seat onto the floor dead. The German agents got him! What shall they do next?
Find out what happened at Stone Tree House. Read Old Faithful Plot, the next in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. It will soon be published by Cheops Books LLC later this year.
On The Road Again: The Tower of Hercules
Will you find Cheops Books LLC at the base of the Tower of Hercules in La Coruña, Spain this summer staring up at this Worl Heritage UNESCO site? It is the oldest working lighthouse in the world built in Roman times in the first century AD at the town the Romans considered to be at the end of the world. This was La Coruna Harbor in northwest Spain, the Roman Hispania. Many legends from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century attach to the tower that the Romans originally called the Farum Brigantium constructed on a 57 meter high rock.
The lighthouse would blend in perfectly with several novel series and plot ideas already being published by Cheops Books LLC. It could become part of the Edward Ware Thrillers YA novels series of young adult mysteries and thrillers. An eccentric but diabolical millionaire could move the lighthouse to the rugged coast of Maine and leave teenagers to wonder what is going on when they sight a skiff at sea that crashes against the lighthouse in the early dawn hours. They could try to figure out what curse is attached to the building for the past two thousand years.
The lighthouse would also be the perfect place for Pliny the Elder to visit. It was first built at about his time period. He could have something to do with its construction as he traveled about the Roman world studying birds, flora, and fauna for his encyclopedia series, The Natural History. Why would he make the trip by carriage and horseback far from Rome? Perhaps he wants to hide something there for future generations that he does not want to be found by the barbarians that are always trying to follow him about. Later in his own peregrinations Colonel Sir Edward Ware could find it.
And lastly Colonel Sir Edward Ware and Dora, Lady Ware, in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, could visit the lighthouse. It would be an ideal place to hide the Lawrence maps, key to world domination. Hitler would never guess that they were in a Roman lighthouse. Perhaps even Hitler’s spies, Helga von Wessel and Herr von Wessel, would not guess.
The Tower of Hercules is full of mystery and pregnant with possibilities. That is the kind of place that Cheops Books LLC likes to discover.
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On The Road Again In Tarraco
Will you see Cheops Books LLC this summer on the ramparts in the northeastern region of Spain’s Catalonia right along the coast in this ancient port city? This was once the Roman colony of Tarraco. You can stand in a picturesque amphitheater facing the sea. You can hear the waves crash. You can walk along the ramparts with a view either into the city or out towards the Mediterranean.
The Romans colonized Spain early on even during the Republic and called it Hispania. The second group of Roman emperors immediately after the Julio-Claudians hailed from Hispania. Vespasian was a great friend of Pliny the Elder, a main character in Cheops Books’s upcoming historical thriller, Vesuvius Plot. He was also great friends with his son and successor Titus, the conqueror of Jerusalem and the Emperor at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius. Titus appears as a character in the Pliny novel. Pliny spent a lot of his time abroad serving as the governor of various provinces including Germania where he was headquartered in Trier. He might even have visited Spain, perhaps even Tarraco, the Roman ruins before us now.
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Dora Benley, the World Traveler:
Dora Benley had no idea when she set out on our journey with her parents on May 1, 1915 to England that she was embarking on a lifetime of travel. The young woman at that time was a college student at Bryn Mawr College for young women and had never been abroad before. She had probably not been much of anywhere except Pennsylvania, driving between her native haunts of Pittsburgh where she grew up to Philadelphia where she was attending school and where her parents had another estate in the King of Prussia area called Maymont.
Dora Benley experienced a rough and sudden indoctrination into the world of travel. She embarked on the Lusitania in Manhattan on May 1, 1915. A German torpedo sank it on May 7, 1915 off the coast of Ireland. Dora swore to get revenge on the Germans who sank her ship and killed some of her friends. She joined forces with Edward Ware and later married him, becoming Lady Ware. In the cause of fighting Germans and keeping the Lawrence maps, key to world domination, away from them she traveled to England, Germany, Italy, France, Gibraltar, Chicago, Yellowstone, the Petrified Forest, Santa Fe, San Diego, the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, Scotland, Denmark, and more places than you can count. She kept a wardrobe and suitcase packed at the Savoy Hotel in London just because she never knew where she and her husband, the Colonel, were going to be sent next as spies in the service of Winston Churchill.
The best way to appreciate Dora Benley and her travel itinerary is to read the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series starting with Key to Lawrence Special Edition and continuing with 1935 Plot, Dark Horse, and other novels yet to be published.
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Apes of Gibraltar Play Part In Edward Ware Thrillers
The infamous apes of Gibraltar that live on the rocks outside town and have done so for hundreds of years play an unexpected role in the Edward War Thrillers at War Series. Dora and Edward are at their wits’ end trying to escape Hitler and his spies, Herr and Helga von Wessel. They have been trapped in Germany, have just recently rescued their little girl from the clutches of the Dictator, and are trying to escape from the Continent all together. They charter a yacht and end up in Gibraltar where Dora gets a bright idea about the apes and what they can do for Churchill and the cause of fighting Hitler.
This is part of the world wide chase over the Lawrence maps, key to world domination. Hitler wants them. Edward and Churchill have them. And the contest goes on. What can the apes of Gibraltar, Barbary Apes, or Barbary macaques, have to do with the Lawrence maps? Read the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series and find out soon.
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