During the late Roman Republic Marcus Crassus was a Roman billionaire with all sorts of real estate investments everywhere in the ancient city with one million people. All sorts of anecdotes abound such as the one that he would send agents around town to set fire to apartment buildings only to bargain with the owners to sell them the property as it burned. When the agreement was reached, he would put out the fire with Republican Rome’s only fire department.
He had political aspirations of his own, but they could go only so far in those days. Rome was an aristocratic society. Office holders had to be the scions of certain noble families. So Crassus used his money to back the most successful Roman politician and conqueror who ever lived, Julius Caesar.
Cut to 2016 America. Donald Trump is a real estate billionaire from New York City, the Rome of modern day America. In this democratic society he can run for office himself and has won the current election. For the first time Marcus Crassus gets his chance to rule.

Anything is possible in the world of Cheops Books, LLC.

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Denmark is not a land of castles. Perhaps it is too flat. We usually think of castles sitting up on hills or at least hillocks. England has far more spooky medieval edifices. But Denmark has at least one very infamous castle by the name of Kronborg in the town of Helsingor by the sea. It is about one hour from Copenhagen and promises all sorts of spooky adventures to anyone brave enough to enter the doors and visit where Hamlet once roamed and Hamlet’s ghost once haunted the stone walls. Cheops Books LLC will visit Kronborg in the upcoming thriller Murder at Hamlet’s Castle. Hopefully it will sell as many copies as Dan Brown.

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The history of Europe even nowadays has been molded by that long ago Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9AD. As you say the Germans are in charge of the EU and especially its currency. The euro is the devalued mark. Within memory of the failed Nazi empire, Germany is at it again trying to have an empire. But it does not know how. Why? That goes back to 9AD. They kicked the Romans out too soon. True the oldest town in Germany is Trier along the Moselle River. Trier was founded by the Romans. But the power centers and larger cities are to the East in Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich. I bet it would be harder to find Roman coins there, the ones that you can find so easily in Britain. Britain is more the true heir of Rome because it never kicked out the Caesars. But Germany does not have this background. Too bad. You can hear the ghost of Augustus laughing in the distance at the modern EU remembering his lost legions from 9AD.

This view will be reflected in the upcoming Cheops Books LLC publications the Cherusci Plot and Vesuvius Plot, both concerning this pivotal battle.

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Next year, starting on Friday, January 6, we will offer one of our thrillers for sale for only $.99. Every Friday thereafter we will continue to offer a weekly special to introduce you to our line of young adult and adult thriller novels in the Edward Ware Thrillers At War and the Edward Ware Thrillers YA Series. The deal will continue all weekend until midnight on Sunday. You can use your PayPal account to pay for it online. Then we will send you the ebook for you to read on your computer or upload to your Kindle.
We will also be offering deals on our partner site, lulu.com. More details about that later.

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Starting in January of next year Cheops Books LLC will start to sell its own novels and published books on its own website: http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org. We will have a checkout cart next to each book being sold. We will start with the Edward Ware Thrillers at War and proceed to the much larger group of Edward Ware Thrillers YA. You will also be able to buy paperback, hardback, and ebooks for sale on our cooperating site, lulu.com.

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Romes’s Biggest Defeat: 9AD: Battle of the Teutoburg Forest:

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Emperor Augustus presided over Rome’s Golden Age. As the adopted son and successor of Julius Caesar, he was perhaps the most clever politician who was ever born. But he lacked his father’s talent for military affairs. In 9 AD he trusted the wrong man, a Publius Quinctilius Varus, as a military officer. He sent him with his legions to the far reaches of the empire near the Elbe River near the North Sea in what would later become the German port city of Hamburg. On the way back they were ambushed by another man, a German who had supposedly turned Roman, Hermann the German, who had adopted the Roman name, Arminius. He also had deceived Augustus as someone who could be trusted near the legions. He had assembled the German tribes to chase the Romans out of Germany all together. In that surprise attack Augustus lost three of his best legions along with their standards, which would later have to be recovered by the Roman General, Germanicus.
This history forms the backdrop for Cheops Books LLC’s upcoming publication, Cherusci Plot. The Cherusci were the tribe from which the traitor Arminius hailed.

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The religion of the ancient Romans involved a polytheistic pantheon of gods in addition to ancestor worship of the spirits of the dead of the Republic and of the ancestors of the individual Romans. Jupiter ruled the skies. Pluto was the God of the Underworld. Neptune ruled the seas. Behind it all the Three Sister Fates spun the web of destiny which even the gods had to obey. Many of these gods will surface in the upcoming Cheops Books publications, Cherusci Plot and Vesuvius Plot.

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Demeter (Ceres) Ludovisi. Coarse marble. Roman copy of the 2nd century A.D. after a Greek model of the 5th—4th centuries B.C. Inv. No. 8596. Rome, Roman National Museum, Palazzo Altemps.

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Next year Cheops Books LLC will publish two Roman historical thrillers about Edward Ware’s long ago ancestors in the days of ancient Rome, Cherusci Plot about the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest and Vesuvius Plot about Edward’s ancestor and Pliny the Elder escaping from the Germans. We will also publish a brand new edition of Cleopatra’s Caper about Edward’s original Roman ancestor, Lucius Antonius, an officer under Julius Caesar during the Battle of Alexandria. In preparation for all this we will be publishing a series of blogs about Roman customs and traditions so different from our own.

One custom is very similar. The month of December was the season of the Saturnalia. At the end of the year the Romans made merry. Servants and masters traded places, and everybody gave out gifts. The Roman Forum was a busy place near Palatine Hill and the Colosseum. It was full of shops with wares on display imported from the vast Roman Empire. This is the reason that westerners celebrate Christmas in December.

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In the new year Edward Ware Thrillers At War, an imprint of Cheops Books LLC, will publish Hitler’s Agent by Dora Benley. The villainess, Helga von Wessel, Hitler’s chief spy, struts boldly across the cover of this book with Europe at her back and all sorts of ambitious notions in her head. As far as she is concerned it isn’t Hitler’s Reich. It is Helga’s Reich. She will wrap Edward around her little finger to prove it.

Dora isn’t sure she is cut out for this life of intrigue against Hitler and his chiefest spy, Helga von Wessel, who turns out to be Edward’s mistress and the mother of his bastard son, Leopold. After all, as the only daughter of a Robber Baron from Pittsburgh, she is used to having things her own way. The conflict heats up between Dora and her husband, Colonel Sir Edward Ware, and they are headed for a splashy divorce that makes headlines around the world just at the moment when the globe is poised on the brink of war.

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The 16 winners of the Goodreads giveaway for Dark Horse, the alternative history thriller published yesterday on Election Day by Cheops Books, LLC, have been chosen by Goodreads. They will be getting  free paperback copies of the novel during the next several weeks.

You can still enter the giveaway for Hitler’s Spy, part 6 of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. The 10 winners will be chosen on December 15, the day t he giveaway ends.

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