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.

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.

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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Beautiful young woman retro portrait

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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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Hitlers Spy: Part 1

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Today is Election Day 2016.  The shootout today is between the Clintons, or the Clantons, and Wyatt Earp, or Donald Trump. That is way our friend and fellow author in England, Malcolm Blair-Robinson, sees it. He is the author of Purple Killing, an alternative history thriller just like Dark Horse, Cheops Books’s alternative history thriller being published today in time for Election 2016. Dark Horse is all about election 1940 when the shootout was between FDR and Wendell Willkie, the Republican challenger.

Will the Clantons win today or will Donald Trump? We have to wait and see.

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No Third International Third Reich THIRD TERM

The Third International was an organization sponsored by the Soviet Union to promote international revolution. The Third Reich was ruled by Hitler. The Third Term was what FDR was seeking in 1940. It was a pretty powerful protest and pretty serious too all for one little political pin worn by those who supported Republican candidate Wendell Willkie. He was the “Dark Horse Candidate” who gave his name to the political thriller, the alternative history thriller, being published by Cheops Books LLC tomorrow on Election Day 2016.

Oddly enough Election 2016 has odd parallels to the election in 1940. The Clintons are also seeking a third term just as FDR did. The only difference is that in 1940 it was permitted by law and left up to the judgement of the candidate. Since World War 2 it has been outlawed.

Other odd parallels include the fact that the Republican delegation in Philadelphia that nominated Willkie at first wanted to nominate a woman named Dorothy Detzer from Pittsburgh for President. She was a female Dewey who wanted peace at any cost. (She may have been the inspiration for the famous Star Trek episode). In addition Wendell Willkie was a businessman with no previous political experience, just like Donald Trump.

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At 1PM Pacific tomorrow or 2PM Mountain time we will hold the final debate between the two candidates for President of the United States during the election of 1940, FDR and Wendell Willkie. The election of 1940 forms the backdrop of the alternative history thriller, Dark Horse, which is being published on Amazon Kindle on Election Day, November 8. Attend to the debate and vote for the winner yourself:

1)If Chancellor Adolf Hitler asked you as President of the United States would you send troops to help him invade Russia?
2)Would you give former British PM Winston Churchill asylum in the United States? How about the British Navy?
3)What would you do if Adolf Hitler offered you a trade deal with Nazi Germany that was too good to refuse?
4)What do you think of the popular 1940 election pin: No Third International Third Reich Third Term?
5)Mr. President, do you think that running for a third term might set a dangerous precedent for the future?

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Next Tuesday night, November 8, we will ask our two contestants, FDR and Wendell Willkie, whether they would give British Prime Minister Winston Churchill asylum in the United States? He has fled there with the British Navy to escape Hitler’s clutches. In the alternative history thriller, Dark Horse, Hitler has won the Battle of Dunkirk in the summer of 1940, and has taken over the government of Great Britain. The United States is supposedly neutral. Thus the question we are putting to the two candidates for President during the election of 1940. You can judge their answers and vote for the winner on the Cheops Books page on Facebook.

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Every month Cheops Books LLC sends out a newsletter to keep up with what is being published by the imprints Edward Ware Thrillers at War and Edward Ware Thrillers YA. It also informs you about upcoming events such as next Tuesdays Facebook Party for the publication of the alternative history thriller Dark Horse. It lets you know about Goodreads giveaways such as the upcoming Giveaway for Dark Horse on November 8 and the giveaway on December 15 for Hitler’s Spy. It even tells you how to enter. Or if you are into audio books, the newsletter lets you know what Audible titles are being released and gives you samples.Fully illustrated, it should be arriving in your email box. Sign up today. Follow the link below to the Cheops Books website.
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