Merkel and May Should Listen to Trump

Angela Merkel and Mrs. May both have recently won re-election with very narrow margins that have required coalition forming. Last autumn Donald Trump was elected President by a much greater margin. The two ladies should listen to him in his message about immigration.

In Sunday’s German election for chancellor, Angela Merkel “won” but it will be her last term. Her center-right party, the Christian Democrats (CDU) (along with their sister party in Bavaria), had the worst showing since 1949, winning only 33% of the vote. The reason: Merkel’s decision in 2015 to open Germany’s borders wide to nearly a million refugees from Syria and other parts of the Middle East. Approximately one million Germans who had voted for the CDU in the last election decided to vote for the new anti-immigration, right-wing party, the Altenative for Germany (AfD), which received 13% of the vote, enough to surpass the 5% threshold for representation in the German Bundestag.

Sunday also saw Donald Trump announce his administration’s new travel restrictions, which will replace the Trump Administration’s original travel ban, as of October 18, 2017. Oral arguments on the original travel ban executive order are due to be heard by the United States Supreme Court on October 10, 2017.

Merkel’s vision of a super-cosmopolitan Europe that can easily handle the assimilation of millions of refugees from other parts of the world has been put on permanent hold. Meanwhile, Trump’s vision of the world – as he recently confirmed by his address to the UN General Assembly – as a collection of nation states who look out for their own interests – including by placing restrictions immigration – is on the rise.

The reason is obvious. Merkel’s vision is simply unrealistic. Neither Germany nor Europe’s other nation states, can digest unlimited immigration from countries that do not share the Western culture and values of Europe. Trump’s vision, on the other hand, allows the nation states of Europe and the rest of the world to maintain their singular identity and thereby thrive.

England, Germany, and America are all settings in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War novels published by Cheops Books LLC. Hitler’s Agent, book six of the series, will be published on October 15.

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Did Pliny’s House Look Like The Getty?

Pliny the Elder obviously lived in what we would call a Governor’s House in Roman Trier. What did such a place look like? None of the original Roman villas survives to this day intact, not in Trier, not in Italy, and not in Great Britain. In such places you don’t usually have more than a few standing columns or perhaps a floor full of mosaics to give you a clue of its former grandeur.

Probably the best example of such a villa nowadays exists in a place that Romans never visited and Romans never dreamed about. Such a villa has been painstakingly reconstructed on the California coast, land of dreams and elaborate reconstructions such as Disneyland and Hollywood.

It is no mere fantasy. In fact, it is an elaborate reconstruction of the villa of Calpurnius Piso, the father-in-law of Julius Caesar and father of Caesar’s last wife, Calpurnia, the one with the dreams and nightmares in Shakespeare’s play. It would be very similar to anything that Pliny would have owned. Both men were intellectuals of their day. Calpurnius Piso was a Stoic philosopher. Pliny the Elder was the author of the Natural History, the first of all encyclopedias in the western tradition.

This California villa was reconstructed by John Paul Getty, the billionaire who had a hobby of collecting Greek and Roman antiquities on a large scale. He wanted to build a place to house them. The Getty Villa opened in 1974. The Los Angeles Times interviewed John Paul Getty. Getty said: “It is fortunate that the United States has one ancient private building which is authentic in spirit. One could say go to Pompeii and Herculaneum and see Roman villas the way they are now — then go to Malibu and see the way they were in ancient times.”

Pliny also owned a villa on the seacoast along the Bay of Naples, so this comparision seems appropriate. It is inspirational to think that Pliny strolled through his peristylium and viewed the classical sculptures you find at the Getty.

Pliny the Elder is a character in two upcoming volumes of the Edward Ware Thriller Series: Old Faithful Plot and Pliny: A Novel.

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Pliny: A Novel Has A New Cover:

In Pliny: A Novel the grandson of the hero of Augustus: A Novel, Caius Antonius — who is also an ancestor of the hero of the Edward Ware Thriller Series, Colonel Sir Edward Ware — is working for Pliny the Elder in 79AD. Pliny is the Roman governor of Germany and is residing in Trier on the Moselle River. Suddenly a German warrior attacks the governor’s residence and throws a warning into his reflecting pond. It is payback time for the Romans. The Germans want revenge.

The Germans kicked the Romans out of their province in 9AD in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. But Germanicus returned five years later to make the Germans pay. What will happen next? That is up to Caius to discover, or the German warriors may push Pliny and the Romans out of Germany all together. This time they may even follow them all the way back to Italy in Pliny: A Novel, part 2 of Augustus: A Novel, coming soon from Cheops Books, LLC. It is the latest book in the Edward Ware Thriller Series.

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Has Pliny The Elder Been Re-Discovered?

In the early 1980s the excavation of Herculaneum, sister city to Pompeii, was excavated. A large group of skeletons was found in a boat shed facing the sea as if they were attempting to escape but ran out of time.

Just how they may have been planning to escape is knowledge provided to us by the writings of an ancient Rome author named Pliny the Younger who wrote our only surviving eyewitness account of the Vesuvius eruption. He claimed that his more famous uncle, Pliny the Elder, was going to rescue these unfortunate escapees. How so? Pliny the Elder was the admiral of a Roman fleet stationed at Misenum, north of Naples, on August 24, 79AD, the day Vesuvius erupted. His nephew says he was curious to observe the volcano erupting from close up. He had wide ranging scientific interests and was the author of Pliny’s Natural History, the first encyclopedia in western history. Supposedly he had gotten word from friends that they needed to be resuced and he took off with his fleet to rescue them, leaving his teenage nephew behind to write for the ages.

Now Italian scientists are trying to date and identify the remains of a man found in such a rescue boat and hope they have discovered Pliny the Elder himself. It sounds far fetched but interesting nevertheless. It would be nice to have a reconstructed drawing of Pliny based on his skeleton since no sculpture portraits survive from antiquity.

Pliny the Elder and his family are the subjects of two historical thrillers which Cheops Books LLC is about to publish. The Roman statesman and scientist appears in Old Faithful Plot and Vesuvius Plot. In Old Faithful Plot Pliny is the subject of a time tunnel manhunt on the part of Adolf Hitler. The dictator thinks that the ancient Roman threatens the German people. In Vesuvius Plot as the governor of Germany Pliny must fight off the hordes of German tribes.

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Cunard Is A Very English Ship

On the contrary though Cunard is owned by Carnival it is still managed and run independently from England. There is an office in Liverpool still. I saw it with my own eyes. The British are still in charge of making up the sailing schedule. If you call the reservations office in Long Beach, California they are always telling you that they take orders from England and have to wait for England to announce the schedule, the pricing, the new rules, etc. When you are onboard it feels like a very British ship. More of the passengers are British than any other nationality. Americans are in a minority. The captain is British. The entertainment director is British. The crew are British from the British Merchant Marine even if the staff is largely from the Phillipines and from Eastern Europe.

There is a speaker series aboard the Cunard ship, Queen Mary 2. Most all the speakers are British, too. And what isn’t British is clearly Anglo. For instance they had a speakers series this summer on WW2 and were giving discounts to passengers who could show they were veterans but only if you were a veteran in: 1)British army 2)Canadian army 3)Australian army 4)American army. They are very aware of the Germans being aboard and have a separate speakers’ series for the Germans. I’ve heard jokes about the Germans, too. If Americans were running the show I don’t think they would be so aware of the Germans. They would assume that everybody aboard spoke English and the Germans would become invisible.

Cunard is the cruise line that figures in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. See it in Captive at the Berghof parts 1 and 2.

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I don’t like poetry either for the most part. That is no doubt why I never wrote it. That is probably why I write novels. It is probably why you write novels, too. I just thought of something neat. You will think it is neat, too. The passage I sent you yesterday has a new meaning based on terrorist attack on London Bridge this year in England. Think of a newspaper reporter talking about the attack on tourists on London Bridge and quoting these lines from T.S. Eliot: “A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many, I had not thought death had undone so many . . . ” T.S. Eliot must have had a premonition about the future.

By the way this same T.S. Eliot also wrote poetry for children a little bit later on. He showed that he had the ability to entertain people by writing Possum’s Book of Practical Cats about pussycats. For instance there is Macavity the Mystery Cat who is called the “hidden paw” and who has the ability to be the “Master criminal who can defy the law”. Apparently this book of verse for children was also the inspiration for Cats: A Musical. It must have been T.S. Eliot’s more pop or American side. After all he was an American who was born in America and moved to Britain to become a British citizen.

Cheops Books LLC publishes only novels, not poetry. This autumn it will publish Dark 3: Special Edition on September 15, Edward Ware Thrillers at War novel Hitler’s Agent on October 15, Dark 1 on November 1, Dark 2 on November 8, Dark: A Trilogy on November 15, and Captive at the Berghof part 1 in the German language on December 15. The publication of Old Faithful Plot, an Edward Ware Thrillers at War novel, will soon be announced. None of the novels contain any poetry.

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Promotions for The Old Faithful Plot:

One thing to consider about The Old Faithful Plot: I think that if the news media wasn’t so obsessed with the North Korean leader he would do a lot less harm. No wonder he does and says such wild things. That is the way to attract attention. But I am tempted to take advantage of the situation as a way to promote one of my books. I have a thriller based on a totally fictional premise that Hitler is threatening Edward and Dora that if they do not hand over the Lawrence maps, key to world domination, he will blow up Yellowstone National Park. He has sent the von Wessels to detonate Old Faithful geyser and blow it sky high hoping to awaken the super volcano that can dump ash across America. I was thinking of relating the two and having a Facebook Party about this end of the world stuff.

I have actually already written and edited the novel The Old Faithful Plot last year and this year. I am about ready to publish it. The Old Faithful Plot named after the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park of course. The geyser becomes a kind of volcano. A time tunnel is discovered behind it a la Journey to the Center of the Earth style. Helga and Herr von Wessel go back to ancient Rome to assassinate the writer who first badmouthed the Germans, Pliny the Elder. Hitler wants to correct the reputation of Germans throughout history and get unified sooner so that the Germans can win, not lose, WW1. He wants to change history itself. But you see the time tunnel sequence is in a nightmare that Dora has. It is a nightmare sequence and so not real. The main text is about the plot to blow up the park and ignite the supervolcano that will bury America in ash.

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Moralistic Writers Like Dickens And Eliot:

Actually moralistic as writers like Dickens and George Eliot were, they were a lot more enlightened and humanistic in their world view than the generations of writers to come after them, especially the ones inspired by WW1 and WW2. Those poets of the trenches in WW1 were awful. I remember having to read them in school. I could do without poets such as Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, Isaac Rosenberg, John McCrae, Edmund Blunden, etc. The greatest among them, Robert Graves, wrote a novel that I read, I Claudius. But his poetry which was what made him a literary writer I couldn’t abide. Needless to say many of these poets never made it to the end of WW1. They died in the trenches. To say the least their poetry was gloomy. It was the end of the world stuff, the end of Western Civilization stuff that you would expect. T. S. Eliot was an American poet who moved to England. He was considered the most famous poet of the twentieth century writing in English. He wrote the Wasteland about WW1. You can tell from the title what that was like!

It didn’t get any better at the end of WW2. You had the Angry Young Men playwrights in England who invited people to the theater so they could watch water dripping from the ceiling to bore them all and prove that people could not communicate with each other anymore.

You had the stream of consciousness movement in novels with James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and American William Faulkner. They didn’t think you had to entertain the reader anymore. All you had to do was confuse him.

As far as I am concerned these writers are no better than painters who throw paint at the canvas and call it art. I much prefer the 19th century. The Victorian Era is considered to be the greatest era of novels in English literature, and I wholly agree moralistic or not. For heavens sake, Scrooge and the Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens were moralistic but they were very entertaining at the same time!

Cheops Books LLC hopes to publish novels more in the 19th century tradition than the 20th. Cheops Books also hopes that the future of literature will return to the past.

 

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Line Up For Autumn 2017 Beginning September 15:

In just two more weeks on September 15 Cheops Books LLC will publish Dark 3: Special Edition with a brand new cover drawn by our illustrator Andrew. It will also include his black and white illustrations of the main characters in the young adult thriller novel by Dora Benley that completes both the Dark Series for young adults and the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, too. You can preorder the book on amazon.com on Kindle.

On October 15 Cheops Books LLC will publish book six of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, Hitler’s Agent, also by Dora Benley. It will also premier in a smashing new audio book edition on Audible narrated by Cheops Books LLC Vice President Gary Cargill. You can preorder the historical thriller about the 1930’s on Amazon Kindle.

On November 1 Cheops Books LLC will release the much awaited new edition of Dark 1, the book published first in both Germany and England and now out in a brand new edition with a new cover drawn by Andrew the illustrator. What was once part of the Scholastic Point Horror Series now becomes book 1 of the Dark Series by Dora Benley.
On November 7 Dark 2 will be released. Again the cover has just been drawn by Andrew in very moody, evocative colors. You will see for yourself the one-time Scholastic Point Horror Book transformed into part 2 of the Dark Series by Dora Benley published by Cheops Books LLC. You can preorder the Kindle edition on amazon.com.

Finally on November 15 see Dark: A Trilogy, a collection of Dark 1, Dark 2, and Dark 3: Special Edition, including the black and white illustrations. The cover here is Andrew’s master work showing Doc and Bianca Winters in the foreground and the Golden Gate Bridge at night in the moody background. Preorder the Kindle book now while you think of it. You will be glad you did.

At last on December 15 you will have a chance to practice your German. Captive at the Berghof: Part 1 has been newly translated into that language, which we here at Cheops Books LLC thought appropriate considering that the historical thriller is about the Third Reich. Soon it will also be available for preorder.

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Is Christopher Columbus a Fascist?

On a more serious note, I was looking up statues of Christopher Columbus online and came across one in Barcelona, Spain of all places. Would you believe that the article said the people over there in Europe want to pull the Columbus statue down? Have you heard about this? This is a very large,prominent statue of some artistic merit showing Columbus pointing out to sea. Apparently they don’t like the idea that Columbus oppressed native peoples in the New World either. But I said to myself why would there care over in Spain? When I read some more it said that the Catalans in Barcelona think of themselves as a “native people” too. They think they are being oppressed by the government in Madrid. They call Columbus a “Fascist” as well as Madrid and look back to the Spanish Civil War where they were on the losing side. This sounds like trouble to me, more trouble than anything going on in the United States about Columbus statues. For instance apparently Seattle has replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, but how many Italian Americans live in Seattle? Here it is just silly political correctness if it is anything at all.

Cheops Books, LLC publishes historical novels about Europe including Inn at the Crossroads, Cherusci Plot, and Vesuvius Plot.

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