Dora and Colonel Sir Edward Ware:
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Dora is the only daughter of Pittsburgh Robber Baron Winthrop Benley, President of Benley Tire and Rubber. She and her parents book a passage on the Lusitania on May 1, 1915, the last voyage of that ocean liner. It is sunk by a German torpedo. All row ashore to meet Edward’s father, Sir Adolphus Ware, President of Adolphus Motors, over a tire deal. Dora and Edward become engaged. Edward is already hiding Lawrence maps for his friend and mentor, T. E. Lawrence. Dora joins him as they fight off the Germans who want to steal the maps, key to world domination, at any cost. Dora wants to get revenge for her friends who died in the Lusitania sinking. Edward wants to work in secret with Winston Churchill, the backbencher, to defend England first against the Kaiser and then against the Nazis. Dora and Edward Ware are the hero and heroine of the Edward Ware Thrillers At War Series.
Edward and Dora are on their way from New York Harbor all the way to Yellowstone National Park. At the last minute before they turn off the Lincoln Highway to make their way for the East Entrance to the national park, they stop for lunch at a diner. The approaches them with a message delivered the day before by telegraph. It is from Churchill back in London. How did he know they would stop there? There was no other place for miles around, and the backbencher was banking on it.
The Churchill agent with whom they are to rendezvous in the park was diverted suddenly south by Hitler’s spies, Helga and Herr von Wessel, who are chasing them across the country. The agent arrived in the wilds of northern Arizona, hundreds of miles from here. He tried to pick the most obscured location imaginable. They are now to rendezvous with him at a place called the Painted Desert Inn in the northern part of Petrified Forest National Monument right off Route 66.
What will they find in the Petrified Forest at the Painted Desert Inn? Who is lurking there in wait for them? Dora and Edward are about to find out as they pursue this unexpected adventure in the upcoming Cheops Books LLC thriller Old Faithful Plot.
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Painted Desert Inn
The hero of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, Colonel Sir Edward Ware of Ware Hall just outside Salisbury in the South of England, has an ancestry that stretches all the way back through British history to the time of the Romans. The founder of his family, Lucius Antonius, served under Julius Caesar in the Alexandrian Campaign and then fled to Britain. Caesar, of course, was the first Roman general to venture that far doing experiments on latitude and longitude. While there he heard tales from Viking seamen of lands to the West, which of course turned out centuries later to be America.
Edward’s Family Tree includes Lucius Antonius’s grandson who served in the ill-fated expedition to Germany in 9AD where two of Augustus’s legions were lost to the barbaric German tribes. He escaped to return to Britain with his family not far from where the later Ware Hall was to be located many centuries later. Caelius Antonius’s grandson, Caius, also served under Pliny the Elder, the wisest of the Roman writers, naturalists, and philosophers, in Germany. The German tribes at that time were attempting to get revenge for Germanicus’s expedition in 14 AD to get back the standards stolen in 9AD. At the time of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD they once again found refuge in the British Isles.
Only one century before Edward enlisted in the army with Lawrence of Arabia in the Great War, Edward’s Family Tree indicates that his great-grandfather served under the Duke of Wellington fighting Napoleon at Waterloo. So his dynasty is well-established at the estate just south of London where Wares have lived for centuries at least up until it was destroyed by German bombers during the Battle of Britain in 1940 —- those same Germans his ancestors were fighting —- only to have it restored again after the war for his son to inherit to continue the Ware tradition.
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Don’t forget to send in your picks for where Cheops Books LLC should travel during the summer of 2017 in pursuit of settings for its thriller novels both Edward Ware Thrillers YA and Edward Ware Thrillers at War. Use the CONTACT form on the website: http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org. Send us a picture. Send us a photo. Just send us a description. But give us your best guess for On The Road Again.
Will it be the Petrified Forest in Northern Arizona where logs are thousands of years old? Will it be Yellowstone to watch the geyser blow its lid? Will it be Hamlet’s Castle in Denmark? Or will it be the sands of the Sahara in Egypt? Will you see us in the Amazon jungle? Or will it be at the South Pole? Let us know where you think you will find us On The Road Again.
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As everybody decries Donald Trump’s new immigration and travel policies they should take a moment to pause and reflect on what used to be in Dora’s America. Dora Benley, the heroine of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, was born in 1894 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which in those days was a magnet for immigrants from Germany and Eastern Europe in particular. It also attracted a number of Italian and Irish immigrants. But suddenly as the First World War began “over there” America began to shut its doors to all these immigrants. They felt the threat from abroad, all those dictators and people who didn’t think like Americans, at about the same time that the western frontier was closing after a period of expansion that had lasted from before the nation’s founding until that date. Dora could have said as did her contemporaries born at the end of the Victorian era with its limitless ideas of expansion and progress, “The world has become a far nastier place”.
From the time of the First World War until the mid 1960’s America’s immigration policy was to severely limit anyone at all coming into the country. There was exceptions for people’s spouses, for instance the war brides of World War 2. But immigrants were no longer thronging into the country as they had in the early years of the twentieth century. This was the time of America First, funded by Dora’s father, Robber Barron Winthrop Benley. America wanted to turn its back on the world and almost didn’t enter World War 2. It took all the ingenuity of the four term President FDR to get the country to fight for the allies, a battle dramatized in the recently published Cheops Books LLC novel, Dark Horse, about the candidacy of Wendell Wilkie and the Republican Convention in Philadelphia in 1940.
In the mid 1960’s Congress came up with quotas for immigration for each country. Now Donald Trump is attempting to come up with a system for keeping track of Muslim immigrants and travelers who visit or migrate to this country in the wake of 9/11 — another America First event. But it is hardly as extreme as the days of Dora’s America.
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Chasing around on the ground in Europe and America in the 30s and 40s Dora and Edward Ware, agents for Churchill, never got caught in a passport flap at the border that interrupted their travels, delayed them, etc the way many Muslims are getting caught today due to the new executive order by Donald Trump. The secret agents of yesteryear needed freedom of passage and quick access to escape hatches or they might be caught by Hitler’s agents such as Helga von Wessel who were out to rob them of the Lawrence maps, key to world domination.
Today even the average Joe from Kansas City won’t want to be at the airport being delayed in a long line. He might not be a Muslim but he will wish he had never taken the trip all the same. Even Cheops Books LLC got delayed in Boston by Homeland Security two years ago for no particular reason except bureaucratic delay. We wouldn’t want to repeat it again for anything. We have photos of long lines. No one could disembark from the Queen Mary 2 either even if you were a citizen of the USA.
Dora and Edward would always be turning around watching their backs. If they had to wait in a long line Helga and Herr von Wessel, Hitler’s best agents, might sneak up behind them and take a shot or two. Instead they might have decided that it was better not to travel at all under today’s odd circumstances. To avoid a passport flap they would think it was the better part of wisdom to act like Candide and stay at home instead cultivating their own garden.
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Prime Minister May is making her first visit to the United States to visit President Donald Trump who was inaugurated only one week ago today. She made a speech to a Pennsylvania audience about the “special relationship” between America and Britain which began one hundred years ago this year in 1917. That was the year that the United States under Woodrow Wilson entered the First World War on the side of Britain to fight the Germans. They did it again during World War 2, reinforcing and cementing the relationship.
This very real history is mirrored in the relationship of the hero and heroine of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, Dora Benley, an American heiress, and Colonel Sir Edward Ware, a British freedom fighter who spied for Churchill and fought the Germans in two world wars. They meet the day after the sinking of the Lusitania. Dora was on the doomed ship and rowed ashore with her family, vowing revenge on the Germans. Edward was already involved in a map plot against the German High Command and the Kaiser. They formed an alliance which later became a marriage to fight the Germans together. It is the foundation relationship of the whole series just as May claimed that the US Britain special relationship was the foundation of the world in the twenty-first century.
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There must be hundreds of characters who appear in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series published by Cheops Books, LLC. Since each is an historical thriller the fictional characters mix and interact with real historical personages in each book. In Key to Lawrence: Special Edition Dora Benley meets Captain Turner who piloted the Lusitania on its last tragic voyage across the Atlantic. She also meets a doomed cast of characters who went down with the ship of the 1193 who perished including Alfred Vanderbilt, the famous millionaire. She also met Charles Frohman, the American theater manager, and Charles Klein, the American playwright. Later in the novel, giving the title to the piece, she runs into Lawrence of Arabia himself.
In Captive at the Berghof Parts 1 and 2 Dora and Edward Ware socialize with Winston Churchill, whom Edward works for as a spy. They visit the Berghof and Fuhrer of Germany, Adolf Hitler.
In Dark Horse, an alternative history thriller, Dora, Edward, and Churchill himself pin their hopes of wresting Great Britain back from Hitler on their meeting with FDR. They also run into that leader of the Ameria First Movement, Charles Lindbergh. They sponsor the dark horse candidacy of Wendell Wilkie, the Republican candidate, in hopes that it will free FDR to contribute to their cause.
Throughout the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series the main characters are always meeting someone important. Cheops Books LLC is going to set up a Character Directory section accessible from the main page of the website so you can read more about these famous characters and a few of the fictional ones as well who play important roles.
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Key to Lawrence Special Edition, issued just in time for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, is now coming out in audio book form on Audible. It has just entered production today and should be available just in time for the 102nd anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania this coming May.
Water rushed into the four, great smoke stacks of the ship as they, too, hit the waves. Tremendous, churning whirlpools sucked victims inside. A few were ejected, blackened with soot. Propellers rose above the maelstrom. The rudder lifted higher than the smoke stacks. The ship’s prow pointed down toward the deep. It looked as if the ship’s nose would hit the sea bed hundreds of feet below. The Lusitania sank in only 18 minutes after being torpedoed on May 7, 1915. Dora Benley vowed revenge on the enemy. Key to Lawrence tracks the beginning of her quest for justice in this special edition of the first volume of the Edward Ware Thriller Series. It commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Great War.
The recording artist for Key to Lawrence will again be Gary Cargill, one of the authors of the book. Gary will be working with an audio engineer in the Ukraine who has also helped in the past with the other Audible books.
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Now that we’ve already had Ancestress and Moon on special, we will move to the next young adult thriller novel about Yellowstone and the Tetons as we celebrate the upcoming publication of the Old Faithful Plot later this year. This week we will be promoting Piano Player, a particularly eerie ghost story inspired by Yellowstone Lake. Starting on Wednesday Piano Player will be on an Amazon Countdown Special for $.99 only. This promotion will continue until next Tuesday. But hurry! This promotion will not be offered again this year. And the regular price is about ready to go up.
A young woman in white sails across the lake to Lake House, now deserted and abandoned from long ago. Her ghostly figure walks through the doors to the piano and begins to play Beethoven’s Fifth. It echoes through the empty halls. A ghostly attendant brings her a news article about a girl named Beryl in Philadelphia, an heiress. They will write her and summon her to Lake House today. She must play the part that all the girls of Lake House are destined to play. It is fate.
Piano Player is brought to you by Edward Ware Thrillers YA, an imprint of Cheops Book, LLC. If you liked Piano Player you will enjoy other young adult thrillers by Linda Cargill such as Gondola, Nighty-Night, Old Man, My Aunt, the Witch, and Noah.
Piano Player will also be offered for only $.99 on the Cheops Books LLC website on the new promotion page at: http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org.
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