There Is More Violence In Europe Than America:
One of our readers from England has objected that while you have spectacular terrorist attacks such as the one in London on March 22 really the danger of violence is greater in America. He quotes the statistic of 340,000 Americans killed by gun violence since 9/11. This was Cheops Books’s response:
It seems that you are getting off topic a lot about violence in America. We were talking about terrorism, I think. But getting off topic always introduces new things to talk about so it is OK. It reminds Gary of a course he took in college at Haverford called Violence in America by Roger Lane. It was a topics course. At the end of the course everybody wrote a substantial paper. Gary wrote about violence in the farm fields in California in the 1930’s a la John Steinbeck. This course covered the time period from the Colonial time period to the present day. Gary said violent strikes and protests were common. So were race riots. Then there has been a tradition of the “kooky murders”, the looney fringe violence in America that you don’t get in Europe. Gary says that it is reported on here more than any other place for one thing. That’s why you know about it. Other societies might repress it.
I don’t know where you get your figures. Remember the Devil can quote not only scripture for his purpose but also statistics broadcast by the media trying to prove something or make a point. But assuming for a minute that you are accurate and it could be proved objectively that 340,000 Americans have been shot dead. The question to ask is WHERE. America is a big country in square footage. A lot of this violence would no doubt occur in what you would call slums and districts of cities where racial minorities live. For instance in Tucson there is a district called South Tucson where hardly a white person is ever seen. Supposedly the police won’t even go there. It is Mexican gang territory. No real estate agent will go there either and if you are white nobody will sell you a house there. That is where the vast majority of the slayings and killings take place. This doesn’t mean that a white person going grocery shopping at the A J’s fancy store in the Foothills, the swankiest address in the Tucson area, is likely to be shot dead. So consider this when talking about your statistics. Every city in the country of any size has the same set up.
By contrast the terrorist violence in Europe in the past 2 years seems to occur in swanky areas such as Nice, France on the beach or in the airport in Brussels where travelers go and businessmen, too. It occurs in Paris and in the West End of London. That is why it is worrisome to Americans who are used to violence in slums only.
Certainly there was more violence in Europe than America in the days of Edward Ware Thrillers at War. World War 1 and World War 2 took place on European soil, not American.
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It sounded very eerie when the papers said “London is under attack” just as if it were World War 1 or World War 2. It sounded scary, too. Frankly I don’t think it is possible to carry on as normal under such conditions. You might say you are doing so. But in reality measures are being taken. Things are different. The mood and attitude aren’t the same at all. For instance, this London terrorist attack will mean increased security. Homeland Security here keeps on growing apace under every President since Bush. New regulations keep on getting issued for airlines. The latest here is something about no computers or tablets on certain flights. It gets to the point that you will do everything you can to avoid the situation that causes such inconvenience. In other words you won’t fly unless you absolutely can’t avoid it. You might avoid downtown London or New York unless you can’t avoid it again. I remember after 9/11 people said they were going to stop going to shopping malls. Suddenly after 9/11 tourism to places like Yellowstone started to spike instead of trips to cities. Of course it depends on the individual. Some individuals will act as you say and stubbornly insist on carrying on the same schedule terrorism or no. But their numbers get thinner all the time.
I am still confused why countries like Britain and America act the way they do and go after their own citizens instead of foreigners in reaction to terrorist attacks. Romans would NOT have behaved like this. If they knew there was an enemy called ISIS they would have leveled them and wiped them from the face of the earth. They might have taken slaves and the women and children would have been raised in Roman i.e. American/British ways. Not that I like such military activity myself, but at least it spares the native population. I’m beginning to think that the West in the grip of the World War 1 syndrome (which assumes WW2 was just part of WW1). WW1 is the hundred years war that is still going on. They question all their values. They become pacifist, etc. I don’t know when the Great War will ever end. Then maybe you can recognize enemies as enemies and stop imposing on your countrymen and your native populations.
Of course the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series starts with the opening rounds of World War 1 when the Lusitania gets torpedoed in the novel Key to Lawrence Special Edition.
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Could There Be A Map Plot Nowadays?
When you think of the grand map plot that is the subject of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, you realize that it could not exist nowadays in 2017. Edward and Dora are fighting the Germans from the early days of WW1 when the Kaiser was sending agents after the maps to the heyday of World War 2 when Adolf Hitler became the enemy. But the important thing is that they were always fighting against enemy countries with organized governments and armies, navies, and air forces. They were not fighting against terrorists.
Terrorists would not be interested in detailed military maps about how to take and defend certain prime locations in Europe. The reason? They don’t command armies. They would not have cared about the brilliance of T. E. Lawrence in figuring out about the shifting soft sands of North Africa just outside Cairo that became key in fighting the Battle of El Alamein. For the terrorists there are only hit and run covert attacks. There are no grand battles.
We are reminded of all this changes in the world scene with news of today’s terrorist attack on the Houses of Parliament in London right in the shadow of Big Ben and right on Westminister Bridge that connects the South Bank with the city. Edward might have known how to fight Hitler, but he would not have known how to combat an enemy that wants only destruction for destruction’s sake. The Lawrence maps would not have helped him at all. So they remain fixed in their own period of history which thankfully is not today, Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
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Goodreads Giveaway Reviews For Dark Horse:
Dark Horse is an historical thriller about the 1940 election where FDR ran against Wendell Wilkie. Cheops Books LLC published it on November 8, 2016 on election eve 2016, the day of the big Trump win that nobody expected. We also did a Goodreads giveaway, and reviews continue to come in. We have posted them on our web page for the novel, Dark Horse at: http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org. You can read them here.
What would happen if Hitler won the Battle of Dunkirk? Colonel Sir Edward Ware is about to find out when Rommel pushes him off the French beach with all his troops and then beats him to Britain in 1940. At the Republican Convention of 1940 in Philadelphia a dark horse candidate is being selected with plenty of Nazi involvement. What can Edward and Churchill do to avoid the straight arm salute in this alternative history thriller?
Dark Horse is book five of the Edward Ware Thrillers At War Series.
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For The Royal Table
How did the author get all the details of the banquet correct in Captive at the Berghof: Part 1? When you read the scene you find out that Dora and Edward served a multi course banquet to the new Ambassador from Germany to Great Britain during the Third Reich, von Ribbentrop. They used six cups and a complicated array of silverware just as it would have been done by the upper crust in England during the 1930’s, the last age of elegance.
The book For the Royal Table: Dining at the Palace by Kathryn Jones was used as a guidebook. It provides all the details about dining at Buckingham Palace in London. One of the menus suggested by this book was used for the infamous banquet at Ware Hall where von Ribbentropp has been instructed by Hitler to force Edward and Dora to give him a Lawrence map in exchanged for their kidnapped little daughter, Thomasina.
Look it up. You will find out what George III liked to eat for dinner. It may have been served at Ware Hall to von Ribbentrop. Read Captive at the Berghof: Part 1, an Edward Ware Thriller at War novel.
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Route 66 Postcards:
While you are reading Old Faithful Plot, an Edward Ware Thrillers at War novel soon to be published by Cheops Books, LLC, you should have a copy of Route 66 Postcards by your side to leaf through and admire. It will illustrate for you some outstanding restaurants and motels along the western Route 66 that used to run from Chicago to Los Angeles, California in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s up until the interstate system took over. Certainly Dora and Edward had to use the road to meet an operative of Winston Churchill at the Stone Tree House in the Petrified Forest just outside Holbrook, Arizona. They were supposed to hand over the much coveted Lawrence maps, key to world domination, and sought after by German spies sent by the newly elected Chancellor of Germany, Adolf Hitler. Looking through this paperback book with detachable postcards you can admire the color postcards for such widely dispersed establishments as the Broadview Motor Court in Springfield, Illinois and the Long Champ Dining Saloon in Amarillo, Texas. You can ooh and aah at the Kimo Indian Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico and smile at the Wigwam Village number 6 motor court in Holbrook, Arizona almost at the very rendezvous point for Dora and Edward. Look it up. This gem by Michael Wallis and Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis gives you a vivid idea of what it was like to travel the Mother Road long ago.
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Kindle Countdown Sale Starting Monday: Storm
Starting on Monday you can buy Storm for only $.99 on a special Kindle Countdown Deal. This is the next young adult thriller novel about the greater Yellowstone ecosystem that Cheops Books LLC is promoting leading up to the publication of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War novel later this year, Old Faithful Plot. But hurry! This promotion will not be repeated this year.
Roxie has a dream of a pen pal. She’s been writing to Hayden since ninth grade. He has sent her tons of photos of himself and the ski shop where he works in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She often thinks about him at night while she is asleep and has had funny dreams about turning into an icicle. For where she lives in Arizona she has never so much as seen a snowflake.
But when she finally arrives in town, the snowstorm comes down fast and fiercely. Her family car almost gets buried in the snow. She remembers her dream about getting turned into an icicle. Is it coming true? And why does she hear a voice that sounds like Hayden? Where it is coming from? Is it her imagination? Or is it something far more sinister.
Storm is brought to you by Edward Ware Thrillers YA, an imprint of Cheops Books, LLC. If you liked Storm, you will like other young adult thrillers by Linda Cargill including Mirror, Doubles, Bather, Reborn, and Missing.
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America Goes To War: April 6, 1917:
On April 6 America joined the war effort in Europe which had already been going on for three years. Why did they finally join in when many Americans didn’t want to fight and wanted to remain neutral? The experience that Miss Dora Benley, the heroine of the Cheops Books LLC historical thriller Key to Lawrence: Special Edition, had on the Lusitania was one of the major reasons. Two years before a German U-boat torpedoed the Lusitania, killing over 1000 passengers including many prominent Americans. Vanderbilt and Hubbard were among the missing whose bodies were never recovered and who died that day, May 7, 1915, just off the coast of Queenstown, Ireland. When America sent troops to France under General John J. Pershing one of the battle cries was remember the Lusitania! How this came about is the subject of the novel.
On April 6 Cheops Books LLC will publish the scene in Key to Lawrence: Special Edition when war is declared. Find out what Dora was doing that day and what her thoughts were. Read the Edward Ware Thrillers at War novel Key to Lawrence Special Edition. Join us here on this web page on April 6.
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In Pursuit of Pliny the Elder: The Port Of Ostia
The modern port city of Citavecchia is far different from the ancient Roman port of Ostia, which is much closer to the city of Rome. On his trips around the Roman World by sea Pliny the Elder would have come to Ostia often. Ostia is an often neglected site among tourists but apparently you can get as good an idea about life in ancient Rome at Ostia as you can in either Rome or the more famous ancient city of Pompeii. Why? No one else goes there! And crowds are prohibitive. It might be easier to imagine the author of the Natural History sailing off here than in more southern ports. He probably left from here to sail off to his governorship in Trier, the administrative center for the province of Germania, or Germany. So you can look for a special scene where Pliny the Elder and his entourage disembark in Ostia to keep their dinner date with the Emperor Tiberius before heading off to his villa along the coast near Herculaneum and Pompeii, which gives it name to the Cheops Books, LLC historical thriller, the Vesuvius Plot.
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Cheops Books Projects 2017:
Cheops Books LLC is in the midst of numerous book projects. On May 1 it is going to publish the Salisbury Plot, book 2 of the the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.
Who is the saboteur following Dora about on the doomed Morro Castle in September of 1934? Who is the terrorist who set fire to the first class writing room on the ocean liner? Who followed Dora and her new husband, Colonel Sir Edward Ware, to Salisbury Cathedral on their wedding day? A creature in a black robe is wielding a sword in the balcony and clanging the bell. The freak seems to summon the legions of the dead who surround them in the hills peppered with bronze age burial mounds, who seem to rise from the cloisters in the center of the cathedral where unknown dead from the Middle Ages still reside. Why does she see her new husband handing money over to the saboteur on her wedding day in a hidden garden of Ware Hall? What does it mean to be married to Colonel Sir Edward Ware? When she finds out the truth it will change Dora’s life forever.
But Cheops Books LLC also has many other projects up its sleeve. Later this year it will published the Old Faithful Plot, still another release in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.
While they are hiding out from Dora’s husband at the Old Faithful Lodge in 1933, Dora and Edward are also hiding Lawrence maps that Churchill has given them and which Hitler would do anything to get his hands on. Enter Helga and Herr von Wessel, Hitler’s top spies. They warn Colonel Sir Edward Ware and Dora that either they hand over the top secret maps, key to world domination, or they will blow up Yellowstone National Park. They will turn the famous geyser basin into volcanic rubble – and the rest of America, too, which would be buried in volcanic ash just like Pompeii. And if that doesn’t work they have an even darker plot up their sleeves, one that would change history itself.
In addition there is an upcoming German translation of volume 1 of Captive at the Berghof. We are now publishing it in serial form on the website: http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org. When it is completed it will be released.
Hitler has found out about Colonel Sir Edward Ware’s secret undercover activities for Winston Churchill, and he’s playing hardball. He kidnaps Thomasina, Edward’s daughter, and won’t give the child back unless Edward and his wife, Dora, hand over the key to world domination – the Lawrence maps. They’d better do something fast before Thomasina truly becomes Hitler’s daughter.
So there is much scheduled for summer 2017 and later. Keep following the Cheops Books website’s blog and subscribe to the Edward Ware Thrillers Newsletter.
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