Dora and Edward Hit Rome:

I don’t think Dora and Edward Ware ever visited Rome on one of their wild forays into defending the Lawrence maps from Hitler. But if they did get themselves into such a plot might it go like this?
They would arrive by cruise ship, of course, at the port of Citavecchia. They would be met by a private car which would whisk them into Rome in about one and a half hours. They would want a half-private, half-public place to meet their contact as as not to seem suspicious. The Borghese Gallery might be just the place. At least it is a place to escape the hot sun and all those prying eyes out on the street corner.

They might hire a guide named Giovanni to serve as a cover. While they talked to their contact the guide would be giving them a tour of all the art works in the Borghese Gallery. He would be loud enough their conversation could not be overheard by others in the same room. They could pause in front of statues such as Daphne Fleeing Apollo and nod while Edward took notes.

After about an hour of this their guide and private car could drive them to a carefully chosen restaurant on the third or foruth floor directly across the street from the Colosseum, a restaurant such as Aroma. While sipping top notch Italian wine they could communicate by writing notes and passing them across the table to each other while the guide narrated loudly about the history of the edifice commissioned by Vespasian in 72 BC looming up in front of them.

When done with their meal Dora could pretend that she just had to have another Italian leather handbag. The driver would take them to the top shopping street in town such as the via del Corso. While she handed over a pile of Italian lira, she could be passing a note to a contact in Rome. Then Dora and Edward would be seamlessly transported back to Citavecchia to sail away from Italy and back to England.

Dora and Edward Ware are the two main characters of the Edward Ware Thrillers At War Series of historical thrillers that start during World War 1 and continue through the end of World War 2 with just a peek at what their life after the war might be like in a special supplement to the last novel in the series, Unlocking Trinity. Cheops Books LLC will publish the first volume in the series later this year as Paris Peace Plot. They will also publish Armistice Plot since 100 years ago was the end of World War 1.

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On The Road Again: Observations By Cheops Books

When Cheops Books looks to be on the road again this summer researching locales for novels, it seems to meet with a more hostile environment than before. Disney may have started a trend where the management of hotels like to invade the rooms of their guest for no particular reason. Also there is a problem with hotels and debit cards. Now in addition to all these woes, we have metal detectors forcing lines to form to get into major attractions. It is not a friendly environment for booking your favorite road trip.

It used to be that Cheops Books could just book a hotel and NOT have to ask questions. Now you need to know if they are going to pre-charge your credit card. Or if they intend to butt into your room every day searching for terrorists with guns behind every pillow and inside every bathroom shower stall. In addition if it is a very popular attraction such as Disney World, the Colosseum in Rome, or the Tower of London, you may be out of luck all together unless you want to stand in line in the sun or rain for a couple of hours. You will have to do your touring online instead of in person.

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Julia: A Romance Goodreads Giveaway:

Enter the Goodreads Giveaway contest to win 1 of 100 free copies of the Amazon Kindle version of Dora Benley’s Julia: A Romance. A new edition of Dora Benley’s historical thriller set in the 80’s B.C. will be awarded to the winners on Friday, April 6, the day the contest ends nearly three months from now. The Goodreads Giveaway will start in only a few more days.

Julia has every reason to wish that she had not been born the daughter of a Roman senator during the Roman Civil Wars of Marius and Sulla. Her father, Rufus, is trying to escape the proscriptions lists and save his life by betrothing his only daughter in marriage to Marcus Sisenna. Marcus Sisenna is the right hand man of Marcus Sulla, one of the leading men of Rome of the day. Rufus needs his armies and the protection both Sulla and Sisenna can provide. But Julia does not want to marry a man who has already had five wives and who is just marrying her for her father’s money and estates. She does not want to be added to his collection of trophies. Julia wants personal happiness despite the time period into which she has been born. Her father thinks only of keeping his wealth and estates together. Her divorced mother is interested only in her own lovers. To whom shall Julia turn for assistance? The answer may surprise you. For it is obviously just the opposite of what the desperate Julia might expect.

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Cheops Books Offers Lots Of Roman Novels:

Historical novels like just about everything else started in ancient Rome with the publication of a series of Greek Hellenistic novels of the romantic sort. So in tribute to the people of the Tiber River who gave us the column, the arch, St. Peters, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum, Cheops Books has published a series of thrillers about ancient Rome.

One such novel is Julius Caesar: A Novel. In old age and in exile Servilia, mother of Marcus Brutus, awaited the suicide order from the Emperor Augustus, Caesar’s heir, who put to death all of Julius Caesar’s enemies. But instead he asked her to return to Rome and advise him as she once advised his predecessor, whose mistress she was. He wanted her to help raise the daughter of her old enemy Cleopatra, whom he brought back from Egypt after the death of the Serpent of the Nile: “Rome … that great maw of cites, the eater of men that ground and chewed up lives as if they were mere sandy grit between its teeth and then spat them out again. Through endless cycles of the seasons, revolutions, civil wars, and lives always the same. Did I have enough strength in this feeble body to war with her again? The child looked up at me. The answer was on my lips.”

See what you think of this historical thriller from the point of view of Servilia, Julius Caesar’s lifelong friend and mistress. She provides her own perspective on the colossus among men caught between the Republican faction of old Rome and those longing for empire.

Another such novel is Julius Caesar: A Novel. Julia has every reason to wish that she had not been born the daughter of a Roman senator during the Roman Civil Wars of Marius and Sulla. Her father, Rufus, is trying to escape the proscriptions lists and save his life by betrothing his only daughter in marriage to Marcus Sisenna. Marcus Sisenna is the right hand man of Marcus Sulla, one of the leading men of Rome of the day. Rufus needs his armies and the protection both Sulla and Sisenna can provide. But Julia does not want to marry a man who has already had five wives and who is just marrying her for her father’s money and estates. She does not want to be added to his collection of trophies. Julia wants personal happiness despite the time period into which she has been born. Her father thinks only of keeping his wealth and estates together. Her divorced mother is interested only in her own lovers. To whom shall Julia turn for assistance? The answer may surprise you. For it is obviously just the opposite of what the desperate Julia might expect.

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Goodreads Giveaway Starts One Week From Today:

One week from today on Tuesday, January 9, Goodreads and Amazon roll out their new system for Goodreads Giveaway Promotions. Cheops Books LLC will be enrolling the Dora Benley historical thriller entitled Book of the Dead in the new Goodreads Giveaway Program. 100 copies of the Kindle edition of Book of the Dead will be given away. Don’t miss it. Tune in for more details later.

As soon as the King family settles in their new house in Cairo things begin to change rapidly. On Leona’s birthday her stepdaughter gives her an ancient scroll full of hieroglyphics. Her husband tells Leona it is a Book of the Dead, an ancient Egyptian text full of spells and magic chants to help the newly dead person gain admission into the afterlife, the Land of the Setting Sun. The scroll is to help him avoid getting eaten by the Devourer after his heart is weighed on the scales of truth against a feather and found wanting. Leona has no idea where Margaret got such a scroll. She remembers seeing her in the souk, taking something from a woman covered with dark veils from head to foot with only a claw-like hand protruding.

From that moment on Leona’s once perfect world closes in on her. She finds herself kidnapped, locked in a tomb, nearly driven mad, and tormented by an Egyptian spirit who has somehow been loosed on her. She must fight for her very life in this supernatural novel about Egyptian archaeology in the 1920’s.

If you enjoyed Book of the Dead by Dora Benley you will enjoy her other historical thrillers about the ancient world and Egypt such as Doom of Egypt, Curse of the Pharaoh, Murder at the Sphinx, Curse of Egypt, and Cleopatra’s Stone.

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8746 E Wallen Ridge Drive Opens As Bookstore:

If you google Cheops Books the first thing you come up with is the location of a bookstore at 8746 E Wallen Ridge Drive in Tucson, Arizona. We have plans to open the store next spring by special appointment only. If you would like a copy of one of the novels by Linda Cargill, the Cargills, or Dora Benley use the contact form on the edwardwarethrillers.org website to let us know which title you are interested in. We will come up with a date. You can stop by to pick it up. It will be convenient for tourists in town or snow birds.

We have some interesting titles with flashy covers coming out next year in 2018. There will be Paris Peace Plot, Armistice Plot, Hitler’s Chief Spy, Salisbury Plot, and Old Faithful Plot to name a few. All will have new covers drawn by the new Cheops Books LLC cover artist, Daniel Teran. You will soon see a display on the bookstore windows.

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On The Road Again Threatened By Disney:

Cheops Books LLC likes to be on the road again researching various topics for novels. So it was shocked to hear of the new policy at Walt Disney World in Florida to invade the hotel rooms of their guests once each day. Apparently staff members dressed up as Mickey Mouse are supposed to enter rooms to inspect for guns following the shooting incident in Las Vegas. Disney World has removed Do Not Disturb Signs in favor of Room Occupied signs, but now Room Occupied means come in instead of stay out. It is hard to believe that a company as large and respected as Disney would engage in behavior that shows no respect for the privacy of their guests.

What is especially dangerous about such thinking is if it spreads to other hotel chains such as Best Western, Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Econo Lodge, La Quinta, Hilton, Marriott, and the like. These are the kinds of hotels and motels that populate the roads of America, the interstates, which ordinary folk use for daily travel from place to place. What if the guests have a dog or a cat left in the room? Do Not Disturb signs are the only protection they have for hotels to respect the privacy of their pets. What if the guest is in the bathroom or taking a shower or is sleeping? They are to have a staff member invading? It hardly makes sense.

And what is the staff member going to do when they invade? Search suitcases and handbags like TSA before you board an airplane? This is hardly the border of the US or customs. It is America itself.

The Constitution has a guarantee to the right to travel. One could argue that such misplaced policies interfere with this right by violating basic human privacy and dignity. Cheops Books LLC protests and insists that it will think twice before staying at any particular hotel in the future.

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Knossos And Julia: A Romance:

When Julia marries Marcus Sisenna through an arranged marriage that her father, Senator Rufus, brokered, she had no idea about all the new experiences and responsibilities that she is taking on. She goes from being a girl who liked to sit in her father’s library in their expansive house on Palatine Hill in Rome to a woman of the world. Just as the Roman Empire extended to the boundaries of the known world, so would Julia’s new horizons.

The man she is marrying is the second most powerful man in Rome, Marcus Sisenna, Sulla’s right-hand man. When there is a plot Sisenna is immediately put in charge of investigating it. The Greeks rebel, so they end up in Greece. Since Sulla had just conquered Athens, the natives are restless.

Julia finds herself in the Palace of Knossos of all places! She can see bare chested priestesses with flounced skirts depicted in statuary. Whispers go on around her, the voices of the rebels.

Take your armchair tour of Greece and the Roman world. Read Julia: A Romance next year.

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The Carthaginian City of Nora:

In Julia: A Romance the heroine encounters various challenges from different sources. One of the biggest challenges comes from her future husband’s position in the empire and his travels. He insists that she learn Greek but he won’t say why at first. Nor will he tell her the important part to be played in the plot of intrigue by cities such as the Carthaginian city of Nora.

At the time of the novel, 82BC, Rome has just put an end to the first civil war between Marius and Sulla with Sulla’s victory. Sulla, the Dictator of Rome, has also just conquered the city state of Athens. Sisenna mentions to Julia that certain disaffected Roman aristocrats had recently been sent to a kind of exile on Sardinia near the ancient city of Nora. It is one of the many colorful locales that plays a part in the novel. In a sense the historical thriller takes in locations all over the ancient Greek and Roman world.

Julia: A Romance by Dora Benley will be published next year by Cheops Books LLC.

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Edward Ware Thrillers Newsletter December, 2017

During the past month, Cheops Books LLC has published a number of young adult thrillers. This includes Helen of Troy, Latin Lessons, Murder at the Sphinx, Silver Wolf Moon, and Minotaur.
On December 15 Cheops Books published its first German edition of Captive at the Berghof part 1.

Coming in mid January next year in 2018 will be a grand giveaway on goodreads.com for Book of the Dead by Dora Benley. This time there will be one hundred Kindle titles to give away to contestants:

As soon as the King family settles in their new house in Cairo things begin to change rapidly. On Leona’s birthday her stepdaughter gives her an ancient scroll full of hieroglyphics. Her husband tells Leona it is a Book of the Dead, an ancient Egyptian text full of spells and magic chants to help the newly dead person gain admission into the afterlife, the Land of the Setting Sun. The scroll is to help him avoid getting eaten by the Devourer after his heart is weighed on the scales of truth against a feather and found wanting. Leona has no idea where Margaret got such a scroll. She remembers seeing her in the souk, taking something from a woman covered with dark veils from head to foot with only a claw-like hand protruding.

From that moment on Leona’s once perfect world closes in on her. She finds herself kidnapped, locked in a tomb, nearly driven mad, and tormented by an Egyptian spirit who has somehow been loosed on her. She must fight for her very life in this supernatural novel about Egyptian archaeology in the 1920’s.

If you enjoyed Book of the Dead by Dora Benley you will enjoy her other historical thrillers about the ancient world and Egypt such as Doom of Egypt, Curse of the Pharaoh, Murder at the Sphinx, Curse of the Pharaoh, and Cleopatra’s Stone.

Look for the schedule of publications for next year in the January newsletter. It will feature books in the Edward Ware Thriller Series that commemorate the end of World War 1 one hundred years ago in 1918.

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