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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Malcolm Blair Robinson has written a wonderful blog today summing up the Trump experience this past weekend with the inauguration and the new move to meet with the new PM, May, this coming week. We have the next move toward an American/British alliance, this time an economic one, that features and emphasized the “special relationship”. Just this past Friday, after all, Churchill’s bust was restored to the Oval Office after being banished for the past eight years.
This is noteworthy for Cheops Books, LLC as it continues to publish the Edward Ware Thrillers At War series. The relationship between Edward and Dora Ware, the chief couple of the thriller series, is a British/American relationship. Dora’s father is a Robber Baron who funds Edward’s spying activities and all sorts of diplomatic dinner, banquets, and balls. And the chief political relationship of the series is between Edward, the spy, and Churchill, the spymaster. And Churchill was half American. Churchill’s idea of drawing America into the Second World War was what saved Britain. And right now a deal with Trump may well save May and Brexit.
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Today all around the world the day after the Inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, there were supposedly protest marches. What were they protesting? Apparently Trump’s perceived male chauvinism. But Old Faithful Plot and other titles in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series featured hero Colonel Sir Edward Ware who is nothing if he is not a male chauvinist pig. His wife, Dora Benley, is an American heiress from Pittsburgh. But she is expected to follow him on his adventures around the globe. In addition her pocketbook is very useful in financing everything, and Edward is not above taking advantage of her Robber Baron status.
Other women have set their sights on him, too. Villainess Helga von Wessel, Hitler’s chiefest spy, likes nothing better than trying to seduce Edward in order to persuade him to give up the Lawrence maps, key to world domination. Edward battles the women left and right and puts them in their place in order to serve his Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and his country. He is a proud to be a male chauvinist pig.
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1933, the year of the Old Faithful Plot, the alternative history thriller soon to be published by Cheops Books, LLC, was the year of three great rhetoricians in politics: FDR, Adolf Hitler, and Winston Churchill. In 1933 Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. Hitler was always good at making speeches and working the crowd. He was positively theatrical, acting as if he were on a stage with his rhetorical flourishes and dramatic moves. FDR had just become the American President and was inaugurated in March with his famous “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” speech. It was probably the most dramatic and noteworthy inaugural address of all times on this day, January 20, of the Trump inaugural. Lurking in the background in 1933 was the famous British speechmaker, Winston Churchill, who was still a backbencher, excluded from the Conservative Government of his day but soon to come to the fore in politics. He was the become the biggest and most famous of rhetoricians of the twentieth century. It was such an era of rhetoric that even the movie producer character in King Kong, which came out in 1933, made thematic speeches in the movie. He delivered the last lines of the movie about beauty and the beast.
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You may or may not have visited Yellowstone National Park. You may not even know that it is located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. But that big, original western national park may be in your face one of these days soon. Talk about the Big One in California, the giant earthquake. That would be nothing compared to what Yellowstone may do one of these days.
The first national park is also a dormant, giant, super volcano. Nobody knows what the trigger is to get it to explode big time. We do know that it would not be one of those cone volcanoes so familiar from Hawaii where molten lava streaks down a mountain slope. This would be far uglier and would resemble Mount Vesuvius blowing its lid in 79AD in Roman times during the Emperorship of Titus. Ash would spew out in all directions and cover the landscape for hundreds of miles. Nothing would grow. Cities would get buried. Nobody could live there anymore.
In short, the Yellowstone volcano could bring an end to the civilization of the US just as it cut a swath through ancient Rome. Read more about it in the upcoming alternative history thriller, the Old Faithful Plot, coming soon from Cheops Books. LLC.
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The Cheops Pyramid has always represented Cheops Books LLC. Why? It is a symbol of ancient Egypt and the ancient world in general and it seems mysterious, as if its meaning is always eluding you because there is always something you don’t expect and something you don’t know about, and we hope that our readers will always find our books that way, too.
The Cheops Pyramid is an Old Kingdom Pyramid also called the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Pyramid of Khufu. It is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza complex at 455 feet built of 2.3 million stone blocks. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one to still look something the way it did in ancient times. That is the symbol we always put on our book cover.
Now we propose another symbol to add to our website, the ancient Egyptian symbol of Bastet, the cat goddess. We frequently include cats in our thriller novels because cats are elusive and mysterious animals. They were considered sacred in ancient Egypt. They are sacred to Cheops Books, LLC, too. So don’t wonder when you find cats decorating sections of the website and pages in the novels along with the Cheops Pyramid.
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John Kerry Never Heard of Titus: John Kerry, in an attempt to rankle the incoming President Elect Donald Trump, issued one of the most uneducated, unconsidered statements that I have ever heard a politician make in this country when he said that Israel can’t be both Jewish and Democratic at the same time. It shows that he has never heard of the Emperor Titus.
I would agree that the Jews probably couldn’t practice their religion and act democratic in the western sense if they had never run into the son of Vespasian, one of the three Flavian Emperors of the first century B.C. But in 70 B.C. Titus, then yet to become Emperor, went into the Jewish city and sacked the Temple in the Siege of Jerusalem. This led to the Diaspora, sending the Jews out into the Empire either as slaves or to fend for themselves. After centuries of this experience the Jews became more westernized and Europeanized than their Arab counterparts. That is why in the twentieth century they were able to recreated the state of Israel after almost 2000 years. They can now practice their religion and act democratic in the western sense because of their centuries long experience. The Arabs never experienced such a Diaspora. They are the ones who cannot deal with the westernization experience and all the modern thoughts and idea such as democracy. They are the terrorists. The Jews are not. John Kerry should realize this.
Titus is a character in the upcoming Cheops Books LLC historical thriller about Roman times called the Vesuvius Plot.
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Edward Ware Thrillers Newsletter December 2016
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All.
Would you like an audio book version of Captive at the Berghof: Part 1 or Part 2 or perhaps Dark Horse? Would you like to find out if the Wares get their daughter, Thomasina, back from Hitler? Or how the election of 1940 turns out in the alternative history scenario of Dark Horse? If so Cheops Books LLC has a free giveaway for the first fifteen people to respond. Use the Contact us form on the website to let us know your preference. We will give you the code you need to check it out for free on Audible.
All Cheops Books LLC titles are for sale as Kindle ebooks on Amazon.com. But they are not available on Amazon as paperbacks. Starting in 2017 you will be able to get paperback editions of selected books right on our website. You will see that a BUY NOW button has been inserted next to the lucky title chose for this promotion. You will be able to buy the titles using your PayPal account. Or if you wish you will be able to buy selected paperbacks on lulu.com.
Purchase Dark Horse from Cheops Books:
Even selected ebooks will be available on lulu.com as an alternative to Amazon if you prefer.
Pack your bags for Denmark in the New Year. That is what Dora and Edward must do when they are attacked during a Shakespeare performance and must flee and hide the Lawrence maps in a place of ill omen, Hamlet’s Castle in Elsinore. Look for Murder at Hamlet’s Castle, coming soon from Cheops Books, LLC.
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Reaction to University of Pennsylvania Removal of Shakespeare Portrait: Supposedly the students at the University of Pennsylvania removed Shakespeare’s portrait from the hallway of the Fisher-Bennett Hall in the name of diversity and replaced it with a photo of a black gay poet, Audre Lorde. If I were running the department, I would remove the students first. They don’t seem to be worthy to graduate from a one-time prestigious institution.
What is wrong with what they did? First of all, Shakespeare is a well-established writer to say the least. “Modern and diverse” is not important. What is important is what has survived the test of the ages, or rather history. If you want to celebrate a black poet, put up a portrait or a bust of Pushkin, the very famous Russian writer. If you want a Lesbian poet, take the most famous of all —- Sappho from ancient Greece. They have survived the test of time. Audre Lorde has not.
This emphasis nowadays on what is contemporary is anti-intellectual and anti-scholarly, and that is what universities are supposed to be about.
Cheops Books LLC will publish an upcoming novel about Shakespeare, Murder in Hamlet’s Castle.
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