At the end of The Far Pavilions, M.M. Kaye’s mystery thriller novel about the British in India and Afghanistan, the hero and heroine leave India behind and escape into Afghanistan. The British never prevailed in Afghanistan I think for all sorts of reasons including geography. I don’t know how the US will prevail there either given present circumstances. Trump is right not to quit though. This tendency to think you can quit and back out of wars is definitely contemporary and not something the Romans could have done. Weird mind set. But I wouldn’t trust the Taliban further than you can throw them. Aren’t they the same ones who were allied with Osama bin Laden in 2001? I thought you weren’t supposed to make deals with terrorists?

As far as NOT exporting American notions about government to Afghanistan and leaving it to the Afghans to decide and then praising India in the same speech as being the world’s largest democracy, that is absurd. And that is what Trump did in his speech. How does he think that India got to be the world’s largest democracy anyway? It was the British, stupid! They exported not only their language but their own notions of government to India and helped to reform the religion as well. Think of suttee. If it weren’t for the British, widows in India would still be burning themselves alive on their husband’s pyre.

But I think traditionally where you had empire building and were really influencing places like India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, you had to bring economics into the formula. The military by itself doesn’t cut it. America would have to send businesses to Iraq and Afghanistan to hire people and build roads, infrastructure, restaurants, etc. They would no longer have to make money on bribes, terrorist camps, and illegal drugs. Then you would really, really get progress. You would have fewer terrorists and rebels all over the world. Ultimately no one would want to be a terrorist if he could find employment doing something else.

Cheops Books LLC publishes historical thrillers such as the upcoming Cherusci Plot, Vesuvius Plot, and Inn at the Crossroads.

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Should We Throw Henry VIII Out Of The History Books?:

Should we throw Henry VIII and other wrong doers out of the history books? This is one of the questions evoked by recent incidents in Charlotteseville, Virginia concerning pulling down the Robert E. Lee statue.

You have to see things in their historical context. Everyone is limited by the times in which he happens to live. For instance, are we supposed to tear down classic buildings like the Pantheon in Rome because it was originally built by Agrippa who was Augustus’s friend and a slaveholder? The Pantheon was rebuilt later by Hadrian who was also a slaveholder. Should we tear down Hadrian’s Villa as well as the Pantheon because the builders and rebuilders were slaveholders? I don’t think Italian tourism would go for that.

There is the famous example of Wagner and his operas? He might not have been played in Israel but nobody has suggested you should destroy his operas because his wife associated with Hitler and because he himself in the 19th century espoused the early doctrines of what later became National Socialism?

What about Henry VIII? Should we tear down Hampton Court because he abused women? The list goes on and on.

The University of Virginia library said by the way that America could not have existed without black slavery. Apparently the slaves were the only workers who could have survived in the fields in the south where there was still malaria and other tropical diseases. It was morally bad but a necessity all the same. It was the choice of Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitioner from The Brothers Karamazov, a dark choice but one that was to lead eventually to the United States of America without whom the Nazis would not have been defeated in the twentieth century. History is neither moral nor immoral. It is amoral.

Many of the novels published by Cheops Books LLC are historical novels such as the  upcoming Vesuvius Plot, The Cherusci Plot, and The Inn at the Crossroads.

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Chapter 7 of Captive at the Berghof: Part 1:

Chapter 7 of Captive at the Berghof: Part 1 is now on the Cheops Books LLC website: in German translation. It is part 7 in the installment series we are making available for readers before the book itself is published in German.

The proofs for the German translation are making their way to the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany this October as part of the IBPA exhibition.
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.

Captive at the Berghof: Part 1 is followed by Captive at the Berghof: Part 2.


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To What Fictional World Would You Travel?

I would travel to the fictional world of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth world. I would set up the parameters for my upcoming thriller novel Old Faithful Plot, which is inspired by Jules Verne. He relies on a volcano for the entrance to his world and for the exit from it. So do I.

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.
Remember, Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. And if all the volcanoes of the world are somehow connected at some level, it all makes sense. Vesuvius, Yellowstone, a volcano in Iceland as in Journey to the Center of the Earth all communicate with each other. You could enter by one and come out by another. And if it doesn’t matter what your time period is, and you can communicate with the past and future in this way, then volcanoes become a kind of time machine. What more do you need for an exciting read? It does not matter if it is the nineteenth century or now. It is all the very same thing.

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Captive of the Berghof: Part 1 in German:

Chapter 6 of Captive at the Berghof Part 1 is now ready to read. Cheops Books LLC has posted it on the website under the German installments section. This is our next step in the publication of the German Edition of the novel.

This October Captive at the Berghof: Part 1 will be displayed at the IBPA booth in Frankfurt, Germany at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Hopefully the new German edition will be in the proof stage by then. Perhaps a German book store might want to display it or sell it. Perhaps a German publisher might pick it up and curiously examine the translation. It might even interest a librarian.

In Captive at the Berghof Adolf Hitler threatens Colonel Sir Edward Ware and Dora, Lady Ware, that if they do not hand over the Lawrence maps, key to world domination, he will kidnap their daughter.

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New Cover For Wall Street Swastika:

Dora and Edward are trysting at the Waldorf Astoria while Edward is on leave from British Mid East Headquarters in October of 1929. Suddenly on October 29 on Black Tuesday they notice a commotion on the streets. All the action is on Wall Street. They find their friend and compatriot Winston Churchill sadly watching as people leap out window and his own American investments plummet.

Even worse from their own point of view Winston shows them a note. German spies are demanding the Lawrence maps, key to world domination, which Edward is hiding up his sleeve. On their way back to Britain Hitler doesn’t waste any time. He sends all sorts of signs and warnings of impending disaster including a skiff at sea that crashes into their ocean liner.

The Prince of Wales is aboard. So are the von Wessels, Hitler’s spies. His Highness is sympathetic to the Nazis and Hitler wants to hit him to help finance his rise to power in the face of the great world wide depression brought on by the failure of capitalism. It is up to Edward, Dora, and Winston to stop him as the clock ticks on. If they don’t separate the Prince of Wales from Hitler before they reach Europe, nothing will stop his rise to ultimate power.

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Egypt Was Better Off In The British Empire:

Egypt may be a fully functioning state, but it does not function as well as it did in the days of the British Empire. Agatha Christie could write Death on the Nile because there were actually lots of Brits living in Egypt in those days and lots of tourists, too, as I advertise in Salisbury Plot where Dora and Edward visit the Sphinx and Helga takes advantage of the opportunity to chase Dora up the monument where she hides behind the Sphinx’s head. Helga then plants a cobra to attack her. Leopold saves all, only to get shot and tumble down the side of the Sphinx. And there was all that great stuff about British Mid East Headquarters, too, where Edward worked in several of the novels. Remember how he was defending it in the Battle of El Alamein? Those were far more interesting days in Egyptian history than now. Now you can’t even get there to visit the pyramids at all. Somehow the terrorists have managed to curtail a 2000 year old plus tourist industry. Remember how Julius Caesar visited Egypt during the Alexandrian Campaign? Now he would not be able to go ashore.


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The Days of the British Empire:

I really know absolutely nothing about Malaya, Kenya, and Cyprus and their place in the British Empire. I once read a mystery novel entitled Death in Kenya by M.M. Kaye who used to be one of my favorite novelists. She used to write a lot about the British Empire. Her husband was in the army and stationed all over the place. She went along and wrote novels about where they were stationed. Kenya was one of the places. But that is the only book I ever read set in Kenya.

What I didn’t like was the British evacuation of Egypt in I think 1956. Geizira Island was a nice place BEFORE that. I got the impression that in the days of Edward and Dora Egypt was in general a much safer place to visit than it is now. Cunard won’t go ashore in Egypt anymore. No more shore excursions. They just sail past through the Suez Canal. Their cameras are always off at the time, and you can never see the transit online. I think they are trying to avoid terrorists.

Salisbury Plot, volume 2 of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, is an historical thriller about the days of the British Empire. Much of the novel is set in Egypt at the British enclave of Gezira Island. Colonel Sir Edward Ware is stationed at British Mid-East Headquarters in Cairo all the way from his days with Lawrence of Arabia in World War 1 through the desert campaigns in North Africa under the Awk and Montgomery battling Rommel during World War 2. Colonel Sir Edward Ware becomes General Lord Edward Ware by the end of the war.

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New Cover For Murder at Hamlet’s Castle:

What do you think of the brand new cover for Murder at Hamlet’s Castle? You can find it on the book page on the website After narrowly escaping the von Wessels, Hitler’s chief spies, in Santa Fe while on leave from Mid East Quarters in Cairo, Edward and Dora don’t know where to go next and where to hide the Lawrence maps, key to world domination. They have just been watching a production of Hamlet when they get a note from Winston Churchill. He says that he and Clemmie got locked in the dungeon of Hamlet’s Castle in Helsingor, Denmark. It was where the Danish army used to be billeted in the Middle Ages. They had to raise Hamlet’s ghost screaming to be let out. It just occurred to Winston it would be a perfect location to hide the much sought after military maps. No one would ever suspect they were there — and if they did they would never be able to escape with their lives let alone the prize that Hitler has been seeking for years.

But after a huge chase scene to get away from states they meet unexpected obstacles in the castle in 1934. The mistress who keeps the place up turns out to be the perfect Nazi spy in cahoots with Hitler and the von Wessels. Once again they need to escape. But this time they meet an unexpected ally in the famous Dane himself, Shakespeare’s most famous character. They uncover Hamlet’s secret notebooks that tell them just what they need to know. Others were cornered in this castle long ago. Hamlet tells them how he escaped in a tale that upsets all previous notions of the man, his character, and his fate.
Murder at Hamlet’s Castle by Dora Benley will be published soon by Cheops Books LLC.

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Edward Ware Thrillers at War in History:

Edward Ware Thrillers at War discusses themes of British and German history. I don’t think England ever had anything like the Thirty Years War in Germany, the big bad religious war between Catholics and Protestants that according to Gary made WW1 and WW2 look like a picnic by comparison. The Thirty Years War left more people dead than the Black Death. It was the worst war in German history by far. Henry VIII was pretty bad but he wasn’t as bad as the Thirty Years War with all his monastery burning, etc. In fact England has been pretty dominant in Europe since the days of the Tudors, certainly since the days of the Glorious Revolution. And England was where the Industrial Revolution started in the 18th century. England obviously had more colonies than anybody else and a much bigger Empire, too. Even at the beginning of WW1 there were articles in American newspapers about the British Navy off the coast of North America PROTECTING US. People in the US felt safe with Great Britain there.

Then came WW1 and WW2, and we know the story. Since that takes us to the present era, we can’t say what will be the next chapter for England. But it has the strange and unusual advantage of having its language be the dominant one in the world. Also the US speaks English. Britain is allowed all sorts of special advantages in Europe because of its relationship with the US. The Germans will go only so far because of this. But in a sense I think it is the Germans, not the Russians, who are still the real opposition to the US and to England despite the fact that they have almost no armed forces.

Germany was the home of both Communism and Facism. I think East Germany was propping up the whole Soviet Union somehow. Hitler and Stalin were playing at dividing up Eastern Europe. More recently Merkel and Putin came up with some natural gas or oil or both agreement which is what Poland doesn’t like because it remembers the days of Stalin and Hitler. Putin speaks German. He feels comfortable in Germany and the Netherlands. So did Peter the Great of Russia who tried to model St. Petersburg on Amsterdam. Germany has been a big influence in Russia for a long time. Catherine the Great came from Germany and was originally Lutheran. There is something going on between Russia and Germany that has been percolating for centuries. Just remember the extreme leftist riots that greeted Trump a few weeks ago in Hamburg.

Also Germany since the mid 19th century has been expanding and trying to create an empire. My mother had a book from college called Germany Will Try It Again about a theme of modern German history. That is why I say they are the real enemy.

These are the themes that controlled the race to find the Lawrence maps, key to world domination, that are featured in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. Will it be the Germans under the Kaiser or Hitler? Or will it be the British and Americans under Churchill and Roosevelt? The battle continues to the present day.

Turn the page and find out what happens next.

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