Did Hurricane Irma Strike St. Simons Island, Georgia?

How did your ex mother in law get to Fort Myers, Florida? Is she retired? You say you don’t know why they didn’t leave. I would have been out of there as soon as the storm was even mentioned or forecast.

Believe it or not we drove through Fort Myers once on the way back and forth to Sanibel/Captiva which are barrier islands right off shore from Fort Myers. Captiva Island in particular was so small that any storm surge at all would immediately make it disappear. You could see from shore to shore and easily walk the distance on that island. At the narrowest point the island was only 100 feet wide or so. All the buildings there were built up on piles so the storm surge would go underneath them. I remember being in a grocery store like that where your bags were lowered down on a dumb waiter to the parking lot level and put in your car.

My own grandmother, Doris Benner, the one I used as a model for Dora Benley, owned a condo in Sarasota, Florida, but that was high rise. My great-grandmother, the model for Etta May for in fact her name was Etta May, had a house in Sarasota.

Have you heard what happened to your ex mother-in-law? This morning all I hear is that Jacksonville, Florida on the Atlantic Coast was flooded with a storm surge bigger than any since Hurricane Dora in 1964. I also visited Jacksonville. We stayed at the Ponte Vedra Resort outside town on the beach. Jacksonsville looked like an old industrial city somehow in the South. It is near St. Augustine where the Spanish settled hundreds of years ago.

It is also very close by to St Simons Island, Georgia, the setting for Dark 1 and Dark 2 of my Dark Series, the one that was originally published by Scholastic UK. It is soon to be republished by Cheops Books, LLC.

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Cunard Is A Very English Ship

On the contrary though Cunard is owned by Carnival it is still managed and run independently from England. There is an office in Liverpool still. I saw it with my own eyes. The British are still in charge of making up the sailing schedule. If you call the reservations office in Long Beach, California they are always telling you that they take orders from England and have to wait for England to announce the schedule, the pricing, the new rules, etc. When you are onboard it feels like a very British ship. More of the passengers are British than any other nationality. Americans are in a minority. The captain is British. The entertainment director is British. The crew are British from the British Merchant Marine even if the staff is largely from the Phillipines and from Eastern Europe.

There is a speaker series aboard the Cunard ship, Queen Mary 2. Most all the speakers are British, too. And what isn’t British is clearly Anglo. For instance they had a speakers series this summer on WW2 and were giving discounts to passengers who could show they were veterans but only if you were a veteran in: 1)British army 2)Canadian army 3)Australian army 4)American army. They are very aware of the Germans being aboard and have a separate speakers’ series for the Germans. I’ve heard jokes about the Germans, too. If Americans were running the show I don’t think they would be so aware of the Germans. They would assume that everybody aboard spoke English and the Germans would become invisible.

Cunard is the cruise line that figures in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. See it in Captive at the Berghof parts 1 and 2.


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Promotions for The Old Faithful Plot:

One thing to consider about The Old Faithful Plot: I think that if the news media wasn’t so obsessed with the North Korean leader he would do a lot less harm. No wonder he does and says such wild things. That is the way to attract attention. But I am tempted to take advantage of the situation as a way to promote one of my books. I have a thriller based on a totally fictional premise that Hitler is threatening Edward and Dora that if they do not hand over the Lawrence maps, key to world domination, he will blow up Yellowstone National Park. He has sent the von Wessels to detonate Old Faithful geyser and blow it sky high hoping to awaken the super volcano that can dump ash across America. I was thinking of relating the two and having a Facebook Party about this end of the world stuff.

I have actually already written and edited the novel The Old Faithful Plot last year and this year. I am about ready to publish it. The Old Faithful Plot named after the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park of course. The geyser becomes a kind of volcano. A time tunnel is discovered behind it a la Journey to the Center of the Earth style. Helga and Herr von Wessel go back to ancient Rome to assassinate the writer who first badmouthed the Germans, Pliny the Elder. Hitler wants to correct the reputation of Germans throughout history and get unified sooner so that the Germans can win, not lose, WW1. He wants to change history itself. But you see the time tunnel sequence is in a nightmare that Dora has. It is a nightmare sequence and so not real. The main text is about the plot to blow up the park and ignite the supervolcano that will bury America in ash.

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Is Christopher Columbus a Fascist?

On a more serious note, I was looking up statues of Christopher Columbus online and came across one in Barcelona, Spain of all places. Would you believe that the article said the people over there in Europe want to pull the Columbus statue down? Have you heard about this? This is a very large,prominent statue of some artistic merit showing Columbus pointing out to sea. Apparently they don’t like the idea that Columbus oppressed native peoples in the New World either. But I said to myself why would there care over in Spain? When I read some more it said that the Catalans in Barcelona think of themselves as a “native people” too. They think they are being oppressed by the government in Madrid. They call Columbus a “Fascist” as well as Madrid and look back to the Spanish Civil War where they were on the losing side. This sounds like trouble to me, more trouble than anything going on in the United States about Columbus statues. For instance apparently Seattle has replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, but how many Italian Americans live in Seattle? Here it is just silly political correctness if it is anything at all.

Cheops Books, LLC publishes historical novels about Europe including Inn at the Crossroads, Cherusci Plot, and Vesuvius Plot.

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British Museum Preserves American History:

Supposedly the stupid Mayor of New York City, the same one who went to Hamburg when they were having the political riots in July, has declared that New York City might well remove its statue of Christopher Columbus. That statue has been standing since 1892 in its present location. It was erected to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus sailing the ocean blue in 1492. What did Christopher Columbus do to offend the mayor? Supposedly that he was the harbinger of oppression for the native peoples of the New World. Of course that is like saying that America should never have been discovered which is really weird.

Pretty soon the British Museum will be the only place that has American artifacts and keeps them there. Earlier this year they had an exhibit of Americana and displayed some of their collection. Just as they preserve the Elgin Marbles they will have to preserve America’s history for America.

Cheops Books, LLC frequently publishes historical novels such as Inn at the Crossroads, Cherusci Plot, and Vesuvius Plot. Map Plot involves a key scene at the British Museum where Edward, Dora, T.E. Lawrence, and Leonard Woolley hide the Lawrence maps in the Rosetta Stone.

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Smoke and Mirrors: Trump’s Speech

We just got done listening to Trump’s weekly address, Trump’s speech. He is calling for unity. But if he is talking about Charlottesville, I can’t see how anybody could think that was real. Talk about a staged media event! Soros probably was involved. People in America are ahistorical. They don’t think about history or care about history. Probably you couldn’t have had a conflict about a Robert E. Lee statue in Virginia in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War in the nineteenth century either. People in New York don’t care what happens in Virginia and visa versa. America has a great regionalism and the citizens are content to leave it that way. People should be suspicious about a pretended conflict about something like that now. Who is trying to stage what? Who is trying to grab the attention of the news? There are no real political conflicts in contemporary America about the old Confederacy despite Trump’s speech. Charlottesville is all just smoke and mirrors.

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


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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: http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org 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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