Winston Churchill was appointed Lord of the Admiralty during the Great War or the First World War in Britain. He was in charge of sending the rescue ships that never arrived on May 7, 1915 when a German torpedo sank the Lusitania off the coast of Ireland. It was the most spectacular defeat that the statesman ever experienced in decades of public service. It could have sank his career permanently. People would never have heard of the Winston Churchill who pulled Britain through World War 2, fighting Hitler all the way.
So when Churchill met Lawrence of Arabia, who was one of his most devoted followers, he heard about the map plot and how the German Kaiser was trying to get hold of the key to world domination. He immediately saw that the Germans who had almost torpedoed his politiical career along with the famous ocean liner should never get their dirty hands on these maps. Even after the Great War he fought alongside Colonel Sir Edward War, the hero of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, and T. E. Lawrence, or Lawrence of Arabia, to keep them forever out of the hands of the rising star of the National Socialist Workers Party —- Adolf Hitler. He directed a team of secret agents loyal only to him and not to the Baldwin government or to the government of Neville Chamberlain. He conducted his own brand of very nasty foreign policy between the wars until in 1940 he himself finally became the most famous Prime Minister of the twentieth century.
Churchill certainly earned his hallowed place in the Character Directory of Cheops Books LLC.
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Will Cheops Books LLC visit Tallinn, Estonia on the Baltic Sea Coast? Tallinn is not only the capital of Estonia but the cultural hub of the country. Certainly there is a lot to see from the Old Town with real cobblestones to a defensive tower to a Gothic town hall from the Middle Ages. St. Nicholas’s Church is from the 13th century. And all is right on the very northern sea.
If you are cruising that way this summer all the way to Tallinn, Estonia ad perhaps beyond to St. Petersburg, Russia itself, be sure to stop in. Will you see someone from Cheops Books, LLC? Wait and see . . .
Where will Cheops Books LLC find itself this coming summer? The contest to second guess the small press opened on February 1 and will run until May 1 when the winner will be announced. You could be the lucky guesser to find yourself with a $25.00 gift certificate for amazon.com. On your summer travels you could use it to stock up on beach reading on Kindle. So please write in using the CONTACT form at http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org.
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As everybody decries Donald Trump’s new immigration and travel policies they should take a moment to pause and reflect on what used to be in Dora’s America. Dora Benley, the heroine of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, was born in 1894 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which in those days was a magnet for immigrants from Germany and Eastern Europe in particular. It also attracted a number of Italian and Irish immigrants. But suddenly as the First World War began “over there” America began to shut its doors to all these immigrants. They felt the threat from abroad, all those dictators and people who didn’t think like Americans, at about the same time that the western frontier was closing after a period of expansion that had lasted from before the nation’s founding until that date. Dora could have said as did her contemporaries born at the end of the Victorian era with its limitless ideas of expansion and progress, “The world has become a far nastier place”.
From the time of the First World War until the mid 1960’s America’s immigration policy was to severely limit anyone at all coming into the country. There was exceptions for people’s spouses, for instance the war brides of World War 2. But immigrants were no longer thronging into the country as they had in the early years of the twentieth century. This was the time of America First, funded by Dora’s father, Robber Barron Winthrop Benley. America wanted to turn its back on the world and almost didn’t enter World War 2. It took all the ingenuity of the four term President FDR to get the country to fight for the allies, a battle dramatized in the recently published Cheops Books LLC novel, Dark Horse, about the candidacy of Wendell Wilkie and the Republican Convention in Philadelphia in 1940.
In the mid 1960’s Congress came up with quotas for immigration for each country. Now Donald Trump is attempting to come up with a system for keeping track of Muslim immigrants and travelers who visit or migrate to this country in the wake of 9/11 — another America First event. But it is hardly as extreme as the days of Dora’s America.
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Chasing around on the ground in Europe and America in the 30s and 40s Dora and Edward Ware, agents for Churchill, never got caught in a passport flap at the border that interrupted their travels, delayed them, etc the way many Muslims are getting caught today due to the new executive order by Donald Trump. The secret agents of yesteryear needed freedom of passage and quick access to escape hatches or they might be caught by Hitler’s agents such as Helga von Wessel who were out to rob them of the Lawrence maps, key to world domination.
Today even the average Joe from Kansas City won’t want to be at the airport being delayed in a long line. He might not be a Muslim but he will wish he had never taken the trip all the same. Even Cheops Books LLC got delayed in Boston by Homeland Security two years ago for no particular reason except bureaucratic delay. We wouldn’t want to repeat it again for anything. We have photos of long lines. No one could disembark from the Queen Mary 2 either even if you were a citizen of the USA.
Dora and Edward would always be turning around watching their backs. If they had to wait in a long line Helga and Herr von Wessel, Hitler’s best agents, might sneak up behind them and take a shot or two. Instead they might have decided that it was better not to travel at all under today’s odd circumstances. To avoid a passport flap they would think it was the better part of wisdom to act like Candide and stay at home instead cultivating their own garden.
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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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