Julius Caesar: A Novel: Free On Kindle

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. But hurry! This offer won’t be repeated this year.

If you liked this novel you might want to try other titles by Dora Benley including Minotaur, Cleopatra’s Stone, Helen of Troy, Medea the Witch, and Book of the Dead. They are all offered on Amazon Kindle.

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This week a hundred years ago the United States declared war on Imperial Germany and entered the Great War (now known in America as World War I) on the side of the Allies, France, Britain, and Russia. (Russia was in the midst of revolution and about to drop out of the war.) Interestingly, the United States did not get around to declaring war on Germany’s chief ally, Austria-Hungary, until December 7, 1917.

The United States never declared war on the other two Central Powers, Ottoman Turkey and Bulgaria. No U.S. declaration of war on the Turks meant no participation in the Middle Eastern theatre of the war and, consequently, little or no American interest in or say as to what happened to the Middle East after World War I and the fall of the Ottoman Empire. That would be left to the French and the British. The resulting mess in the Middle East continues to this very day.

President Woodrow Wilson addressed a joint session of Congress on April 2, 1917, requesting that Congress declare war on Germany. Wilson cited the resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare by the Germans beginning on February 1, 1917 and Germany’s attempt to induce Mexico to attack the United States in return for the return of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico (the infamous Zimmerman Telegram). The Senate voted in favor of the joint war resolution on April 4, by a vote of 82 to 6. Two days later, April 6, the House followed, voting 373 to 50 to enter the war.

By that time, my great uncle, Francis Sulley, age 19 and hailing from West New York, New Jersey, had already spent more than two months as a prisoner of war of Imperial Germany, from January 1, 1917 until March 11, 1917. He was one of the “Yarrowdale men”, 72 American seamen serving among the crews of three British armed merchantmen sunk in the middle of the North Atlantic by a German surface raider, the SMS Möwe, in December 1916. These American seamen, along with hundreds of other seamen from both belligerent countries (Britain and France) and other neutral countries (e.g., Norway) taken from ships captured and sunk by the raider, were put aboard a captured British steamer – the SS Yarrowdale, on December 13, 1916. The Yarrowdale was then taken by a German prize crew to Germany, after running the British blockade and evading internment by Swedish authorities. The ship arrived in Swinemünde, Germany (now Świnoujście, Poland) on December 31, 1916.

The German government decided to treat the American seamen as a test case, detaining them as prisoners of war on the grounds that they had served and accepted pay on board enemy (British) armed merchantmen. When the U.S. Government discovered the situation by early February 1917, it demanded the immediate release of the Yarrowdale prisoners, pointing out that detaining neutral seamen as POWs violated international law. The Germans eventually decided to release the American seamen, and 59 of them, including my great uncle, were taken to the Swiss border on March 11, 2017. While in German POW camps, including the infamous camp at Brandenburg an der Havel, near Berlin, the Yarrowdalers – like all prisoners of the Kaiser – received starvation rations. The bread tasted like trees because it was made with flour mixed with sawdust. The cabbage soup was referred to by the Yarrowdale prisoners as “shadow soup” because – the prisoners claimed – it was made by hanging a cabbage over a vat of boiling water so that only its shadow fell on the water. The Americans lost an average of 30 to 40 pounds during their internment and looked emaciated upon their release.

While President Wilson did not mention the Yarrowdale prisoners in his April 2 message to Congress, the House of Representatives, in its report accompanying the joint war resolution, set forth their detention and ill treatment as one of the reasons for America’s entry into the war. H. Rep. No. 1, pp. 10-11, 65th Cong. 1st Sess. (April 4, 1917) (“Inhuman Treatment Accorded Yarrowdale Prisoners By German Authorities”). The House report stated in part that

Official reports now in the possession of the Department of State indicate that these American sailors were from the moment of their arrival in Germany, on January 3, subjected to the most cruel and heartless treatment. Although the weather was very cold they were given no suitable clothes, and many of them stood about for hours barefoot in the snow. The food supplied to them was utterly inadequate. After one cup of coffee in the morning almost the only article of food given was boiled frosted cabbage, with mush once a week and beans once a week. One member of the crew states that he was severely kicked in the abdomen by a German officer without provocation. He appears still to be suffering severely from this assault. . . .

All of the men stated that their treatment had been so inhuman that should a submarine be sighted in the course of their voyage home they would prefer to be drowned rather than have any further experience in German prison camps.

It is significant that the inhuman treatment accorded these American sailors occurred a month before the break in relations [, on February 3, 1917, when Wilson announced that the U.S. was breaking diplomatic relations with Germany over the resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare two days earlier,] and while Germany was on every occasion professing the most cordial friendliness for the United States.

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Nightmare at Ware Hall: Salisbury Plot:
The reader will find himself often visiting Colonel Sir Edward Ware’s estate calle Ware Hall in the south of England just outside Salisbury in the New Forest. Scene after scene in many of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series take place there. The reader first gets introduced to the centuries old abode of the Ware family in Key to Lawrence Special Edition. He sees it from the point of view of Miss Dora Benley, fresh from America, whom Edward has just rescued from the wreck of the Lusitania in 1915. In the second novel of the series which is being published this spring on May 1, Key to 1935: The Salisbury Plot, Nightmare at Ware Hall, the reader sees the estate through the eyes of the new bride, again fresh from America and the sinking of the Morro Castle in which she has lost her first husband, Michael Byrne. Dora finds Ware Hall a mysterious place full of secrets which she cannot fathom. She hears whisperings in the hallway at night. When she looks her mother-in-law is whispering to her husband. She can only make out a word here and there. She comes upon her husband meeting with the young man that she first encountered on the Morro Castle, the young man who sank the ship. They are talking heatedly in the garden. She sees Edward paying him money, and she cannot figure out what her upstanding husband would have to do with a saboteur. Edward invited the same young man to their wedding. She was shocked to see him in the receiving line at her new home. Worse someone sets the estate on fire late one night, and the servants have to form a bucket brigade. Who is after Dora and her husband and why?
The world of Ware Hall, estate of the Ware family for 2000 years back to Roman times, adds to the atmosphere of this historical thriller, Salisbury Plot, that takes place during the 1930’s. It lends the suspense novel a gothic charm.

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Piano Player, the next Yellowstone novel in the special Cheops Books Yellowstone Promotion, is up for the Kindle Countdown Sale until February 7. The sale has been extended. But hurry! This offer will not be repeated again this year.
A young woman in white sails across the lake to Lake House, now deserted and abandoned from long ago. Her ghostly figure walks through the doors to the piano and begins to play Beethoven’s Fifth. It echoes through the empty halls. A ghostly attendant brings her a news article about a girl named Beryl in Philadelphia, an heiress. They will write her and summon her to Lake House today. She must play the part that all the girls of Lake House are destined to play. It is fate.
Piano Player is just the next young adult thriller in the series. In the coming weeks we will be offering other novels including No Return, Black Lake, and Island.

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Starting tonight at midnight and continuing through Saturday night at midnight you will be able to download Dark 2 on your Amazon Kindle for free. This is the next young adult thriller in the Point Horror Festival over the holidays. But hurry! This offer will not be repeated this year.
St. Simons Island should be paradise, but the quiet community is in ruins. At the center of it all is teenager Bianca Winters. Bianca has been living in fear since that dark night two years ago when she and the baby she was looking after had to run from a brutal murderer.
And it’s not over. Someone’s still after Bianca, playing on her fear of the dark, and that little baby is still one of the richest heiresses in America. So when the light fades, Bianca’s running again in this young adult murder thriller novel, part 2 in the Dark series.
Dark 2 was originally published by Scholastic UK in Great Britain. But now the young adult thriller novel is brought to you by Edward Ware Thrillers YA, an imprint of Cheops Books,LLC. Stories out of the past.
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The heroine notices that someone is climbing over her wall at night into the neighbor’s yard where a little old lady lives. The lady comes out with a gun and shoots at him. He flees. And this is a peaceful, suburban neighborhood! These intruders are speaking in a foreign tongue. They came in a fancy car and flee in the same vehicle. They don’t look like ordinary robbers to her. But who else could they be? And they return night after night. She has no one but her boyfriend to help her confront them. Then she finds herself catapulted into world events. These are terrorists. What should she do now? She had better figure it out pretty soon, or she will end up dead. Mysterious Neighbor by Dora Benley is coming from Cheops Books LLC in the New Year.

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