Daniel Teran’s Latest Cover Sketch:

Daniel Teran has completed his latest cover sketch for the latest novel called Vesuvius Plot. In the background we have Turner’s painting on the eruption of the Vesuvius Volcano. In the foreground we have Pliny the Elder based on a sketch and the hero of the novel, Caius Antonius. They are loading bird cages into a coach. The bird cages are ancient Roman and based on Pompeiian wall paintings as well as paintings found in the House of Livia on Palatine Hill. The coach is based on the reconstruction of an actual ancient Roman coach. This one is found in the Cologne Archaeological Museum. The lady dancing underneath the mountain is based on a sketch of an ancient German warrior.
We will post the final color drawing when he finishes it. We OKed this sketch today.

Who was Pliny the Elder?

Pliny the Elder, or Gaius Plinius Secundus, was an ancient Roman scientist, essayist, and thinker, probably the greatest mind of the first century AD. He had an office right next door to what later became the Porta Nigra in Trier.
What was he doing there, hundreds of miles away from his home in Rome? Trier was the oldest Roman city in Germany. He had been appointed Governor of the Province of Germany probably by the Emperor Vespasian and his son, the Emperor Titus. No doubt he studied the birds there as well as the flora and fauna since he was the first to write an encyclopedia called the Natural History, which was influential for centuries.
He was carrying on business as usual here early in the summer of 79 AD before packing his bags and returning home for a summer at the seaside south of Rome at one of his villas near the Vesuvius Volcano which unknown to any mortal that summer was about to erupt.

According to legend that is how Pliny died. He was leading an expedition to save those too near the volcano when the volcano sent a rain of ash down upon him. Italian archaeologist now think they may have discovered his remains in a ship in the Bay of Naples near the volcano. See article on the website.
But the novel offers a different explanation for his mysterious disappearance. He was being pursued by German warriors for writing a derisive work about their peoples and culture called the Germania.
But did he escape or not? Vesuvius Plot may present surprising answers. It is the latest book in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.

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Latest On New Cover For Vesuvius Plot:

Not only will Pliny the Elder be loading birds in cages into his carriage, the hero of the novel, Caius Antonius, will be helping him. There will be a sense that the older man Pliny the Elder and the younger man Caius Antonius are rushing to load the carriage to esacape the exploding volcano across the Bay of Naples. Are they trying to escape just the volcano or are they also trying to escape the eerie, supernatural blond woman with the necklace of swastikas dancing beneath the exploding mountain?

Pliny the Elder, or Gaius Plinius Secundus, was an ancient Roman scientist, essayist, and thinker, probably the greatest mind of the first century AD. He had an office right next door to what later became the Porta Nigra in Trier.

What was he doing there, hundreds of miles away from his home in Rome? Trier was the oldest Roman city in Germany. He had been appointed Governor of the Province of Germany probably by the Emperor Vespasian and his son, the Emperor Titus. No doubt he studied the birds there as well as the flora and fauna since he was the first to write an encyclopedia called the Natural History, which was influential for centuries.

He was carrying on business as usual here early in the summer of 79AD before packing his bags and returning home for a summer at the seaside south of Rome at one of his villas near the Vesuvius Volcano which unknown to any mortal that summer was about to erupt.
According to legend that is how Pliny died. He was leading an expedition to save those too near the volcano when the volcano sent a rain of ash down upon him. Italian archaeologist now think they may have discovered his remains in a ship in the Bay of Naples near the volcano. See article on the website.

But the novel offers a different explanation for his mysterious disappearance. He was being pursued by German warriors for writing a derisive work about their peoples and culture called the Germania.

But did he escape or not? Vesuvius Plot may present surprising answers. It is the latest book in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.

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Cheops Books is about to commission a new cover for Vesuvius Plot about Pliny the Elder and his wild experience with the erupting volcano on August 24, 79 AD. Turner’s version of the Vesuvius volcano will be featured in the background. Just below it will be the image of a blond girl dancing beneath the volcano. In the foreground Pliny the Elder will be loading scrolls into his carriage along with cages of birds.

Pliny the Elder, or Gaius Plinius Secundus, was an ancient Roman scientist, essayist, and thinker, probably the greatest mind of the first century AD. He had an office right next door to what later became the Porta Nigra in Trier.

What was he doing there, hundreds of miles away from his home in Rome? Trier was the oldest Roman city in Germany. He had been appointed Governor of the Province of Germany probably by the Emperor Vespasian and his son, the Emperor Titus. No doubt he studied the birds there as well as the flora and fauna since he was the first to write an encyclopedia called the Natural History, which was influential for centuries.

He was carrying on business as usual here early in the summer of 79AD before packing his bags and returning home for a summer at the seaside south of Rome at one of his villas near the Vesuvius Volcano which unknown to any mortal that summer was about to erupt.
According to legend that is how Pliny died. He was leading an expedition to save those too near the volcano when the volcano sent a rain of ash down upon him. Italian archaeologist now think they may have discovered his remains in a ship in the Bay of Naples near the volcano. See article on the website.

But the novel offers a different explanation for his mysterious disappearance. He was being pursued by German warriors for writing a derisive work about their peoples and culture called the Germania.

But did he escape or not? Vesuvius Plot may present surprising answers. It is the latest book in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.

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Mysterious Neighbor On Special Promotion:

Mysterious Neighbor goes on special promotion today for the next five days. This is the latest young adult thriller by Dora Benley. You will be able to download it for free on Amazon Kindle. But hurry! An offer this good won’t be repeated this year.


Teenager Madeline Anthony-Pratt climbs over the wall to her neighbor’s one night to retrieve her cat. Intruders appear. She hides in the shadows. They whisper in a foreign tongue and hold out a Pepsi can with black crud on it. They light a match.


Why are they trying to blow up her neighbor’s house tonight? The men aren’t telling as the match gets closer to the wick.

In Mysterious Neighbor Madeline and her boyfriend, Drew, are left to deal with matters as best they can, and even Drew can’t help much. He had just enlisted in the military. No adults seem willing to help except the old lady next door, the mysterious neighbor, who is being targeted by the thugs. She has all too much to tell Madeline. And the teenager can count the seconds ticking away on her life after she finds out the dangerous information the old lady has to impart to her.

This is no ordinary plot. It’s bigger than 9/11 and far more devastating. It has been two thousand years in the making.

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Mysterious Neighbor has been published on January 15 on Amazon Kindle. Paperbacks are available directly from the publisher only.

Teenager Madeline Anthony-Pratt climbs over the wall to her neighbor’s one night to retrieve her cat. Intruders appear. She hides in the shadows. They whisper in a foreign tongue and hold out a Pepsi can with black crud on it. They light a match.

Why are they trying to blow up her neighbor’s house tonight? The men aren’t telling as the match gets closer to the wick.

In Mysterious Neighbor Madeline and her boyfriend, Drew, are left to deal with matters as best they can, and even Drew can’t help much. He had just enlisted in the military. No adults seem willing to help except the old lady next door, the mysterious neighbor, who is being targeted by the thugs. She has all too much to tell Madeline. And the teenager can count the seconds ticking away on her life after she finds out the dangerous information the old lady has to impart to her.

This is no ordinary plot. It’s bigger than 9/11 and far more devastating. It has been two thousand years in the making.

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Wednesday Kicks Off Free Promotion on Amazon:

Mysterious Neighbor will be published on Tuesday and will be offered for free in a special promotion starting on Wednesday on Amazon Kindle.

Teenager Madeline Anthony-Pratt climbs over the wall to her neighbor’s house one night to retrieve her cat. Intruders appear. She hides in the shadows. They whisper in a foreign tongue and hold out a Pepsi can with black crud on it. They light a match.

Why are they trying to blow up her neighbor’s house tonight? The men aren’t telling as the match gets closer to the wick.

In Mysterious Neighbor Madeline and her boyfriend, Drew, are left to deal with matters as best they can, and even Drew can’t help much. He had just enlisted in the military. No adults seem willing to help except the old lady next door, the mysterious neighbor, who is being targeted by the thugs. She has all too much to tell Madeline. And the teenager can count the seconds ticking away on her life after she finds out the dangerous information the old lady has to impart to her.

This is no ordinary plot. It’s bigger than 9/11 and far more devastating. It has been two thousand years in the making.

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Daniel Teran has finished the new cover for Carthage Must Be Destroyed. The hero confronts Tanit in her Carthaginian warship. After all, she was a descendant of the Phoenicians, and that was what Rome from 149 to 146BC was up against.

In Carthage Must Be Destroyed Gaius Antonius is inspired by the leading senator and statesman, Marcus Porcius Cato. He turns his talent for drawing into a map making expedition to Carthage where he manages to ferret out a naval vessel as evidence that the Carthaginians are starting to rebuild their fleet in the aftermath of the Second Punic War. They have finished with the reparations that Rome imposed on them, and now have money to spare.

He and his mentor Cato return to the Roman Senate to get them to declare war when the map disappears. Gaius must chase the Carthaginian Princess Tanit across the Mediterranean and meet all sorts of unexpected hardships.

Will he make it in time, or will Princess Tanit and her relatives gain the upper hand against them? Find out in Carthage Must Be Destroyed by Dora Benley.

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Mysterious Neighbor by Dora Benley, a young adult thriller, is to be published on Wednesday. Pre-order it today.

Teenager Madeline Anthony-Pratt climbs over the wall to her neighbor’s house one night to retrieve her cat. Intruders appear. She hides in the shadows. They whisper in a foreign tongue and hold out a Pepsi can with black crud on it. They light a match.

Why are they trying to blow up her neighbor’s house tonight? The men aren’t telling as the match gets closer to the wick.

In Mysterious Neighbor Madeline and her boyfriend, Drew, are left to deal with matters as best they can, and even Drew can’t help much. He had just enlisted in the military. No adults seem willing to help except the old lady next door, the mysterious neighbor, who is being targeted by the thugs. She has all too much to tell Madeline. And the teenager can count the seconds ticking away on her life after she finds out the dangerous information the old lady has to impart to her.

This is no ordinary plot. It’s bigger than 9/11 and far more devastating. It has been two thousand years in the making.

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America Should Learn From The Punic Wars:

It is a lesson that comes down to us from the Punic Wars that there must be one leader who is in charge of the military. You cannot involve the Senate or the legislature. Nor are military decisions reviewable by a court.

What happened during the three Punic Wars? The First Punic War between the ancient Romans during the Republic and the Carthaginians took place from 264 to 241BC. The Second Punic War took place between 218 and 201BC. The Third Punic War took place between 149 and 146BC. By the end Rome was master of the Mediterranean. But it was at a great cost. The whole Roman Republic had to be turned on its end. The system was deficient with two consuls elected to be in charge of the government. Both also wanted to be in charge of the army, and that didn’t work.

During the first two Punic Wars Rome almost got defeated because of such practices. The Carthaginian general Hannibal invaded Italy. He won a decisive victory at Cannae in 216BC. That single battle made later battles in European history look tame. It made the Battle of the Somme in World War 1 look like child’s play. The Roman army was annihilated. They were trapped by Hannibal, surrounded by enemies, with no room for escape. Soldiers In the center of the trapped formation started to commit suicide and even bury themselves before they were slaughtered.

During the lead up to the Third Punic War one senator emerged as a leader, Cato the Elder, who drove his fellow senators on towards war. He ended every speech with the words, “Carthage must be destroyed.” Scipio Aemilianus was the general who finally stood there while Carthage burned and fifty thousand new slaves surrendered and were led out of the burning city in chains.

But the Punic Wars led directly to the end of the Roman Republic with the civil wars of Marius and Sulla and later Pompey and Caesar. It led to Caesar marching on Rome and to the Roman emperors. They needed a strong executive power to lead armies.

America should learn from this crisis in western civilization. If Trump calls a national emergency and sends troops to the border, it is not a matter for the legislature to contradict nor is it reviewable by the courts. The only proper review for such a military decision is the ballot box in 2020. You don’t want to run the risk of having an executive branch that is not strong enough. That could bring the government down as the Romans taught us long ago.

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Three New Books Set In Alaska:

Dora Benley has three new thrillers set in Alaska. There are two new young adult thrillers and the sparkling conclusion to Unlocking Trinity called Ice Palace.

In the Northern Lights Mystery teenager Desiree Longfellow pushes her eggs around on her plate one morning as she waits for the police to show up. She’s being framed for murder and must escape out the back door when she sees the officers coming to arrest her.

In Murder in Homer Dora De Paul is on an Alaska cruise with her parents. She snaps a photo of the pretty blue bay with the snowcapped peaks in the background when suddenly a volcano starts to erupt. A black cloud spreads across the bay, and the passengers must flee ashore. Someone who has it in for her sabotages the cruise ship. Stranded on the shore of Homer, Alaska, what does Dora do?

In Unlocking Trinity the Ware’s little girl has been kidnapped by Hitler and forced to live with him at the Berghof. But when Hitler commits suicide in his Berlin Bunker on April 30, 1945, what happens to the child who has been indoctrinated as a Nazi, who has forgotten that English is her native language?

Her biological father, General Lord Edward Ware, must defy Eisenhower’s order to leave Berlin to the Russians. He must get to her before Stalin’s henchwoman does. It becomes a race to Trinity in the wilds of New Mexico in the birth trauma of the Cold War.

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