Edward Ware’s Intrigue In Venice:

One of Edward Ware’s more memorable intrigues occurs in Venice in 1921. Hitler is on the rise in Germany. Edward and Churchill must stop him. They must track the support that Herr von Wessel provides for the fledgling Nazi leader. Part of that effort is tracking his correspondence and his letters to Hitler. Edward is going after letters that reveal Hitler’s future plans in Germany.

Here is a quote from the Venetian section of Armistice Plot to let you absorb the atmosphere:

In the distance Edward thought he could make out the Bridge of Sighs across the Grand Canal. He knew that the Palazzo Mocenigo should be positioned close to that. Just as he was nearing a hotel right next to the main canal area, two blond men speaking German emerged from the lobby through double glass doors.

Edward made a dash to duck into the darkest street he could find. Then it all ended. A huge expanse of pavement filled with thousands of pigeons unexpectedly opened up in front of him. He felt exposed and naked with nowhere to hide.

The sun came out from behind the clouds and illuminated the broad expanse of St. Mark’s Square spreading out before him in all its Byzantine splendor. A cathedral seemingly made of solid gold glittered in the sun like another lure to distract his attention.

“Ja, Ja! Da ist er! He’s right there!” came a German voice not far behind him.

Silver flashed.

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Edward Goes To Venice:

In Armistice Plot long after the Great War was over, Edward was sent by Churchill to Venice. Why? Venice was headquarters for the von Wessels, Hitler’s chief spies. Herr von Wessel, Hitler’s financier, operated his trading empire from there. Edward was to find certain letters sent from Hitler to Herr von Wessel informing him what he was planning to do next to rise to power in Germany during the early 1920’s.

Edward runs into all sorts of adventures and misadventures along the way. He even takes a ride on the Orient Express. But in the end he makes it back to Winston.

The novel Armistice Plot begins at an archaeological site at Carchemish in 1914 as Edward Ware’s father and Leonard Woolley close down their dig in the face of war. As Edward peers into the tent at midnight he sees a dark-robed intruder brushing past the figurine of an ancient Hittite king that he and T.E.Lawrence excavated at Carchemish this summer in 1914.

Is this a spy sent by the Germans to steal the maps Lawrence is sketching for the British military? Edward first encounters the vamp who will haunt the rest of his life prowling among the finds, looking for the military maps that his fellow archaeologist T. E.Lawrence is drawing for the British government.

All during the ensuing Great War Edward must fight to keep the maps secret. Finally during the Battle of Damascus Edward and Lawrence defeat the Turks and make them sue for peace. They will sign the Armistice ending the war. But the vamp, though imprisoned in Damascus, escapes. Edward must chase her down.

There are hints that she is fleeing to join with the Austrian corporal, Adolf Hitler, who is beginning a new movement in Munich. Signs of a new war appear on the horizon though the first has just come to an end with an Armistice that isn’t worth the paper it is written on.

This is an historical thriller about Edward’s contest to the death first with the German Kaiser and then with Hitler himself. It will determine the woman he will marry and the woman he will not. It will drive him to the brink of madness in a century gone insane.

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Thrillers Set In Exotic Locales:

Edward Ware Thrillers at War novels are frequently set in exotic locales where the setting plays a big role in the plot of the novel. This applies to both historical settings and contemporary settings. For example we have Old Faithful Plot by Dora Benley set in Yellowstone National Park, home of one of earth’s super volcanoes. We also have Armistice Plot which was set all over the globe as hero Edward Ware globe trots. But important to the title is the setting in Damascus at the end of the Great War, or First World War. This is all very typical of Edward Ware Thrillers.

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.

The novel Armistice Plot begins at an archaeological site at Carchemish in 1914 as Edward Ware’s father and Leonard Woolley close down their dig in the face of war. As Edward peers into the tent at midnight he sees a dark-robed intruder brushing past the figurine of an ancient Hittite king that he and T.E.Lawrence excavated at Carchemish this summer in 1914.

Is this a spy sent by the Germans to steal the maps Lawrence is sketching for the British military? Edward first encounters the vamp who will haunt the rest of his life prowling among the finds, looking for the military maps that his fellow archaeologist T. E.Lawrence is drawing for the British government.

All during the ensuing Great War Edward must fight to keep the maps secret. Finally during the Battle of Damascus Edward and Lawrence defeat the Turks and make them sue for peace. They will sign the Armistice ending the war. But the vamp, though imprisoned in Damascus, escapes. Edward must chase her down.

There are hints that she is fleeing to join with the Austrian corporal, Adolf Hitler, who is beginning a new movement in Munich. Signs of a new war appear on the horizon though the first has just come to an end with an Armistice that isn’t worth the paper it is written on.
This is an historical thriller about Edward’s contest to the death first with the German Kaiser and then with Hitler himself. It will determine the woman he will marry and the woman he will not. It will drive him to the brink of madness in a century gone insane.

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Novels From The Point Of View Of Edward:

Many of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Novels are from the point of view of Dora. If you read Paris Peace Plot, Salisbury Affair, or Captive at the Berghof you will see what I mean. But others are from the point of view of Edward Ware himself such as Hitler’s Chief Spy, Armistice Plot, and Unlocking Trinity.

In Hitler’s Chief Spy the villainess, Helga von Wessel, Hitler’s chief spy, struts boldly from page to page of this thriller with Europe at her back and all sorts of ambitious notions in her head during the lead up to WW2. As far as she is concerned it isn’t Hitler’s Reich. It is Helga’s Reich. She will wrap the hero, Colonel Sir Edward Ware, Churchill’s spy, around her little finger to prove it. Nor does it matter what Edward’s American wife, Dora, says. Hitler’s Chief Spy is the fifth volume of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.

The novel Armistice Plot begins at an archaeological site at Carchemish in 1914 as Edward Ware’s father and Leonard Woolley close down their dig in the face of war. As Edward peers into the tent at midnight he sees a dark-robed intruder brushing past the figurine of an ancient Hittite king that he and T.E.Lawrence excavated at Carchemish this summer in 1914.

Is this a spy sent by the Germans to steal the maps Lawrence is sketching for the British military? Edward first encounters the vamp who will haunt the rest of his life prowling among the finds, looking for the military maps that his fellow archaeologist T. E.Lawrence is drawing for the British government.

All during the ensuing Great War Edward must fight to keep the maps secret.
Finally during the Battle of Damascus Edward and Lawrence defeat the Turks and make them sue for peace. They will sign the Armistice ending the war. But the vamp, though imprisoned in Damascus, escapes. Edward must chase her down.

There are hints that she is fleeing to join with the Austrian corporal, Adolf Hitler, who is beginning a new movement in Munich. Signs of a new war appear on the horizon though the first has just come to an end with an Armistice that isn’t worth the paper it is written on.

This is an historical thriller about Edward’s contest to the death first with the German Kaiser and then with Hitler himself. It will determine the woman he will marry and the woman he will not. It will drive him to the brink of madness in a century gone insane.

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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Helga von Wessel Thrillers:

Helga von Wessel is the chief villainess of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. She appears in all the novels of the series. But she stars in three novels in particular where she appears on the covers of the books: Hitler’s Chief Spy, Unlocking Trinity, and Helga’s Reich.

In the recently published Hitler’s Chief Spy, the villainess, Helga von Wessel, Hitler’s chief spy, struts boldly from page to page of this thriller with Europe at her back and all sorts of ambitious notions in her head during the lead up to WW2. As far as she is concerned it isn’t Hitler’s Reich. It is Helga’s Reich. She will wrap the hero, Colonel Sir Edward Ware, Churchill’s spy, around her little finger to prove it. Nor does it matter what Edward’s American wife, Dora, says. Hitler’s Chief Spy is the fifth volume of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.

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.

In Helga’s Reich Helga von Wessel, Hitler’s chiefest spy, has killed Edward’s mother in a bombing raid in 1940. She has almost murdered his wife and destroyed his marriage. She has helped Hitler kidnap his only daughter, Thomasina.

Now she stands in the way of Edward and Britain winning the war. Does Edward have what it takes to kill her off before this vamp who is the mother of his illegitimate son, Leopold, ruins his career and takes the Lawrence maps which he is sworn to protect?

The battle between Edward and Helga plays itself out against the backdrop of World War 2.

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Three Years Ago Today: Lincoln Highway

Three years ago today Cheops Books LLC was embarked on a grand adventure: a trip to the Old World. It was a 110 day trip with postings every day. We began the day in New Stanton. We drove the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Breezewood. We encountered an exhibition on the history of the Turnpike at the rest stop at Midway.

This was all very relevant to the Edward Ware Thrillers Series. Dora, a native of Pittsburgh, drove this way many times in the days when she was following the Lincoln Highway through the mountains of Pennsylvania. The Lincoln Highway is featured in the upcoming alternative history thriller, Old Faithful Plot.

The Lincoln Highway was centered in Pennsylvania. But it followed a route all the way to California. Dora and Edward followed it to the junction where they exited to Yellowstone National Park. You can read what happens next in Old Faithful Plot on June 16.

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Three Romances By Dora Benley:

Three romances by Dora Benley are available from Cheops Books LLC: Julia: A Romance, Silver Wolf Moon, and Jason and Medea: A Novel.

In Julia: A Romance Julia has every reason to wish that she had not been born the daughter of a Roman senator during the Roman Civil Wars of Marius and Sulla. Her father, Rufus, is trying to escape the proscriptions lists and save his life by betrothing his only daughter in marriage to Marcus Sisenna.

Marcus Sisenna is the right hand man of Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, one of the leading men of Rome of the day. Rufus needs his armies and the protection both Sulla and Sisenna can provide.
But Julia does not want to marry a man who has already had five wives and who is just marrying her for her father’s money and estates. She does not want to be added to his collection of trophies. Julia wants personal happiness despite the time period into which she has been born.

Her father thinks only of keeping his wealth and estates together. Her divorced mother is interested only in her own lovers. To whom shall Julia turn for assistance? The answer may surprise you. For it is obviously just the opposite of what the desperate Julia might expect.

In Silver Wolf Moon Darcy Devon can’t take it anymore. Her millionaire parents won’t stop bugging her to date Randolph King, the son of an English client of theirs. She runs away to live in her grandparents’ house in the wilds of Montana.

But no sooner does she unpack her suitcase than she notices that somebody who looks like an uncouth madman is following her. Nobody knows who he is. When she goes swimming, somebody is watching her. When she goes to bed, somebody is outside looking in.

Wolves howl at midnight. She looks up at the sky and sees a black moon and shivers. What does this strange dude want with her? Is he escaped from an asylum, or is it something else?

In Jason And Medea: A Novel Princess Medea lives in the dream-like Kingdom of Colchis along the Black Sea. It is the richest land in the world presided over by a gift from the gods, the Golden Fleece. Gold is as plentiful in this land as the sands on the beach.

She and her sister go to do the palace laundry one day and discover a strange ship from a foreign land coming ashore along the Phasis River. Her father holds a banquet, and Medea meets a golden-haired prince from far away. Jason claims he has come here to win the Golden Fleece to take home to Greece with him. He is willing to fight for the Colchians or to buy the Fleece outright.

Medea’s father, King Aeetes, at once summons his guards and warriors and throws the foreigner and his sailors in jail. Medea knows she must save this foreign prince or no one else will. But in order to save him she must betray her father and her people. It is a hard choice for one so young to make. But for Medea there is no turning back.

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Armistice Plot Bookmarks:

Armistice Plot bookmarks will be given away at the ALA Convention in New Orleans in late June. Go to the IBPA booth where a copy of Armistice Plot, the paperback, will be displayed. Pick up a free book mark.

The novel Armistice Plot begins at an archaeological site at Carchemish in 1914 as Edward Ware’s father and Leonard Woolley close down their dig in the face of war. As Edward peers into the tent at midnight he sees a dark-robed intruder brushing past the figurine of an ancient Hittite king that he and T.E.Lawrence excavated at Carchemish this summer in 1914.

Is this a spy sent by the Germans to steal the maps Lawrence is sketching for the British military? Edward first encounters the vamp who will haunt the rest of his life prowling among the finds, looking for the military maps that his fellow archaeologist T. E.Lawrence is drawing for the British government. All during the ensuing Great War Edward must fight to keep the maps secret.

Finally during the Battle of Damascus Edward and Lawrence defeat the Turks and make them sue for peace. They will sign the Armistice ending the war. But the vamp, though imprisoned in Damascus, escapes. Edward must chase her down.

There are hints that she is fleeing to join with the Austrian corporal, Adolf Hitler, who is beginning a new movement in Munich. Signs of a new war appear on the horizon though the first has just come to an end with an Armistice that isn’t worth the paper it is written on.

This is an historical thriller about Edward’s contest to the death first with the German Kaiser and then with Hitler himself. It will determine the woman he will marry and the woman he will not. It will drive him to the brink of madness in a century gone insane.

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New Illustration For Old Faithful Plot:

Dora and Edward are focused on a strange creature indeed crawling out from underneath Edward’s 1930’s automobile —- the Gila Monster. A native of the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona, this prehistoric survivor, this living fossil, from the age of dinosaurs, is a little out of place in the Petrified Forest National Park of Northern Arizona along Route 66.

This is where they have parked their car on a tip. Churchill’s operative is supposed to meet them there to pick up the Lawrence maps, key to world domination.

But as we learn in the alternative history thriller this poisonous reptile was captured and transported upstate by Hitler’s spy, Helga von Wessel and her German husband who is also Hitler’s financier, Herr von Wessel. They are trying to defeat Dora and Edward and make them surrender the maps to Hitler.

This illustration will appear on the back cover of the paperback book for Old Faithful Plot.

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Carthage Must Be Destroyed

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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