Mysterious Old Faithful Inn: Dora and Edward dine at the iconic Old Faithful Inn when hiding out at Yellowstone National Park in 1934. The huge log structure, the biggest in the United States, is dark inside despite all its windows. The dining room resembles the Great Hall of a European castle or palace it is so large, and vast, and it has such a high ceiling. Given to weird decorations in the lobby that look like forked weapons, it easily looks ominous and might be well placed in a fantastical horror story, perhaps with supernatural creatures. Given this sort of atmosphere it is the perfect setting for spies and intrigue. Dora and Edward are trying to hide military maps that hold the key to world domination. Adolf Hitler, the Chancellor and Fuhrer of Germany, has sent key snoops to spook him out and uncover his dark secrets. After weeks of a chase across the country on the Lincoln Highway, the adversaries meet face to face in the dining room of the Old Faithful Inn next to the geyser basin itself.
In a setting like this anything could happen. Hitler has ideas not only to blow up the United States using the supervolcano slumbering only yards away from the Old Faithful dining room, but to potentially change history itself. He wants to go back in time to ancient Rome to meet the one man who could change the course of German history so that Hitler and his fellows would win instead of lose the Great War. With that in mind, Hitler wants to eliminate all competition as he rolls up Europe and perhaps the rest of the world with moves made here in the Old Faithful Inn dining room.

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Cheops Books: Thrillers About Volcanoes: Cheops Books LLC has published a young adult thriller novel about volcanoes, Death by Volcano. It is about the Mount St. Helens eruption in Washington state. It is presented from the point of view of a teenage girl who happens to move to the area with her parents and encounters goblins from the past in the shadow of the volcano. The whole area is haunted, and she finds herself getting more than chills and thrills. She almost gets killed, and not by a mere volcano.

This year Cheops Books LLC plans on publishing its second novel about volcanoes, the Old Faithful Plot. Hitler pursues Dora and Edward across the country. He sends his two chief spies, Frau and Herr von Wessel. They are to find the Lawrence maps at any cost and make Dora and Edward give them up — or they threaten to blow up Yellowstone National Park where Dora and Edward are hiding out. Hitler has learned that Yellowstone sits on a supervolcano that could go off at any moment. He figures he knows how to do it, and that would put the US at risk and out of his way.
Volcanoes are a little understood and very threatening natural phenomenon. Dormant volcanoes could start erupting again. Earthquakes could set things in motion. Evil scientific geniuses could exploit volcanoes that already exist. But they do form an exciting background for a thriller.

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As we feature Yellowstone settings in various young adult and Edward Ware Thrillers at War novels, we will also feature the Lincoln Highway. What was that? Before the age of the interstates, before 1-90, 1-40, and 1-10, you crossed the country on the Lincoln Highway instead. It extended all the way from New York City to San Francisco, Time Square to the Golden Gate — 3000 miles of America. It opened its first lengths right about the time of the First World War in 1913-1914. Its heyday was in the 1930’s and 1940’s. It began its inevitable long, slow decline starting with the Eisenhower interstate program in the 50’s.

Cheops Books LLC would like to recommend two books on the Lincoln Highway, first Greetings From The Lincoln Highway: A Road Trip Celebration of America’s First Coast-to-Coast Highway and The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate. These two paperbacks were used by our authors during the writing of the Old Faithful Plot, the thriller about Hitler trying to blow up America through the supervolcano buried beneath the ground near Old Faithful geyser. Many of the motels, diners, colorful billboards, giant signs, and restaurants mentioned in the guide are included in the suspense novel. Edward and Dora stop at the same campgrounds with showers and electric lights. They see the same colorful signs. Perhaps they even meet some of the other travelers who kept journals about their travels on the Lincoln Highway and who are quoted in these guides. They certainly paid the same amount for gas when they filled up their tank. They took the advice of carrying a spare gas can and a water canteen as they traveled ever farther west.
After all, Dora and Edward had to get across the country in record time, at least what was considered record time in the 1930’s. Spies sent by Hitler are chasing them all the way to the Old Faithful geyser, threatening them with their lives. Inbetween you cannot help but experience all sorts of Americana.

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Novels About Yellowstone: Cheops Books LLC has published eight young adult thriller, murder mystery, and supernatural novels about Yellowstone: 1) Ancestress 2) No Return 3) Storm 4) Island 5) Black Lake 6) Piano Player 7) Moon and 8) Bather. It is about to publish its first adult thriller with a Yellowstone setting later this autumn, Old Faithful Plot, a thriller in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War series.
The Yellowstone/Grand Teton area is particularly exciting as a setting for mystery/thriller novels. Yellowstone features an unprecedented number of thermal attractions and geysers which have a spooky quality to them, perfect for ghosts, goblins, and spooks. It is also a very dangerous setting with grizzly bears roaming about in the wild and sometimes in the front country, too, perhaps placed there by not so legitimate human activity. In addition Yellowstone is the home of America’s only supervolcano which has the power, if it awakens again, to destroy large parts of the United States. If something goes wrong in this locale, it can have big consequences.
This week the young adult novel Ancestress is being featured in a special super promotion for only $.99 as part of a Kindle Countdown Special. This young adult thriller with supernatural overtones from mysterious nineteenth century portraits hanging in the hallway of the house where the heroine now lives in Montana, has been previously published by Cora Verlag, now Harper Collins Germany, in German. It is guaranteed to give you super thrills and chills as you begin to see grizzly bears here, there, and everywhere and wonder what they were doing there.

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Kindle Countdown Deal: Ancestress:

Ancestress seems like a weird title for a novel about Yellowstone, but as one reader says novels by Dora Benley and Linda Cargill often emphasize encounters between the old and new worlds. The teenage heroine of this YA thriller novel may be moving from Virginia to Montana because her parents are going to work in Yellowstone, but as soon as she arrives at the new house she finds disturbing portraits on the wall from the nineteenth century. One lady in particular will give her no peace. Her eyes follow Irene no matter where she goes. Worse she starts getting letters in the mail threatening her with death if she stays here in the wilds of Montana. Who is after her and why? Does the old portrait hold a clue? She had better figure out the mystery, or she might end up dead.
Ancestress was originally published in German by Cora Verlag, Harper Collins Germany. It is now brought to you by Edward Ware Thrillers YA, an imprint of Cheops Books, LLC. If you liked Ancestress, you will enjoy other young adult thrillers by Linda Cargill such as Pool, Cave, Shade, Moon, and Snow.
Starting on Wednesday, January 4 and continuing to Wednesday, January 11, Ancestress will be available for only $.99 on a Kindle Countdown Special Deal.
The young adult Yellowstone novels, including Ancestress, will be featured this year. Cheops Books LLC intends to publish Dora Benley’s new alternative history thriller novel Old Faithful Plot in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. Hitler threatens to blow up Yellowstone if Colonel Sir Edward Ware and Dora, Lady Ware, don’t hand over those Lawrence maps, key to world domination. He claims that will finish America for good. Yellowstone conceals beneath its boiling surface the only super volcano in North America and one of the few in the world.

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John Kerry Never Heard of Titus: John Kerry, in an attempt to rankle the incoming President Elect Donald Trump, issued one of the most uneducated, unconsidered statements that I have ever heard a politician make in this country when he said that Israel can’t be both Jewish and Democratic at the same time. It shows that he has never heard of the Emperor Titus.
I would agree that the Jews probably couldn’t practice their religion and act democratic in the western sense if they had never run into the son of Vespasian, one of the three Flavian Emperors of the first century B.C. But in 70 B.C. Titus, then yet to become Emperor, went into the Jewish city and sacked the Temple in the Siege of Jerusalem. This led to the Diaspora, sending the Jews out into the Empire either as slaves or to fend for themselves. After centuries of this experience the Jews became more westernized and Europeanized than their Arab counterparts. That is why in the twentieth century they were able to recreated the state of Israel after almost 2000 years. They can now practice their religion and act democratic in the western sense because of their centuries long experience. The Arabs never experienced such a Diaspora. They are the ones who cannot deal with the westernization experience and all the modern thoughts and idea such as democracy. They are the terrorists. The Jews are not. John Kerry should realize this.
Titus is a character in the upcoming Cheops Books LLC historical thriller about Roman times called the Vesuvius Plot.

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William Shakespeare is not only the most famous English writer of all times, he is frequently considered to be the greatest writer who ever existed in the whole world. But did he really exist? Was his name really William Shakespeare? Or was Shakespeare merely a pen name to conceal his real identity? There was a William Shakespeare who was a businessman at the time, who bought New Place at Stratford upon Avon. But was he a patron of the artists or a writer? Did the real writer just borrow his name? And why did he want to conceal himself? In the past people have suggested that he might have been close to the royal court and thus wanted not to be known for political reasons. But whoever he was the mystery he leaves behind is intriguing and has become the subject of the upcoming Edward Ware Thrillers novel, Murder at Hamlet’s Castle.

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Reaction to University of Pennsylvania Removal of Shakespeare Portrait: Supposedly the students at the University of Pennsylvania removed Shakespeare’s portrait from the hallway of the Fisher-Bennett Hall in the name of diversity and replaced it with a photo of a black gay poet, Audre Lorde. If I were running the department, I would remove the students first. They don’t seem to be worthy to graduate from a one-time prestigious institution.

What is wrong with what they did? First of all, Shakespeare is a well-established writer to say the least. “Modern and diverse” is not important. What is important is what has survived the test of the ages, or rather history. If you want to celebrate a black poet, put up a portrait or a bust of Pushkin, the very famous Russian writer. If you want a Lesbian poet, take the most famous of all —- Sappho from ancient Greece. They have survived the test of time. Audre Lorde has not.
This emphasis nowadays on what is contemporary is anti-intellectual and anti-scholarly, and that is what universities are supposed to be about.

Cheops Books LLC will publish an upcoming novel about Shakespeare, Murder in Hamlet’s Castle.

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Why Did the Yarrowdale Men Not Mutiny?`The prize crew of Germans was only eighteen men. The prize crew was selected from among the crew of the Moewe and their commander from the German navy was Lieutenant Badewitz. There were over 460 captured seamen from various British steamers and Noreweigian ships. You had a mix of French, American, British, and Norweigian and other nationalities aboard the Yarrowdale being taken back to Germany.
So how did 18 men control 460 seamen? They placed explosive charges in the engine room, on the bridge, and other places on the ship. They warned the seamen that they would blow up the ship if they mutinied. The ploy worked.

Lieutenant Badewitz was a Captain Bligh like character. Everyone aboard the ship feared him. He was lionized in Germany for bringing the ship full of prisoners back to port. The picture the author, Gary Cargill, displays here is a postcard that was sent around for publicity purposes. It helped to raise morale.

In another Cheops Books LLC publication, Key to Lawrence Special Edition, Dora had to deal with a similar situation aboard the Lusitania. The Arab saboteur threatened to blow up the ship if she did not hand over the Lawrence maps.

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Lieutenant Badewitz

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One hundred years ago on December 13 1916 Gary’s great-uncle Francis Sulley along with about 460 other officers and seamen captured or detained off the merchant vessels that had been sunk by the German raider, were all transferred from the hold of the German raider to the hold and cabins of the SS Yarrowdale. They were to number among the many prisoners captured during World War 1. The Yarrowdale was another captured British merchant vessel, taken by the Moewe, the German raider. The reason they did not sink the Yarrowdale and instead put a German prize crew aboard led by a Lieutenant Badewitz was because the Yarrowdale was carrying too valuable a cargo to have it sunk. They had over 100 Ford trucks aboard and they had ingots of steel. The idea was that the prize crew was going to take the ship back to Germany while the Moewe continued to raid. So the Yarrowdale took the prisoners back to Germany by the end of December after having successfully run the British blockade and avoided other hazards in the middle of the winter in the North Atlantic.
We are including a German propaganda film from the time period. It shows both the capture and sinking of the Georgic and also the transfer of the seamen to the Yarrowdale. Is Gary’s great uncle visible among the prisoners? Maybe. Gary doesn’t even have a picture of his great uncle. The is the result of the vagaries of history. All he can do is assume he looks like his grandfather. He was his brother.

Dora Benley could have been lost, too, when she was taken prisoner on May 7, 1915. But she was lucky enough to row ashore to Queenstown, Ireland and get rescued by Edward Ware.

You can watch archival footage of the Yarrowdale from the U.S. National Archive.

 

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