In Pursuit of Pliny the Elder: The Port Of Ostia
The modern port city of Citavecchia is far different from the ancient Roman port of Ostia, which is much closer to the city of Rome. On his trips around the Roman World by sea Pliny the Elder would have come to Ostia often. Ostia is an often neglected site among tourists but apparently you can get as good an idea about life in ancient Rome at Ostia as you can in either Rome or the more famous ancient city of Pompeii. Why? No one else goes there! And crowds are prohibitive. It might be easier to imagine the author of the Natural History sailing off here than in more southern ports. He probably left from here to sail off to his governorship in Trier, the administrative center for the province of Germania, or Germany. So you can look for a special scene where Pliny the Elder and his entourage disembark in Ostia to keep their dinner date with the Emperor Tiberius before heading off to his villa along the coast near Herculaneum and Pompeii, which gives it name to the Cheops Books, LLC historical thriller, the Vesuvius Plot.
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Join the Party Win A $25.00 Gift Certificate From amazon.com:
Join the party on the Facebook Page for Cheops Books at http://www.facebook.com/cheopsbookspublisher on May 1 at 2PM Pacific Time. Enter the contest. Tell us about your own experiences on any form of public transportation that suddenly and unexpectedly turned dangerous just as Dora’s jaunt on the Morro Castle proved deadly when it burned in September of 1934 and inspired the opening scene of the novel, Salisbury Plot. Have you been on an ocean liner when there was a fire? When it went aground? When you encountered rough seas? Have you been on a jet when it had to land in an emergency? How about an Amtrak train that jumped the track and forced you onto a bus to complete your journey? Make the entry one or two paragraphs long and post it on the Facebook Events Page for the Salisbury Plot either on May 1 during the party or before. We will pick the winner and issue the gift certificate no later than May 2. Don’t forget to include your email.
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Facebook Event: Salisbury Plot Debate:
Join the lively debate between Winston Churchill and a reporter about his duties as First Lord of the Admiralty in WW1 and how he could defend having the Lusitania sink under his stewardship. At the same time is he responsible for the sinking of the Morro Castle as well in the novel Salisbury Plot? This is a debate to introduce the new thriller novel being published on May 1. Join in and win prizes. This debate will take place on May 1 from 2 to 9PM Pacific Time and will be hosted by Linda and Gary Cargill from Cheops Books LLC. This Facebook Event will be brought to you live from Las Vegas, Nevada. More details will be announced in the coming weeks so be sure to check back on a regular basis. The event is public so anyone can participate.
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Dora and Edward Take Epic Journey Around The World:
In the early 1920’s shortly after Edward surfaced from hiding from German operatives for two years Dora Benley, now Mrs. Byrne, and Edward Ware are forced to make an unexpected trip around the world — all in the line of duty, of course.
Edward is trysting with Dora at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City where they have decided to meet whenever Edward can get leave from his duties at Mid-East Headquarters in Cairo. They run into a team of German operatives sent by the newly rising star of the German National Socialist Party, Adolf Hitler. Hitler has heard that they carry valuable information and that the former Kaiser was tracking them. Now he is interested, too, in the Lawrence maps, key to world domination.
To escape Dora and Edward take off across the Atlantic on an ocean liner. But when arriving in Britain they can hide only so long at the estate of Winston Churchill, Edward’s confederate in the map plot. They head across the Chanel into France and then west through Germany itself chased by Hitler’s agents. They don’t stop as they head through Easter Europe and Iran and Afghanistan, avoiding Russia which at that point was embroiled in revolution and civil war. They even flee across the Pacific in this epic journey to save the military maps that Edward is sworn to protect.
Cheops Books will publish their trip notes about this journey around the world along with photographs including the journal that Dora kept along the way. This Edward Ware Thrillers at War novel as yet has no title. In fact we will hold a contest where you can suggest one. But we just wanted to give you, the reader, notice that you soon will be able to find it on Amazon Kindle.
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Cruising Along Route 66 With Cheops Books:
Old Faithful Plot has recently expanded to include Route 66. The Lincoln Highway began in 1913. Route 66 came later. But by 1933, the year of Edward’s and Dora’s epic journey west to escape Hitler’s agents, both existed and were the primary means that Easterners used to drive west, either northwest or southwest.
Fleeing Hitler’s agents and Dora’s husband’s photographers, Edward and Dora begin their journey in a hurry in Manhattan at the Waldorf Astoria. Edward had just come off an ocean liner from England. Now under special orders from Winston Churchill, the back bencher for whom he works, he races west. He is trying to meet a rendezvous set up by Churchill to hand over the Lawrence maps that he has been hiding up his sleeve. He must hand them over before Hitler’s agents get hold of them. After all, they are the key to world domination.
When Churchill’s agent veers off course, Edward gets the word to proceed to Route 66. They are treated to the isolated high plains of Texas and the weird rock formations of northern New Mexico around Albuquerque and the Painted Desert in northern Arizona. They also stop at numerous auto courts and diners along the way that add to the local color of that famous road.
Old Faithful Plot, the next in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, will soon be published by Cheops Books LLC.
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Old motel sign along historic route 66.
Will You See Cheops Books In Tarragona This Summer?
See you in Tarragona is hardly what you hear most people saying about their plans for this summer especially if you hail from the USA. But if you happen to be hanging around Barcelona come summer and you are bored with the beach and looking for thrills and chills you might just see a van driving past with staff from Cheops Books headed toward the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tarragona and its fantastic Roman ruins. Here you don’t just have a building or two, you have a whole ruined city to behold. You can stand in the well-preserved amphitheater and gaze out to sea at the same time just as Romans did thousands of years ago from about 218BC onward through the Middle Ages.
A teenager back in the USA could be looking through the attic in her house and come upon a vase or piece of jewellery from this era and this town of Tarragona, Spain. She could start hearing voices and start seeing ghosts who talk about some cataclysmic event that occurred here a long time ago that haunts them and the heroine still. And this could become a young adult thriller for Edward Ware Thrillers YA.
Pliny the Elder could visit Tarragona on his madcap escape from the Germanic tribes who have his number because of his book, the Germania, criticizing their peoples and their cultural traditions. He could hide among the Spanish peoples forever. It could become a legend and legend only that he disappeared in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD in Vesuvius Plot, coming soon from Cheops Books, LLC, another book in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.
So don’t forget to enter the On The Road Again Contest sponsored by Cheops Books before May 1. Win the Amazon gift certificate and see you on the road.
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On The Road Again: Pompeii
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Come summer will you see Cheops Books LLC at the most famous archaeological excavation at Pompeii on the Amalfi Coast in Italy? Will you be there yourself?
Adolf Hitler came up with the idea that he wanted to change the timeline of history. He imagined that he found a time tunnel that led from volcano to volcano from the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park in the United Sates all the way to Vesuvius looming over the Bay of Naples right next to Pompeii. He wanted to send his most trusted henchmen, Herr and Helga von Wessel, back in time to 79AD. They were to rouse up an ancient lynch mob from Germany who had followed the former Roman governor all the way to southern Italy where he kept a villa. The former governor had written a nasty track about Germans villifying them. Thus began a 2000 year old tradition of blaming Germans for everything which Hitler wanted to nip in the bud. That way history would be changed, Germans would become more powerful sooner, and the Germans would win World War 1.
Who was this governor? His name was Pliny the Elder, the author of the Natural History, the first encyclopedia, who also wrote the Germania. According to legend, he was supposedly killed when the volcano erupted, but Hitler was not taking any chances. And Hitler wanted to get hold of the manuscript of the Germania which Hitler did not want to survive the man’s assassination.
All this action takes place in Pompeii during the eruption of Vesuvius. So it would be a great place to join Pliny the Elder and all sorts of villains for the high point of the action in Vesuvius Plot, the next installment of Edward Ware Thrilers at War soon to be published by Cheops Books, LLC.
On the Road Again at the Alcazar
Will you find Cheops Books LLC at the old Moorish Fortress in Cadiz, Spain called the Alcazar come summer? Will you be there? The place has plenty of history to serve as a backdrop to many a tale of adventure and mystery woven around its charming, pink blooming and fragrant bougainvillea plants that are fabled to grow around the fortress and cast charms.
The magical locale might serve as the backdrop for an Edward Ware Thrillers YA tale. Again an American millionaire will buy up the place and transport it to the New World probably in the desert southwest, maybe Arizona. The teenagers will find a genii in a bottle who will cause all sorts of trouble. The tale could feature Arab mythology from the distant past.
Dora and Edward Ware might well come here trying to find a place to hide the much sought after Lawrence maps. in another Edward Ware Thrillers at War novel. Hitler will no doubt be sending his special agents to trip them up and discover where they are hidden. The priceless almost magical maps are reputed to be the key to world domination. Hitler would not care if he had to lay siege to the fortress of the Alcazar to retrieve them which he might have to do in such a tale.
Will Cheops Books LLC show up in southern Spain near the straits of Gibraltar, far from its base in the US? If it was good enough for the Barber of Seville, it is good enough for them. Find out. Enter the contest which started on February 1 and will end on May 1. Win a $25.00 gift certificate from Amazon to stock up on books for wherever you will find yourself.
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Murder at Stone Tree House:
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Dora and Edward must make their way down Route 66. They get the message in Chicago when they are fleeing from a movie theater with King Kong chasing them. Route 66 begins in Chicago as a gateway to the west. They set off right away to meet Churchill’s messenger so they can hand over the Lawrence maps which are like hot potatoes. They can’t get rid of them fast enough before someone tries to murder them. As the German agents sent by Hitler know — they are the key to world domination in the 1930’s.
Dora and Edward drive through Illinois and Missouri, Oklahoma, too. They can’t get to New Mexico fast enough and finally zoom across the border to Arizona. They are to meet Churchill’s agent at the Stone Tree House in the northern part of Petrified Forest National Monument just outside Holbrook, Arizona. Surrounded by the Painted Desert the building made of petrified stone millions of years old sits waiting for Dora and Edward with its doors open. But no one is there. No one answers when they call out. Suddenly a man falls out of his seat onto the floor dead. The German agents got him! What shall they do next?
Find out what happened at Stone Tree House. Read Old Faithful Plot, the next in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. It will soon be published by Cheops Books LLC later this year.
On The Road Again: The Tower of Hercules
Will you find Cheops Books LLC at the base of the Tower of Hercules in La Coruña, Spain this summer staring up at this Worl Heritage UNESCO site? It is the oldest working lighthouse in the world built in Roman times in the first century AD at the town the Romans considered to be at the end of the world. This was La Coruna Harbor in northwest Spain, the Roman Hispania. Many legends from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century attach to the tower that the Romans originally called the Farum Brigantium constructed on a 57 meter high rock.
The lighthouse would blend in perfectly with several novel series and plot ideas already being published by Cheops Books LLC. It could become part of the Edward Ware Thrillers YA novels series of young adult mysteries and thrillers. An eccentric but diabolical millionaire could move the lighthouse to the rugged coast of Maine and leave teenagers to wonder what is going on when they sight a skiff at sea that crashes against the lighthouse in the early dawn hours. They could try to figure out what curse is attached to the building for the past two thousand years.
The lighthouse would also be the perfect place for Pliny the Elder to visit. It was first built at about his time period. He could have something to do with its construction as he traveled about the Roman world studying birds, flora, and fauna for his encyclopedia series, The Natural History. Why would he make the trip by carriage and horseback far from Rome? Perhaps he wants to hide something there for future generations that he does not want to be found by the barbarians that are always trying to follow him about. Later in his own peregrinations Colonel Sir Edward Ware could find it.
And lastly Colonel Sir Edward Ware and Dora, Lady Ware, in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, could visit the lighthouse. It would be an ideal place to hide the Lawrence maps, key to world domination. Hitler would never guess that they were in a Roman lighthouse. Perhaps even Hitler’s spies, Helga von Wessel and Herr von Wessel, would not guess.
The Tower of Hercules is full of mystery and pregnant with possibilities. That is the kind of place that Cheops Books LLC likes to discover.
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