1. Dora Benley, Lady Ware:
Meet Dora Benley, the heroine of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. She sailed on the doomed Lusitania on its last voyage in May of 1915 and devoted herself to getting revenge on the Germans for sinking the ship. Married to Colonel Sir Edward Ware, the hero of the series, she was in a good position to get even working for Churchill with her husband.
2. Colonel Sir Edward Ware:
Dora is the only daughter of Pittsburgh Robber Baron Winthrop Benley, President of Benley Tire and Rubber. She and her parents book a passage on the Lusitania on May 1, 1915, the last voyage of that ocean liner. It is sunk by a German torpedo. All row ashore to meet Edward’s father, Sir Adolphus Ware, President of Adolphus Motors, over a tire deal. Dora and Edward become engaged. Edward is already hiding Lawrence maps for his friend and mentor, T. E. Lawrence. Dora joins him as they fight off the Germans who want to steal the maps, key to world domination, at any cost. Dora wants to get revenge for her friends who died in the Lusitania sinking. Edward wants to work in secret with Winston Churchill, the backbencher, to defend England first against the Kaiser and then against the Nazis. Dora and Edward Ware are the hero and heroine of the Edward Ware Thrillers At War Series.
3. T.E. Lawrence: Author of The Lawrence Maps:
The hero of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, Edward Ware, meets T.E. Lawrence, the Oxfordian and assistant to Leonard Woolley, at the excavation at Carchemish in Turkey during the summer of 1914. Even then Lawrence is busy at work drawing military maps for the government of Great Britain. The Kaiser is sending spies into the camp at Carchemish to steal the maps.
From that point on Edward and Lawrence are a pair. It is the chief relationship of the series that dictates the plot. Edward devotes his life to defending the maps though it costs him personal tragedy and hardship for decades. He puts the welfare of Great Britain first.
Edward serves as adjutant to T. E. Lawrence during the Great War during the Arab Revolt. He is present at most of Lawrence of Arabia’s famous victories including the final one at Damascus that causes the Ottomans to surrender and seek peace at the end of the Great War.
After the Paris Peace Conference in which T. E. Lawrence plays a role, Edward goes to Cairo to help Churchill and T. E. Lawrence divide up the Middle East. From there on Edward and Churchill devote themselves to finding a proper hiding place for the maps.
The Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series would not be the same without T. E. Lawrence, or Lawrence of Arabia.
4. Edward’s parents, Sir Adolphus Ware and Annabelle Ware:
Edward’s parents run a British automobile company, Adolphus Motors, from his estate in the south of England, Ware Hall. Edward’s father is so successful that he is knighted and made a sir, a title which Edward can inherit. His hobby is archaeology. He helps to fund an expedition in Carchemish in Turkey in 1913-1914 under the supervision of archaeologist Leonard Woolley. He meets T. E. Lawrence, who has begun a project of drawing military maps as the Great War begins. The little camp in the desert is attacked by German spies sent by the Kaiser. T. E. Lawrence, Leonard Woolley, Sir Adolphus Ware, and Edward must flee back to England. Thus begins the battle of the Lawrence maps, which the Germans will ultimately consider the key to world domination.
5. Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill was appointed Lord of the Admiralty during the Great War or the First World War in Britain. He was in charge of sending the rescue ships that never arrived on May 7, 1915 when a German torpedo sank the Lusitania off the coast of Ireland. It was the most spectacular defeat that the statesman ever experienced in decades of public service. It could have sank his career permanently. People would never have heard of the Winston Churchill who pulled Britain through World War 2, fighting Hitler all the way.
So when Churchill met Lawrence of Arabia, who was one of his most devoted followers, he heard about the map plot and how the German Kaiser was trying to get hold of the key to world domination. He immediately saw that the Germans who had almost torpedoed his politiical career along with the famous ocean liner should never get their dirty hands on these maps. Even after the Great War he fought alongside Colonel Sir Edward War, the hero of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, and T. E. Lawrence, or Lawrence of Arabia, to keep them forever out of the hands of the rising star of the National Socialist Workers Party —- Adolf Hitler. He directed a team of secret agents loyal only to him and not to the Baldwin government or to the government of Neville Chamberlain. He conducted his own brand of very nasty foreign policy between the wars until in 1940 he himself finally became the most famous Prime Minister of the twentieth century.
Churchill certainly earned his hallowed place in the Character Directory of Cheops Books LLC.