Third Chapter of Wall Street Swastika:
Dora and Edward retired to bed that night on the ship. They hid the threat from Hitler after sharing it with Winston. Winston wanted to save it to give it to the Prof, his friend from Oxford, to copy so he could keep better track of what Hitler was attempting.
Dora and Edward stayed in their cabin the next day and invited Winston over. They did not want to be seen in public on the ship. They could not be sure that Hitler had not stationed a spy aboard the ship to watch them and report back to the Fuhrer what they were up to.
Dora thought it was particularly eerie that Hitler has attached a note to a skiff at sea and let it crash against the ocean liner. The thing had looked like an abandoned boat and had haunted her dreams last night. It had even seemed ghostly.
The next day they woke up docked in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their ship was tied up practically underneath an old lighthouse in the harbor. Dora asked the cabin steward. He said it was called the Georges Island Lighthouse. It had been here since 1876. She wondered why or if it was her imagination that she saw somebody at the top of the lighthouse staring down at her looking out her porthole window.
Winston suggested having breakfast on the deck in the deck chairs. Leave it up to the MP to like all the niceties that the cruise ship could provide. Dora did not want to encourage him. But she hardly had the courage to even tell Edward —- let alone Winston —- what she thought she had seen in the tower. She kept her eyes uneasily fixed on it as she sat down.
Dora could hardly study the menu. When the waiter showed up she said she would have what Edward had.
“Dora,” Edward chided her reproachfully, “your mind seems to be somewhere else!”
Winston had asked her a question. She had not heard what he had said.
“Mrs. Byrne, when you get to London, where are you going to stay?” Winston repeated himself.
“Oh, I just thought I’d stay at Ware Hall, I —”
She caught the look in Edward’s eye. He was shaking his head “no”.
She realized that might attract attention. They did not want to tip Michael off where she was. She had given him the lame excuse that she had to sail to England and then Paris because her old shipmate from the Lusitania, her best friend, was getting married.
“Oh, I guess I will rent a flat or stay in a hotel. Who knows?” she shrugged. That was not important now.
“Clementine would be glad to host you at Chartwell in the countryside. We don’t have any nosey guests right now, and that would keep you well away from the city and Hitler’s spies. Your husband also would be damn confused where to find you.”
Just then she happened to glance at the lighthouse across the bay. A gunman was leaning out of the tower aiming for them. Dora screamed as he began to fire.
Edward responded immediately without even seeing what was going on. He shoved her onto the floor and rolled on top of her. He knocked Winston under the table and overturned it. The tea things and trays went smashing to the deck as he used it as a shield. Other passengers farther down the deck screamed as the deck hand came rushing their direction.
A lady screamed and screamed and screamed.
“Edward, look!” Dora pointed up at the lighthouse tower. “It’s Rita Jolivet. They are going to push her out the window.”
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Could There Be A Map Plot Nowadays?
When you think of the grand map plot that is the subject of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, you realize that it could not exist nowadays in 2017. Edward and Dora are fighting the Germans from the early days of WW1 when the Kaiser was sending agents after the maps to the heyday of World War 2 when Adolf Hitler became the enemy. But the important thing is that they were always fighting against enemy countries with organized governments and armies, navies, and air forces. They were not fighting against terrorists.
Terrorists would not be interested in detailed military maps about how to take and defend certain prime locations in Europe. The reason? They don’t command armies. They would not have cared about the brilliance of T. E. Lawrence in figuring out about the shifting soft sands of North Africa just outside Cairo that became key in fighting the Battle of El Alamein. For the terrorists there are only hit and run covert attacks. There are no grand battles.
We are reminded of all this changes in the world scene with news of today’s terrorist attack on the Houses of Parliament in London right in the shadow of Big Ben and right on Westminister Bridge that connects the South Bank with the city. Edward might have known how to fight Hitler, but he would not have known how to combat an enemy that wants only destruction for destruction’s sake. The Lawrence maps would not have helped him at all. So they remain fixed in their own period of history which thankfully is not today, Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
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Key to Lawrence Special Edition, issued just in time for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, is now coming out in audio book form on Audible. It has just entered production today and should be available just in time for the 102nd anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania this coming May.
Water rushed into the four, great smoke stacks of the ship as they, too, hit the waves. Tremendous, churning whirlpools sucked victims inside. A few were ejected, blackened with soot. Propellers rose above the maelstrom. The rudder lifted higher than the smoke stacks. The ship’s prow pointed down toward the deep. It looked as if the ship’s nose would hit the sea bed hundreds of feet below. The Lusitania sank in only 18 minutes after being torpedoed on May 7, 1915. Dora Benley vowed revenge on the enemy. Key to Lawrence tracks the beginning of her quest for justice in this special edition of the first volume of the Edward Ware Thriller Series. It commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Great War.
The recording artist for Key to Lawrence will again be Gary Cargill, one of the authors of the book. Gary will be working with an audio engineer in the Ukraine who has also helped in the past with the other Audible books.
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Today all around the world the day after the Inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, there were supposedly protest marches. What were they protesting? Apparently Trump’s perceived male chauvinism. But Old Faithful Plot and other titles in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series featured hero Colonel Sir Edward Ware who is nothing if he is not a male chauvinist pig. His wife, Dora Benley, is an American heiress from Pittsburgh. But she is expected to follow him on his adventures around the globe. In addition her pocketbook is very useful in financing everything, and Edward is not above taking advantage of her Robber Baron status.
Other women have set their sights on him, too. Villainess Helga von Wessel, Hitler’s chiefest spy, likes nothing better than trying to seduce Edward in order to persuade him to give up the Lawrence maps, key to world domination. Edward battles the women left and right and puts them in their place in order to serve his Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and his country. He is a proud to be a male chauvinist pig.
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There are only two types of poisonous lizards in North America, the Mexican beaded lizard and the Gila Monster. Both are found in the Southwest Desert, and one makes an appearance in Old Faithful Plot. The novel takes place in 1933 from New York City along the Lincoln Highway to Yellowstone National Park. This is one thousand miles north of the desert, so how does the Gila Monster appear? That will be left to the reader’s imagination. But suffice it to say that Hitler and his two chief spies, Helga and Herr von Wessel, are busy inventing ways to terrify Edward and Dora. They think a horrible lizard or two just might terrify them into handing over the Lawrence maps, key to world domination.
This is certainly an alternative history thriller with no holds barred. Hitler is already plotting to overthrow the world order and change history itself. He wants to penetrate a time tunnel he has discovered in Yellowstone, go back and history, and change what happens. He wants Germany to win the Great War and put him in an even stronger position. And he knows just who to assassinate to make this happen. And if you can throw in a monster or two to terrify people, the Dictator would be quite happy to oblige.
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How does Dora do it? She is always off on a journey or she is always flying from an enemy at a moment’s notice. But she has to always look like an heiress who has plenty of money for Edward’s sake. She is his power point with all her millions of dollars. She always carries plenty of cash with her.
Dora Benley might always be packing her suitcase, but when she is surprised and does not have a chance, how does she make sure her coiffure looks news? How does she look “put together”? In the upcoming alternative history thriller that takes place in June of 1935, Old Faithful Plot, she is meeting Edward at the pier in Manhattan for one of his flying visits to tryst with her. But they are both surprised by Hitler’s spies. They must flee towards Yellowstone. Dora cannot even pack her bag. She must take what she has in her hands at that very moment.
What does Dora always have in her hands? What does she never let go of? In this she packs her most necessary possessions. It is her elephant tapestry bag. This is a stylish handbag that is quite unique and reminds one of the era of the elegant thirties. This leather bag has enough compartments to fit everything from cold cash to her checkbook to her letters of credit to her passport to various maps including a Lawrence map or two if necessary. That is in addition to her makeup and various toiletry items for overnight stays. She might not be able to change her clothes, but she wants to make sure her hairdo is topnotch even in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park. What does she never forget? Her elephant tapestry bag. It is as necessary as Edward’s gun. In fact, it is where Dora always carries her own.
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The Cheops Pyramid has always represented Cheops Books LLC. Why? It is a symbol of ancient Egypt and the ancient world in general and it seems mysterious, as if its meaning is always eluding you because there is always something you don’t expect and something you don’t know about, and we hope that our readers will always find our books that way, too.
The Cheops Pyramid is an Old Kingdom Pyramid also called the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Pyramid of Khufu. It is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza complex at 455 feet built of 2.3 million stone blocks. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one to still look something the way it did in ancient times. That is the symbol we always put on our book cover.
Now we propose another symbol to add to our website, the ancient Egyptian symbol of Bastet, the cat goddess. We frequently include cats in our thriller novels because cats are elusive and mysterious animals. They were considered sacred in ancient Egypt. They are sacred to Cheops Books, LLC, too. So don’t wonder when you find cats decorating sections of the website and pages in the novels along with the Cheops Pyramid.
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Hitler Strikes At Iconic US Symbol Old Faithful:
Old Faithful Geyser, unlike any other on earth, erupts on a regular basis in Yellowstone National Park, perhaps every hour to ninety minutes. Ever since its discovery in the mid nineteenth century after which it almost immediately became a national park, it has become a symbol of America and the American West, the American wilderness. It is famous the world over. It is also well known that it sits on top of an enormous geyser basin as well as dormant volcanic cone so large that all of Yellowstone National Park is nothing more than a volcanic caldera waiting to happen someday all too soon.
Adolf Hitler heard about this geyser basin in isolationist America in the 1930’s when figures like Thomas Dewey of the America First Party wanted nothing to do with European politics. He wanted to encourage America to develop a Dewey-like attitude. He wanted Americans like Dora Benley, daughter of America First fund raiser, Winthrop Benley, to hand over whatever documents he wanted so he could force the British to come to terms with him. He demanded that she hand over the Lawrence maps, key to world domination, that she just happens to have in her back pocket. They were given to her by her lover, Colonel Sir Edward Ware, friend of Winston Churchill, his arch enemy, though he is still a backbencher.
Dora and Edward hide in Yellowstone near Old Faithful, but that only encourages Hitler to threaten them big time. That iconic American symbol would destroy America by blowing up if they don’t hand over the maps in Old Faithful Plot, an alternative history thriller coming soon from Cheops Books LLC.
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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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