Starting April 6 and running through April 10 Key to Lawrence Special Edition will be on sale on Amazon. You will be able to download it for free to commemorate the date of the American entry into World War 1 100 year ago on April 6. On April 6, 1917 President Wilson went to Congress and had them declare war. This was the end of America’s traditional isolationism since the time of the Founding Fathers. Jefferson had warned against foreign entanglements. The entry into the First World War led directly to America’s role as the lead power in the world today and to the Pax Americana. Dora Benley, the heroine of Key to Lawrence, experienced this entry into war in the novel. Her fiance was off fighting with Lawrence of Arabia. She had not seen him in two years and wasn’t to see him again for two years more. But she was glad that America was finally getting revenge for the murder of her friends when the Germans torpedoed the Lusitania. The cry, “Remember the Lusitania!” was on everybody’s lips —- all one hundred years ago right now.
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.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, Cheops Books has published a special edition of Key to Lawrence Special Edition on February 15, 2015. The HMS Lusitania sank on May 7, 1915 shortly after lunch was served at 2:00PM. A German U-boat fired a torpedo into the ship. It sank in only 18 minutes, leaving hundreds of people in the water of the Irish Sea, sometimes for hours, before they were rescued and taken to Queenstown, Ireland, about 6 miles away. Over 1000 passengers were killed, including prominent Americans such as Alfred Vanderbilt and Elbert Hubbard, though hundreds managed to survive. It was a clarion call both to the heroine of the novel, Miss Dora Benley, as well as to other Americans to enter the war against Germany. The keystone event in the Great War deserves a special edition: Key to Lawrence: Special Edition.

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Trump and Churchill: The Challenge

Lots of Presidents here get stuck in the same situation. It is SO COMMON that it doesn’t really attract that much attention. Most of Trump’s supporters won’t even realize that he didn’t get a vote on his first health care bill. They will notice that he got his bill through Congress about NASA instead and stuff like that. People here are easily distracted. The office of President isn’t designed to make the occupant look ineffectual. And no, Cheops Books LLC doesn’t think it will have an effect on the trade deal with Britain just as it didn’t have an effect on NASA. Even right now Trump could get 100% of his bills through Congress with support from both Democrats and Republicans if he pitched at them spending bills where more largesse, circuses, etc were being distributed. And some Presidents do this. They change what they like just to look good and start getting a 100% batting average.
Churchill had problems earlier in his career when he was First Lord of the Admiralty during the Great War. The Lusitania sank under his watch. He was supposed to send British warships to rescue the passengers or to shelter them from the enemy submarines on the way to Queenstown so they could disembark safely. He didn’t make it in time and had to resign. Only his own political ingenuity dictated the course that he must take to stage a political come back so he could one day become the most famous Prime Minister of Great Britain in all of history. Trump faces the same challenge.

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Cheops Books Projects 2017:
Cheops Books LLC is in the midst of numerous book projects. On May 1 it is going to publish the Salisbury Plot, book 2 of the the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.
Who is the saboteur following Dora about on the doomed Morro Castle in September of 1934? Who is the terrorist who set fire to the first class writing room on the ocean liner? Who followed Dora and her new husband, Colonel Sir Edward Ware, to Salisbury Cathedral on their wedding day? A creature in a black robe is wielding a sword in the balcony and clanging the bell. The freak seems to summon the legions of the dead who surround them in the hills peppered with bronze age burial mounds, who seem to rise from the cloisters in the center of the cathedral where unknown dead from the Middle Ages still reside. Why does she see her new husband handing money over to the saboteur on her wedding day in a hidden garden of Ware Hall? What does it mean to be married to Colonel Sir Edward Ware? When she finds out the truth it will change Dora’s life forever.
But Cheops Books LLC also has many other projects up its sleeve. Later this year it will published the Old Faithful Plot, still another release in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.
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.
In addition there is an upcoming German translation of volume 1 of Captive at the Berghof. We are now publishing it in serial form on the website: http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org. When it is completed it will be released.
Hitler has found out about Colonel Sir Edward Ware’s secret undercover activities for Winston Churchill, and he’s playing hardball. He kidnaps Thomasina, Edward’s daughter, and won’t give the child back unless Edward and his wife, Dora, hand over the key to world domination – the Lawrence maps. They’d better do something fast before Thomasina truly becomes Hitler’s daughter.
So there is much scheduled for summer 2017 and later. Keep following the Cheops Books website’s blog and subscribe to the Edward Ware Thrillers Newsletter.

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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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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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Key to 1935: The Salisbury Plot
Mrs. Michael Byrne, the former Dora Benley, is returning from Cuba on the Morro Castle when she encounters a young man she has never seen before in the dining room. He demands that she hand over the Lawrence maps, key to world domination. He obviously works for the Nazis. She pretends to know nothing about it, though she will have to tell her lover, Colonel Sir Edward Ware, who is up to his military boots in intrigue over the maps. He is a spy for Winston Churchill, the backbencher, and this young man whoever he is, seems to know it.
She escapes from the dining room. Things escalate later that evening. She catches the mystery man setting fire to the ladies writing room. The whole ship soon catches fire, and she finds herself a widow. She quickly escapes to England to join Edward Ware.
But weeks later during her wedding ceremony at Salisbury Cathedral in the south of England the mystery and intrigue deepen even more. Up on the balcony a stranger appears chanting, screaming, and howling at the guests below assembled at the church, threatening them. Edward shoots at the unknown rogue, but to no avail.
What on earth is going on? How many people does Hitler have working for him? Has he summoned the medieval ghosts of the cathedral, too, the spooks and demons from ages past? As Dora races out of the church she feels a chill so deep it must be centuries old.
On May 1, 2017 Cheops Books LLC will publish Key to 1935: The Salisbury Plot. The Kindle edition on Amazon will sell for $8.95. The paperback ediiton on lulu.com will sell for $12.95. There will be a Goodreads giveaway starting soon. You will be able to enter the contest to win one of seventeen copies to be distributed on May 1.

 

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Dora Benley, the World Traveler:
Dora Benley had no idea when she set out on our journey with her parents on May 1, 1915 to England that she was embarking on a lifetime of travel. The young woman at that time was a college student at Bryn Mawr College for young women and had never been abroad before. She had probably not been much of anywhere except Pennsylvania, driving between her native haunts of Pittsburgh where she grew up to Philadelphia where she was attending school and where her parents had another estate in the King of Prussia area called Maymont.
Dora Benley experienced a rough and sudden indoctrination into the world of travel. She embarked on the Lusitania in Manhattan on May 1, 1915. A German torpedo sank it on May 7, 1915 off the coast of Ireland. Dora swore to get revenge on the Germans who sank her ship and killed some of her friends. She joined forces with Edward Ware and later married him, becoming Lady Ware. In the cause of fighting Germans and keeping the Lawrence maps, key to world domination, away from them she traveled to England, Germany, Italy, France, Gibraltar, Chicago, Yellowstone, the Petrified Forest, Santa Fe, San Diego, the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, Scotland, Denmark, and more places than you can count. She kept a wardrobe and suitcase packed at the Savoy Hotel in London just because she never knew where she and her husband, the Colonel, were going to be sent next as spies in the service of Winston Churchill.
The best way to appreciate Dora Benley and her travel itinerary is to read the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series starting with Key to Lawrence Special Edition and continuing with 1935 Plot, Dark Horse, and other novels yet to be published.

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The fifth chapter of Captive at the Berghof: Part 1 has been posted on the website in the German-language serialization section. We are serializing the novel chapter by chapter as it is translated. When we get to the last chapter, we will publish a special German edition of part 1 on amazon.com and amazon.de. It will be the first thriller that Cheops Books LLC has ever translated into a foreign language.
We thought it was appropriate. After all the Edward Ware Thrillers at War series of historical thrillers concerns itself mostly with World War 1 and World War 2 and with the British and Americans fighting the Germans first under the Kaiser and then under Hitler. It is a particularly “German” topic about the “German question”. Also the author, Linda Cargill, worked for a German publisher, Cora Verlag, for years turning out thrillers. So it seemed like the novel to pick.
Hitler has found out about Colonel Sir Edward Ware’s secret undercover activities for Winston Churchill, and he’s playing hardball. He kidnaps Thomasina, Edward’s daughter, and won’t give the child back unless Edward and his wife, Dora, hand over the key to world domination – the Lawrence maps. They’d better do something fast before Thomasina truly becomes Hitler’s daughter.
In the future Cheops Books LLC plans to translate the Cherusci Plot into German also. That historical thriller about the Roman era takes place in 9 AD when the Cherusci tribe massacred Caesar Augustus’s best three legions and stopped the progress of the Roman Empire at the Rhine River. They could not progress towards the Elbe River and what is now Hamburg. It is a topic of strong German interest that changed the course of Western Civilization for the past two thousand years.

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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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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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