Fay Wray was the female lead in the 1933 movie King Kong. She was the lady that the monster ape took a liking to when he first set eyes on her on the island where he was king. She was famous as a great screamer whenever she saw the monster’s ugly face.

So what do Fay Wray and King Kong have to do with Dora Benley, the heroine of the Old Faithful Plot, the alternative history thriller to be published later this year by Cheops Books LLC? Well, the movie King Kong was released to the public in 1933, the troubled year of dictators when Hitler came to power and FDR made his famous nothing to fear but fear itself speech. And 1933 was the year when the novel Old Faithful Plot takes place.
Hitler and King Kong are both symbols of that year 1933. Dora and Edward run into both and have to deal with them. Dora had better practice screaming until she sounds like Fay Wray. She is going to have to do a lot of it in the thriller novel. What part does King Kong play? When does the heroine of the novel meet him? You will have to read it to find out.

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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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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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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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No Third International Third Reich THIRD TERM

The Third International was an organization sponsored by the Soviet Union to promote international revolution. The Third Reich was ruled by Hitler. The Third Term was what FDR was seeking in 1940. It was a pretty powerful protest and pretty serious too all for one little political pin worn by those who supported Republican candidate Wendell Willkie. He was the “Dark Horse Candidate” who gave his name to the political thriller, the alternative history thriller, being published by Cheops Books LLC tomorrow on Election Day 2016.

Oddly enough Election 2016 has odd parallels to the election in 1940. The Clintons are also seeking a third term just as FDR did. The only difference is that in 1940 it was permitted by law and left up to the judgement of the candidate. Since World War 2 it has been outlawed.

Other odd parallels include the fact that the Republican delegation in Philadelphia that nominated Willkie at first wanted to nominate a woman named Dorothy Detzer from Pittsburgh for President. She was a female Dewey who wanted peace at any cost. (She may have been the inspiration for the famous Star Trek episode). In addition Wendell Willkie was a businessman with no previous political experience, just like Donald Trump.

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On November 8 vote for President on the Cheops Books Events Page. But instead of Trump or Clinton your choice will be FDR or Wendell Willkie, the candidates in the 1940 election at the beginning of World War 2.
 
Here is one of the questions that will be asked of the candidates in a last minute fourth debate before the voting takes place. Remember that in 1940 America was still neutral: What would you do if Adolf Hitler offered you a trade deal with Nazi Germany that was too good to refuse?
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