Hamlet Composes His Icelandic Saga:

Iceland is the land of the Icelandic saga about those Vikings. And what is Hamlet but a Viking from Denmark? We compose an Icelandic saga for him in Murder at Hamlet’s Castle.

After narrowly escaping the von Wessels in Murder at Hamlet’s Castle, Edward and Dora don’t know where to go next. They don’t know where to hide the Lawrence maps, key to world domination. Edward is on leave from Mid-East Headquarters in Cairo and is visiting Dora. They have just been watching a production of Hamlet when they get a note from Winston Churchill. He says that he and Clemmie got locked in the dungeon of Hamlet’s Castle in Helsingor, Denmark. It was where the Danish army used to be billeted in the Middle Ages. Churchill and Clemmie had to raise Hamlet’s ghost screaming to be let out.

It just occurred to Winston it would be a perfect location to hide the much sought after military maps. No one would ever suspect they were there — and if they did they would never be able to escape with their lives let alone the prize that Hitler has been seeking for years.

But after a huge chase scene to get away from states they meet unexpected obstacles in the castle in 1934. The mistress who keeps the place up turns out to be the perfect Nazi spy in cahoots with Hitler and the von Wessels. Once again Dora and Edward need to escape.But this time they meet an unexpected ally in the famous Dane himself, Shakespeare’s most famous character. They uncover Hamlet’s secret notebooks that tell them just what they need to know. Others were cornered in this castle long ago. Hamlet tells them how he escaped in a tale that upsets all previous notions of the man, his character, and his fate.

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Helga And Her German Band In Alaska:

At the end of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest as depicted in the Cheops Books LLC historical thriller, Caesar’s Lost Legions, Arminius was triumphant. But his triumph lasted only five short years. Germanicus was back in 14AD to get his revenge.

Arminius and a small band of loyal followed took ship up the Elbe River and kept on going, putting out word that Arminius was dead so no one would try to follow him. The Viking-like warriors rowed from the North Sea upward to the Norwegian Sea, and onward to the Barents Sea and the Kara Sea on a seemingly endless journey to the East Siberian Sea and finally across the Bering Strait until they reached Alaska. They were not Eskimos and kept themselves and their little band apart in a secret enclave that was to stretch through the generations as the Alaska Germans kept to themselves.

Later in the nineteenth century the band of long-surviving Germans, exiles from Europe and civilization itself, were joined by another self-imposed exile, the Frankenstein monster escaped from Europe and Germany itself and followed to Alaska by his creator, Dr. Frankenstein.

So where would the villainess of the Edward Ware Thriller Series naturally decide to flee to after the Second War World left her a war criminal? Naturally she also fled to Alaska and joined Arminius and his band and Frankenstein and his monster. Dr. Frankenstein had the arts and sciences needed to beautify the scuffs and scratches that Helga had endured from her last conflict in the desert near Los Alamos, New Mexico with General Sir Edward Ware. She once again became an ageless beauty who could snare and lure people to their deaths.

So Helga and her band of German warriors and monster lay in wait for General Lord Edward Ware and his wife, Dora, Lady Ware, if they ever dared to come near the magical, nefarious world of the Land of the Midnight Sun.


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Is This Hamlet’s Ship? A Viking Reconstruction:

A couple of years ago there was an exhibition at the British Museum on the Viking culture. I bought the book that went with the exhibit called Vikings: Life and Legend by Gareth Williams, Peter Penz, and Matthias Wemhoff. It sounded interesting. I wish I could have seen it. Too bad they don’t put the exhibitions online the way they do with the permanent collection! But at least I was able to order a copy. Little did I know then that I would be writing a novel about Hamlet, who must have been a Viking or at least a descendant of Vikings in Denmark.

Fortinbras, whether he was the king of Norway or of Sweden right across the straits from Helsingor or Elsinore, obviously had a superior naval force or he would not be attacking and invading. He had probably already killed King Hamlet, Prince Hamlet’s father, in battle. Now Fortinbras was almost certainly after Hamlet, too, and Hamlet knew it. Was he going into battle like his father or was he going to escape somehow? Either way he would obviously have to get out one of his long boats, Viking style. We have pictured here in the blog post a reconstruction of just such a Viking long boat. It is a reconstruction of Skuldelev, which must have been a famous Viking ship. It is from the British Museum exhibition.

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The hero of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, Colonel Sir Edward Ware of Ware Hall just outside Salisbury in the South of England, has an ancestry that stretches all the way back through British history to the time of the Romans. The founder of his family, Lucius Antonius, served under Julius Caesar in the Alexandrian Campaign and then fled to Britain. Caesar, of course, was the first Roman general to venture that far doing experiments on latitude and longitude. While there he heard tales from Viking seamen of lands to the West, which of course turned out centuries later to be America.
Edward’s Family Tree includes Lucius Antonius’s grandson who served in the ill-fated expedition to Germany in 9AD where two of Augustus’s legions were lost to the barbaric German tribes. He escaped to return to Britain with his family not far from where the later Ware Hall was to be located many centuries later. Caelius Antonius’s grandson, Caius, also served under Pliny the Elder, the wisest of the Roman writers, naturalists, and philosophers, in Germany. The German tribes at that time were attempting to get revenge for Germanicus’s expedition in 14 AD to get back the standards stolen in 9AD. At the time of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD they once again found refuge in the British Isles.
Only one century before Edward enlisted in the army with Lawrence of Arabia in the Great War, Edward’s Family Tree indicates that his great-grandfather served under the Duke of Wellington fighting Napoleon at Waterloo. So his dynasty is well-established at the estate just south of London where Wares have lived for centuries at least up until it was destroyed by German bombers during the Battle of Britain in 1940 —- those same Germans his ancestors were fighting —- only to have it restored again after the war for his son to inherit to continue the Ware tradition.

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