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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Cruising Along Route 66 With Cheops Books:
Old Faithful Plot has recently expanded to include Route 66. The Lincoln Highway began in 1913. Route 66 came later. But by 1933, the year of Edward’s and Dora’s epic journey west to escape Hitler’s agents, both existed and were the primary means that Easterners used to drive west, either northwest or southwest.
Fleeing Hitler’s agents and Dora’s husband’s photographers, Edward and Dora begin their journey in a hurry in Manhattan at the Waldorf Astoria. Edward had just come off an ocean liner from England. Now under special orders from Winston Churchill, the back bencher for whom he works, he races west. He is trying to meet a rendezvous set up by Churchill to hand over the Lawrence maps that he has been hiding up his sleeve. He must hand them over before Hitler’s agents get hold of them. After all, they are the key to world domination.
When Churchill’s agent veers off course, Edward gets the word to proceed to Route 66. They are treated to the isolated high plains of Texas and the weird rock formations of northern New Mexico around Albuquerque and the Painted Desert in northern Arizona. They also stop at numerous auto courts and diners along the way that add to the local color of that famous road.
Old Faithful Plot, the next in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, will soon be published by Cheops Books LLC.
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Old motel sign along historic route 66.
Apes of Gibraltar Play Part In Edward Ware Thrillers
The infamous apes of Gibraltar that live on the rocks outside town and have done so for hundreds of years play an unexpected role in the Edward War Thrillers at War Series. Dora and Edward are at their wits’ end trying to escape Hitler and his spies, Herr and Helga von Wessel. They have been trapped in Germany, have just recently rescued their little girl from the clutches of the Dictator, and are trying to escape from the Continent all together. They charter a yacht and end up in Gibraltar where Dora gets a bright idea about the apes and what they can do for Churchill and the cause of fighting Hitler.
This is part of the world wide chase over the Lawrence maps, key to world domination. Hitler wants them. Edward and Churchill have them. And the contest goes on. What can the apes of Gibraltar, Barbary Apes, or Barbary macaques, have to do with the Lawrence maps? Read the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series and find out soon.
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Colonel Sir Edward Ware has hidden the Lawrence maps, key to world domination, just about everywhere in the world —- except a petrified log. He has hidden the maps in the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum. He has hidden it in his tent in the Syrian Desert during the Great War and the Arab Revolt when he was fighting under Lawrence of Arabia to free the Arabs from the Ottoman Turks. Dora, his fiance and then his wife, hid the maps in her bedroom closet at her house in Pittsburgh also during the Arab Revolt. Later Edward and Dora hid them under the floorboards at Ware Hall, Edward’s estate in the south of England. Numerous times Edward was forced to hide the maps up his uniform sleeve. He had a special compartment sewed in his clothes to house them while spying on Hitler for Winston Churchill.
But while fleeing spies who have been trailing him since New York, while heading down the Lincoln Highway to meet Churchill’s agent to hand over the maps, his back is up against the wall literally. This time it is a petrified wall made of petrified rock. He veers off course before he gets to Yellowstone and heads south all the way to the desert to hide. Where shall he hide the maps?
The Painted Desert spread out before him, an infinite badlands, punctuated by petrified logs. It is tempting to pick one of them for the maps. The maps would be almost impossible to find. No one would have a clue in such a vast wasteland which petrified log to explore. But he had better not lose the key to where he hid them or he might never find them again himself.
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In Map Plot, soon to be published by Cheops Books LLC, the hero of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, Lieutenant Sir Edward Ware, must undertake a spy mission to Venice for Winston Churchill. In the early 1920s Adolf Hitler is coming to power in the new National Socialist Workers Party. His financial backer is trading magnate Herr von Wessel. Edward must find a trail of letters between the two at Herr von Wessel’s palazzo in Venice. When he gets the goods he has to escape fast, but in his day and age one hundred years ago there is nothing faster than the Orient Express that slowly wends its way from Venice to Paris. The time it takes allows ample space for intrigue. Herr von Wessel and his new wife, Helga, go after Edward on the train. The big confrontation occurs in the dining car. And he still had to take a ferry to Britain and then another train to London to reach Churchill! But if Edward had the advantages of the modern Eurostar Train that goes from Brussels to London practically at the speed of an airplane, Edward could have gotten there in a flash and no one would have been the wiser.
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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.
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Mr. Winthrop Benley, father of Dora Benley, heroine of Edward Ware Thrillers at War, makes his name in the industrial Pittsburgh of the early twentieth century. He is President of Benley Tire and Rubber, later to become Benley Tire and Auto after he takes over his son-in-law’s inherited company, Adolphus Motors. As a first generation German American, he is very conservative. He becomes the chief financier of the America First Movement between the wars. He believes America should mind its own business and not get involved in Europe’s messed up affairs. This notion is totally at odds with his daughter’s marriage to Colonel Sir Edward Ware and his son-in-law’s allegiance to Winston Churchill.
Mr. Winthrop Benley and his wife, Etta May Benley, Dora’s mother, maintain three estates —- one in King of Prussia outside Philadelphia called Maymont, one on Coronado Island in San Diego Harbor, and his home base in the South Hills of Pittsburgh in a subdivision called Oakhurst. Each house has its place in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. The home base in Pittsburgh is featured in book one, Key to Lawrence Special Edition. The San Diego house is central to the alternative history thriller, Dark Horse, about the Republican Convention in Philadelphia in 1940. And Maymont makes its appearance in various novels starting with Key to Lawrence Special Edition.
The novel would be a much less interesting place without Etta May Benley and Winthrop Benley.
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There must be hundreds of characters who appear in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series published by Cheops Books, LLC. Since each is an historical thriller the fictional characters mix and interact with real historical personages in each book. In Key to Lawrence: Special Edition Dora Benley meets Captain Turner who piloted the Lusitania on its last tragic voyage across the Atlantic. She also meets a doomed cast of characters who went down with the ship of the 1193 who perished including Alfred Vanderbilt, the famous millionaire. She also met Charles Frohman, the American theater manager, and Charles Klein, the American playwright. Later in the novel, giving the title to the piece, she runs into Lawrence of Arabia himself.
In Captive at the Berghof Parts 1 and 2 Dora and Edward Ware socialize with Winston Churchill, whom Edward works for as a spy. They visit the Berghof and Fuhrer of Germany, Adolf Hitler.
In Dark Horse, an alternative history thriller, Dora, Edward, and Churchill himself pin their hopes of wresting Great Britain back from Hitler on their meeting with FDR. They also run into that leader of the Ameria First Movement, Charles Lindbergh. They sponsor the dark horse candidacy of Wendell Wilkie, the Republican candidate, in hopes that it will free FDR to contribute to their cause.
Throughout the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series the main characters are always meeting someone important. Cheops Books LLC is going to set up a Character Directory section accessible from the main page of the website so you can read more about these famous characters and a few of the fictional ones as well who play important roles.
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