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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As everybody decries Donald Trump’s new immigration and travel policies they should take a moment to pause and reflect on what used to be in Dora’s America. Dora Benley, the heroine of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, was born in 1894 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which in those days was a magnet for immigrants from Germany and Eastern Europe in particular. It also attracted a number of Italian and Irish immigrants. But suddenly as the First World War began “over there” America began to shut its doors to all these immigrants. They felt the threat from abroad, all those dictators and people who didn’t think like Americans, at about the same time that the western frontier was closing after a period of expansion that had lasted from before the nation’s founding until that date. Dora could have said as did her contemporaries born at the end of the Victorian era with its limitless ideas of expansion and progress, “The world has become a far nastier place”.
From the time of the First World War until the mid 1960’s America’s immigration policy was to severely limit anyone at all coming into the country. There was exceptions for people’s spouses, for instance the war brides of World War 2. But immigrants were no longer thronging into the country as they had in the early years of the twentieth century. This was the time of America First, funded by Dora’s father, Robber Barron Winthrop Benley. America wanted to turn its back on the world and almost didn’t enter World War 2. It took all the ingenuity of the four term President FDR to get the country to fight for the allies, a battle dramatized in the recently published Cheops Books LLC novel, Dark Horse, about the candidacy of Wendell Wilkie and the Republican Convention in Philadelphia in 1940.
In the mid 1960’s Congress came up with quotas for immigration for each country. Now Donald Trump is attempting to come up with a system for keeping track of Muslim immigrants and travelers who visit or migrate to this country in the wake of 9/11 — another America First event. But it is hardly as extreme as the days of Dora’s America.

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Prime Minister May is making her first visit to the United States to visit President Donald Trump who was inaugurated only one week ago today. She made a speech to a Pennsylvania audience about the “special relationship” between America and Britain which began one hundred years ago this year in 1917. That was the year that the United States under Woodrow Wilson entered the First World War on the side of Britain to fight the Germans. They did it again during World War 2, reinforcing and cementing the relationship.
This very real history is mirrored in the relationship of the hero and heroine of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, Dora Benley, an American heiress, and Colonel Sir Edward Ware, a British freedom fighter who spied for Churchill and fought the Germans in two world wars. They meet the day after the sinking of the Lusitania. Dora was on the doomed ship and rowed ashore with her family, vowing revenge on the Germans. Edward was already involved in a map plot against the German High Command and the Kaiser. They formed an alliance which later became a marriage to fight the Germans together. It is the foundation relationship of the whole series just as May claimed that the US Britain special relationship was the foundation of the world in the twenty-first century.

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Malcolm Blair Robinson has written a wonderful blog today summing up the Trump experience this past weekend with the inauguration and the new move to meet with the new PM, May, this coming week. We have the next move toward an American/British alliance, this time an economic one, that features and emphasized the “special relationship”. Just this past Friday, after all, Churchill’s bust was restored to the Oval Office after being banished for the past eight years.
This is noteworthy for Cheops Books, LLC as it continues to publish the Edward Ware Thrillers At War series. The relationship between Edward and Dora Ware, the chief couple of the thriller series, is a British/American relationship. Dora’s father is a Robber Baron who funds Edward’s spying activities and all sorts of diplomatic dinner, banquets, and balls. And the chief political relationship of the series is between Edward, the spy, and Churchill, the spymaster. And Churchill was half American. Churchill’s idea of drawing America into the Second World War was what saved Britain. And right now a deal with Trump may well save May and Brexit.

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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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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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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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