Hamlet Is A Big Subject For Dora Benley:
Dora Benley not only likes to write novels about ancient Rome and Greece, she is also fond of Shakespeare and Hamlet. Two of her recent novels have concerned themselves with Hamlet. Just last week she published the YA thriller Ophelia Plot about a girl who was kidnapped while she was putting on Hamlet on the high school stage. Yet to be published is the Edward Ware Thrillers at War novel Murder at Hamlet’s Castle. Dora and Edward are attending a performance of Hamlet when they get a note from Churchill. They have to make their way to Hamlet’s Castle in Denmark where they are supposed to hide the Lawrence maps.
After narrowly escaping the von Wessels, Hitler’s chief spies, in Santa Fe while on leave from Mid East Quarters in Cairo, Edward and Dora don’t know where to go next and where to hide the Lawrence maps, key to world domination. 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. They 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 they 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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California Wine Country: Setting for Dark 3:
Yes, I too had the impression that California fires could somehow occur only in Southern California, not Northern or Central California, though about a month or so ago I think there was a fire in Yosemite too in the Sierra Nevada Mountains along with evacuations. It seems like the only safe part of California is the non-populated area along the Pacific NW Coast, the Redwood Coast around Garberville, Crescent City, Eureka, and Brookings, Oregon. They get plenty of rain there.
In our case we keep on rooting for the Sandman Motel in Santa Rosa, California. That was where we stayed on the way back from Brookings, Oregon. It is the motel I use in my novel from the Edward Ware Thriller Series Dark 3: Special Edition by Dora Benley. It was an interesting place with nice gardens and artwork, especially outdoor statues. Hotels across the intersection have been burned to the ground.
It is hard to believe that you wouldn’t remember the Wine Country if you drove through it. We didn’t know we were going to drive through it to the Pacific NW Coast. But it was the nicest unplanned “find” of our trip in 2007. Two years ago we were driving around the Wine Country in Germany along the banks of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers where vines have grown since Roman times. The California Wine Country has a completely different look. For one thing there are no Rhine and Moselle Rivers. There are no villages and towns like those that dot the banks of the Rhine in Germany. Instead the California Wine Country has a more fantasy look with fake European castles and lots of French restaurants, that sort of upscale kind of thing. I will try to dig out some photos to post for you.
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Line Up For Autumn 2017 Beginning September 15:
In just two more weeks on September 15 Cheops Books LLC will publish Dark 3: Special Edition with a brand new cover drawn by our illustrator Andrew. It will also include his black and white illustrations of the main characters in the young adult thriller novel by Dora Benley that completes both the Dark Series for young adults and the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, too. You can preorder the book on amazon.com on Kindle.
On October 15 Cheops Books LLC will publish book six of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, Hitler’s Agent, also by Dora Benley. It will also premier in a smashing new audio book edition on Audible narrated by Cheops Books LLC Vice President Gary Cargill. You can preorder the historical thriller about the 1930’s on Amazon Kindle.
On November 1 Cheops Books LLC will release the much awaited new edition of Dark 1, the book published first in both Germany and England and now out in a brand new edition with a new cover drawn by Andrew the illustrator. What was once part of the Scholastic Point Horror Series now becomes book 1 of the Dark Series by Dora Benley.
On November 7 Dark 2 will be released. Again the cover has just been drawn by Andrew in very moody, evocative colors. You will see for yourself the one-time Scholastic Point Horror Book transformed into part 2 of the Dark Series by Dora Benley published by Cheops Books LLC. You can preorder the Kindle edition on amazon.com.
Finally on November 15 see Dark: A Trilogy, a collection of Dark 1, Dark 2, and Dark 3: Special Edition, including the black and white illustrations. The cover here is Andrew’s master work showing Doc and Bianca Winters in the foreground and the Golden Gate Bridge at night in the moody background. Preorder the Kindle book now while you think of it. You will be glad you did.
At last on December 15 you will have a chance to practice your German. Captive at the Berghof: Part 1 has been newly translated into that language, which we here at Cheops Books LLC thought appropriate considering that the historical thriller is about the Third Reich. Soon it will also be available for preorder.
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