Starting April 6 and running through April 10 Key to Lawrence Special Edition will be on sale on Amazon. You will be able to download it for free to commemorate the date of the American entry into World War 1 100 year ago on April 6. On April 6, 1917 President Wilson went to Congress and had them declare war. This was the end of America’s traditional isolationism since the time of the Founding Fathers. Jefferson had warned against foreign entanglements. The entry into the First World War led directly to America’s role as the lead power in the world today and to the Pax Americana. Dora Benley, the heroine of Key to Lawrence, experienced this entry into war in the novel. Her fiance was off fighting with Lawrence of Arabia. She had not seen him in two years and wasn’t to see him again for two years more. But she was glad that America was finally getting revenge for the murder of her friends when the Germans torpedoed the Lusitania. The cry, “Remember the Lusitania!” was on everybody’s lips —- all one hundred years ago right now.
Water rushed into the four, great smoke stacks of the ship as they, too, hit the waves. Tremendous, churning whirlpools sucked victims inside. A few were ejected, blackened with soot. Propellers rose above the maelstrom. The rudder lifted higher than the smoke stacks. The ship’s prow pointed down toward the deep. It looked as if the ship’s nose would hit the sea bed hundreds of feet below. The Lusitania sank in only 18 minutes after being torpedoed on May 7, 1915. Dora Benley vowed revenge on the enemy. Key to Lawrence tracks the beginning of her quest for justice in this special edition of the first volume of the Edward Ware Thriller Series. It commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Great War.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, Cheops Books has published a special edition of Key to Lawrence Special Edition on February 15, 2015. The HMS Lusitania sank on May 7, 1915 shortly after lunch was served at 2:00PM. A German U-boat fired a torpedo into the ship. It sank in only 18 minutes, leaving hundreds of people in the water of the Irish Sea, sometimes for hours, before they were rescued and taken to Queenstown, Ireland, about 6 miles away. Over 1000 passengers were killed, including prominent Americans such as Alfred Vanderbilt and Elbert Hubbard, though hundreds managed to survive. It was a clarion call both to the heroine of the novel, Miss Dora Benley, as well as to other Americans to enter the war against Germany. The keystone event in the Great War deserves a special edition: Key to Lawrence: Special Edition.