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Lieutenant Edward Ware fights the Kaiser and Adolf Hitler in a century gone insane.

The novel Armistice Plot begins at an archaeological site at Carchemish in 1914 as Edward Ware’s father and Leonard Woolley close down their dig in the face of war. As Edward peers into the tent at midnight he sees a dark-robed intruder brushing past the figurine of an ancient Hittite king that he and T.E.Lawrence excavated at Carchemish this summer in 1914.

Is this a spy sent by the Germans to steal the maps Lawrence is sketching for the British military? Edward first encounters the vamp who will haunt the rest of his life prowling among the finds, looking for the military maps that his fellow archaeologist T. E.Lawrence is drawing for the British government.

All during the ensuing Great War Edward must fight to keep the maps secret. Finally during the Battle of Damascus Edward and Lawrence defeat the Turks and make them sue for peace. They will sign the Armistice ending the war. But the vamp, though imprisoned in Damascus, escapes. Edward must chase her down.

There are hints that she is fleeing to join with the Austrian corporal, Adolf Hitler, who is beginning a new movement in Munich. Signs of a new war appear on the horizon though the first has just come to an end with an Armistice that isn’t worth the paper it is written on.

This is an historical thriller about Edward’s contest to the death first with the German Kaiser and then with Hitler himself. It will determine the woman he will marry and the woman he will not. It will drive him to the brink of madness in a century gone insane.

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Armistice Plot by Dora Benley is an interesting start to what I hope is a series. This story starts at archaeological site at Carchemish in 1914. There is where Edward Ware’s father and Leonard Woolley close down their dig in the face of war which is a reminder of how war affects everyday life. There are secret maps which must be protect a vamp who is involved usually on the wrong side as you travel and see Europe during the Great war. Said vamp is left supposedly fleeing to see an Austrian corporal. Meanwhile Edward helps T. E. Lawrence during the war and faces death against the Kaiser and Hilter. This historical thriller brings in some interesting elements of the early 20th century. It also has a little romance added to the adventure and history. It kept my attention.

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Cairo Conference, 1921

Lawrence in Damascus after the Battle of Damascus, 1918.

Lawrence of Arabia

Helga photo from International Spy Museum


Map showing the location of Carchemish near the Euphrates River