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Ides(4b)But what if Marc Antony knew what awaited Caesar on the Ides of March 44 BC?

What if Tsarina Alexandra knew she had only one desperate gambit to play to keep her husband from abdicating on the Ides of March 1917 AD?

Christopher Columbus brought back more from the New World than just word of its discovery on the Ides of March 1493 AD. What if the disease he brought back is amplified, bringing about a second Black Death?

What if on the Ides of March 480 BC King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans fail to hold the Gates of Fire not just for Greece but for the fate of our entire timeline?

These and more, are issues the the Time Patrol must deal with in Ides of March.

Published today!

4 D DayNothing but good times ahead! As long as the Time Patrol does its job.

And coming near the end of May, Time Patrol: D Day!

In Ides, as Antony rehearses for the funeral speech on the Ides, which gives you an idea of his inclinations even before Caesar is assassinated, he says “Give me your ears” which Pyrrha, daughter of Pandora, and traveler from another timeline, admonishes him is a poor choice of words. But Antony, being Antony, says he’ll damn well take their ears if he wants to!  History, mythology and science all merge together in this fast-paced story! Along with grammar.

 

 

Cesar-sa_mortCaesar was warned. But he didn’t listen. Even on his last day, legend has it he met Spurinna, the seer who made the prophecy. He told him (her in my book): “Behold, the Ides have come!”

That’s called over-confidence.

Spurinna replied: “Yes, they are come, but they are not gone.”

In reality, let’s consider the likelihood that Caesar didn’t need a warning from a psychic to let him know things were afoot. Given the number of conspirators, some word of trouble had to have reached him. After all, as Ben Franklin said: “Three can keep a secret if two are dead.”

I struggled with this in writing that storyline in Ides of March, as it’s one of the six missions the Time Patrol conducts on that date. Why wasn’t Marc Antony, his co-consul, at his side? Why didn’t his network of spies keep him up to date?

Where was his security? After all, there was no police force in Rome. The military and the gangs provided order. Caesar had to use the gangs in Rome to control the streets. Were they against him too?

Caesar ShjhakespeareThere’s another theory, and it’s the one I go with in Ides. Shakespeare hints at it in his play. “A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.”

 

I’d like to take credit for that, but it’s supposedly from Julius Caesar, but a little research finds it hard to pin that down.

Still, it’s true in my opinion and since this is an election year and opinions are facts and facts are opinions (my new motto), then it must be true.

IDES COVERAlso, it’s kind of misogynist, but then again, maybe men do worry more about things they can’t see? Like artillery?  “Looked good when it left here” is the motto of the artilleryman to explain everything.

Speaking of Caesar, he got whacked on the Ides of March, which is two weeks away: 15 March. Lots of other stuff happened on that date; most of which I was not aware of. George Washington had to stop an insurrection among his officer in 1783 because Congress hadn’t paid them in over a year. Seriously, does Congress do anything? All I here people in Congress saying is what they won’t do and want to stop; no one seems to be proposing what they will do and what they want to achieve. And if they’re simply going to vote along party lines without exception, let’s just ship them home.

The last Tsar, Nicholas II, abdicated on the 15th of March 1917. Of the events I’ve covered so far in my Time Patrol books, that one ranks up there. The end of Imperial Russia brought about the deadliest Civil War of the modern era and ushered in the Soviet Union, which killed a bunch of its own people (google Stalin and famine) and then did the bulk of the heavy lifting on the ground in Europe during WWII. Then the Cold War. BTW, it was interesting researching that the United States placed Jupiter missiles in Italy and Turkey with nuclear warheads before the Soviets tried putting some in Cuba. And Kennedy ran on a missile gap that was a lie. Sometimes I think the biggest problem we have now is the lack of knowing what happened in the past.

The Kennedy Endeavor.

I digress, but I’m not sure if I have a point to this blog other than meandering. If there is one theme in almost all my books, it’s history.

IMG_0631 2Ah, I think that’s the point. They (whoever they is; my team sergeant used to say “There is no we and they, until THEY screw up”) say: those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Okay– I found one guy who said it: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana

Exactly. Of course, I have a hard time remembering what I did yesterday. Seriously, ask my wife. Or Cool Gus.

Don’t ask Becca. She’s a girl. Of course she remembers. That’s why she looks so happy. She wins every argument with Cool Gus because she remembers. That’s why he looks so sad and is in the passenger seat.

What do they all have in common? 15 March was an important date for each one of them.

Caesar is the one most associated with the Ides of March, but it was also the day the last Tsar of Russia abdicated, leading to a Civil War that killed millions, brought about the Soviet Union and . . .

George Washington stopped a growing mutiny among his officers on the 15th of March, 1783. They wanted to march on Congress, demanding their pay and what had been promised them and been withheld. The United States might never exist if this had happened.

IDES COVERColumbus returned from ‘discovering’ the New World to Spain on the 15th of March, 1493. But he brought more back than just word of his discovery.

Three weeks from now, my next Time Patrol book, Ides of March, will be published. Clicking on this link will open an excerpt from the opening of the book to give you an idea what awaits. It is available for pre-order now.

Don’t beware the Ides of March! Understand its historical context.

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Time Patrol: Ides of March

15 March 2016

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