When he was young, John W. Warner IV often found his family rubbing elbows with the highest political and business figures at historically significant gatherings around the world. Such is life when you are the son of the recently deceased Sen. John W. Warner III (R-VA), former Secretary of the Navy and Chairman of the Armed Services Committee (KBE), and Catherine Mellon, banking heiress and daughter of philanthropist Paul Mellon (OSS, KBE).

As a result, John IV developed an obsessive hunger to find the hidden truths behind world events. Whether it was through following and observing his father up close on the international stage or his own initiatives, he has become a master historian and researcher in his own right.

Focusing on revisionist/alternative history, his extensive research led to the writing of Little Anton, gripping historical fiction that reveals secrets about technological advancements and prominent leaders active in the World War II era, including Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Ferdinand Porsche and Winston Churchill. 


Warner weaves industrial history, the women’s movement, international relations, America’s foreign policy, and engineering with the thrills and dangers of Grand Prix racing. It is a love story, a spy novel, and a book about engines, auto racing, adventure, war, and intrigue. With so much to unpack in the massive Little Anton, it’s hard to imagine Warner would have anything left in the tank for an encore. Well, imagine no further. Meet Lion, Tiger, Bear, which picks up where Little Anton dramatically ends and continues the wild adventures of Lady Beatrice, the defiant, libertine MI6 operative and WWII pilot, in this thriller set during the 1942 African Desert conflict. 

In Lion, Tiger, Bear, Bea and her comrades must find a secret German mining operation, airbase, and Ahnenerbe SS archeology dig in Iraq that is directly linked to the German Wunderwaffe atomic bomb, free energy, and antigravity programs — technologies that rely on mysterious and hidden ancient technology and philosophy. In his engaging preface and in a self-effacing manner, Warner suggests that readers “thumb through” some of Little Anton’s more than 1,100 pages, although more than that is definitely advisable. 


We still have plucky super-hero and debutant Lady Bea and the dapper, lovable rake Bernie Rodgers as they embark on almost impossible missions from their respective countries’ leaders — Bea from her beloved uncle Churchill and Bernie from Uncle Sam. Together they abscond with tanks and airplanes, military secrets, supplies, weapons, biscuits, and whiskey. Never losing their sense of humor or their appreciation of good manners, the pair wreaks havoc on their enemies, singly and as a team. 

In this book, Bea and Bernie are joined by Bea’s blond sidekick and fellow feminist Alice, who manages to stumble through the chaos and casualties relatively unscathed, and the handsome, self-educated Gwafa from the West African nation of Mali.

The story, like its older bigger brother, is complex and has many tentacles. Once again, Warner’s passion pours out from the pages — for the story, the history, the research, and the multiple themes, all grounded in fact but expanded upon through fictional liberties.


Besides the main plot, an equally absorbing and engrossing focus is the ancient histories, legends, and occultism that seem to be the bedrock of Nazi extremism. Readers may be stunned at the familiar names that crop up: Donald J. Trump’s paternal uncle John, for example, Nicola Tesla, Carl Jung, Einstein, and Frankenstein’s monster. 

We find out that much of what we thought was folklore may actually be fact. Antarctica was once tropical? The mythical city of Atlantis once really existed? Foo Fighters is not just a band but UFOs, which baffled the military during and long after WWII — even, it’s believed, attacking Los Angeles in 1942?

Theories about energy paths, extraterrestrial influences, concentrations of sacred energy, and fearful prophecies abound. Warner’s extensive research on the occult, secret societies, mystery schools, sacrificial cults, and satanic practices is remarkable without leading readers to believe that he’s a follower of any of that. The book does, however, stir the imagination and curiosity of even the most skeptical.

Equally unnerving are the references to illustrations on coins and paper currency, official buildings in Washington D.C., churches and temples, and architectural designs that call up the ancient peoples, gods and goddesses of long-ago tribes that, according to myth, legend, and archeology, ruled the world with accuracy, power and success.


Unrest among the Germans is presented in this book, with high-ranking Nazis calling deputy Fuhrer Rudolph Hess “an occultist fool” and Hitler “a nervous paranoid … a delusional wreck … an asset to the Allies, a loose cannon.” It’s hard to keep track of who is fighting for whom, who believes in the war as a racial cleansing or as the delusions of a group of power-mad Illuminati.

The race toward nuclear weaponry and world dominance includes anti-gravity aircraft design, pranic life force, electrical plasma, and the search for gold and thorium. In actuality, war efforts also included music — Goebbels changed the concert pitch in an effort to influence the minds of listeners — underground fortifications, and airships; all in the grip of myth and legend — or truth and history.

Threaded throughout pages of ancient history, our heroes and their nemeses continue their sagas, their conversations piquant and often amusing. “Bum fodder,” exclaims Prime Minister Churchill to President Roosevelt, “but I like the way you think.” Bea refers to the battles in North Africa as “a nobleman’s rapier duel in a sandbox.” 

During the heat of battles and deadly boring lulls between, Bea and her cohorts long for fine champagne, hot baths, lobster and sex. It’s hard not to wish you were there with them, no matter the blood and loss.

You can purchase Lion, Tiger, Bear here.


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John W. Warner IV is an author and historian whose family has a long history in U.S. Intelligence. As the son of Senator John Warner (R-VA), and Catherine Mellon, John IV has been behind the scenes with some of the most powerful and influential people in U.S. and global history. In his historical novels, John discloses the shocking hidden history of advanced technology and the covert schemes of the Fascist power elite. His passions of history, vintage cars and the unsung heroes of WWII have inspired multiple large-scale creative ventures. He is the creator of  a DVD documentary series on the early bootlegging days of NASCAR, The Golden Era of NASCAR, and a multi-part book series, Little AntonLion, Tiger, Bear is the second book in the Little Anton series.