Will iconic images recorded in the grooves of an ancient vase unite the Holy Land or rip it further apart?


A novel by Mark M. DeRobertis

Muhsin Muhabi is a Palestinian potter, descended from a long line of potters. His business is run from the same shop owned by his ancestors since the day his forebears moved to Nazareth. The region's conflict saw the death of his oldest son, and rogue terrorists are in the process of recruiting his youngest in their plot to assassinate the Pope and Israeli prime minister.

Professor Hiram Weiss is an art historian at Nazareth’s Bethel University. He is also a Shin Bet operative on special assignment. With the help of fellow agent, Captain Benny Mathias, he plans to destroy the gang responsible for the death of his wife and only child. He puts a bomb in the ancient vase he takes on loan from Muhsin’s Pottery Shop.

Mary Levin, the charming assistant to the director of Shin Bet, has lost a husband and most of her extended family to recurring wars and never-ending terrorism. She dedicates her life to the preservation of Israel, but to whom will she dedicate her heart? The brilliant professor from Bethel University? Or the gallant captain who now leads Kidon?

Harvey Holmes, the Sherlock of Haunted Houses, is a Hollywood TV host whose reality show just flopped. When a Lebanese restaurant owner requests his ghost-hunting services, he believes the opportunity will resurrect his career. All he has to do is exorcise the ghosts that are haunting the restaurant. It happens to be located right across the street from Muhsin’s Pottery Shop.

Friday, September 17, 2010


In KILLER EYES, something happens to the MC, Trent Smith, that gives him longevity, and it’s not what he wanted. I got the idea from the old movie, SHE, starring Ursula Andress as an ancient Egyptian queen who achieved eternal youth when she bathed in the blue flames of a magical meteor. The male lead, (I can’t remember his name,) was cajoled into bathing in the flames, also, when it reappeared in modern times. Ursula bathed in the flames with him, but unknown to poor Ursula, a second time in the magical fire REMOVES the spell of eternal youth, and as the guy reveled in his newly acquired immortality, he got to watch his woman age in seconds to look her real age, which was thousands of years. She died in mummified dust, and he realized that being immortal was not what he wanted after all. A sad realization, when you’ve only been immortal for a minute at that point.

Anyway, it’s all a completely different story in KOK and KE, but the feelings Trent entertains are the same. I think it makes a great story. Hopefully, people will be able to read it. Hopefully.

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