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.

Monday, September 27, 2010


Writers have to be some of the most intelligent and decent people on the planet. I mean nice and polite kind of decent. Intelligent because they know so much about the world and about people. They have to if they want their writing to make sense.

I've been on other blogs and forums, and I have found a lot of great people out there. But on some forums I've found a lot of downright vile people. I mean really mean people. Rude and insulting comments result from the most innocent of comments. Take sports forums, for example. On a sports forum, if someone doesnt' agree with you, they think they have the right to question your intelligence or even your sanity. And not just in a joking way. They really mean it. It's as if the anonymity of the internet makes it OK for them to be a jackass.

The only other type of forum that brings that mean kind of attitude is political forums. I am appalled at the rudeness, the meanness, the downright vile and insulting responses political discussions evoke on like forums. From both sides of the aisle. I won't ever say anything political on my blog, nor will I ever talk about sports.

No, on this blog, it's all about writing. As you know by now, I am a teacher. An art teacher, mainly, but I have taught other subjects, among them, English, Language Arts, and Literature. I have taught the writing process, and I have been evaluated on my teaching methods while teaching the writing process. Passed with flying colors, and it was before I decided to try my hand as an author.

For my Master's Degree in Education, I wrote many reports, essays, and research papers. The professors liked my writing and said so. One of them asked to put two of my essays in his next book, which was about the educational process. So, I do have something published, actually. But it's under his name. Of course, he gave me credit for the essays in his book. But I still don't point to that when I submit to publishers. I call myself an as yet unpublished author. Hope that won't be the case for much longer, though.


  1. You're right about writers. They really are so helpful. I think it has to do with the nature of the industry, us trying to break in and trying to make our voices heard. We see the darker side of humanity all the time, and I believe that pushes many of us to not follow down that path.

  2. That's a very interesting point. Writers don't really compete with each other. We see ourselves as in the same boat, so to speak, and it doesn't hinder one's own opportunities to help another improve his/hers.