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

THE VASE

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, January 17, 2014

Are the Nominated Movies All That Good?

Just read about how there's nine movies nominated for best picture. But I haven't seen any of them. Strange thing is, I don't really go to movies much anymore. I did when I was in my teens and early twenties. But my inclination to go see movies has been in a sharp decline since my thirties. And now, as a father of two, I really don't go much at all.

I will take my sons to see movies that interest us, and maybe that's the key reason why we don't go see movies much. There really aren't too many movies being made that interest us anymore. For instance, none of these nine nominated movies interest us at all. Nor do any of the other ones out there. They don't interest us one bit. So we don't go see them. It's as simple as that.

Maybe I'm too picky. I like movies like Jason Statham's "Transporter" movies, or Matt Dillon's "Bourne" movies. I liked the Lord of the Rings movies, too. And that's about it. But the movies out now? Especially the ones up for best picture? No interest at all. I guess I'm not too keen on social commentary movies. It seems like a lot of the movies today are of that sort. They are good for some people I guess. Just not me.


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