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.



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Killer Eyes vs. The Killers Guild

As I've written about in earlier posts, the sequel to Killer of Killers is called Killer Eyes. I was planning a third in the series to be called The Killers Guild. But now I'm seriously considering changing Killer Eyes to The Killers Guild. Why? Because in Killer Eyes, I introduce The Killers Guild. In fact, the Killers Guild is a major part of that story. So much so, that naming it The Killers Guild would be appropriate. Now Killer Eyes is also an appropriate name for it, but when it comes to The Killers Guild, I'm thinking that the second sequel will have a lot more reason to be called The Killers Guild than the third sequel, which I have only partially planned. I don't really have a plot in mind at this point, and I've only partially considered what a 'killers guild' would be doing in that one.

But since a Killers Guild is perhaps the main antagonistic presence in the second sequel, which is already written, btw, that's why I'm considering just naming that one The Killers Guild.

But you've got to read Killer of Killers first, anyway, because the second book is really a continuation to that story. It's more like "Part Two" of Killer of Killers more than a sequel. It takes up where Killer of Killers leaves off. Although both stories are complete unto themselves, or stand alone stories. It would be better to read the one after the other though. That would be for optimal enjoyment, that is. So stop wasting time. Buy your copy of Killer of Killers today, so you'll be ready for Killer Eyes. Or The Killers Guild. I better make up my mind. Well, it will be one or the other.

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