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.



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Amazon Rankings up and down for Killer of Killers

After a steady slide down the Amazon Kindle rankings, Killer of Killers made a big jump. From like 1,700,000 to 200,000 in one day. I don't know if a single Kindle purchase made that happen or if several purchases were suddenly made.

I had noticed it sliding down as the days went by, so when I noticed the 1 million, 500,000 jump up the rankings, I was pleasantly surprised. Of course, over the last few days it's been falling again, and now it's in the 500,000 range. I suppose in order to hold its position in the rankings, it has to be steadily selling every single day.

It's tough for my books, since no book store will stock them due to the POD format in which they are published, and my efforts to find buyers and/or reviewers has been mostly unsuccessful. It depends, I think, on readers of this blog. If even half of the people who visit this blog were to buy a copy of one or both of my books, then they would be doing very well indeed, because my stats page indicates that hundreds of people visit the blog on a monthly basis.

So if you happen to be reading the blog, and you like to read exciting, adventurous, and action-filled books, help out, click on one of the images to the right and buy a copy, or go to Amazon.com and buy a copy there. I dare say you'll be glad you did.

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