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.



Thursday, February 6, 2014

Back to Work on Killer Eyes

Finally got back to work on the sequel to Killer of Killers, and I think it's working out. At first it seemed that I would have to make a lot of changes, but it's not as bad as I thought. The amount of changes that is. I did make some rearrangements more than anything. I relocated some passages, and made some chapters in the beginning longer, but that's because I combined some chapters. The Prologue is shorter now, but chapters one and two are longer.

The biggest thing now that I'll be working on is the POV 3rd person limited thing. I have to make sure that whoever has the POV in any particular scene the narrative refers to that person by their first name, and proceed from their perspective only. That means you don't reveal anything from anyone else's  perspective, at least not until you change scenes, and change perspectives. That's my major focus on this current pass. Hopefully, it won't take as many passes as KOK did. But we'll see. It will take as many as it takes. That's all.

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