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.



Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fast-Action-Packed-Martial Arts-Romance

I titled this post Fast-Action-Packed-Martial Arts-Romance because that is how I would categorize my book Killer of Killers. Some people have told me the cover makes it look like a horror story. It is not a horror story. That doesn't mean that if you like horror stories you won't like it. You still will like it. Maybe even love it. There are no monsters or vampires or zombies or werewolves in it. There are no psychopathic murderers or serial killers in it. It is not a horror story. It is a fast, action-packed martial arts story, with a touch of romance, too.

Oh, but it does have killers in it. And it's main character is disgusted with them. So much so, that he decides that these murderers, most of them multiple murderers, deserve to be killed. He wasn't always like that. He lived an idyllic life in Japan, a country nearly free of murderers.

But America, his homeland, isn't free of murderers. And guess what? That is a reality. I didn't make that  up. America is indeed not free of murderers. In fact, every day you can read the news and learn about murderers in just about every city in America. Murderers who kill innocent school children waiting at bus stops to go to school. Murderers who rape, torture and brutally kill innocent girls who never did anything to them. Innocent people who might just be jogging on the street, and then someone drives up behind them and shoots them in the back.

Yes, America, in reality has uncounted murderers murdering every day. And almost all of them don't even have to pay the price. They just sit in a jail cell for literally dozens of years, with no repercussions to their crime. Many are even let out of jail to murder again. This is not a book, this is reality. This is the country in which I live. This is America.

But Killer of Killers is fiction. It is not based on a true story. It is one man's belief that murderers deserve to die. And being the world's greatest martial artist, he has the ability to do it. He doesn't use guns. He doesn't use knives. To him, guns and knives are weapons of cowards. He faces off with these mad dog killers with his bare hands.

Buy your copy of Killer of Killers today. See how one man can make a difference in the lives of killers who deserve to get what they gave!

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