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.



Monday, February 10, 2014

Film Agents, anyone?

With sales picking up for Killer of Killers and The Vase, I was thinking about finding a film agent. Only problem is, I'm not sure how to go about that. It seems that film agents aren't so numerous as book agents. If you google literary agents, a slew of them come up. If you google film agents, not so. You get a different kind of result, and it's not a list of agents.

I've talked a lot about how KOK would be great as a movie, but of course, every author probably thinks their book would be great as a movie, so I'm probably just another one in a countless list of writers believing it. Still, martial arts action movies have always been popular. And they are just as popular now as ever. Probably will continue to be. The story line to KOK is intriguing, and the characters just as interesting as any I've ever seen in any movie.

But again, I have to believe all authors feel that way about their books. A film maker will have to believe it. Then it can happen. But that's where the film agent comes in. It would be his/.her job to convince a film maker that KOK is the story they want. First, gotta find one.

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