Will iconic images recorded in the grooves of an ancient vase unite the Holy Land or rip it further apart?


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, March 18, 2014

Walking Dead--Shocking, but Good

I like the Walking Dead show, but I never liked the child characters. OK, Carl has a role in the show, and it's an established character that I can handle. But when the two little girl characters were introduced, I found them unacceptable. And the reason is because it's not a kid's show. It really is an adult show. The graphic violence and over-the-top gore makes it an adult show. It's no place for two little girls, or two  characters who are little girls.

Even when I was a kid I never liked shows with kids. I remember the old TV show Lost in Space. I was a kid, but never did I like the kids Will Robinson and his sister Penney in that show. I was able to accept it when they were side-story characters, but when the show came to focus on Will Robinson, it became a lousy kids show that I didn't like.

Ditto with the Star Trek Next Generation show. I loved the original Star Trek show, but when Next Generation came out, it featured another kid, Wesley Crusher, who, for me, ruined the show. The show actually focused on him, and he was almost always the hero, the one who figured out the problem at hand, and then figured out the solution, while all the adults, including the Captain and First Officer sat around with their heads up their you know whats. For me, that equated to a very bad show.

So back to the Walking Dead and the two little girls who have been on the show now for about one season, total, and that will be all, because they've been killed off. Of course I don't relish the event, or any event that sees children killed. It's one of the reasons I didn't like the Hunger Games movie. But those two little girls should never have been on the show in the first place. It's as if they were introduced just to be killed off. That isn't what should happen in a show. Maybe it's supposed to happen to the guys who wear the read uniform shirts in the original Star Trek show, but it's not what's supposed to happen to kids.

Nevertheless, I never thought those girls should have been in the show, so when they were killed off, it was acceptable to me. And the way they were killed off, I have to say, was a shocking development. And original, too. Seeing how things happen in that show, heck, even in real life, it was a good piece of writing, imo.

I say that because lately the show had become mundane. It was just people wandering around, killing off zombies, and nothing was really happening other than, say, building up characterization. But no real events were happening. Now, the deaths of the two littler girls, and especially the WAY that it happened was, not only shocking, but completely unexpected. When a story can do that, I mean, take a twisting turn that totally surprises the audience, then that is real good writing.

Kudos to The Walking Dead writers for being real good writers.

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