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, April 7, 2014

Biggest Problem for Writers-Life Gets in the Way

I'm on Spring break right now, and that's one of the great things about being a teacher. You get breaks like this. Of course the Summer break is the best one, and that's coming up, too. But that doesn't mean you get to kick back and spend all your time writing, or doing anything on your list of things to do. Because life gets in the way.

First, a week ago was my Silver Wedding Anniversary, and I spent the weekend with my wife at Cavallo Point, which is a fancy Hotel/Resort used for like occasions by the people in the Bay Area. It's on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, and it's actually situated almost underneath it on the Marin side. You have a nice view of the bridge, and it's quite a sight to behold up close.

This past week, we're having contractors reconstructing our two upstairs bathrooms, and that's not an easy thing, especially if you want to write. In addition to that, my son's getting his first car, and that's another time consuming thing, having to find a good used car at a good price, and then doing the DMV thing which is never a breeze. If you've ever spent any time at the DMV you know what I mean.

But I'm so close to finishing Killer Eyes, the distractions are frustrating to say the least. I've come up with a solution to the snag I mentioned, and I need time to write the scenes necessary to make it all work. I've already started, doing a little here and there. But I need at least one more scene to make it all come together. Hopefully that can happen this week. We'll see.

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