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.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blog Readers

It's interesting how the stats page on my blog indicates the countries of the blog readers who have read this blog over the past month. If half of these readers bought a copy of Killer of Killers or The Vase, both of the books would be best sellers. But then again, I'm wondering if these readers are really readers, because most of those countries are not English speaking countries.
For example, the U.S. is far and away the country from which most readers of the blog are located. But in the past month alone, the other countries where readers live are as follows: Russia, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, China, Algeria, United Kingdom, and Greece.
Okay, the United Kingdom, obviously is English, but the others are not. So unless they are English speakers, they're not reading the blog. But if they are English speakers, and it's not a stretch to believe other countries have English speakers who visit blogs, then I can hope my books are being bought and being read by people all over the world.
And in the past I've seen countries on the stats page that include Malaysia, Korea, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, and more. So it's amazing to me the distances to which my blog can actually reach. And here's to hoping those distances are places where people not only speak English but read it and buy books!

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