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.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Killer Eyes--Revisions Nearly Done

Over my week off last week, I did get a lot done. My taxes, work on the house, and revisions to Killer Eyes, the sequel to Killer of Killers. It's not just another story about Trent Smith. Killer Eyes is really the conclusion to the story that happens in Killer of Killers. Although KOK is a stand alone story, it really doesn't wrap up all of the loose ends. Killer Eyes does.

But when I found the hole in the story during the revision process, I used my own real life experiences to fix it. One thing I've learned in real life is that you can't really trust or depend on anyone. Most people will probably agree. If you do have a friend you can trust or depend on through thick and thin, you are a very lucky person. I'm not so lucky, and I'm as guilty as anyone in terms of the opposite. But when it comes to how this affects you, I think it depends on the circumstances. Was it a life or death thing? Something trivial? Something petty?

And even though Trent Smith already knows this, he learns it again. And this is how I fix that hole in the plot. I don't want to give away any spoilers, especially since the book is not published yet. Of course, Killer of Killers is published, twice over, including the Second Edition, the much better edition, I might add. But I'm using everything I've learned in real life to make the story complete and tie up all the loose ends. Bottom line--you can't trust anyone.

It's what I'm teaching my sons. Being so young still, they have yet to experience the things that will affect them the rest of their lives. So I tell them. Don't trust anyone. Other people don't want to help you. Everyone wants only to help themselves. People live their lives to make their own situations better. They will use you to do that. People who want to sell you something or  solicit something are doing it not for you. It's for them. A good example is the solicited investment scam. People don't want to help you make money. They want to make money for themselves, and they want to use your money to do it.

But I digress. The revisions stage of Killer Eyes is close to being finished. And there's a development in the story that is a disappointment to Trent Smith. But again. He already learned that lesson. He just didn't realize this lesson would be so close to home. You'll see what I mean. But before Killer Eyes comes out, get your copy of Killer of Killers. That's the first part of the story. Don't worry. It's a very exciting and entertaining story. Despite the set backs and disappointments Trent Smith experiences. You'll see.

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