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.



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Estella Daniels--May Not Be Susie Quinn

I have talked about which actors could be which characters in the story Killer of Killers. I'm convinced Dustin Clare is right for the lead role, Trent Smith, the martial arts champion. His resume includes, of course, playing the role of the champion gladiator in the STARZ show Spartacus. Everything about him is right for the part.

And I've talked often about how Amber Heard is just right for the lead female role of Samantha Jones. Actors for all of the other characters could be easily found, no doubt, and I've listed some who would be good choices for the balance of the cast. But the one character I've yet to find an actress for is the black exotic dancer Susie Quinn.

I thought for a while that Estella Daniels might be a good choice. But that was after seeing her for only a minute during her first appearance in DaVinci's Demons. She's had more screen time in this second season of DaVinci's Demons, and I'm thinking she may not be right for the part.

It's not because I don't think she's a good actress. I just haven't seen enough of her to convince me that she looks the part. And looks are a major factor. To me, an actor has got to look the part. Dustin Clare looks the part for Trent Smith. Amber Heard looks the part for the beautiful blond police detective Samantha Jones. But Estella Daniels, really, just doesn't look the part. Okay, she's a black actress, and I thought at first that that was enough to play the part of the black exotic dancer. But no. It's not enough.

You see, Susie Quinn is a physically PERFECT, visually STUNNING woman. And she's described in the book as one of the most impressive looking women Trent Smith had ever seen. And he had already met the extremely beautiful Samantha Jones by that time. And Samantha Jones is as beautiful as any woman could ever be. Yet Susie Quinn was STILL described as one of the most impressive looking women Trent had ever seen. That means she is just as beautiful. Now I'm not saying Estella Daniels isn't beautiful. She just doesn't seem to be the "type."

It's hard to explain. It could be that as the black slave girl in DaVinci's Demons, she is such a good actress that she has become the part. She looks like a black slave girl. And Susie Quinn in Killer of Killers is nobody's slave girl. The only other photos I've seen of her are photos from some other historical drama she's been in. I've never seen her wearing contemporary fashions, like I've been able to see with Amber Heard. Maybe that's all it is. If I could see Estella wearing a modern dress with a modern hairdo, it could be that she is right for the part. Unfortunately, all I have are these two close ups of just her face, and neither really do her any justice. Blame her publicity people on that.














These next pictures are the closest I can find that might show that Estella Daniels could be right for the part. I can't tell if these are casual photos or photos taken from one of her sets.


The photo with the blue eye shadow is the best photo of all that might be indicative that Estella is a good Susie Quinn "type." There's just not quite enough there to tell for sure. And if it isn't, then which black actress IS the "type?" I haven't seen her yet. I suppose that's why they have casting calls. You have to audition a group of actors or actresses to find the right actor or actress that IS the type for the part. And I suppose that's what we'll have to do for the part of Susie Quinn. Until then...

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