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.



Thursday, May 1, 2014

Killer Eyes Almost Ready

The long awaited sequel to Killer of Killers is almost ready. I have decided to retain the working title, Killer Eyes. I had been considering to change it to The Killers Guild because the Killers Guild is introduced in that book. But no. The main antagonist, Ming Sang, a very evil and cunning Chinese woman, who is tall and beautiful, has extraordinary eyes. At once they are evil, malevolent, beautiful, and exude the trait of a killer. I don't know exactly what any of that means, but it sounds good, so that's how I describe her. And the book's title will stay Killer Eyes.

It was funny when I was interviewed by the local newspaper I mentioned Killer Eyes, the sequel, and the reporter interpreted it as Killerize! And that's how she printed it in the article. It's all right. At least it received some publicity already. Doesn't matter how it was spelled. Just so people know about it, and that it was soon to be published.

Just another read through is all. I have already learned that the more an author reads through his manuscript, the better that manuscript becomes each and every time. So it would behoove me to reread it as many times as I can. It's just that life gets in the way. And every time I'm trying to read and improve the manuscript, something always seems to come  up. Still, you keep on trudging away at it, knowing that every time you do, the writing gets better. So that's what I'll be doing for another month at least. My plan is to submit it sometime this summer. Until then, look for Killer Eyes to be published by the end of this year.

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