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.



Friday, May 23, 2014

New Synopsis Finished, but First Things FIrst

I've finished an extended synopsis of my new story, tentatively entitled Second Chance, but I've got to pull the reins. First things first, I have to finish the revisions and even the edits to Killer Eyes. That story has already waited its turn. I wrote it about three years ago, but the publication, (and editing) of Killer of Killers and The Vase took precedence before I could revise it to the specifications I've since learned.

Meaning all POV issues had to be dealt with and they have been. A couple plot holes had to be filled and they pretty much have been. Finally, I have to complete the rewriting of that one inconsistent turn of events that involved one of the characters and I'm in the process of doing that. It's a major thing, which I'm glad I caught before submitting, otherwise readers would have said, "Wait a minute!" But with my changes, the sequence of events will make much better sense.

So on with Killer Eyes until the revisions are done. I may still dabble with Second Chance here and there, but my main focus has to stay with Killer Eyes or it will get lost in the shuffle. Not to worry. It should be done by next month. Then on with Second Chance.

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