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.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Main Event in The Vase Happening In Real Life!

I just happened to read that the main event that happens in my novel, The Vase, is happening in real life. The event that I'm referring to is the Pope's visit to the Holy Land, while being accompanied by a Jewish Leader and a Muslim leader. You can read the article here.

As the article says, it's a rabbi and a Muslim leader from Argentina accompanying the Pope, whereas in The Vase, the Pope toured the Holy Land with the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president. But the article says that the real life Pope will be visiting with the real life Israeli prime minister and the real life Palestinian president during his tour. So there you go.

The Vase was published last year, but I wrote it four years ago. So it's somewhat satisfying to see what I wrote really come to pass, as far as the three faiths coming together in a visit to the Holy Land. Of course, I hope that's the only thing that really happens. All the terrorist stuff, the violence, the intrigue, the things that go bang in night, so to speak, can be left out. We don't need assassinations and terrorist plots, or even antiterrorist plots to really occur.

No, here's to hoping the real life Papal tour of the Holy Land proceeds without a hitch. The events that surround the Pope's visit to the Holy Land in The Vase are best left to fiction. Thanks anyway.

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