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.



Monday, June 2, 2014

A Good Police Partner Movie

Every once in a while there's a real good police partner story that's worth watching. I remember Busting way back in the seventies which partnered Robert Blake and Elliot Gould. It was a good story, which I still remember. More recently, I thought Jason Statham and Jet Li worked well together, in the movie War. And there's been plenty others to be sure. I never got into the TV versions of police partner stories though. I never watched Starsky and Hutch, or Chips, or Miami Vice.

But I just happened to find another police partner movie on one of those Cable channels while channel surfing, and I recorded it on the DVR to watch one day, which I did. And I thought it was a very well written story. What attracted me to it at first was Chow Yun-Fat, the Chinese actor who's been in quiet a lot of films. I've liked all the movies he's been in, and so I thought I'd check it out. Mark Wahlberg was the other actor in the film, and I've liked most of his movies, too.

It's called The Corruptor, made in 1999, and it turned out to be well written, well produced, and of course, well acted. Like Robert Blake and Elliot Gould in Busting, and like Jason Statham and Jet Li in War, the two actors, Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Wahlberg worked well together as police partners, and the story was well conceived. It played out with a couple of twists that took even me by surprise. There might have been a part that I disagreed with, but it didn't ruin the story, and it might have even made it more intense. What it did was justified the ending, which I can't divulge, because that would be a spoiler.

If you haven't seen The Corruptor with Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Wahlberg, check it out. Especially if you like police partner stories. It's a good one.

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