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, June 25, 2014

Killer of Killers, the Series, starring Dustin Clare?

With the successful completion of the Killer of Killers sequel imminent, and the third installment being planned to be written this summer or soon thereafter, it's turning out to be at least a three volume series. Should I call it the Killer of Killers series? Or the Trent Smith Saga? Or what?

Whatever I call it, it would be a great series on the STARZ channel, which had already made some great series. And seeing as how it had Spartacus with Dustin Clare, I think that would be a perfect venue for the Killer of Killers series, with Dustin Clare playing the lead role, Trent Smith, the world's greatest martial artist. And if Amber Heard is unavailable for the female lead Samantha Jones, then STARZ already had an actress, Ellen Hollman, who played Dustin Clare's love interest in Spartacus. Pairing the two together again in Killer of Killers would be sweet.

And a lot of those actors and actresses from Spartacus could find roles in the Killer of Killers series. Oh, what a dream come true if it were to happen. All authors have dreams like that. Game of Thrones,  after all, was a series of books. And they got made into a TV series, albeit by HBO, another STARZ-like channel. And it turned out great.

So when I submit Killer Eyes, my question is what should the subtitle be? Book Two of the Trent Smith Saga? Volume Two of the Killer of Killers Series? That is the question I'll need to answer and very soon. Because the completion of Killer Eyes is going to be very soon. Any suggestions? Let me know. Thanks.

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