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, June 19, 2014

Which Book to Choose?

I asked yesterday for readers of the blog to buy one of my books. Right now there's two. Killer of Killers, my debut novel, and number one favorite. Then there's The Vase, which is still one heck of a great book. The original concept of images recorded in a vase is a premise I don't think has ever been portrayed in a book, TV show, or movie. I think my book, The Vase, is the only story ever to contain a premise like that.

Yeah, it's a great premise, but without the great story, it wouldn't be a great book. It has great characters, a great sub plot, a great main plot, and a great climax. And it has a great resolution. It's just a great book. I'm very aware that having Israelis and Palestinians as the main characters is also a very unique thing to do in a story.

You see, the main character, Muhsin Muhabi and his son, Naji, are Palestinians. And Professor Weiss, Captain Mathias, and Mary Levin are Israelis. They are all main characters. Then you have the Americans, Harvey Holmes, Melvyn Bloomberg, and Lady Lamont who are also instrumental in the story. They may even be regarded as being part of the comedic sub plot. But this story is not a comedy. It has suspense, drama, tragedy, and several scenes of violence.

The only thing The Vase doesn't have is sex. There is some inferred sex, but it is not portrayed. That's why I say that even though it's a story written for adults, minors can read it. They may not understand half of what's going on, but not because of sex.

No, for that you'll have to read Killer of Killers. (And the upcoming sequel, Killer Eyes.) But with titles like that, you'd think there was killing. Um.... there is. A lot of killing and a lot of violence. I don't go over the top, though. It's not like the show Spartacus that was on STARZ recently. That was over-the-top violence. Or a Quentin Tarrantino movie.

But Killer of Killers, and Killer eyes, nonetheless, have violence. And it's because of the nature of the story. If you like exciting stories, read Killer of Killers and The Vase. And the soon to be released Killer Eyes. I can say without a doubt that they're all great stories, and they all have excitement. And much, much more. What are you waiting for? Buy them today!

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