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, July 17, 2014

Amber Heard, Dustin Clare, Zhang Yuqi--Corey Yuen

So even if Amber Heard wanted to play the role of Samantha Jones, and Dustin Clare wanted the lead role of Trent Smith in Killer of Killers, it wouldn't make a bit of difference if Corey Yuen didn't want to make the movie. That means first and foremost, Corey Yuen must read the book, Killer of Killers, and like it enough to make it into a movie. And only after Killer of Killers is made into a movie, might Killer Eyes be made into a movie, too, with Zhang Yuqi or Sun Li playing the part of the villainess, Ming Sang.

Oh, I can dream, and I can dream all day, but you, the readers, must buy copies of Killer of Killers, and then its sequel, Killer Eyes. Let it be known if you liked the books, and let the word spread. Because if it does, only then might Corey Yuen get the message. And that message is that there's a great martial arts story out there, (Killer of Killers, and its sequel, Killer Eyes) that would make great movies.

Of course I realize that if Corey Yuen were to decide to make the movies, he might have different actors play the parts. But Corey Yuen is a master filmmaker. And he's a master director of action packed films. The Transporter movies (and he made all three of them,) rank among my favorite movies of all time. And if Corey Yuen were to sign on for Killer of Killers, it's like, wow, a dream come true. I would have no doubt that he would make it into the greatest possible movie it could possibly be. And that would be pretty darn great, indeed.

Sure, there's other directors who do great action movies. The Bourne movies are great, too. I wouldn't mind that crew doing the movie! Not at all. But I just have a sentimental appreciation for Corey Yuen's movies, and since he specializes in martial arts action, I think he would be the best man for the job. But again, readers out there, spread the word about Killer of Killers. Let's get it on the NY Times bestseller's list. That's the only way Hollywood will notice it. Thank you.

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