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.



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cast of Characters of Killer Books

Before I start the third and perhaps final book in the Killer series, I must finish John Dunn, Heart of a Zulu. It's a fun book, to be sure, and a great story, most of it based on historical fact. Sure I embellished the story here and there, but again, most of the events that take place are true.

Amber Heard
But when I get back to the Killer series, it's going to be just as fun, maybe more. That's because the Killer books are my favorite books. Trent Smith is my favorite character, and even though she's not a model or a movie star, Samantha Jones is the most beautiful woman in the world. She's a police detective, and I'm not forgetting that the actress who plays her if the Killer books are made into movies, WILL be a movie star. That's where Amber Heard comes in.

Sure other actresses can do it, but she's my first choice. Of course, the actor who plays the main character, Trent Smith, will be the most crucial choice. I've been leaning toward Dustin Clare of Spartacus fame. But he's been keeping a very low profile of late. It seems like he's an actor who is not in high demand. I base that comment on the fact that he hasn't been in any movies or TV shows since Spartacus. Amber Heard has, but not Dustin Clare. Still, I'd cast him. Maybe it could be that if Killer of Killers were to be made into a movie by a famous director like Josh Whalen or Corey Yuen, then Dustin Clare can have what could turn out to be his "break out" role. What a thought.

Dustin Clare
Max Von Sydow would be perfect for Abraham Soriah, the reclusive billionaire who is forming an exclusive fraternity of immortal supermen, which includes himself. And Dennis Haysbert wolld be perfect to play the part of his right hand man, Charles Morgan. And Eugene Levy would be good as Karl Manoukian, the millionaire who originally funded the research for the wonder drug that came to be known as Eternity, named for its alleged ability.

But first, finish John Dunn. Then get Killer Eyes published. And then finish the series with The Killers Guild. That would be a wrap. Of course, I'll still be working on my football novel, Second Chance. And after all of that, it will be time to proceed with my YA book, Inside the Outhouse. I'm getting more ideas just how to proceed with that one, too. That's it for now.

 
 

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