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, July 16, 2014

Ming Sang-Okay who plays her?

I talk somewhat about actors and actresses playing the roles of the characters in my books. Well, Killer Eyes isn't even out yet, but I've been talking a lot about Ming Sang, the Chinese woman who heads the infamous Killers Guild. Not only is Ming Sang deadly, she's also very beautiful. Of course, she is. If you're going to have a Chinese woman as the antagonist in a martial arts story, she darn well better be drop dead gorgeous, and Ming Sang is that.

But there's also an evil look to her. In fact, where do you think the title of the book comes from? Killer Eyes? That would be her, of course. Her eyes, that is. So if Killer Eyes were to be made into a movie, which actress would be perfect for the part of Ming Sang?

Lucy Liu
The first actress who comes to mind is Lucy Liu. She was very convincing as an evil martial arts expert in the Kill Bill movies. But there's only one problem. Killer Eyes or even Killer of Killers won't be made into a movie anytime soon, and Lucy Liu is already in her late forties. That doesn't bode well. She may already be too old. Even it the movie were to be made today.


Gong Li




So who else is there? Well, I saw another beautiful Chinese actress who could pull it off. Gong Li. And this picture here is a great shot of how well she can play a villain. No, Ming Sang doesn't smoke cigarettes, but there's no questioning the devious look in those eyes in this picture. She would be great for the part of Ming Sang. But wait, there's the same problem with her that there is with Lucy Liu. And that's her age. She's even older than Lucy Liu! Gong Li will be fifty years old next year! Again, that doesn't bode well for being cast in a movie some years from now. So that means I better keep looking.






Searching through the Internet for beautiful Chinese actresses isn't as easy as it sounds. Well, there's no problem when it comes to finding beautiful actresses, but the problem is they look too innocent, too sweet, too dainty or too nice. Remember Ming Sang exudes evil. She's not very nice at all. But at the same time, she is very beautiful. Her beauty is almost mesmerizing, even, and the evil in her eyes is not something that is hidden, or something that is only evident in certain situations. No. The evil in her eyes is up front. It's obvious, and it's something that is noticed right away.


Chen Shu



So for that reason, finding a Chinese actress to play the part of Ming Sang is not an easy feat. I did find this actress. Her name is Chen Shu. And she might be able to play an evil type. Her age is another problem, though. She's already 38. And the years go by fast. She'll be in her forties before you know it. An actress for the role of Ming Sang should be no older than what Chen Shu is right now. So there you go. The search goes on.











Sun Li




Which brings me to Sun Li. She's 31 right now. And again, the actress who plays Ming Sang shouldn't be much older than that. But at least that gives her some more time than the girls above. And her eyes? They could be made into Killer Eyes all right. See for yourself. I would have no problem with Sun Li being cast for the part of Ming Sang. Nope. None at all.




Zhang Yuqi
But you know what? Search and you will find. I think Zhang Yuqi might just be the Amber Heard of Chinese actresses. Meaning Zhang Yuqi just might be perfect for the part of Ming Sang. Not that any of the above actresses weren't. But there's that age thing. Zhang is 27 right now. Which means of all the above actresses she has the most time to be right for the part before age becomes a factor. And according to this picture, she is certainly beautiful, and even though the smile here is a pleasant one, I think she can turn that smile into one that is very evil. I think they all can. That's their job, after all. Acting. And if any of these actresses are as good as I think they are, any of them will do. But my first choice at this point is Zhang Yuqi. Again, I would be happy with any of them. But let's start with Zhang, and then work our way backwards. That would be my order of preference. Thank you. Here's to Killer of Killers and Killer Eyes being made into movies. If only Corey Yuen were reading this. Yeah.

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