Will iconic images recorded in the grooves of an ancient vase unite the Holy Land or rip it further apart?


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, August 12, 2014

Back to Work-Summer's Over

Yep, back to work, setting up my classroom, and I'm just about done./ It's a good thing, because tomorrow is report back day. All teachers will be meeting here at my school, and then it's meetings, meetings, and then more meetings.

Next Monday the kids report, and it's back to the grindstone. My oldest son begins college this year, and he'll be playing football at the college level, so that's a lot to look forward to. And my youngest son, still in Middle School, will be playing Pop Warner football, so that should be some fun,  too.

But I have to pay the bills, so being a teacher gets that done. As for my two up and coming books, Killer Eyes, and John Dunn, well, that's a lot to look forward to, too. Killer Eyes is just about done. I'm just waiting on the Beta Reader comments, and that should be any time soon. And then I'll submit it. It should be published by Melange Books by the end of this year.

As for John Dunn, well, I'll wait until I'm done with that one, then we'll see who publishes it. That will be an exciting time for me, as well.

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