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.



Monday, August 4, 2014

Readers From Turkey

My stats page indicates today that a lot of people from Turkey have been reading my blog. That's nice. So hello people from Turkey, you have joined my American, Russian, and German audience, whose countries have made up the majority of visitors to this blog. But the Turks have overtaken the Germans. For today, anyway.

I don't know, really, what it is that attracts the Russians and Germans, or the Turks, since none of my books deal with Russia or Germany. Or Turkey. One of my books, The Vase, takes place in Israel, yet I've never seen any indication that readers from Israel have visited the blog. That's weird. People from Russia, Germany, and Turkey read the blog, and people from a lot of other countries, too, but never Israel. I'm thinking it might have something to do with Amber Heard, because the stats page indicates that my posts about Amber Heard seem to be the most visited posts. Could be...

And if that is why, then hey all you people who visit the blog because you like Amber Heard, buy a copy of Killer of Killers! And while reading it, you can envision Amber Heard playing the role of the beautiful blond police detective, Samantha Jones! That's the reason I ever mentioned her in the first place. So yeah, buy a copy, even a digital copy, which you can download instantly onto your electronic reading devices. Samantha Jones just could be Amber Heard's breakout role. If only Corey Yuen would make my Killer books into movies.

I say books plural because the sequel Killer Eyes is very close to being published. I'll be submitting it before the summer is over. And, wow, it's almost over already. Time flies. But I knew that.

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