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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Killer Eyes Read Through Finished, But...

I finished what I've been calling a "read through" last night, but I think I want to "read through" it one more time before submitting it to Melange. And that's because I made too many revisions during that read through. Not to the story or anything that has to do with the time line, like before. Just a lot of polishing of the prose. I took out some unnecessary sentences, changed some sentences, and in many parts it was pretty significant. As a result, it's significantly better now, but I think it also warrants another read through.

I'll start today when I get home from work, and this time it should be a pretty clean read through. No doubt I'll make some more revisions, but now those revisions should be minor. Maybe a word here and there, maybe a sentence here and there changed somewhat, but again, once this last read through is completed, then I'll submit, and readers will finally have a chance to see what happens with Trent Smith as he continues his mission of justice. It's full of action, more romance, and a lot of surprises, too. Stay tuned.

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