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, September 24, 2014

Writers Want their writing to be Read

I don't consider writing to be work. It's a fun thing, and I'd do it for free. Well, I pretty much do do it for free. (That's weird, writing the word do twice.) Unless you're Stephen King or JK Rowling, and some others it's not a thing that makes a lot of money. I don't know about King, but I've read that Rowling is a billionaire from her books and of course the movies.

I'm not expecting to be a billionaire or anything, but I do hope and want a lot of people to read my books. Because that's the bottom line. You want your writing to be read. And enjoyed. As for Rowling's Harry Potter, clearly a lot of people enjoyed them. Aside from the money, I'm sure Rowling was glad about that. And aside from money, I'd be glad for that, too.

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