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.



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Martial Arts Books--The Killer Series

I think martial arts books, specifically martial arts novels, are becoming more popular. You have some popular ones already out there, like the Jason Bourne series, which became successful movies. And you have a lot of martial arts books in China, which Chinese movie makers have made into some pretty good movies, too.

One of my favorite Chinese movie makers is Corey Yuen, who had a hand in the Transporter movies, with Jason Statham. He's made many other movies as well. I have one wish when it comes to the books that I've written. And that wish is for Corey Yuen to read my Killer martial arts novels, and then make them into movies. I have no doubt that Corey Yuen would make those books into great movies. Starting with Killer of Killers. Then the soon to be released Killer Eyes. And finally, the as yet unwritten series finale, The Killers Guild.

No one does martial arts movies better than Corey Yuen. He's the best. But how do I get Killer of Killers into his hands? How can I get the word out? An agent? How do you get a movie or film agent? When I Google 'Film Agents,' all I get are agents who want to represent actors. Not agents who want to represent authors. This is my quandary.

Maybe if I just say, "Hey Corey Yuen, check out my book Killer of Killers! It will make a great movie. Read it and decide for yourself." Then he will hear me and read it and decide for himself. Does it work like that? Somehow I don't think so.


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