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.



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Okay--Finally Saw Fury

Had the day off yesterday, so I took one of my sons to see Fury at the matinee. Overall, it was a good movie. But I did have problems with it. It started off with a stupid scene. Like right from the get go. Well, the entire opening scene wasn't stupid, just the very start of it. A lone German officer is riding a horse through what looked like a battlefield. Then Brad Pitt jumps out of his tank, knocks him off his horse, and stabs him to death. I mean, it just looked stupid. Right. A lone German officer, all by his lonesome, riding a horse through a battlefield. Then he gets jumped and stabbed to death.

Well, I won't give any more spoilers, it's just that that one was in the first minute of the film. But I did have other problems with this movie. Not that it ruined the movie. I'll just say that a lot of things in there were realistic, and a lot of things were not realistic. Some were even clichéd, but that's all right these days. I believe that some things, in even real life will be or appear clichéd.

The production was top notch, the acting, the special effects, et al, were great. Nothing wrong with any of that. Just the sequence of events, the storyline, and the writing had some unrealistic things going on. But then again, it's a movie. Was it entertaining? Overall, yes. Would I recommend it? Only for those WWII buffs who enjoy war movies. And if you fall into one of those categories, then I don't think you will be disappointed. Was I? Not really. I still liked it. Did it make my list of top war movies? No. But it didn't have to. I came away having enjoyed a good movie. Can't ask for more than that.

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