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.



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Killer of Killers-Trent Smith, Samantha Jones, and Susie Quinn

I've talked about Killer of Killers hopefully one day becoming a movie. I've mentioned Dustin Clare playing the lead role of martial arts expert Trent Smith. Right now, Dustin Clare is best known for playing the role of Gannicus from the STARZ show Spartacus.

Dustin Clare
He hasn't had any roles since then, so all I've got to go on is Spartacus. But that was good enough for me. Recently, I've been watching a show called Strike Back, so I googled it and learned that Dustin Clare will be in a future episode. Finally, another opportunity for Dustin Clare. I would love for him to find his breakout role in Killer of Killers. Are you listening, Corey Yuen?

I've talked about Amber Heard as the best actress suited to play Samantha Jones, the police detective Trent Smith falls in love with. But I've also talked about how I just couldn't find an actress to play Susie Quinn, the beautiful exotic dancer he also loves. But while watching Strike Back, I saw an actress who MIGHT be right for the role. Her name is Milauna Jackson, and she looks good in Strike Back. Here's her picture.
Milauna Jackson
But like Estella Daniels from DaVinci's Demons, I'm still not convinced. It could be that this is not really a very good photo of her. She actually looks a LOT better in other photos. Whether or not she's the right actress for Susie Quinn remains to be seen. Maybe if I see more of her, I can decide for sure. At this point, I can say she has potential. We'll see.

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