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, January 6, 2015

Killer Eyes-Better Than Ever

So close to wrapping up Killer Eyes, and it's better than ever. That means I'm so glad I'm giving it this final read through. I thought it was a wrap two read throughs before this one. But from my experience with my other two published books, I thought I'd give it another go. And then another.

And both times resulted in significant improvements, including the catching of a couple of errors, and a couple typos. By errors I mean continuity, like when I discovered a character was wearing the same dress three days in a row, even after she was able to go home and change clothes. So I can relax, knowing that all continuity is resolved. No more errors of that type.

I did find one typo as recently as last night. I had a period after a quoted dialogue that was followed by a dialogue tag. It should have been a comma, and it is now.

So again, you really can't review, or proof read your manuscript too many times. There will always be something that can be improved. It's as simple as this. The more you work on it, the better it gets. But there does come a point where you do have to call it done. And I'm just about there with Killer Eyes. Stay tuned.

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