Will iconic images recorded in the grooves of an ancient vase unite the Holy Land or rip it further apart?


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, January 21, 2015

Killer Eyes--One More Time

I apologize in advance. Even though no one misses Killer Eyes, since it's not published yet. I've only talked about it. But for those of you who have read Killer of Killers and are waiting for the release of Killer Eyes, I have to tell you the good news/bad news. The bad news is that I have decided to read through it one more time. But that's the good news, too.

Yeah, I know you've heard it before. But this time will be the last time. Really. Because it's right there-ready for submission. Whether or not the editors at Melange will suggest changes is yet to be determined. They suggested few changes for Killer of Killers, so I don't think they will.

And that's great. I am an accomplished editor now. Not just a writer. An editor. I say that because after two published books, and especially after working with  top editor Grayson Little over at Penumbra, who was a stickler for all things proper in the literary world of writing, I have learned and retained what I've learned about the proper way to write. I have accomplished this through experience, and through perseverance. And that's how you get better at something. Like writing.

And all that I've learned in my first two books, I have applied to Killer Eyes, my third. And it's right there. I've reread it so many times, that I can practically recite it by heart. It was that way for my first two books, too. Can't wait. It will be released by summertime. Stay tuned.

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