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.



Monday, January 26, 2015

Reviewers-Mostly Women?

I'm getting responses from reviewers I solicited, and so far, four out of five are women. And as I review the list of reviewers, most of them are women. For Killer of Killers, that will be interesting, because I consider Killer of Killers to be Men's Fiction. Not to suggest that women can't enjoy it. Many women have told me they did enjoy it, even loved it.

So I'm not concerned about that. I would think that if a story is a good one, with good characters and good events, and a good plot, and a good ending, then it shouldn' t matter if you're a man or a woman, you will enjoy it, and if you're a reviewer, you'll give it a good review.

I already know that not everyone will like the same thing, so I'll expect a bad review sooner or later. (Hopefully later.) I would like to see more male reviewers out there. But it doesn't really matter. A review is a review, and if I get a woman's perspective, that's just fine. It will be interesting to see how men and women differ in their reactions to the book. I guess we'll see.

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