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.



Friday, January 16, 2015

Second Chance, Killer Eyes, and Reviews

Just thought I'd give an update on the progress of Second Chance. It's at 43,766 words right now, which is decent progress. I'm only working on it during breaks in my other projects, which includes the wrap up of Killer Eyes, and the continued revisions to John Dunn.

As for Killer Eyes, it's very close to being finished. Last last night I even considered submitting it to Melange, but I ended up deciding not to. I've made significant improvements as recently as last night. I thought that it would be the last of the improvements, but that's usually wrong. I've said it time and again, you always find things that can be improved. But I've also said there comes a time when it just has to be called done.

And I'm right about there. It's pretty much done. MAYBE I'll read through it one more time, but I swear, that would have to be the last time. Why? Because it's done!

Meanwhile, I've heard back from some reviewers who have agreed to read Killer of Killers and The Vase. I sure hope they enjoy the stories. I look forward to hearing what they think, and I hope their reviews are good ones. Still, every author must brace for that bad review. I just hope it doesn't happen to me yet. What a joke on me it would be if the review I solicited turned out to be bad.

Still, I certainly do want honest reviews. It's one thing to get a nice review, but if it's not an honest one, well, that was why I had always been against the soliciting of reviews. I believed they weren't altogether honest, because I believed the reviews were solicited from an author's family members or close friends. So here's to hoping my reviews will be good, because I know they will be honest. How do I know? Because none of these reviewers are my family members or friends. Never met them, and other than looking up their blogs, I don't know anything about them. Fingers crossed.

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