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, February 2, 2015

Another Review for Killer of Killers

And to think I was reluctant to solicit reviews. I'm glad I put that sentiment to rest. And I can relax, too, because the reviews that are coming in have been great. A blogger/reviewer named Kym King posted a review last Friday, and like Shin the Bookworm's review a couple days before that, it was a great review! You can read it here.

I still realize that sooner or later someone will post a negative review. It's inevitable. But right now I'm three for three including that first review over a year ago that was really cool. I wish that guy left it on Goodreads, it was so good. But whatever. At least I'm finally getting some more reviews, and if they're all as good as these last two are, I've got nothing to complain about. I just hope someone out there will read them and buy the book. But with reviews like these, it's sure to happen.

Interestingly, these latest reviews were written by two different women. And they both loved it! I had thought that I wrote a MEN'S fiction book. Of course the women who had read it had said that they loved it, and these two reviews certainly support that claim. But the fact that these two lady reviewers loved the book is significant for another reason. And that is the fact that most book readers these days ARE women. So that bodes well for future sales of Killer of Killers.

Another thing that I'm particular happy about is that both reviewers made it a point to say that they hoped there was going to be a Book Two. They noted the things that were still unresolved at the end of Killer of Killers, and wanted to know what would happen next. Well, there is a book two. It's called Killer Eyes, and it's on the verge of completion. Look for Killer Eyes, a Trent Smith Martial Arts Thriller to be released this year.

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