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.



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Three Manuscripts at Once

Just as I submitted Killer Eyes to Melange, I went back to work on my John Dunn manuscript. But I never stopped working on Second Chance. That's three manuscripts I was kind of working on at the same time. John Dunn is far from done, but it's in the revision stages. Killer Eyes, although submitted, will be undergoing the editing stage, and Second Chance is right in the middle of the first draft. So that really is three manuscripts I'm working on at the same time.

Second Chance, btw, is over 50,000 words now. I suppose it will be around a 70 to 80 thousand word novel, making it my shortest novel yet. But who knows? It may be more. You have to write the book first  and then after revisions, you may take or add a lot or a little. It's a fun process. Stay tuned.

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