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, May 1, 2015

Still Improving John Dunn Book

I spent a good part of last night improving my John Dunn manuscript even though it's already been submitted. Chapter 12 was particularly a mess. It's not now, but the publisher has the version which is. I suppose I'll finish this latest read-through and then send the newer version.

You never know. They might not have had time to read it yet. So they may as well read the one that's better. A lot rides on it. Still, even if they did read the one I sent, they will certainly understand that changes of some kind will result from the editing process, so it's not a disaster if that's the case.

And everyone in publishing knows that the more you read and revise the better a manuscript becomes. I'm not the only one who does that. All writers and editors do that. All. Par for the course. So you keep at it, and your writing keeps getting better. Like anything you do.

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