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, May 28, 2015

TIme to start planning new book

Killer Eyes is done. John Dunn is done. And Second Chance is just about done. And summer vacation is imminent. That means right about now I should start planning a new book. Should I finally write that YA book I've had on the back burner? Or should I write Book Three in the Killer Series and continue the saga of Trent Smith?

I most definitely want to do that. I even have a tentative title: The Killers Guild. This summer what I expect to do is proceed with the publisher's editing of Killer Eyes. And maybe proceed with the revisions to Second Chance. If I get a break, maybe I can proceed with a publisher's editing of John Dunn, too. That's three books all being polished at the same time.

But Book Three to the Killer series is going to happen. Eventually. And now that Book Two is being published, I suppose it's time to start. I did leave room for a Book Three. And besides, Trent Smith is my favorite character. Along with Conan, James Bond, and Captain Kirk. So this summer might be the best time to start the third book in the series. Or at least start with some kind of outline. Then maybe when school starts again, I'll have something to go by. We'll see.

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