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, June 25, 2015

Book Description, Author Bio, and Author Photo for Book Cover

I am finally finished with these things, and sent them today, so I'll share them with the blog.

The Book Description needed to be 250 words max and I got it written in 228. It's going on the book's back cover, along with my photo, and here it is:

John Dunn, Heart of a Zulu is based on the true story of John Dunn, the white chief of Zululand, beginning with the Battle of enDondakusuka in 1856 and concluding with the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. The compelling South African events and Dunn’s incredible experiences during those turbulent years rival the greatest frontier stories of the American West.

Despite fighting against Prince Cetshwayo in the Battle of enDondakusuka, twenty-two year old John Dunn becomes best friends with the future Zulu king and his most trusted advisor. For that friendship, Cetshwayo awards Dunn a vast subkingdom in Zulu territory, bestows upon him several Zulu wives, and elevates him to the status of a Zulu chieftain.

For the next twenty years, Dunn lives like an African king, but not without enemies. Theophilus Shepstone, the Natal Secretary of Native Affairs, despises Dunn for his lofty status amongst the Zulu people. And Cetshwayo’s brother, Prince Dabulamanzi, resents Dunn for surpassing him in wealth and for his friendship with the king.

At the outbreak of the Anglo-Zulu War, King Cetshwayo permits Dunn to stay neutral. But the British tell him to choose a side, and if he doesn’t choose them he’ll stand trial as a traitor. Can Dunn remain loyal to Cetshwayo and fight against his own people? Or must he betray the Zulu king and join the British side of the conflict?
 
And here's my Author mini-bio. It's going on the Knox Robinson Website along with the photo.

Mark M. DeRobertis is an art teacher in San Jose, California. He attended San Jose State University where he earned a Master's Degree in Education, a Bachelor's Degree in Art, and a California Teaching Credential. In addition to creative writing, his specialties include painting, drawing, and ceramic sculpture. Mark’s interests include martial arts, American football, and world history. He has written five novels: Killer of Killers, a martial arts thriller, The Vase, a story of suspense in the Middle East, Killer Eyes, Book Two in his Killer Series, John Dunn - Heart of a Zulu, and Second Chance, a story of American football. Author’s Web Site: http://swampfox.weebly.com/ Author’s blog: http://metazoid.blogspot.com/
 
And here's the photo I chose. It's from one of my school photo sessions a couple years ago. I chose this one because at least my hair's combed.
 
 
So yeah, things are rolling. Knox Robinson rocks! Can't wait for the edits to begin. Speaking of edits, I better get back to finishing those edits to Killer Eyes. I'm excited with how that one's turning out, too. Then Second Chance revisions are next. Then the third book in the Killer Series. What a great summer this is turning out to be. Maybe this will be the best year of my life!

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