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 18, 2015

John Dunn Copyrighted

I just registered my John Dunn, Heart of a Zulu book with the copyright office, also known as the US Library of Congress. Yeah, I know I didn't invent the character John Dunn, nor the events that occurred in the story, but the prose is mine.

I did have a lithograph image of Dunn in there, but I removed it for the copyright office. Since that image isn't mine, meaning I didn't draw it, I didn't want to take any chances of being denied the copyright. I figure, however, that since it's been over a hundred years since that image was made, it should be public domain right now, so no need for it to be copyrighted anyway.

Now, I'm waiting for the publishing process to begin, but while I'm waiting, I'll be wrapping up the edits to Killer Eyes. That one should be released next month, so how exciting is that? Well for me, it's very exciting. Times are rolling for me right now.

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