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.



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Newsflash! Knox Robinson Contract Arrived!

Again, a newsflash making a second post on the same day necessary. As the heading says, the contract from Knox Robinson arrived today. I'm reading it, and it's a typical big publisher contract with some similarities to that Cogito one I had a few years back. My main issue with this contract is their demand for 50% of movie rights, (that is, if there were to be a movie made of this book.) But I had said I would be willing to make concessions, and this may be one concession I won't mind making. Why? Because if this book isn't published I'd be getting 0% of movie rights. Again, John Dunn is not a character I made up. So,  yeah, that won't keep me from signing the contract. I'll probably have it signed and emailed back by tomorrow, (after I print it, sign it, scan it and attach it back onto an email that is.) That means making time for Kinko's. I'm pretty thrilled right now. Can't wait.

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