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

Russia Leads Visitors to Blog

During this short week, at least, Russia is leading all viewers of this blog. I don't know why. I mean, do Russians even read/speak English? I would think if I wrote this blog in Russian, then that would be a reason Russians would read it. But my blog's stats page indicates in the last seven days, 91 visitors have been located in Russia. Compare that with the second place country which is the United States, and only numbering 16.

Certainly, just because you're not from an English speaking country doesn't mean you don't read/speak English, but how do all these Russians even know about this blog? None of them know me, of that I can be sure. So what's up with that? I don't suppose I'll ever know. And I don't suppose it matters, either. As long as they read English, maybe they'll check out one or more of my books. I'm sure the Russians can enjoy a good action adventure like Killer of Killers and the soon to be released sequel, Killer Eyes, which, btw, has a Russian character in it--Dr. Vladimir Blitzkin.

As for my upcoming book, John Dunn, Heart of a Zulu, I would think the British people might be interested in reading that one. Seeing as how it was British film makers who made the movies Zulu and Zulu Dawn, and made the TV miniseries, Shaka Zulu, the British might also enjoy the John Dunn, Heart of a Zulu book because it's basically the exact same subject matter--the Zulus. It features the friendship between the Zulu king Cetshwayo and John Dunn.

It's an interesting story, because it covers the twenty-three years of Dunn's life and experiences beginning in the year 1856, which is the year the War of the Princes took place, and 1879, which is when the Anglo-Zulu War concluded, and Dunn fought in both of those wars. Even more interestingly, both times he fought against Cetshwayo. It was due to circumstances. You'll have to read it to find out those circumstances. But if you do want to read any of my books, start with Killer of Killers, and then The Vase. Then Killer Eyes. And then John Dunn should soon be out. Can't wait.

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