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 4, 2015

Second Chance over 86,000 and about done

I'm pretty much finished with my fifth novel, Second Chance. It's a football story about a man who loves football, missed out playing his senior year in high school because of an injury, and then gets a second chance to play when he's twenty-four. Sounds farfetched? Maybe. But stranger things have happened, and I tried to keep it realistic. But it's fiction after all, and so I ran with the story. I actually dreamed it. Then I ran with it.

It was around this time last year I had the dream. So I came in to work and wrote an outline or a quick synopsis of the story. I thought it was interesting enough to proceed, so I started writing it. And during every break I would write a little more. Until now, one year later, the first draft is just about done. I have to polish up the denouement which I wrote just yesterday, and I know I have to write a better conclusion to the story. I like ending books with a little something to think about for the reader, and I've yet to make that happen in Second Chance. I don't think that will be too hard, and then it will be finished.

Shall I try to find an agent for it? First I'm looking for a publisher for John Dunn. Killer Eyes is getting published this summer and I'm excited for that. As for an agent? Maybe. As for John Dunn? Fingers are crossed that I'll get a larger publisher. So many things are still ahead of me, and they're all still beyond the horizon. But you keep on truckin' until you get there, that's all.

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