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.



Monday, June 29, 2015

Sending Advance Copies of John Dunn

Some people have responded already to my request for endorsements/reviews for the advance copy of John Dunn, Heart of a Zulu. When my publisher asked me to do that, I thought maybe I should wait until after the edits were completed. But she said, no, get started right away, and I did.

A couple gentlemen from the UK have responded, and one of them, Ian Knight, is the world's foremost authority on John Dunn, the Zulus, and the Anglo-Zulu War. It was only a stroke of luck that I was able to get his email address, and his permission to email him, but it happened, and now he has a PDF copy of my manuscript. I advised him that it's not yet  edited, but still I look forward to his thoughts.

I've also sent some images to the publisher in hopes their cover design artist can get some ideas on a cover for the  book. I included the lithograph of Dunn, and several illustrations from the Internet of Zulus and British soldiers from that era.

So things are rolling, and I look forward to how this pans out. It's even more exciting than when I got my first two books published. Now, my third and fourth books are going to be published. Can't wait.

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