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, July 6, 2015

If you like old cover, buy now!

I expect the new cover designs for Killer of Killers and Killer Eyes to be finalized this week, and Nancy, the Melange publisher has said she will use the new cover for Killer of Killers, which means if anyone out there prefers the old cover, then now is the time to buy it. I'm not sure exactly when the old cover will no longer be available, but it's probably only a matter of two or three days.

So again, if you prefer the old cover, or if you are a collector of things like books with original covers that are no longer available, (which makes them more valuable to other collectors,) then now is the time to buy it. I've already noticed a spike in sales. Nothing that compares to James Patterson, but there's been a spike nonetheless. Maybe collectors have already taken note. If so, that's good, because after this week, I suspect Killer of Killers' old cover will be history.

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