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.



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Killer Eyes to be Released

I just approved the cover spreads for the new Killer of Killers cover design and the soon to be released Killer Eyes. The cover spread is the front, back, and spine of the book's cover. I just had to make sure there were no typos in the copy, and there weren't. It's a lot easier to check for typos on a book cover, front and back, than checking for typos in the entire manuscript. Often you can have three people or more check for typos in a manuscript, and still there will be typos that somehow manage to sneak through and make it to the final print.

I read an article a couple days ago that publishers these days don't do as much copy proofing as they used to do in the old days of publishing. Nowadays publishers, even the Big Six, rely more on the computer and the 'spell check' apps that are part of the word processing programs. Too often those programs are faulty, and relying on them as much as publishers and authors do these days is really not a good thing. The old fashioned human eye, imo, is superior to the computer programs or apps. Yet, both will miss typos, and they prevail.

The closest I've come to having no typos in a manuscript is my book Killer of Killers. And that's only because I had gone over it more times than I can count. I read the first three chapters just last night, and they were perfectly clean. No typos or errors of any kind. I believe the entire manuscript of KOK is perfectly clean. I know I found some typos in The Vase when I read through that one after publication. Right now, I'm thinking Killer Eyes has no more typos. I'll check it again when I get the first print book which should be imminent. That will be the moment of truth in a manner of speaking. So we'll see.

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