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, August 18, 2015

Last Chance to buy Killer of Killers with Old Cover

I think my publisher will be replacing the original cover to Killer of Killers upon the release of the sequel, Killer Eyes. And that will be very soon. So if you want that original cover, now could be your last chance to get it. Don't wait. I'm finishing the final edits to Killer Eyes, probably by tonight, which means I''ll be sending it, and then it will be in print. I think I'll get to check it out one last time in print before it's released, but that won't take too long.

I love that original cover, but realistically, the style could not be matched for Book Two. I suppose the only answer was to redesign it so both books would match, and then when Book Three is ready, it can be designed to match books one and two.

Plus the martial arts guy on the cover to Book One does make it more genre identifiable. I'm satisfied that they finally allowed my touch ups. It was somewhat of a hassle getting everyone on board. I suppose readers and authors have different takes on the characters in books, but my point was that Trent Smith isn't your typical Asian Martial Artist. In fact, he's not Asian at all.

Look at it this way. Sure the greatest martial artist in real life was a skinny Asian guy. Bruce Lee. And other great martial artists are skinny Asian guys, like Jet Li and Ip Man. But Trent Smith is an American Caucasian martial artist like Chuck Norris or those muscular guys in the MMA fights. That's why I was so insistent that the figure represented that kind of fighter. It's the way he is. That's all. So we got there, and both books should be released by the end of the month. Can't wait.

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