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 5, 2015

Proofing the PDF Copy of Killer Eyes

One of the final stages of proofing a book before its release is proofing the PDF copy, and I'm busy with that right now. More than half done, but found six errors. Not really surprised. I mean, I read my other two published books time and again, and still found errors. Not all the errors are typos. Some are inconsistencies. Like with Killer Eyes, there are thirteen total members of the Killers Guild. Yet in a reference to their number of members, I had written twelve. And in another reference, I had written that, other than Ming Sang, there were two Chinese members. But there are two Chinese members including Ming Sang.

There are some other examples, but I'm catching them and it just goes to show how important this stage of the publishing process is, because this is the last stage to catch those errors. So I'm glad I'm catching them. I hope to get this done by today or tomorrow, but you can't rush it. If you do, then you miss things like that. Back to work.

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