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, September 8, 2015

New Cover Designs Posted

As you can see to the right of this post, the new cover designs are now available in the Killer Series. Killer of Killers and Killer Eyes look like they match and they should match, since they are parts one and two in the Killer Series. I hope that Book Three, when it's written, will be another matching cover. You never know, since I had two different cover artists for the first two books.

I would like, one day, to illustrate my own book covers. It is, after all, something that artists do. And since I am an artist, it would behoove me to illustrate my own covers. No one knows better than I do what my characters look like, and what my book covers should look like. Being an art teacher, I've kept my artistic skills in shape, and I've always had it in the back of my mind to illustrate my own book covers.

On that note, I think I'll start with the John Dunn cover. The Killer covers are done, so, for now anyway, they're already taken care of. As is The Vase. So John Dunn, being published next year, will benefit from my first endeavor at a book cover. Time to go to work.

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