Will iconic images recorded in the grooves of an ancient vase unite the Holy Land or rip it further apart?


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, September 28, 2015

Reviews on Amazon

I finally got some reviews on Amazon, but for The Vase, I'm not sure they'll help with sales. It seems a couple students of mine, or their parents, had decided to leave a review. Thanks to both, but maybe mentioning that you're a student of mine, or the parent of a student of mine, isn't a good idea.

I've always been suspicious of reviews that are from the family or friends of the author. And I've always been suspicious that most five star reviews were paid for by the author. In both scenarios, the reviews are skewed. Or straight up phony. Well, I will be the first to admit that the reviews of The Vase, anyway, could be just a little bit biased.

Hey, at least I'm up front about it. I have to be. The reviews themselves are up front about it. So there you are. I'll take them, and hope maybe someone I don't know has the same opinion. Which was that the book was amazing. Well, fingers crossed anyway. It seems for me that getting reviews is harder than pulling teeth. And I have pulled a tooth or two. I'm a dad after all. I have two sons who are growing up too fast. But that's life. It goes by fast, and then it's over. For me, it's about what you can get done in the meantime.

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