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.



Thursday, September 10, 2015

Slow Time in the Writing World

I expect the print proof of Killer Eyes today. I received a copy of Killer of Killers with the new cover yesterday, and during this waiting period, (waiting for the release of both Killer Eyes and John Dunn, Heart of a Zulu,) it's pretty slow in the writing world. My writing world, that is.

I chronicled yesterday the slow pace in the writing of Inside the Outhouse, and ditto for Book Three in the Killer Series, Killer on the Payroll. It's like that sometimes. There are times when I can write a lot real quickly, and then other times, like now, I write slowly.

I plan on a total of seven or eight books total. Along with Killer of Killers, Killer Eyes, and Killer on the Payroll, I'll have The Vase, John Dunn, Second Chance, and Inside the Outhouse. Exactly what my eighth book will be, I haven't figured it out yet. Maybe I'll stop at seven.

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