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.



Friday, September 11, 2015

The Eternity Drug

In my story, Killer of Killers, and its sequel, Killer Eyes, I wrote about the Eternity drug. It's a drug that a pair of super scientists created which heals all wounds in a day. Soon they find out that, not only does it heal injuries rapidly, it cures all disease. Even cancer. Then they realize that, if used on a daily basis, the user stops aging. It's as if the serum reacts to the daily aging process as if it were an injury, or a disease. It's all about the mitochondria in our bodies. The medicine recharges the mitochondria, preventing it from breaking down over time.

Yes, I did my research. I read all about mitochondria and the role it plays in the human system. I invented the drug, Eternity, and made it so that daily injections enable a daily rejuvenation of the healing capability. But of course, as with all 'wonder drugs' there are side effects. And it's the side effects that draw the world's greatest martial artist into the story line. Like roid rage, the drug causes unpredictable events of murderous frenzy. And because Eternity's users are the rich and famous, they are found innocent and/or the charges are dropped.

It was the OJ Simpson trial that inspired the story line. OJ, the famous, rich celebrity, was acquitted of murder even though everyone and their dog knew he did it. Same with Robert Blake. I'm sure there are others, but off the top of my head, OJ and Blake are my examples. They were innocent by way of fame. And that's what's happening in my story, but on a much larger scale. Until Trent Smith has had enough. For every murderer who dodges justice, there is another tier of justice waiting in the street. And its name is Trent Smith. Buy Killer of Killers today, and part two, Killer Eyes, will be available perhaps as soon as next week!

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