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.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Glenn Is Not Dead

In the latest episode of The Walking Dead, it appeared that one of the main characters, Glenn, was killed. But after taking in the chatter on the Internet, I'm convinced he is not dead. It was another body being torn apart and devoured. A body that was on top of him. Of course, the director had the actor who portrays Glenn screaming as if it was him being torn apart, but that was a ploy to trick the audience. And it was a successful ploy, as even I thought he was dead at first.

But like I said, it was the other guy's body being devoured. Glenn is not dead. That's because Glenn, along with Rick, Carl, the baby Judith, (whose aging process seems to have stopped at six months), Michonne, Maggie, Darryl, and Carol will never get killed. At least not until the final season or even the final episode. They are the core characters, and they will last for the duration of the show.

At least that's how I would write it. As for the last episode of the show, anything can happen. And that's because there will be no more shows. Like Russell Crowe in Gladiator. He died at the end, and it was okay, because the movie was over at that point.

You follow a story for one main reason. You are following the character(s),  and the above characters are who the audience is following. So you don' kill them off or you lose the following. If that happens the ratings drop and the show gets canceled. It's as simple as two plus two. So, if any of them die, it will be when there's no more shows to watch. That's all.

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