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.



Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Martial Arts Stories Remain Popular

There's a new TV show coming soon, and it features martial artists. I forget the name of it, but I saw it advertised last night while browsing on the tube. I read about other Martial Arts shows coming to TV soon, as well, and it just goes to show that the Martial Arts genre remains popular.

I remember years ago there was a popular TV show called Kung Fu, and you can't get any more martial artsy than that. It was out during the Bruce Lee era. Bruce Lee movies were poplar, and they still are. More recently, a Martial Arts movie won the best foreign film Oscar. Of course I'm referring to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, which I just watched the other night with my oldest son. It really was an excellent movie. Even with subtitles.

And some of the more recent thriller movies might also be considered martial arts movies, like all the Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Jason Statham movies, etc. I love those movies. Particularly when you get Jason Statham and Jet Li in the same movie, like we did with the movie called War. Movies like that give you a great story line to go with the martial arts action, which is what I strive to do with my own Martial Arts stories, Killer of Killers and its sequel, Killer Eyes.

Speaking of Killer Eyes, I'm happy to report that during my first read through of the PDF file I received yesterday, I found no typos. Typos have a way of hiding, however, and then they leap out at you when you least expect it, like a jungle booby trap.

Well, here's to hoping all my proof reading over the last few months cleared out all those 'booby traps' and the text is clean all the way through. Look for the release of Killer Eyes within the next few days!

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