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.



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Walking Dead Season Six Premiere Well Done

I was criticizing the Fear the Walking Dead series, comparing it unfavorably to the original Walking Dead series, and the season six premiere of the Walking Dead was confirmation of that. It aired the other day, and it was really well done. It was riveting, action packed, and dramatic. All the things which Fear the Walking Dead isn't.

It's hard to believe the same people produce both shows, and I don't understand why the spinoff is so much the opposite of the original. By opposite, I mean just that. It's boring, slow, and uninteresting. That doesn't mean it can't become like the original. Sometimes shows start slowly, but speed up in action, drama, etc. Here's to hoping Fear does speed up. If it doesn't, well, it's a good thing the original is back. There's a reason it's the number one show on TV today. It's so well written, and rarely disappoints. The main character, Rick Grimes, does the things you would expect a character like him would do. They're the things I would do if I were him.

There are moments, to be sure, that it does take a turn to the point where you question the writing, but when that happens, it gets back on track quickly enough so you can deal with it. As long as that is the case, I expect Walking Dead to remain the number one show.

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