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.



Sunday, January 24, 2016

Actors for Roles in my Books-What about John Dunn?

Lithograph of the real John Dunn
I've spent a good deal of time thinking about which actor would make a great Trent Smith. But now that my John Dunn book is scheduled to be published this year, I've been giving some thought to which actor might be right for the role of John Dunn. It would have to be an actor who wears a beard well. That is to say an actor who, with a beard, could look the part of an adventurer in Africa during the 1800s. He would have to be an actor who looks like he could become an African king's best friend. A Zulu king's best friend. He would have to look like someone who a Zulu king would want to befriend. Fortunately, we have an authentic lithograph to the left, which shows us exactly what the real John Dunn looked like. Finding an actor to match this face, I was thinking, might not be an easy thing. Especially since, to this day, I haven't found an actress who can play Susie Quinn from my book Killer of Killers. Why would finding an actor to play John Dunn be any easier?


Henry Cavill with a beard

But when I saw this photo of a bearded Henry Cavill striking an eerily similar pose, I was amazed. Sure he's Superman, but with this beard, he actually resembles John Dunn. I don't know why he has a beard here, but it's a beard not unlike Dunn's. Check out Cavill's beard and Dunn's beard. Cavill just happens to be British, as was Dunn. Better than that, Cavill is part Scottish, as was Dunn. It's as if Cavill was born to play, not just Superman, but John Dunn. I would think Henry Cavill would be interested in the role. He certainly doesn't want to be typecast as Superman, does he? Aren't actors afraid that they would be typecast in a role and then not considered for other roles? I think Cavill would be perfect for the role of John Dunn.


Look at it this way. If Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Costner could play roles where they lived with Indians in the American West, then Henry Cavill can play the role of their African counterpart even better. That's what I think. Who would argue that Henry Cavill looks a lot more like a heroic adventurer than both Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Costner combined? That should settle it.


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