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.



Monday, January 25, 2016

Amazon Reviews Coming In

It was a long time coming, but some Amazon readers posted a couple reviews for Killer of Killers recently. Nice ones, too, thank goodness. The first was a simple "fun book to read" comment, but another couple were a little more wordy. As follows: (Corrected spelling, mine.)

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition
I read this book over the course of a couple days with a glass of Kentucky bourbon in hand. I must add that I finished the book before the bottle. Like in any mystery, not knowing what comes next, is part of the fun, and this book has a way of pulling you forward, while you still search for clues. I relished the rich names of the characters like Steely Stiles, Silvio Gutto, and Jeremiah Flint. The author, DeRobertis was spot on with character development. One thing I learned from this book is that looks are deceiving. This book has left me with a PTSD that I am grateful for.
 
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Its got James Bond villains and ladies plus Bruce Lee's martial arts fight scenes with an exciting plot involving vigilante justice. Yeah, this book is awesome!
 
 
So yeah, anytime people want to give me five stars, I'm not going to whine about their spelling. Hopefully a few more will come in. Don't know why my reviews are so hard to come by. I'm guessing it's because the people who read my books aren't the kind of people who themselves like to write. An occupational hazard maybe? Whatever. All I know is that I got a nice quote from the one person who was the most important person in the world to give it. I'm talking about Ian Knight for my John Dunn-Heart of a Zulu book. And a reviewer for the British Army's Soldier Magazine was also kind enough to provide a great quote. However, I'm waiting before I post them. Waiting for the book's release, that is. So we'll have to wait until November before I post them here. Don't worry. November will come soon enough.
 
In the meantime, my football book is scheduled to come out in August. That means I have to find some sports writers for a quote or two for that one. That might be even harder to come by. We'll see. But I'm on it. Stay tuned.

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