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, January 27, 2016

Original Review for Killer of Killers

Speaking of reviews for Killer of Killers, here's the very first review Killer of Killers received, shortly after its initial release back in 2012. (Again, corrected spelling, mine.)


By Melange Books, LLC
Sep 22, 2012
Dan Spanton's review of Killer of Killers by Mark DeRobertis Sep 18, 12 
Charles Bronson was five nine. Chuck Norris is five ten. Trent Smith could stand between them and blend in perfectly. He's five nine and a master sensei of Budo ju jitsu. Smith has left the martial arts academy, and the teacher, Shoji, who mentored him. He's become a rogue vigilante, but not for money. His mission is to give justice to the innocent victims of murder. The world he now enters contains a dark mirror image of his teacher Shoji. This evil counterpart is a man named Soriah, who controls a team of extraordinary assassins. Soriah possesses a miracle drug that repairs cellular damage quickly, and may prolong life indefinitely. Trent Smith must not only contend with Soriah, but also with a voluptuous blond detective named Samantha Jones. Jones wants him behind bars, but first she wants to sleep with him. Life is rough. The action scenes alone make KILLER OF KILLERS a must-read. I'm generally a fan of copfiction, and I can't remember when I've read fight scenes with this much impact. DeRobertis has an eye for detail, and readers who enjoy the authenticity of skillfully drawn settings and characters won't be disappointed.

So along with the Amazon reviews I posted on Monday, I'm thinking the consensus is obvious. People really like the book Killer of Killers. I'm thinking that people will like its sequel, Killer Eyes, too. Maybe they'll like Killer Eyes even better. After all, most people liked From Russia with Love better than the first Bond movie, Dr. No. It's all a matter of opinion. I'm hoping the opinions keep coming. Read Killer of Killers. Tell the world what you think. And thanks.

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