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 13, 2016

Stephen Amell, Dustin Clare, Antony Starr

These three guys are relatively new to the Hollywood scene, but all three make great leading men of action shows. I mean, if you've seen their shows, you'll have seen them fighting, getting knocked around, knocking others down, and making a pretty violent mess of things. But that's what happens in action shows. My book, Killer of Killers, and its sequel, Killer Eyes, are action stories and then some. By that I mean they're both action-packed, and they certainly do have violence. So these three guys would be great for the leading role, which is Trent Smith.

Antony Starr is 40. That means the movie, for him, would need to be made right about now. But for Amell and Clare, who are both 34, there's a few years to go before age becomes a factor. As for the rest of the cast, I've made several posts about what I thought about actors for those roles. Only an actress for the role of Susie Quinn needs to be found.

But if Amell, Clare, or Starr were to be cast as Trent Smith, I'd be cool with that. Yeah, I've been partial to Dustin Clare, having been swayed by his performance in Spartacus, but any one of these actors would fit the part, going by looks and the way they fight on screen. Sure, Amell is a bit too tall, but movie magic could fix that, no problem. Heck, if they can make the actors in The Hobbit look like dwarves, then that proves it.

Check out these photos. Each one fits my vision of Trent Smith. Which one would you prefer?


Stephen Amell




Dustin Clare

Antony Starr

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