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 11, 2016

The Great David Bowie - RIP

I was saddened to hear about the death of David  Bowie. Cancer strikes again. If there was anything that needed a cure, it's cancer. It seems to strike anyone, at anytime, and the results are devastating. Some can beat it. But that seems to be a flip of the coin. And the odds are not as good as a coin flip, it seems to me.

My introduction to David Bowie's music came from a gift. It was the album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Sounds like a corny title for an album, but when I listened to it, the music was nothing short of great. It's still one of my favorite albums of all time. And that list is not a long one.

Here's to David Bowie. One of the world's greatest composers and performers.

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