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, February 3, 2016

Arrow TV Show Makes a Comeback

I criticized the season three episodes of the TV show Arrow, recently, and for good reasons which I explained very clearly. I still don't like what they did with the character regression for the police detective, but wow, have the other characters grown.

I especially like how the romance between the Arrow and Felicity Smoak developed. And it was three years in the development. Felicity Smoak is really a great character on the show, and she has become one of my favorite characters. So now I'm nearing the latter stages of season three, and the romance between the Arrow and Felicity has finally reached fruition.


In the show, Felicity is a computer genius. Her glasses reinforce the persona of a computer geek. But there's a very attractive quality about her. She's cute, and the glasses add to her cuteness. From the start, she has a tremendous crush on the Arrow character, played by Stephen Amell. And after the Arrow loses girlfriend after girlfriend for one reason or another, Felicity is always there. Even when she gets another boyfriend, her love for the Arrow is not quashed.

Amazingly, when she takes off the glasses, she becomes quite a stunning beauty. So much so that I've even considered her for the part of gorgeous blonde police detective Samantha Jones in my book Killer of Killers. It's more competition for Amber Heard who I previously considered the best actress for the part. It's a tough call. I like how actress Emily Bett Rickards plays the part of Felicity, who is the polar opposite of Samantha Jones. But she's not the polar opposite when she takes off those glasses. It's like wow. She could be Samantha Jones. Like I said. It's a tough call.

Isn't it interesting that Hollywood seems to have no trouble finding gorgeous blonde actresses? It's like they're coming out of the woodwork. In just about every TV show or movie, there's a stunningly beautiful blonde woman. I mean absolutely beautiful, drop-dead gorgeous. They're so beautiful they're like golden goddesses. And almost any one of them would be right for the part of Samantha Jones.

But I've yet to find the right black actress to fit the part of Susie Quinn. I've been searching for years, and it's been very frustrating. Not one black actress in Hollywood that I've seen would fit the part of the extremely beautiful Susie Quinn.

Sure, there's plenty of beautiful black actresses. But none of them are how I described Susie Quinn in Killer of Killers. I know first hand that there are plenty of beautiful black women out there. I based the Susie Quinn character on women I've known in real life. (One was a Raiderette cheerleader.) But Hollywood hasn't found them. Maybe the complaints about lack of diversity in Hollywood are valid. Otherwise I'd have as easy a time finding an actress for Susie Quinn as I've had finding actresses for Samantha Jones. I talked about Jill Marie Jones, recently. She might have been right for the part, but she's too old now. So the search for Susie Quinn goes on.

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