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 10, 2016

Black Sabbath "The End" Tour

Tony Iommi
I went to the Black Sabbath concert last night. Like every Black Sabbath concert I've seen, it was great. I don't know how many Black Sabbath concerts I've been to, but every single one of them was great. In case you haven't guessed, Black Sabbath is my favorite music group. They've been my favorite rock band ever since I heard them for the first time. That was a long time ago.

They are pushing seventy now, but they were playing the heavy metal tunes as if they were still in their twenties. Guitarist Tony Iommi invented the heavy metal rock sub-genre. It's why he and Black Sabbath are legends.





Ozzy Osbourne
I remember back in the seventies, my friend and I were the only people in my high school who liked Black Sabbath. It's because the heavy metal sound was so new, so unique, other people disdained it. Shows you what kind of narrow-minded people attended my high school. Nowadays, the heavy metal sound is so common, it could be considered the norm for rock music. Metallica and many other successful rock bands are on record for crediting Black Sabbath as their inspiration.



Geezer Butler
Ozzy Osbourne is still in good shape. His voice still hits the notes, and he's still an active front man. Geezer Butler is the best bass guitarist that I've seen and a rare talent in his own right. Unfortunately, Bill Ward, the drummer, has been replaced with the drummer from Ozzy's solo band. The new guy's a fantastic drummer, however, otherwise there would be no chance he'd be drumming for Black Sabbath. Still, before Black Sabbath really does call it quits, I'd like to see them perform one last time with Bill Ward on the drums. That would be ideal.

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