Will iconic images recorded in the grooves of an ancient vase unite the Holy Land or rip it further apart?


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.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Amber Heard Finally Lands a Role

I've written about Amber Heard several times in this blog, claiming that I thought she would make a great Samantha Jones in my novel, Killer of Killers if it were ever to be made into a movie. But I had also lamented the fact that Amber Heard didn't seem too popular in Hollywood, due to the fact that she rarely, if ever, landed any decent roles in any decent movies or TV shows.

Well, the news today is that Amber Heard has finally landed what might be a decent role. The role of Mera in the upcoming Justice League movie. I must admit that I've never heard of the character Mera. But that's where Google comes in handy. After Googling Mera, I learned that she's an inter-dimensional character in the Aquaman comic book. And she's Aquaman's wife.

I never knew this because, as a kid, I was mostly reading the Marvel comic books. Rarely did I read DC which is the universe in which Aquaman exists. You know, the universe where Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman exist. The Flash, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern round out the more popular DC superhero characters.

But Mera was, to me, at least, an unknown character. Not anymore. After a little more research I learned that the marriage between Aquaman and Mera is far from a happy one. There's no telling how the story line will play out in the movie. Hollywood has a way of changing comic book story lines. It really won't matter to me, though, because I never followed any of those characters.

To me, this news is only important because finally Amber Heard may have an opportunity for her long awaited breakout role. And it's not like comic book movies can't be a vehicle for a breakout role. Look what the character of Wolverine did for Hugh Jackman. That was the epitome of a breakout role.

Other good examples are Christopher Reeve and Henry Cavill. Superman movies put both of them on the Hollywood map. Mera, unlike Superman, is a minor character so it might not be the same. But still. At least Amber can have something to brag about other than being married to Johnny Depp.

Next thing we need is for Corey Yuen to make another martial arts movie. And the one that would be great for him to make is Killer of Killers starring Dustin Clare as Trent Smith and Amber Heard as Samantha Jones. Can't wait.

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