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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Great TV Partners

I blogged about  the Walking Dead's new partnership, Rick and Michonne, and how I thought they should become TVs new great partnership. It made me think about the past partnerships on TV. For me, the top ten TV partnerships, (listed in two distinct categories,) are as follows:

Married couples:

Ricky and Lucy
Fred and Wilma
Rob and Laura Petrie
John and Maureen Robinson
Ward and June Cleaver
Archie and Edith Bunker
George and Louise Jefferson
Ralph and Alice Kramden
Maxwell Smart and 99
Al and Peggy Bundy

Business partners:

Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock
Napolean Solo and Ilya Kuryakin
James West and Artemus Gordon
Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott
Jonathan Steed and Emma Peele
Briscoe County and Lord Bowler
Fox Mulder and Dana Scully
Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo
Walter White and Jesse Pinkman
Batman and Robin

Of course that list is limited to my very narrow knowledge, meaning only those TV shows that I have actually watched. So I'm sure I left out a lot of other couples and business partners. I'm sure Starsky and Hutch should be on there, but I never watched that show, so they're not.

My only point to all of this is that I would very much like to see Rick and Michonne make that list. But in order for that to happen, the writers of Walking Dead will have to make some great story lines involving the two of them facing and overcoming some serious crises. And in the world of the Walking Dead, that should not be too difficult. The only obstacle is that it seems the writers are focusing on the other characters. At least so far, they are. And the show is already near the end of its sixth season. So how many more seasons are left in that show? It may never happen.

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