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.



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Waiting For Edits

Again, it's like I'm in Limbo. My two latest books, John Dunn and Second Chance are in queue to be edited. Until then, I'm reading through them. I've sent two later versions to my publisher since the one I sent to be edited. But the wait is ongoing.

As for John Dunn, that one is slated for a later release. So I'm reading through that one, and improving it while I can. And every time it gets better. That book just might be my best book. Not necessarily my personal favorite, but it's based on a true story, and books or stories like that are well received. Not to mention, the story is really a fascinating one. Like the old saying, truth is stranger than fiction. Or in this case, better.

But the waiting is a very trying thing. You are anxious to get going on it. And you are impatient. You want action. And you want it now. In the meantime, you just get as much done as you can. And every time, it gets better. That's what you want. Better. So until the edits begin, it will just keep getting better. Stay tuned.

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