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.



Friday, April 15, 2016

Dustin Clare Still Leads the Pack

What author doesn't dream about his or her book becoming a movie? It's the ultimate goal for any author, I would think. Several people have told me that my Killer books would make great movies, and I agree. Even the reviewer from the Writer's Union of Canada, who I don't know and have never met, said Killer of Killers would make a "spectacular" film. And she's right.

I've reflected often about the actor who would be good for the part of the main character Trent Smith, and there's more action stars around than ever before. On the small screen, there's Charlie Cox who plays Daredevil, there's Anthoney Starr from Banshee, Stephen Amell from Arrow, Tobey Stephens from Black Sails, not to mention Vin Diesel, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Chris Helmsworth, and my all time favorite Jason Statham from the big screen.

But Dustin Clare is still my number one choice to play the  lead role. If anyone out there ever watched the Spartacus show that was on STARZ a few years ago, then the reason is clear. He stole that show. His screen presence was dynamic. Playing the part of a character with whom an audience can sympathize seemed second nature to him. He's a handsome guy, but at the same time can look just as tough as the toughest guys out there. Which is how Trent Smith is described.

Sure, Henry Cavill is just right as John Dunn. And I could probably be satisfied with an abundance of choices to play the parts of the secondary characters in all of my books. But the one character that I would be most picky about would indeed be Trent Smith. He can't be over six feet tall for one thing. And he's got to have a muscular build. Women are attracted to him, and he's nice to them all. Trent Smith may be a killer. But he's never rude. That's one trait that will never change.

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