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, April 26, 2016

Game of Thrones - The Characters Die

I like to watch exciting shows on TV or the movies, and the main reason for that is to see great characters in action. It's why Batman, Superman, Spider-man, The X-Men, James Bond, etc. are popular stories. But when you kill off the great characters, what then? No more stories.

So this is why I'm mostly not a fan of Game of Thrones. Yeah, I'm watching it anyway. But my favorite characters in that show are all dead. So now what?

My favorite character in GOT was Ned Stark. He was killed off in the first season. My next favorite character was Robb Stark. They killed him, too. I liked Lady Stark. They killed her. I liked Jon Snow. They killed him, too. I liked Tywin Lannister. He got killed. I liked Oberon Martell. He got killed. I liked Robert Barratheon. He got killed. I liked Stannis Barratheon. He got killed. I liked Myrcella and she got killed. And I liked that White Walker dude, and even he got killed!

Okay, I hated Joffrey. At least they killed him. But I also hate Denaeris. And there's no way they'll kill her. I hate those sister assassins in Dorne. They may or may not get killed. Have to wait on that one. And who doesn't hate Cersie? I think everyone does. But will she get killed? Probably not.

So who's left to like? I like Jamie Lannister. Which is weird. Because he was a hated character at first. Now, he's a good guy. Maybe because of Brienne the warrior woman. I like her, too, btw, and that could be a good pair in the future. Who knows? I never read the books. So I don't know. At least those two are still alive, but for how long?

I can't stand Arya Stark, and I'm sure she won't die. And her sister, whose name I forget, she won't die. And that fat dude who's got the chick from the Wildlings along with her baby. They are both very annoying characters, so I doubt they'll die. But they're not heroes. They're just filler characters imo. The only heroes left are Jamie Lannister, minus his right hand, and Brienne, the big warrior chick. I really do like them both. So if one or both of them get killed off, for me, there's no one left. It will be a hero-less show. And that won't be cool. Just have to keep watching and see what happens.


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