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.



Monday, April 4, 2016

Walking Dead Fails to Please

Saw the season six finale last night of the Walking Dead, and I was not happy. I understand a lot of WD fans were not happy with it. I was lamenting recently that the Walking Dead plots seem to be in a non stop circle of the main characters getting captured by bad guys, and then the other characters have to save them. And it was happening again.

Well, there was a slight change. This time, instead of the other characters saving the captured characters, the saving characters also get captured. Now we have just about all of the characters are captured, and one of them is shown getting killed. But the camera does not show the audience just which character is getting killed.

So we have Daryl, Rick, Michonne, Carl, Sasha, Abraham, Rosita, Glenn, Maggie, and Eugene all on their knees with one other no name character from Alexandria, also captured and on his knees. That's the entire cast of main characters. Except for Carol. And Morgan. Carol is off on some suicide kick, trying to get herself killed, begging Morgan to let her die, which to me is bull crap. Of course Morgan won't let her die. And they run into a group of guys who seem to be good guys, which is a relief of sorts from every other group being a "let's kill everyone for no other reason than they aren't one of us" group of bad guys.

So which one is the one who gets killed? My money says it's the no name guy. Why do I say that? Well, he's not one of the main characters, that's why. Of course there's no guarantee that it won't be one of the main characters. After all, Game of Thrones has led the way in that regard. No telling who will get killed in GOT. But my money says Daenerys won't ever get killed. Why do I think that? Because she's the one I want to get killed more than any other character. Cant' stand her. She gives me the creeps ever since the first season. Such an annoying character. Please kill the (b-word here.)

But I digress. The no name guy on WD will be the one who got killed. It's not one of the women, I'm pretty sure about that. As he's bashing in the skull of the person, the Negan guy says, "...he's taking it like a man..." so that rules out the women, Maggie, Sasha, Michonne, and Rosita.

Also, it's not Rick or Carl, because while he's doing the bashing, Negan also says if anyone tries anything, to cut out the other eye of Carl and feed it to Rick. That rules them out.

So we have left Glenn, Abraham, Eugene, Daryl, and the no name guy. I figure the reason they let the no name guy go along on this venture was so that it can be him who gets killed. I did consider maybe Daryl being the guy, because during the show a commercial was aired about Norman Reedus's new TV series. Something called, Ride With Norman Reedus. So if he's got a new show, maybe he can bow out of The Walking Dead. Maybe not. The new show might tank if he's no longer in TWD.

So I still think it's the no name guy. After all, isn't that what no name guys are for? They're the ones who take the falls. But again. Who knows. We have to wait six months to find out for sure. So until then, back to my own stories.  Those stories take the turns I think they should take and end the way I think they should end. I wrote them after all. Those are the best kind.

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