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.

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Vase Novel on Hiatus

Since Penumbra Publishing is no longer going to be a publisher, at my request, they have relinquished all rights to it, and will no longer be selling it. It is still available on Amazon if anyone out there wants to buy it at this time, but my plan is to make it available to either Knox Robinson Publishing, since they are publishing two of my other books, John Dunn and Second Chance, or to Melange Books, which has published my two Killer books.

So that's the story right now. As for the progress on Second Chance, due out this August, my revisions have been undergoing, and are just about completed. That means when Dana, the KRP publisher edits it, it will be a very clean manuscript. She'll be back from vacation at the end of May which will be perfect timing, as my edits will be done by then.

At that's when I'll concentrate on John Dunn. But I'll mention to her that I am making The Vase available to KRP, and depending on interest, I'll be going over that one, once John Dunn is done. Of course, if she is interested, the publication of The Vase won't take place until 2017. So that's where I'm at right now. Stay tuned.

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