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.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

John Dunn - Heart of a Zulu cover is in

Here it is!

At first I wondered if it was appropriate, but the more I looked at it the more I liked it. One thing to remember is it's a hardbound book. And a cover like this is appropriate for a hardbound book.

It's a Zulu mask. And John Dunn has the heart of a Zulu. He spends a good deal of his time with the Zulus. Although the book is not about Zulu masks, the Zulu mask symbolizes the Zulus, and that is the point. Just like the football player on the Second Chance cover symbolized the sport. It didn't have to be the exact main character of the book, just as this cover didn't have to feature the main character of the book, John Dunn. After all, the title of the book features the main character of the book. John Dunn. And the gist of the book, Heart of a Zulu.

John Dunn would not have survived a week in Zululand if he didn't have the heart of a Zulu. He did, and thus, the book's title. This is a great time for me. My football book is coming out next month. I have another sports author who has agreed to endorse it. That's great. And Dana is going to put John Coy's endorsement or an excerpt of his endorsement on the cover, like I wanted. It's all good.

Stay tuned.

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