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, May 12, 2017

Amber Heard - No Longer an Option

Amber Heard
I guess the final verdict on Amber Heard has been reached. She is no longer an option. I used to think she was the perfect actress to play the part of Samantha Jones from my book Killer of Killers. Samantha Jones is a police detective, and a very pretty one at that. In fact, so pretty, that I was searching for the most beautiful blonde actress to play the part of Samantha Jones if Killer of Killers were ever to become a movie. Not that it ever is, it's all in fun, you know?

I had found some photos of Amber Heard, and I thought she nailed the part. Of course, the caveat is that she was a solid actress. But Hollywood seems to think she's not. She's never had any major roles in any major Hollywood films. She's only had bit parts, and only in grade B movies. Like Machete Kills, and the like. Sheesh, Machete Kills is more like a grade C movie.

Amber and Johnny
Then there was the disastrous marriage to A-lister movie star Johnny Depp. At first I thought with the Depp connection Heard's career might take off. The opposite happened. The two fell into a bitter divorce, with ugly accusations from both sides and court appearances and just a total mess. After all of that, Heard's career seemed to have bottomed out.

Then there's Heard's next romance with billionaire Musk, and there you have it. Heard seems to be more like a woman on the take than an actress. Meaning it seems she would rather attach herself to men who are already successful, rather than becoming successful herself. Being Depp's wife, I thought, would help her in that. It didn't. Being Musk's girl friend or wife certainly won't. But maybe she doesn't care. And if she doesn't care about being a successful actress, hey, that's her business.

Hannah New
But movie producers and casting directors are taking notice. And as a result, Heard is not being cast in any more movies. Her career as an actress is toast. But so what? There's an awful lot of pretty blonde actresses out there. And most of them are very good actresses. So I can resume my search. The list is a long one. Hannah New and Lily Simmons are candidates.

Lily Simmons
It seems there are more pretty blonde actresses than anyone knows what to do with. The new TV shows about the Wars of the Roses feature more blonde actresses. The first one, The White Queen features Rebecca Ferguson, who's not even a real blonde. But in the White Queen, she makes for quite a stunning blonde. And in The White Princess, Jodie Comer, (another actress who's not a real blonde,) makes for a stunning blonde as well.

Rebecca Ferguson
So we'll see. First let's hope a movie producer wants to make KOK into a movie. Then we'll talk.

Jodie Comer

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