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The Maria Kannon (A Brother Half Angel Thriller Book 2) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Martin Roth (www.authormartinroth.com) is a veteran journalist and foreign correspondent, and the author of many books.

He has worked on daily and Sunday newspapers in England, Australia, New Zealand and Greece. For seventeen years he lived in Tokyo, and his reports from Asia have appeared in leading publications around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun.

He has also spent six months working on kibbutzim in Israel.

He has written about his background in Buddhism -

* Journey Out Of Nothing: My Buddhist Path to Christianity

His first two devotional studies are -

* Love, Justice and Power: The Message of Passover for Christians
* A Psalm for the Battle: Reflections on Psalm 18, Christians and Warfare

The first three books in his Johnny Ravine private detective series are -

* Prophets and Loss
* Hot Rock Dreaming (Australian Christian Book of the Year finalist)
* Burning at the Boss

His Brother Half Angel international thrillers focus on the persecuted church. They feature Brother Half Angel, an abrasive former military man who heads a clandestine new military order that is dedicated to fighting for the rights of persecuted Christians around the world. The first five in the series are -

* Brother Half Angel
* The Maria Kannon
* Military Orders
* Festival in the Desert
* The Coptic Martyr of Cairo

The first two novels in his Feisty Ferreira series of financial thrillers are -

* Tokyo Bossa Nova
* The Kalgoorlie Skimpy

He lives in Australia with his Korean wife and three sons.

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  • File Size: 1121 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QYXAG0
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Martin Roth (http://www.authormartinroth.com) is a veteran journalist and foreign correspondent, and the author of many books.

He has worked on daily and Sunday newspapers in England, Australia, New Zealand and Greece. For seventeen years he lived in Tokyo, and his reports from Asia have appeared in leading publications around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun.

He has also spent six months working on kibbutzim in Israel.

He has written about his background in Buddhism -

* Journey Out Of Nothing: My Buddhist Path to Christianity

His first two devotional studies are -

* Love, Justice and Power: The Message of Passover for Christians
* A Psalm for the Battle: Reflections on Psalm 18, Christians and Warfare

The first three books in his Johnny Ravine private detective series are -

* Prophets and Loss
* Hot Rock Dreaming (Australian Christian Book of the Year finalist)
* Burning at the Boss

His Brother Half Angel international thrillers focus on the persecuted church. They feature Brother Half Angel, an abrasive former military man who heads a clandestine new military order that is dedicated to fighting for the rights of persecuted Christians around the world. The first five in the series are -

* Brother Half Angel
* The Maria Kannon
* Military Orders
* Festival in the Desert
* The Coptic Martyr of Cairo

The first two novels in his Feisty Ferreira series of financial thrillers are -

* Tokyo Bossa Nova
* The Kalgoorlie Skimpy

He lives in Melbourne, Australia with his Korean wife and three sons.

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Many authors fail to follow up a good first book with an equally good second one, but Martin Roth's The Maria Kannon lived up to and exceeded my expectations. (See my review of Brother Half Angel.)

I appreciated the fact that Kannon kept violence to a minimum without diminishing the suspense and intrigue. I enjoyed getting to know the characters.

Brother Half Angel appeared again in this book and--to put it in the colloquial--he's a piece of work! The least perfect hero one might ever encounter--and yet such an effective one.

Luiz makes a good addition to the military order. He's quite different from Brother Half Angel, yet someone I definitely look forward to seeing more of in future books.

I liked having The Maria Kannon and Brother Half Angel set in different countries. That helped to keep me from getting the details mixed up between books.

The information Martin provides about the setting is an integral part of the story, and that helped to draw me in more.

Martin's Military Order series has been a wonderful read. In fact, I just bought book three! *big smile*
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Characters from Roth's first book in this series such as the volatile Brother Half Angel, reappear in this story. We are also introduced to Luiz, a complex man, of Korean ethnicity, born in Brazil,a citizen of America and an ex marine. Then there is Harel who like Luiz carries memories from a painful past. Each personality walks in faith as they interpret their allegiance to Christ, yet with the ghosts of past failure or trauma.

The idea of a protective force, sending out military trained people to enter into situations where the church is in danger,is a unique approach. The author doesn't judge whether this is good or bad, but rather lets the concept create a story that is exciting and intriguing.

I loved the setting in Japan and the detail including domestic furnishings and grand mountain scenery. It took me back to a short stay I had in that country. In the story I discovered the comforting warmth of a kotatsu table and then the discomforting history of Christianity in early Japanese years. The Kannon held many secrets.

I found myself checking for more information on some of these things, searching online. It gave me an appreciation for the understanding of things oriental that this author has knowledge of.

A great yarn and I will be looking for his other books to read.
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The Maria Kannon is set in northern Japan's mountains--a place of utter beauty, but shrouded in superstition. Luiz Kim, a Christian, forced to retire from the Marines, who had become his "family." He loses his identity, his direction and his father; his mother and sister long gone. Having had an unsettled childhood with many moves and living in two different cultures and speaking three languages he longs for a sense of belonging and purpose. He begins to look for his long lost sister, and finds her--in Japan! He introduces her to Christ and she too, becomes a believer but is killed the night before they meet.

Her pastor, Yu-Han Kang, makes connections, translates Japanese and his home becomes something of a staging area for the investigation into Luiz's sister's murder. Luiz is joined by Brother Half Angel, whom we have met before, who quickly recruits him as a soldier for the Korean church which sponsors a special order tasked with helping Christians in danger by whatever means. Together they expose the forces behind the killing, stop the killer before he kills a third person and Luiz is able to see a direction for his life in which he can begin to resolve his personal issues of faith, and belonging in his new "home" with the Mercendarians.

If you enjoyed Brother Half Angel or Military Orders, you will enjoy this book as well. It is one suspense filled, fast paced novel! The action literally does not stop. Oh, there are lulls but then it takes off again. My interest never waned and I learned things about Korea and Japan that I did not know. For example, about the Maria Kannon, a Buddhist statue. And to find out the importance of the Kannon and its place in the story...you must read the book!

I love how Christianity is just one of the pieces of the story. There is no preaching, just reporting of the facts! The people involved just happen to be Christian. I would heartily recommend the book to all lovers of Christian thriller/suspense novels.
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In this second instalment of the Military Orders series, Brother Half Angel is back with much more involvement than in Brother Half Angel where we were introduced to him and the issues facing the persecuted church. This is good as I was looking forward to seeing what Brother Half Angel is all about. In this instalment, Roth does not disappoint. He has developed the plot in more depth than the first and also some of the returning characters that were introduced in the previous instalment. Character development is improved in this novel and are more relational.

I really enjoyed this story.

Roth has introduced another aspect of the persecuted church. Radical members of the Taoist religion feel threatened with the increasing popularity of the New Joy Gospel Church and decide to do something about it. This forms the main plot of the story but does spark off other issues such as Luiz being recruited into the Military Orders team and him confronting the past that led to him being discharged from the Marines and him questioning what it means to be alive and would he be willing to die for his beliefs. In seeking to find the murderer of his sister, Luiz proves himself worthy of being in a military team and overcomes his shame and fear from his previous discharge.

Roth introduces an informative history into the Taoist beliefs and religion and specifically that of the Maria Kannon deity and how the Christians of the past used this as a front to continue practising Christianity without compromising biblical doctrine or faith due to Christianity being forced underground from the oppressive nature of the ruling government. This background history provides depth and structure to the plot and supports the motivation behind the persecution of the Christian church.
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