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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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*
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well-written, good pacing, interesting concept to have a military for a church. There was a good tie-in with hundreds of years earlier and with the current time. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Maria Kannon is a story of a South Korean Christian church that has started a branch in one of Japan's northern prefecture and women of this church are being murdered. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
I didn't read this. I just want this off my non-reviewed list. I went over my head getting books that I didn't really had the time to read. Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by DNCB
This book was ok - no more, no less. My biggest gripe was that I was reading it, and looking at the location number (page), I came to about the 80% mark of the book, and it just... Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Thank you Mr Roth, you have opened my eyes to alot of things this spoiled American did not see before. Christians are becoming rare and far between. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by cathy
I've read two of these, now. The premise is a bit startling but the stories are engaging. Not sure I would pay for one ...Published on February 20, 2013 by M. Gallaher
Not bad, I wouldn't say it's a book I can't put down, but so far it seems to be going into a good story line.lPublished on January 16, 2013 by Dee
Luis goes to Japan to see his long lost sister and finds out she has been murdered. This leads him on a journey to find the killer and to learn about Japanese and Korean religious... Read morePublished on August 19, 2012 by BRENDA
I just finished "The Maria Kannon (Military Orders - Book 2)" by Martin Roth and I enjoyed the book. This was a short book and easy to read. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by Larry B. Gray