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Military Orders (A Brother Half Angel Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Roth
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Matt was the solid one of his family - successful student, good husband and father, devoted missionary. The rock on which many churches would have been built.

By contrast, elder brother Rafa is the troublemaker – sharp-tongued and only too well aware of his gifts, a broken marriage, estranged from his parents.
But when Matt is murdered in northern India by an unknown assailant, it is Rafa who must investigate.

And it is in India where he learns that the local police are claiming Matt was leader of a gang engaged in the theft and sale of precious temple artworks.
Rafa knows these allegations to be false. Yet it quickly becomes apparent that Matt was involved in something much bigger than simple mission work. But what?

The answer, when it comes, is chilling. For Matt was part of a clandestine project with the potential to change the future course of world religion. And now Rafa must complete the assignment.

This compelling international thriller moves at breakneck speed from Dharamsala – northern Indian home of the Dalai Lama – to Prayer Mountain in South Korea and the sacred Australian mountain-rock of Uluru. It introduces an exotic cast of characters, including Tibetan Buddhist monks, a Chinese spy and the beautiful Korean intelligence operative Miss Sunhee Cho. (Cover design by Romit Berger.)


Praise for Martin Roth’s thriller “Prophets and Loss”:

“A thrilling ride that begins as a story of murder and revenge and ends as a reflection on loss and forgiveness....Fast-paced and edgy.” - SydneyAnglicans.net

“Wow!.…When “Prophets and Loss” arrived…I certainly wasn’t expecting a meaty murder mystery cum terrorist plot. And when I realized that’s what it was, I certainly wasn’t then expecting Roth’s Johnny Ravine mystery to deliver such a fabulous gospel message….This is a great book for a Christian or as a starter for a non-Christian. A fabulous surprise.” - The Presbyterian Pulse


Praise for Martin Roth’s thriller “Hot Rock Dreaming” (Australian Christian Book of the Year finalist):

“Roth is a Christian author and, although spiritual warfare is crucial to the plot, this book is still a murder mystery…Thought-provoking and an enjoyable read.” – On Fire

“Highly readable…You will be both entertained and educated.” – Journey


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About the Author

Martin Roth is a veteran journalist and foreign correspondent whose reports from Asia have appeared in leading publications around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and The Guardian. He is the author of many books.

His Brother Half Angel international thrillers focus on the persecuted church. They feature Brother Half Angel, a wily 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 five books in the series are "The Coptic Martyr of Cairo," "Brother Half Angel," "The Maria Kannon," "Military Orders" and "Festival in the Desert." 

He is also the author of the Johnny Ravine private eye series, with "Prophets and Loss," "Hot Rock Dreaming" (Australian Christian Book of the Year finalist) and "Burning at the Boss," and the Feisty Ferreira series of financial thrillers - "Tokyo Bossa Nova" and "The Kalgoorlie Skimpy."

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

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This May Be the Best Book I Have Read This Year June 5, 2012
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I have to say "Military Orders" by Martin Roth is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The action and adventure never stops. The storyline is well thought out and developed. The various twist and turns to the plot kept me on the edge of my seat.

The characters are easy to identify with and believable. This is one of those books where I could put myself into as a hidden character and get lost in the adventure. I totally enjoyed this book.

Another great thing about "Military Orders" is it proves you DO NOT need vulgar language, explicit sex and graphic violence to have a great story. You just need an author who knows how to tell a tale. Great job Martin Roth.

I highly recommend "Military Orders" by Martin Roth.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale January 18, 2012
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Rafa Halel is sent by family to India find the truth about his missionary brother Matt's death. After some disturbing incidents, including an act of violence by a Buddhist monk, who acts well out of expected of peace and gentleness, Rafa finds himself leaving India without the answers he came to seek. The story shifts to Australia, and it would seem that more than one group of people are seeking their own agendas, leading them in the one direction.

The time is set after the Dalai Lama dies and his reincarnation is being sought. Everyone is interested in a boy born near Uluru. Dangerous and determined characters converge on a tiny community in this central Australian desert area, near the monolithic rock.

The plot involves suspense, hidden motives, a plan that goes horribly wrong, and yet, is perhaps divinely all to plan after all. A good and satisfying read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Military Orders June 14, 2012
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This fast paced adventure begins in Dharamsala in northern India and quickly shifts to Australia! The Dahli Lama has been dead for two years during which time the Buddhist leadership has been involved in the pursuit of the reincarnated Dahli. "Signs" begin to come fast and furiously and are pointing to Australia as the place to find this new Dahli Lama.

A Christian missionary has joined forces with a Christian mega-church from South Korea that has under-written a religious order that uses "whatever means necessary" to rescue persecuted Christians whose lives are in imminent danger. (Said missionary is knocked off for knowing too much in the first few pages!) In this case, the church leaders have backed a wild idea: to switch out the Dahli Lama and substitute a child who has been baptized a Christian on the misguided notion the child, being Christian, would be able to influence the world!

This struggle is played out by some standout main characters in the heat of the Outback:
* Rafa, the authority on "Spiritual Art," the rebellious and somewhat disgruntled Christian brother of the dead missionary who has been sent by his mother and sister-in-law to Dharamsala to investigate his brother's death

* Sunhee, the drop dead gorgeous former North Korean, now a member of the South Korean mega-church and Tae-Kwon-Do practitioner sent to Australia to protect the substituted child from potential kidnappers or killers

* Tenzin, the armed and dangerous wanna-be Buddhist monk become assassin in pursuit of the new Dahli Lama for reasons of his own who is working in concert with the Chinese authorities who want to control the new Dahli Lama for reasons of their own!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story - Well Told June 19, 2012
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This is a good book which is rated "G" for all readers. The storyline addresses numerous religions and their respective beliefs and how they intertwine under certain circumstances. Well thought out, well written, good characters and continuous action. Thought provoking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Military Orders by Martin Roth June 13, 2012
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This is the story of what happens when Dr. Jeremiah Raphael Harel, a California University art professor, searches to understand why his brother Matt was killed in Dharamsala, Northern India. Matt had been a Christian missionary in Dharamsala where he lived with his wife and child. Luckily, Matt's wife, Sue, was in the states to have their second child when the attack occurred. Harel goes to Dharamsala at the request of Sue and his parents to get details about the killing and to clear Matt's name. The police claimed Matt had stolen Tibetan religious antiquities and smuggled them out of the country.

Rather than clear Matt's name, it's not long before Harel is attacked and also suspected of being involved in the smuggling of antiquities. The police tell him to leave the country or be arrested. He leaves, but now he must clear his name, too. The only thing significant he learned before being booted out was that Matt had been asking questions about the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. (The book is set in the future, two years after the death of the Dalai Lama.) Based on what Harel had learned from a former student who was now studying to be a Tibetan Buddhist priest, the reincarnation was expected to happen in Australia.

Harel goes to Australia, along with many other characters, both good and bad, and the action gets more intense. The story involves Chinese, Korean, Australian, American and Indian characters. We get a look at Buddhism, militaristic Christians, the making of a Bollywood movie and Aboriginal art. Characters include Buddhist priests, Christian missionaries, academics and students. I enjoyed learning details about a variety of subjects, but mostly I liked following the characters along the emotional roller coaster on the way to the conclusion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Half Brother Novel. Read this Review and Find Out Why.
This book in the Brother Half Angel series is different from the previous two. Those were about the persecuted church in Korea and Japan while Military Orders takes place in India... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars original plot, exciting read, thought provoking moral, loved the "last...
I just completed "Military Orders'', my first exposure to Martin Roth's works, a fast paced Christian adventure, original and compelling from first page to last. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I just couldn't get into this book at all. It was too slow and sometimes I felt like it was just above my knowledge. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Annie732009
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Writing
I didn't realize I was starting with book three of a series when I read Military Orders. However, this story stands on its own. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tom Blubaugh
2.0 out of 5 stars Military Orders
It was to slow. I had a hard time to stay interested. I read all the way through it only because I don't like to quit a book once I start it.
Published 21 months ago by Evert
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept but weak storyline
This first few chapters of this book raised my hopes that I had found a really good novel. it combined a clever concept with an easy to read style. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Aussie Preacher
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More About the Author

Martin Roth is a veteran journalist and foreign correspondent whose reports from Asia have appeared in leading publications around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and The Guardian. He is the author of many books.

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 five books in the series are "The Coptic Martyr of Cairo," "Brother Half Angel," "The Maria Kannon," "Military Orders" and "Festival in the Desert."

He is also the author of the Johnny Ravine private eye series, with "Prophets and Loss," "Hot Rock Dreaming" (Australian Christian Book of the Year finalist) and "Burning at the Boss," and the Feisty Ferreira series of financial thrillers - "Tokyo Bossa Nova" and "The Kalgoorlie Skimpy."

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

You can find out more about Martin at www.authormartinroth.com.

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