- Series: A Brother Half Angel Thriller
- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482729245
- ISBN-13: 978-1482729245
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,161,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Maria Kannon: A Brother Half Angel Thriller Paperback – April 2, 2013
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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.
Based on the history of the Maria Kannon the reader begins to wonder how this is connected to murders of the Christians from the New Joy Gospel Church. Roth does a good job of stringing the reader along and keeping the guessing game going until the connection is revealed at an important part of the plot. From here, the plot intensifies and so does the pace.
My only negative is that I felt the ending was a bit rushed and you felt cut off too quickly.
Roth has a good series here and I would recommend any reader who has started this series to keep going to the end.
I am enjoying this Military Orders series.
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.
One of the women's brother decides he wants to help the church find the killer and is invited into their military.
It's a short read, but interesting in the thought patterns of the Japanese, the South Koreans and the North Koreans.
I recommend this book.