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, Financial Times 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 "Brother Half Angel," "The Maria Kannon," "Military Orders," "Festival in the Desert" and "The Coptic Martyr of Cairo."
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 has written two devotionals - "Love, Justice and Power: The Message of Passover for Christians" and "A Psalm for the Battle: Reflections on Psalm 18, Christians and Warfare."
He is also the author of a spiritual odyssey that details his background in Zen Buddhism - "Journey Out Of Nothing: My Buddhist Path to Christianity."
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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Love, Justice and Power: The Message of Passover for Christians
Passover is a Jewish celebration of the mighty acts of God in liberating the ancient Israelites from slavery in Egypt. But as best-selling Christian author Martin Roth shows, it is also much more. For the events that culminated in Passover tell us a momentous story about God’s power, His love for His people and His justice.
Journey Out Of Nothing: My Buddhist Path to Christianity
Best-selling author Martin Roth recounts his path through Zen Buddhism in Japan on his journey towards becoming a Christian. This short book, part travel adventure, part memoir, part spiritual odyssey, will entertain and inform.
The Coptic Martyr of Cairo
Four Americans in Egypt on an archaeological dig. In the blistering summer heat they are fighting amongst themselves. Then they unearth a body. It is an old priest who has been murdered.
The gruesome discovery sets in train a sequence of events that leads to a deadly Islamist attack on the ancient church where the Americans are working.
The Kalgoorlie Skimpy
How do you go about solving a murder when no one – including even the victim’s wife - is telling the truth? For Brazilian geologist and financial analyst Feisty Ferreira, it means a journey to the rugged Australian outback, where mystery surrounds a massive new gold discovery.
Tokyo Bossa Nova (A Feisty Ferreira Mystery)
A body is discovered on the dealing room floor of upper-crust investment bankers Baund Major, in this financial thriller from best-selling author Martin Roth. Meanwhile, a shady Japanese takeover specialist is trying to acquire an obscure Australian oil company.
Burning at the Boss (A Johnny Ravine Mystery)
Pastor Jim Reezall is renowned as the hellfire preacher always calling down fire and brimstone on the sinners of the world. So when he dies in a wild bushfire there are some who believe he got what he deserved. Enter private detective Johnny Ravine, asked by the pastor's daughter - with whom he is trying to develop a relationship - to solve the mystery of the death.
Festival in the Desert (A Brother Half Angel Thriller)
Captain John Fisker, a US military officer working to strengthen the forces of moderate Islam in the region, is kidnapped by terrorists. At the same time extremists are threatening the Christian mission hospital where John’s brother Bobby works as a doctor. It is time to call for the New Mercedarians, the clandestine military order dedicated to fighting for Christians under attack.
Hot Rock Dreaming (A Johnny Ravine Mystery)
A killer is on the loose, and even private eye Johnny Ravine's own life is in danger. But first he needs to understand that the death of Australia's most famous Aboriginal artist has unleashed spiritual forces that threaten an entire community.
Prophets and Loss (A Johnny Ravine Mystery)
Forgiveness is the most attractive of the virtues. Until you actually have someone to forgive.
And when Melissa Stonelea’s born-again Christian husband Grant is found strangled in the bondage room of the city’s classiest brothel she needs revenge.
This acclaimed Christian thriller is the first in the private eye Johnny Ravine series.
Brother Half Angel (A Brother Half Angel Thriller)
Brother Half Angel is the leader of a secret new church military order, dedicated to helping Christians under attack around the world. In this book, the first in the Military Orders series, he is dispatched urgently to China, where an underground seminary is under siege from fanatical sword-wielding members of a local cult.
The Maria Kannon (A Brother Half Angel Thriller)
This high-adrenaline thriller features Luiz Kim, angry and unsettled since being kicked out of the Marines, working to find the killer of the sister he had not seen in more than twenty-five years, and who was murdered in Japan, while in prayer at church. Another in the Brother Half Angel series.
Military Orders (A Brother Half Angel Thriller)
A missionary is murdered and a killer is on the run. Professor Rafa Harel, brother of the victim, is seeking to unravel the mystery. Yet he quickly becomes aware that his brother was involved in something much bigger than simple mission work - no less than a clandestine project with the potential to change the future course of world religion.
Smashwords book reviews by Martin Roth
- Children of Dreams, An Adoption Memoir
on Jan. 18, 2012
I had not expected to enjoy as much as I did this quite gripping story of a passionate woman’s struggle to adopt two young girls, one in Nepal, the other in Vietnam. Along the way she had to battle uncaring bureaucracy, corruption, life-threatening disease and even the threat of a Communist uprising. It is a personal story, told from the heart, and the author writes candidly about the breakdown of her marriage and her early fears and insecurities. But it is also a story of redemption, as she puts her faith in God and finds that it is through His overwhelming love that she is able to embark on what is probably her most significant journey, leading her from despair to joy. Highly recommended.
- A Strand of Pearls
on Feb. 18, 2012
A book that opens with, “No one begins his or her life thinking, ‘When I grow up, I want to be an alcoholic,’ or, ‘I want to be a homosexual,’” is going to make you want to keep reading. And certainly this book makes for compulsive – if somewhat sombre, though ultimately inspiring – reading.
It is a collection of quite powerful testimonies from women who have suffered a range of torments, yet, through the redeeming power of Jesus Christ, have emerged strong, proud and with a renewed faith.
The writing is raw and uncompromising. Many of the women suffered at the hands of abusive husbands or partners. Alcohol, drugs, masturbation, soft-core porn and lesbianism are discussed.
Yet the women do not exude a sense of victimhood. There is no self-pity. Several discuss how they made bad choices. There is much to learn from them, and, in fact, this book is described as a collection of wisdom stories.
Ultimately, though, this excellent and highly recommended book is about that inexpressible love that our God has for each of His children, carrying us through the torments to victory.
In the words of one of the writers:
“The message of my life is that no matter how thoroughly you may believe you have destroyed your future, it can be salvaged. No matter how many mistakes you have made, there is redemption. No matter how much you feel like ‘damaged goods,’ there is salvation. Jesus can take a sow’s ear and make it into a silk purse because He is supernatural, and He loves and cares about us enough to do it. So don’t give up; hang in there! There are reasons for the pain and suffering you are experiencing; you just don’t know them yet. Have faith, don’t try to figure everything out, and depend on God.”
- Naked Eyes
on Oct. 31, 2013
I too used to write poems as a young man in the 1970s, though none of mine survive. Larry Gray kept his and has now published them, and they make an intriguing record of a young man of that era, his likes and doubts and dreams and fears. Some have an air of mystery, such as the intriguing "The Mystic Morning God," which I especially liked. This is a fun collection that brought back to me many memories of my own attempts at recording my early life in verse. I wish I had kept what I wrote.
- A Boy From Down East
on March 06, 2014
Larry Gray says that growing up in eastern North Carolina in a small rural community was "the best possible childhood you could wish for." And it would certainly seem so from this loving, gentle and always entertaining memoir. He talks about the joys (and otherwise) of the local library, church, grandmomma's kitchen, basketball camp, the country store and much else. He writes with wit and style, with numerous amusing stories. Highly recommended.