A military operation gone tragically wrong. An elite commando loses his forearm. The angel tattooed onto his arm is sliced in half. And the man acquires a new nickname.
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 he is dispatched urgently to China, where an underground seminary is under siege from fanatical sword-wielding members of a local cult who still pay homage to the bloodthirsty extremists who tried to expel all foreigners from China in the nineteenth century.
But at the same time the seminary has its own internal divisions. The director, Uncle Ling, a hero of the underground Chinese church, holds secrets that he cannot reveal.
And now the tensions are threatening the marriage of idealistic young American missionary Daniel Westloke and his wife Jenny.
This book also raises serious questions – how far can Christians go to defend themselves? When should they turn the other cheek? What happens when a Christian kills in self-defense? And should those who live by the sword really expect to die by the sword?
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
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 and Baltimore Sun. 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.
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This is a great book that will capture your attention from start to finish. Whether you have an interest in Chinese history or just like a great read, Brother Half Angel serves both purposes. As you meet missionaries Daniel and Jenny Westloke, and their Chinese mission leader Uncle Ling, you also learn about the history of the Boxers in China and the persecution of the Chinese church. When one of their student’s is murdered and the mission begins to suffers its own persecution, you meet Brother Half Angel, a part of a secret church military order that is called to assist the persecution of believers all over the world. You will wonder before the end what side the characters are on – for good or evil – and you might be surprised when you find out. This book raises the question (from the description) of how far should Christians go to defend themselves? When is it ok not to “turn the other cheek.” I’m not sure the book gave an answer but it certainly got me to thinking, particularly in the world we live in today. I would definitely recommend this book and I personally hope to read more of Martin Roth’s books.
Exciting thriller with insights into the underground church in China and the hardships they undergo. The story kept me guessing and i was pleasantly surprised at the twists and turns of the novel. Interesting plot and concepts. Definitely would recommend to my fellow Christian friends who want a good thrill without having to wade through all the foul words and even fouler world views out there. I hope to read more in the series.
I had never heard of this author before, but was surprised and thrilled at his skill in weaving together a very believable and sensitive story in places and circumstances that tend to be dangerous for the "average Christian". I felt as if I really was experiencing life in China and in Korea as a believer in a hostile environment! I hope to read more by this author!
American missionaries are in China, working at a Bible College that fronts as an English school. Their presence is not agreeable to many in the town, including an ancient martial arts sect known as the ‘Flower Boxers’. The story actually begins with a massacre of some missionaries almost a century earlier, carried out by the same sect. The grandson of one of the martyrs is now working at the school, feeling it is his mission to carry on the work that his grandmother did before him. His wife isn’t quite as enthusiastic. Simultaneously we are introduced to a Christian mercenary of sorts, called Brother Half Angel. Sponsored by a church in Korea, his specialty is rescuing members of the persecuted church, sometimes using unorthodox and even violent methods. Eventually, he comes to help the group in China defend themselves against the Flower Boxers. The story was interesting from an historical point of view and it was well written. Sometimes I wasn’t sure whose story it really was, however - the American missionaries or Brother Half Angel himself. Brother Half Angel is a very intriguing character and I felt like I would have liked to see the story focus more on him, rather than just have him ride in near the end and save the day. Apparently this is the first in a series featuring Brother Half Angel, though, so he might be more central in the next book.