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.
It quickly becomes apparent that it was murder. And very soon Johnny learns that huge sums of money are missing from charities administered by the pastor. Was the pastor really using the funds to pay off gunrunners? And, if so, why? The answers - along with the truth about Johnny's long-lost father - come in a thrilling climax amidst a raging conflagration in the most bushfire-prone region on earth.
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."
"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."
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.