Martin Roy Hill

Martin Roy Hill is the author of the military mystery thriller, The Killing Depths, the mystery thriller Empty Places, and the award-winning DUTY: Suspense and Mystery Stories from the Cold War and Beyond, a collection of new and previously published short stories. His latest book, EDEN: A Sci-Fi Novella, was published in November 2014. All books are available in print and Kindle editions from

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Author Biography

Martin Roy Hill spent more than 20 years as a staff reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines, before becoming a Navy analyst specializing in battlefield medical operations. His freelance credits include Reader's Digest, LIFE, Newsweek, Omni, American History, Coast Guard Magazine, Retired Officer Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section, and many more.

Much of his freelance work involves historical topics, especially military history. He was a lead contributor to the 1995 WWII anthology, "From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki: America at War," published by the Retired Officer Association (now called the Military Officer Association). He also contributed to the American Civil War anthology "Gettysburg: Three Days that Saved the United States," published by I-5 Publishing.

Martin's short stories have appeared in such publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, San Diego Magazine, San Diego Writer's Monthly, the Plan B Mystery Anthology and webzine, and ALT HIS: The Journal of Historical Fiction and Alternative History. His first book, DUTY, was named the Best Short Story Anthology/Collection by the San Diego Book Awards Association (SDBAA). His first novel, The Killing Depths, was a 2013 finalist for the SDBAA Sisters In Crime Mystery Award. Hill's second novel, Empty Places, received the same honor in 2014. His latest book, Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella, was published in 2014.

A veteran of the Coast Guard and Navy reserves, he now serves as acting executive officer of a state military police battalion in the California State Military Reserve, a component of the California National Guard. Hill has more than 13 years experience in maritime and wilderness search and rescue and disaster response, and taught wilderness survival and first aid.

Books by Martin Roy Hill

The Butcher's Bill (The Linus Schag, NCIS, Thrillers Book 2)


Meet William Butcher, aka The Butcher. Those who stole $9 billion in cash want him dead. The cops want him for murder. Butcher's only hope is his former NCIS colleague and closest friend, Linus Schag. With a plot torn from today's headlines . . . The Butcher's Bill.

The Last Refuge (The Peter Brandt Thrillers Book 2)


Peter Brandt, the war-scarred journalist hero of Empty Places, returns in this story of greed, betrayal, and government secrets.

Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella


What reviewers are saying about Eden: "An Out-of-The Box Blend of SciFi, Thriller, and Military Encounters!" - D. Donovan, Mid-West Book Review. "A quick and thought-provoking read." - The Kindle Book Review. "Move over Dan Brown, Martin Roy Hill has arrived." - Liam Saville, author of Predator Strike! and Resolute Action.

Empty Places (The Peter Brandt Thrillers Book 1)


What reviewers are saying about Empty Places: "A powerful and memorable thriller, Empty Places will certainly be well received by fans of the genre and bodes well for the next novel from Martin Roy Hill. Highly recommended!" - Book Viral "Hill's writing is vastly impressive... " - Named Thriller of the Month by (March 2014) "A fantastic job of keeping the tension slowly simmering ... " - Reader's Favorite

The Killing Depths


What reviewers are saying about The Killing Depths: "The Killing Depths has best seller written all over it." -- Liam Saville, author of Predator Strike! "... a non-stop thrilling adventure." -- Mallory Hearts Review. "...a riveting thriller that you'll have a hard time putting down." -- Jay Allan Storey, author of Eldorado.

Duty: Suspense and Mystery Stories from the Cold War and Beyond


"A gripping, powerfully-written collection of stories depicting the terrors, ironies, and tragedies that unfold in the world of war and espionage."