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Dukkha: The Suffering (A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Loren W. Christensen
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Book Description

In the course of a single week, everything Sam Reeves believed in, everything he knew, everyone he trusted, all would be put on the line. For a family he never knew he had.

Detective Sam Reeves, a 34-year-old martial arts instructor, has a solid fifteen-year record as a good police officer with the Portland Police Department. For the first time, Sam is forced to take a life in the line of duty and despite the findings of “good shoot” he struggles to recuperate psychologically from the killing. Facing up to his fears Sam returns to work and then within days is forced to fire his weapon again— killing two more people.

With his spirit almost broken, Sam meets a stranger … a man who claims to be his father. “Impossible,” Sam reasons—his father died in a North Vietnamese prison camp … a long time ago.

This odd man, named Samuel, is as convincing as he is quirky and is revealed to be a phenomenal martial artist, the likes of which Detective Sam Reeves has never encountered. This ‘Samuel’ comes out of nowhere, equipped with a family in Vietnam and a daughter named Mai who is about to graduate from Portland State University.

With a series of interlocked events of violence: a revenge-seeking uncle, the destruction of his martial arts school, his new father’s connection to some lethal Vietnamese outlaws, Sam’s life spirals into a dreadful new direction. This high-octane martial arts thriller will have you gripped from the start.

You’ll never complain about a hard week again.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1792 KB
  • Print Length: 494 pages
  • Publisher: YMAA Publication Center (2 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006J7HO7A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #402,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mr. Christensen began training in the martial arts in 1965 and continues to this day. Over the years he has earned a total of 11 black belts, eight in karate, two in jujitsu and one in arnis. As a result of his tour in Vietnam and nearly three decades in law enforcement, Mr. Christensen's focus in the martial arts - writing, teaching and training - has always been on street survival, not competition. He has starred in seven martial arts training videos.

In August of 2011, Mr. Christensen was inducted into the martial arts Masters Hall of Fame in Anaheim, California, receiving The Golden Life Achievement Award.

As a professional writer since 1978, Mr. Christensen has penned 46 published books with five publishers, dozens of magazine articles, and edited a police newspaper for nearly eight years. He has written on the martial arts, missing children, street gangs, school shootings, workplace violence, riots, police-involved shootings, nutrition, exercise, prostitution, and various street subcultures. His first first fiction--Dukkha: The Suffering--was recently published by YMAA Publications.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Dukkha is the first in the Sam Reeves trilogy. A tough Portland cop with a conscience meets some incredible martial artists from Vietnam who turn out to be family. They must combine all their skills to escape the reach of bad guys both in the US and Vietnam. The book takes place in a single week and the action is unrelenting with exciting martial arts and police situations coming thick and fast.

Dukkha is Loren Christensen's first novel but by no means his first book. He is the author of over 45 martial arts and self-protection books, and a former cop. And a Vietnam vet! So as you'd expect, the police-work and martial arts feel very real and credible. However it is the humor and lightness of touch in the family relationships that makes Dukkha such a likeable and rewarding read.

At the end of the first book Sam Reeves looks set for a trip to Vietnam that looks set to open up a whole new dimension to this promising trilogy. Congratulations to Loren Christensen on his gripping new series.
Goran Powell, author of A Sudden Dawn: A Martial Arts Novel: 1 and Chojun
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4.0 out of 5 stars good to see a martial arts thriller! 1 Aug. 2012
By despie
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My first review, I've bought numerous products from amazon many of them books, from paperbacks to kindle versions. I have just purchased the book and have never felt the need... no the urge to write a review after only reading a few chapters.
So far the book shows a lot of promise with the first few chapters the author has built as very believable protagonist. I felt that the character is very realistic and the relationship he has with his students is one that I could see any real martial arts school, considering this is the authors first foray into fiction hes done a good job from the begining, I look forward to reading the rest of the book though not to reaching the end, unless the next installment is ready to be purchased at the time.

Just reached the end, I couldn't put the book down. The author has done a very good job of getting you to relate to the lead characters. Through the book the action, the romance and story have been artfully brought together. I have to say I would not like to have Sam Reeves luck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller with heart 2 Jun. 2014
By Nic
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Sam Reeves is a cop and a martial artist. But don’t let that description convince you that you know just who you’re going to meet. There’s much more to the man than that. Sam Reeves has heart; a much more introspective and empathetic hero than the legend might suggest. And there’s a real life experience sat amongst the words that keeps the pages turning.
You might not want to cross him, but you’d be happy sit and pass the time with him because despite his inner demons and conflicts that you become privy to, he’s a reasonable man. And it’s that reason that makes you not only begin to care what happens to him, but care what happens to those he loves.
Although wrapped up satisfyingly at the conclusion, so this book works as a stand-alone, you want to know what happens to him and to Mai, and to his father. Perfect for the first in a series because, once you’ve read this one, you’ll want to read the next too.
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I have been looking forward with anticipation to Mr Christensen's first foray into fiction. Read in only two kindle-sits, I was very impressed by how Loren has balanced the conflicting aspects of action, human relationships and the psychology of conflict. In my opinion he has managed to keep the story in creative area of "The Shield" and "The Wire"....whereas a less skilled writer would have taken the ingredients and veered off into the territory of "Big Trouble in Little China".
Suffice to say, I look forward with pleasure to future creative output of this standard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, exciting and well written. 16 Dec. 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. It's fast paced, exciting and well written. Great characters inspired by the Authors unique experience. I highly recommend it.
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