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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 ...
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.
Posted February 15, 2013
It's always interesting when you take an author who is well-known in his specific industry for his non-fiction output, as well as his knowledge of his particular bailiwick, and have him put out a novel. Just because the author knows his business, so to speak, doesn't mean he can write fiction.
That said, I really enjoyed this book by Loren Christensen. He has created a character, Sam Reeves, that you care about, you sympathize with, want to do well, all the levels you want. Reeves is strong and yet not superhuman. He's very human and fallible, and yet manages to somehow do what needs to be done. Of course, as you would expect from someone with Christensen's real-world credentials, the police and martial arts details are spot-on and very believable, with just a hint of mysticism to keep it interesting.
I also like Samuel and Mai, and can't wait to see where Christensen takes them all in future novels. At least I hope there will be future novels, as I will certainly be reading them.
My only quibble, even though the title itself should reflect the bad week that Reeves was having, is that it almost seemed like there was too much going on at times. It also reflects the downside of the first person narrative, as some loose ends get tied up without the protagonist's first-hand knowledge, so those have to be explained by other characters.
That said, this is highly recommended for fans of martial arts, law enforcement or thrillers in general. You won't be disappointed.
Posted December 12, 2012
Only someone who has seen it with their own eyes could fathom the unspeakable acts of violence that exist in this world. The author brings to life Sam Reeves, cop, martial artist, survivor; from pieces of his own world. I study martial arts and for me it is a training and a way to become stronger, both mentally and physically. For some of the men in our school it is a whole other ball game. They are prison guards, military combat trainers and police. They think the way Sam Reeves does and they suffer some of the same PTSD. for them the training is life or death. This book grabs you by the throat and shakes you to the core. How does a cop decide to take a shot at a naked pervert who is holding a child hostage with a knife at the kids neck? How does he choose to fire? Will he be quick enough to prevent the slice? Will he be able to talk him down with no shot? Will he fire and hit? Or fire and miss? How does he live with any of the choices?
Lots to think about in this story. A great deal of unspeakable realities in this work of fiction. Was sorry to see the story end and am waiting for the next book with bated breath. Buy a copy for everyone who is forced to live in the real world of violence.