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Posted September 25, 2014
In this first installment of the Dukkha series, Detective Sam Reeves’s world is shattered in just one week. All the events that have taken place in this one week are connected. He is a detective and he is also a martial arts instructor. He is also learning his about past family life and dealing with Vietnamese outlaws at the same time while struggling to survive and keep his martial arts school afloat. This book is full of action and is will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Brenda L. Gerber – Instructor and student in both Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong
Posted June 30, 2014
Sam Reeves is a detective in Portland. While on the job he is forced to shoot someone and is having trouble psychologically trying to get over the shooting. After everything is over, it is deemed a good shot and he is allowed to return to the force. But Sam is a broken man. So when a stranger introduces himself as Sam’s father, who was supposed to have died in a Vietnam POW camp, Sam is reluctant to accept this information.
Sam tries to accept that Samuel, his father, survived and had another family. But things are not going to go smoothly for a family reunion. Samuel has connections to some Vietnam criminals that are hunting him down. Sam life is going to go from bad to worse. The question is if he is going to make it out the other side of this fight in one piece.
It is clear that Loren has a background in police work, martial arts, and as a Vietnam veteran. This is clear in the writing, there is no hokey fights, loose police procedures, and misinterpreted war stories. His writing is magnificent. I was sucked in right away and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. I loved the black humor from Sam; it made the book feel real.
I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to read and review this book. The good part is that I won’t have to wait long to read the next books in this series. This is one book that covers so many genera’s that I think everyone will like it. It’s a one that you don’t want to miss.
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.