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Dukkha Reverb: A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller

Dukkha Reverb: A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller

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by Loren W. Christensen

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USA Best Book Awards Finalist - USA Book NewsUp until six weeks ago, Sam Reeves, a respected Portland, Oregon police detective, martial artist, and teacher, had a good life. That is until a series of unimaginable events turned it upside down—some good, some very, very bad.

Still reeling from this maelstrom of fate, Sam takes a leave of absence and heads to


USA Best Book Awards Finalist - USA Book NewsUp until six weeks ago, Sam Reeves, a respected Portland, Oregon police detective, martial artist, and teacher, had a good life. That is until a series of unimaginable events turned it upside down—some good, some very, very bad.

Still reeling from this maelstrom of fate, Sam takes a leave of absence and heads to exotic Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam seeking refuge with his family, and to reflect on his deadly past.

Sam is captivated by the contrast of beauty and struggle of a country still recovering from war, and by the warmth of his newfound family—his father Samuel, wife Kim, half sisters, and the beautiful enchanting Mai.

But the grief-crazed mob boss, Lai Van Tan, seeks revenge against Samuel who he holds responsible for the death of his son. Ever the protector, Sam Reeves joins the fight to thwart Lai Van Tan’s deadly attacks on the family.

Dealing with a crazed mob boss is difficult enough but when the family learns that Lai Van Tan’s people have kidnapped 27 young girls to be sold into the sex trade, and that the corrupt police and government won’t help, Sam, Samuel, and Mai, along with a bizarre group of ‘seemingly’ old and disabled Vietnamese soldiers with unique fighting skills, join forces to rescue the young girls.

Enraged, Lai Van Tan strikes back with a fury that tests the mettle of these warriors. Before it’s over, the family is forced to defend themselves again and again, including in a warehouse full of life-sized Buddha statues.

The results—well, if you’re going to fight the bad guys you might as well make them really mad at you.

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Loren W. Christensen has written 45 books, dozens of magazine articles, and editor of a police newspaper. He has written about martial arts, missing children, gangs, schools and workplace violence, and various street subcultures. Christensen’s law enforcement career began in 1967 Military Policeman (Army), Portland (Oregon) Police Bureau in 1972, retiring in 1997. His martial arts training began in 1965. He has earned 11 black belts and was inducted into the martial arts Masters Hall of Fame in 2011. Loren W. Christensen resides near Portland Oregon.

ISBNs and titles of illustrator's previous books: On Combat 978-0964920545; Warrior Mindset 978-0964920552; Dukkha the Suffering 978-1594392269

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Dukkha Reverb: A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rivieting!!! In this second installment of three of the Dukkha series Detective Sam Reeves travels to Vietnam to spend time with his new found family and love interest, Mai. This was to be a restful trip but the troubles in Portland resurfaced and once again he is in a fight for his life and for his family. With the help of his father he continues to grow in his martial arts, wisdom and survival. This book was very difficult for me to put down because of all the action. I was sad to see it come to an end.   Brenda L. Gerber – Instructor and student in both Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong
BertEdens More than 1 year ago
Through NetGalley, YMAA Publishing Center was nice enough to provide me with a copy of this eGalley for the purposes of reading and reviewing it. Although it was provided to me at no cost, I am under no obligation to give a positive review. Sam Reeves is a police officer who also happens to be a martial arts instructor. In the first book, he found his long lost father Samuel, who he thought had died during the Vietnam War. He also was introduced to Mai, who he was strongly attracted to, eventually and thankfully finding out she is indeed not his sister. Both are well-versed in martial arts like Sam, which comes in handy throughout the book. Much mayhem and violence ensues, much of it instigated by Lai Van Tan, a Vietnamese crime lord who heavy-hands all those around him, including Samuel’s jewelry shops in Saigon. Lai Van Tan’s son dies during a conflict with Samuel, and this sets the obviously unstable criminal off even more. The book ends following some horrific events at Portland State University, with Samuel and Mai returning to Vietnam. This book takes off with Sam heading to Vietnam to meet his family several months after the events of the first book. On the flight he encounters Bobby, a sixteen year-old Vietnamese-American travelling alone, presumably under the auspices of meeting his family in Vietnam. Bobby happens to be a black belt in taekwon-do and looks up to Sam for his martial arts experience, once he realizes who Sam is. Once in Vietnam, things really pick up for Sam. He meets Mai’s mother Kim, who is ill with tuberculosis, Mai’s sisters, and a whole bevy of Vietnam vets who fought for either North or South Vietnam. Samuel has taken them under his wing and even provided a home for them, for reasons that are revealed throughout the book. The most engaging and comical vet is Tex Nyugen, a legless student of Samuel’s, as well as part of his security staff. Tex is a fan of American western movies, thus his nickname. He also provides much of the comic relief, often in a deadpan manner. Once while talking to Bobby, he comments that he saw Bobby practicing his kicks, and he was much better at it than Tex. :) We are also introduced to Samuel’s sifu, an elderly man with almost mystical abilities, including the ability to feel disruptions in someone’s chi and tweak it to help them rest or feel better. Of course, his speed is incredible, as you would expect, putting even Samuel and Sam to shame. Our heroes eventually learn Lai Van Tan is involved in a sex-trafficking business with young girls, and our heroes set out to put an end to it. Along the way, they are hampered by Vietnamese police and politics as well as Lai Van Tan’s power and influence among those in power. It’s also revealed that Bobby is in fact a runaway from his parents in California, contrary to what he told Sam on the airplane. Will Sam, Samuel, Mai and friends be able to stop or even slow down Lai Van Tan? Can they help out some of the girls being held in preparation for their introduction into the sex trade? Will Bobby sort out the conflicts with his parents? Will Sam and Mai ever get a chance to further their budding romance? Much like the first book in the series, this one keeps up a pace that makes the Energizer Bunny want to take a siesta. There’s always something going on, and it keeps the book moving along, making it a fast read for the size of the book. Christensen kept true to his characters in the book, showing Sam continuing to fight his demons while also growing as a character. It’s also nice to see Samuel and Mai as fallible characters, even with all their upsides. My favorite part of the book had to be the fight in a collapsing tunnel near the climax of the book. Christensen noted on his Facebook page that he had to keep stepping outside for fresh air while writing it, and I can see why. I could feel my heart rate quickening while reading it, and I was just the reader. It was very well done by the author, bringing forth the tension of the moment and the emotions of the characters outstandingly. I am hoping Christensen continues with this series for some time. I can see lots of potential with it, as much of it so far has been about the past, and there are lots of possibilities in the future, with Samuel and his relationship with Sam, Sam’s relationship with Mai, and even possibly Bobby as a future student of Sam’s. This book is perfect for anyone who loves fact-paced action thrillers, even moreso if you have an interest in LEOs, veterans or martial arts. The author is all of the above, which leads to a level of depth and authenticity that can’t be brought by someone just doing research. Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)