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  1. Dukkha: The Suffering (A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller)
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  2. Dukkha: The Suffering (A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller)

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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 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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Loren W. Christensen
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

If there's one thing that I've come to appreciate about a number of writers, it's that it's very difficult to craft practical characters in a real-world setting, and then, in turn, make them three-dimensional. It would instead, be much easier to write this character as the token "good guy", that one as the "love interest", and move things along just to keep the story rolling. In the case of Dukkha: The Suffering, however, Loren W. Christensen manages to buck this particular trend. He not only makes the characters nuanced, but the plot, as well.

Were I to open up a book with the underlying subtitle of "The Suffering", I would imagine that it's full of angst, and pain, and the fury of a thousand suns, and, while Sam Reeves, the main protagonist goes through all of these things.. they don't define him. Even when things are at their worst, and you know that he's at the end of his rope, he refuses to roll over and give into a 'poor, pitiful me'... Read more
By the time I realized I had no hope of following the martial arts moves I was so invested in Sam’s dukkha it didn’t matter. This is a wham bam thank you ma’am roller coaster of a thriller that packs an emotional wallop such as few do. Particularly in the first half of the book where we get to know Sam from the inside out. Full disclosure of the “it’s not you it’s me” variety? The archetypal perfection of Sam’s just discovered Yoda-esque dad and a new love interest whose beauty and prowess is exceeded only by her virtue, kind of stuck in my gorge. Especially because of the fearless, bone deep portrayals that precede them. But hey, that’s probably on me not the author. Won’t stop me from reading more in the series.
In Dukkha, Loren W. Christensen writes just like his hero Sam Reeves fights: strong and fast, seasoned by years of discipline. And like Sam, Chritensen's prose is tempered with one hell of a lot of heart.

Many other reviewers have commented on the incredible detail of Dukkha's fight scenes. Other than to say "Yes, that's true", I won't spend too much time in the details here. These scenes will appeal to anyone who a) gets a rush from reading about a fight, b) has practiced martial arts and therefore is somewhat "in the know", c) ever wondered "what is that martial arts guy doing now" or d) just plain loves descriptive fiction. On the other hand, if you're the type who just wants to get to the end to see who wins, or who gets the girl, you might find these a bit overwhelming. If you're that kind of reader, well, Christensen has plenty of "who gets the girl" texture in store as well, so please stay tuned!

Early in the book, there is a scene in the dojo with Sam and... Read more
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