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Dukkha: The Suffering
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July 28, 2012
Dukkha The Suffering
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This is my newest book and my first fiction, the first in a series of at least three. It's published by Y…more

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Barbara Langley
Dec 12, 2012 Barbara Langley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy reading mystery, thriller, adventure, martial artist books
Recommended to Barbara by: Lawrence Kane
I just finished reading the paperback and thought it was a great read. I was intrigued that the author, Loren Christensen, holds 11 black belts, and is a retired police officer. He has also written many other non-fiction books and magazine articles. His life experiences come shining through in this book. The story line is about one week in the life of Detective Sam Reeves of the Portland, Oregon police department. In the course of a single week, everything Sam Reeves believed in, everything he k ...more
Goran Powell
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 40
Barbara Langley
Feb 12, 2012 Barbara Langley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Thrillers, Action, Adventure, Martial Artists
Recommended to Barbara by: Loren W. Christensen
One of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. This is Loren Christensen's first novel. Of course, he has written a galzillion Martial Arts books, earned 11 black belts, and was a police officer over 25 years. So he really has a handle on the adventures of Sam Reeves, a 34-year-old martial arts instructor and detective. The story opens as Sam was forced to take a life in the line of duty and subsequently suffers psychologically from this killing. He returns to work and within days he kills ...more
Bert Edens
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 y
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