Dukkha: The Suffering
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...more
Then he meets a mysterious sneaker wearing man who claims to be his father. He meets his beautiful Vietnamese stepsister too.
Some Vietnamese gangster is trying to kill the whole family, and Sam has to help his father take down ...more
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of thrillers, police procedurals, those interested in martial arts
Trigger Warnings: violence, fighting, killing (murder, execution, accidental), maiming
My Thoughts: Another book (one among many) it has taken me way too long to find the time to read.
This is an ARC, so I will assume it was fixed before it was released, but it doesn't even look like a spellcheck was done on this bad boy, based on things like “laugher” for “laughter ...more
Dukkha is Loren Christensen’s first novel but by no means his first book. He is the author of over 40 ...more
That right there sums up this novel. Sam Reeves, Portland detective and martial arts instructor, is recovering from a shooting. When he returns to duty, life quickly makes a turn for the worse. While he reconnects with a family he never knew he had, he soon makes powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to destroy everything he holds dear.
Dukkha captures the reader from the get-go and never lets up. The characters are highly believable humans, wit ...more
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 ...more
Sam tries to accept that Samuel, his father, survived and had another fam ...more
I enjoyed it. It was an interesting mystery/thriller with martial arts added. It is set in modern day Portland, Oregon, with the main character Sam Reeves a police officer. Besides his official job, he also owns a martial arts studio, where he teaches a core group of committed students. He uses his teaching to help his group find their individual styles and a positive philosophy of life.
Sam is not a perfect hero, he has personal and professional ...more
I may read the second in this series just because the continued story will take our disgruntled hero to a countr ...more
Brenda L. Gerber – ...more
I have to admit, this book is extremely violent. There was even a day or two where I put the book down and told myself not to go back to it. I finally did, but glossed over some of the nastier bits to make it through.
Otherwise, good plot, nice character development....and it's set in my beloved Portland.
This is the one book I would recommend to all my friends
I understand the second book in the series—Dukkha:Reverb—is due out in late July of this year. Can't wait.
I'll give the next book a shot. With the hope that Loren Christensen tightens up his writing style.
As a writer, Loren has penned nearly 60 books and dozens of magazine articles on a variety of subjects. While his target audience is most often what he calls “the warrior community” – martial artists, cops, soldiers – his writing has become popular am ...more