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Dukkha: The Suffering

(Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  19 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published December 2nd 2011
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Sam Reeves is a Portland, Oregon, policeman. He gets involved in a couple of shootings. During one of them, he accidentally kills a child hostage. The local journalists turn the whole town against him. His liberal girlfriend leaves him. He spends all his time moping around.

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
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers, police procedurals, those interested in martial arts
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Book Info: Genre: Thriller
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
Alain Burrese
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I finished “Dukkha the suffering: An Eye For An Eye” by Loren W. Christensen yesterday and have to say that I really, really enjoyed this first “Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller.” The book is about a Portland police officer, Sam Reeves, and the events surrounding his being forced to take lives on the job as well as discovering family members he never knew he had. Family members that are caught up in a revenge-targeted series of violence that not only threatens their lives but now Reeves' as well ...more
Goran Powell
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Benjamin Cheah
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sam Reeves is in for the worst week of his life.

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
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Loren Christensen, as I am sure you are well aware, has written dozens of non-fiction books over the years dealing with law enforcement; Far Beyond Defensive Tactics: Advanced Concepts and Tricks for Cops on the Street, self-defense and the martial arts; How to Fight the Pain Resistant Attacker, and explored the realities of violence and the mind with; Warrior Mindset, just to name a few of his many books. And now he has taken the leap into fiction with his first novel. And with that being said, ...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
Jessica Bronder
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 fam
I received this book from the publisher to review.

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
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Thrillers, Action, Adventure, Martial Artists
Recommended to Sunflower 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
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy reading mystery, thriller, adventure, martial artist books
Recommended to Sunflower 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
Susan Peterson
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Not many people can write both fiction and nonfiction well. Loren Christensen can. I've been reading his nonfiction for some time now, and have always found it straight-forward and informative. His new novel, Dukkha, has a similar no-nonsense feel to it. His fight scenes are hard and realistic, and so is his look at the inner world of his protagonist, a cop suffering after having to shoot someone in the line of duty. I don't normally read thrillers, but I picked this one up because of my interes ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best thrillers I have read for a long time. Loren Christensen's own experiences ensure that this is not a sensationalist book nor is it cheesy kung fu. Instead it moves along at a fast pace, introduces believable characters and the story remains credible. I enjoyed the descriptions of Sam's martial arts (especially when we realise he is but a novice compared to Samuel) and how he manages this against his life as a police officer. But above all else I appreciated the strong emotional, ...more
Veach Glines
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in martial arts
An interesting "testosterone" book by a local (Portland, OR) author. His action scenes are numerous and lengthy (some too much so) albeit they contain the requisite suspense build and culmination. The premise is an interesting version of "disgruntled hero", there are some good-interesting characters (sadly none were fantastic and many supporting characters were far too stereotypical).

I may read the second in this series just because the continued story will take our disgruntled hero to a countr
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 –
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up because I'd just watched some Bond. I know it sounds strange but watch the opening credits and then take a look at this book cover....
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.
George Richard
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As martial astist I was familiar w/Loren Christensen's non-fiction and had recently read his book on Meditation in ebook format it had a link to this sample in the back. I read the sample and was hooked. This book blew me away. It contains some of the best descriptions of M.A. I've ever read and moves well as a fast paced novel. The central character Sam is complex, strong, fast and confused thrown into an amazing situation.
This is the one book I would recommend to all my friends
Lisa Place
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best thrillers I've read in years. While it does contain some exciting martial arts scenes, it's much more than a martial arts book. Some scenes remained in my mind for days after, it's that powerful.

I understand the second book in the series—Dukkha:Reverb—is due out in late July of this year. Can't wait.
Ron Gilmette
The book started out to be a great martial arts/police procedural. I kinda turned into a formulaic American kick boxer movie plot. Complete with exotic Asian beauty and eccentric kung-fu teacher. The story went in too many directions.
I'll give the next book a shot. With the hope that Loren Christensen tightens up his writing style.
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Loren W. Christensen is a Vietnam veteran, retired police officer, a martial artist since 1965, and a prolific author of books and magazine articles.

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

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