Dukkha—Hungry Ghosts: A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller
by Loren W. ChristensenIt’s the time of the seventh moon, when hungry ghosts slip through the gates of hell to bring havoc to the living. To some in the Asian community it is only folklore; to others it’s all too real.
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This book, the fourth in the Detective Sam Reeves series, is filled with the action Loren Christensen readers have come to expect. Himself a Vietnam veteran and a retired police officer, Christensen has the credentials to offer up scenes that are beyond fiction. The eye-opening truth is the action and the angst Sam experiences are taken from real-life incidents—only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.
Portland, Oregon, police detective Sam Reeves has earned a reputation for being a magnet for trouble. Even for a cop he’s been in the middle of too much conflict for any sane man’s taste. He’s had run-ins with crazed psychopaths, Vietnamese mafia, Vietnamese mafia, again, and white supremacists. People think shooting a gun is just part of a cop’s day and he moves on with his life—just like in the movies. But it isn’t like that, and the ghosts of Sam’s past continue to haunt him.
When Mai, the incredibly sensuous martial artist Eurasian beauty, the love of his life, returns to Portland, Sam feels as though the excrement storm is finally over. He has no idea what awaits him.
The adventure starts on a beautiful day at an outdoor shopping mall and continues into San Francisco. Sam’s father, Samuel, a martial art master of the Temple of Ten Thousand Fists, and his best friend, a Vietnamese man named Tex, come for a visit and to meet the long-estranged brother of his recently deceased grandmaster, Shen Lang Rui. A road trip to San Francisco, what could go wrong?
How about everything?