Sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit, ex-cop Remo Williams is rescued from the electric chair at the eleventh hour and recruited by a secret government organisation named CURE. From this moment, he ceases to officially exist.
From now on, he will be an assassin, targeting criminals who are beyond the law. Remo’s trainer is a grouchy old Korean named Chiun, whose mastery of the terrifyingly powerful martial art of Sinanju makes him the deadliest man alive.
Together Remo and Chiun set forth on their epic, impossible mission to vanquish every enemy of democracy – every bad guy who thinks they can escape justice.
This is a new era in man’s fight against the forces of evil.
This is the time of the Destroyer.
Originally written in the early 70’s Created, The Destroyer – #1 in the Remo Williams series – is a timeless classic and a book that will take you to the past without you actually realising it! Although bereft of mobiles phones, tablets and home computers the book effortlessly stands the test of time and is incredibly easy to devour. In a way it’s rather comforting to know that such a place existed, we are far too attached to smart phones these days and anything that allows a little escapism to decades gone by and flared trousers I’m all for it!
As a protagonist Remo Williams stands tall and proud, a man about to die in an electric chair, he has an air about him that for someone who is about to pay with his life for a crime he didn’t commit, is quite remarkable. Little does he know the entire episode is an ingenious ploy by CURE to allow him to disappear and become an assassin. In fact the faux execution and the elaborate plan to help him escape was one of my favourite parts of the book. Well thought out, simple yet effective, he disappears into the night and a new adventure beckons.
Clearly the protagonist Remo Williams is joined by Chuin, an old Korean who has seen it all. A Sinanju master, Chiun can deftly avoid bullets and attack with an explosive speed that few can handle, not even Remo. The relationship is timeless and one I hope will develop as the series matures. I certainly want more scenes with Chuin and although an old man I want to see his character develop!
The whole book, perhaps given the era it was written, reminds me of a typical B movie. I can’t quite put my hand on it but that’s the overwhelming feeling I had when reading the book. Sure the plot is a little farfetched in some parts but entertaining it certainly is and is without question worth reading the first few adventures to see where it leads.
Great fun and a quick read, Created, The Destroyer offers a great insight into a well established series that is now available on Kindle for the first time since its inception.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 699 KB
- Print Length: 187 pages
- Publisher: Sphere (21 Aug 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M0KIR3U
Created, The Destroyer by Warren Murphy is the first title in The Destroyer series, published by Sphere. If you want to know more about the series please go to www.thecrimevault.com/book-series/the-destroyer . You can also sign up to the Destroyer newsletter here: www.thecrimevault.com/exclusives/the-destroyer