Created the Destroyer
The Destroyer #1
Warren Murphy & Richard Sapir
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When you're on death row, minutes from the electric chair, and a hook-handed monk offers to save your life if you'll just swallow a simple little pill... what've you got to lose? You take the pill. Then you wake up, officially "dead," in the back of an ambulance, headed for an undisclosed location. Welcome to your new life, working for CURE, the most secret, most deniable, most extra-judicial government agency ever to exist. Only the President knows about it, and even he doesn't control it.
That's what happened to Remo Williams, a New Jersey cop framed for a murder he didn't commit. Framed by the very people who saved him, in fact. And now, trained in esoteric martial arts by Chiun, master of Sinanju, he's going to become the ultimate killing machine. Remo will be America's last line of defense against mad scientists, organized crime, ancient undead gods, and anything else that threatens the Constitution. Remo Williams will become the Destroyer.
An action-adventure series leavened with social and political satire, the Destroyer novels have been thrilling readers worldwide for decades.
Potential of what's to come
I've read that the authors really didn't figure out exactly where they wanted to take the series until book 3, Chinese Puzzle. I bore that in mind as I read this book, and it made the read a much more fascinating experience. I felt the same way reading this book that Chiun must have felt when he first laid eyes on Remo: there was a glimmer of potential greatness in what was an okay story. Fair or not, I give it 4 stars more because of the groundwork it lays than because of the book itself. Unless you know where the series will wind up in the next few books, I can't recommend starting with this one. Start with book 3, read one Orr two more books in the series, then come back and read this one to see how it all began--not in terms of story continuity , but in terms of the authors' journey to the characters we've grown to know and love.