Title: Created, The Destroyer
Author: Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Action
Published: 1971 (E-book 2014, by Little, Brown Book Group UK / Sphere)
Source: Provided by the publisher
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?
Here’s a description from the publisher:
One legendary hero. One epic series.
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.
Breathlessly action-packed and boasting a winning combination of thrills, humour and mysticism, the Destroyer is one of the bestselling series of all time.
A QUICK 411… The Destroyer is a series of books first published in 1971. It has sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. It is re-released in E-book format in 2014, beginning in August with the first book of the series.
WHAT DID I THINK OF THE BOOK?
The story starts off with intensity and a sense of panic and tragedy right away. Remo Williams, the lead character who is a cop and ex-marine, was sentenced to death by electric chair due to a shooting incident. The process and sentencing all happened too quickly; much quickly than anyone could think possible. But someone helped him cheat death. We later learn that all events that led to his death sentence is actually because he is supposed to no longer exist as he was selected to be recruited by a secret government organization/elite black ops group called CURE that is technically non-existent. He is to be trained as an assassin. A one-man kind of team who is trained to develop skills and be good at everything there is to know about assassinating.
It’s a book with an interesting premise, and an interesting enough lead character in Remo Williams. I did like Chiun more, though. I would’ve liked to read more about him. He was an entertaining chap. He reminded me a bit of Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid movies.
However, more often than not, I wasn’t sure I understood what exactly was going on in some parts of the narrative, especially in the latter part with a character named Cynthia. Everything seemed to go too fast, too soon, making me think “I don’t get what’s happening anymore, but OK, I’ll keep reading to see where it goes.” In general, I’m not fond of how women were portrayed or talked about in some parts of the story. But considering it was written in the 1960’s/70’s, I suppose I can let it slide.
TO WRAP IT UP…
In all honesty, I was not at all familiar with this book despite it being a big bestseller. I was invited to participate in a blog tour marking it’s E-book release, and after much thought, I decided to give it a shot because the premise caught my attention and it reminded me a bit of Nikita (which I love!) and The Bourne Identity (which I enjoyed watching). See, I don’t usually participate in blog tours because I’m terribly, undeniably, very, very slow when reading E-books (to illustrate, this book was relatively short, give or take 160 pages, and it still took me about three weeks to finish).
I think it’s a book with potential, and with interesting enough main characters. However, I didn’t feel much attachment to any of the characters. They made me wonder a bit, yes. But that’s about it. I was also mostly unsure of what was going on in some parts of the narrative. And some social points of view were quite dated, as it was written in the 1960’s/70’s.
Despite me taking a long time reading the E-book, it’s a relatively short, quick and easy read which can most likely be finished in a day. As it is the first book in a series, most chapters are about introducing the characters and some of their backstories. There’s quite a bit of action, but not as much as one would expect.
When I read it, I thought it was something kinda like a chick lit, but written primarily for male readers… Um, like a dude lit? (is there such a term?)
PS: I read that a movie adaptation was done in the 1980’s but it didn’t do very well in the box office. I also read that a new movie adaptation of The Destroyer series is on the way. The rights have been acquired by Sony Pictures and they signed up Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) to direct the film.
PPS: A big thank you to Clara from Little, Brown Book Group for the invite to this blog tour, providing a copy of the book, and for being so accommodating. 🙂
Here’s the rest of the Blog Tour schedule for this book (click to enlarge):