[Book Review] Created, The Destroyer

Created_The_Destroyer_ebookTitle: 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.

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[Book Review] Split Second

Split_second_coverTitle: Split Second (Sean King and Michelle Maxwell series, #1)
Author: David Baldacci
Genre: Mystery, Crime fiction, Detective
Published: October 2003 by Warner Books
Source: Purchased

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from the author’s website:

Michelle Maxwell has just wrecked her promising career at the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight for the briefest moment and the man whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air. Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. Eight years earlier, the hard-charging Secret Service agent allowed his attention to be diverted for a split second.  And the candidate he was protecting was gunned down before his eyes. Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge.

Drawn into a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, the two discredited agents uncover a shocking truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making – and are a long way from over…

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[Book Review] Knots and Crosses

Knots_and_Crosses_coverTitle: Knots and Crosses (Inspector Rebus novels, #1)
Author: Ian Rankin
Genre: Detective, Crime fiction
Published: 1987 by Orion Publishing Group
Source: Purchased

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from the author’s website:

‘And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you…?’

That sort of thing… is the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls. And now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer. And then the messages begin to arrive: knotted string and matchstick crosses – taunting Rebus with pieces of a puzzle only he can solve.

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[Book Review] The Cuckoo’s Calling

The_Cuckoos_Calling_coverTitle: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith (a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling)
Genre: Mystery, Crime fiction
Published: April 2013 by Little, Brown & Company
Source: Purchased from the bookstore

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from the publisher:

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.  Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this. 

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