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Created, The Destroyer: Number 1 in Series [Kindle Edition]

Warren Murphy , Richard Sapir
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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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About the Author

WARREN MURPHY was born in Jersey City, where he worked in journalism and politics until launching the Destroyer series with Richard Sapir in 1971. A screenwriter (Lethal Weapon II, The Eiger Sanction) as well as a novelist, Murphy’s work has won a dozen national awards, including multiple Edgars and Shamuses. He has lectured at many colleges and universities, and is currently offering writing lessons at his website, WarrenMurphy.com. A Korean War veteran, some of Murphy’s hobbies include golf, mathematics, opera, and investing. He has served on the board of the Mystery Writers of America, and has been a member of the Screenwriters Guild, the Private Eye Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, and the American Crime Writers League. He has five children: Deirdre, Megan, Brian, Ardath, and Devin.

RICHARD BEN SAPIR was a New York native who worked as an editor and in public relations before creating The Destroyer series with Warren Murphy. Before his untimely death in 1987, Sapir had also penned a number of thriller and historical mainstream novels, best known of which were The Far Arena, Quest, and The Body, the last of which was made into a film. The book review section of the New York Times called him “a brilliant professional.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061578688X
  • Publisher: Sphere (21 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M0KIR3U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stuff 26 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I remember this series from my childhood and have looked for decades to find decent copies. Now that they are on Kindle, I bought the first 4 on Christmas day as a present to myself. No Hero can match Remo, no nag can match Chiun. Even though I now dress like Smith, in my heart I am really Remo.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great action 7 Oct. 2014
By Sophie
Format:Kindle Edition
(actual rating 3.5)

I was completely sold on Created, the Destroyer just by the press release. Action books aren’t the main genre I read but I have a not-so-hidden and unexplainable love for fast-paced action novels, generally the shorter and cheesier the better. I’m happy to say that this book did not disappoint on that level at all. Created, the Destroyer was sharp, witty, with very entertaining action and overall, a whole lot of fun.

Remo Williams is about to face the electric chair – about to face his death for a crime he did not commit. The opening few chapters of this book were so captivating – in fact, probably the best I’ve read in the action genre – and set the tone brilliantly for the rest of the book. More than just being a fascinating start to the novel, its uncertainty and unpredictability was exhilarating and I was in no way about to put this book down and go to bed. I stayed up reading it, eager to carry on and discover more, and actually I didn’t stop reading the book until a couple of hours later, when I’d finished it. The plot was quick, a little far-fetched and written in a very addictive fashion.

I did love the fast pace of the book although I had my issues with it too. The chapters were short and snappy and I thought they did a great job at controlling the action and cutting out an overload of description which wasn’t needed for such an implausible concept. That the plot is difficult to believe is not a criticism at all – surely nobody expects this kind of stuff to happen often in everyday life. I loved how unlikely it was because it made it difficult to predict and a really edgy story, which adds to the over-the-top action movie feel that made it so amusing to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars CREATED, THE DESTROYER. 2 Oct. 2014
Format:Paperback
First released in the early nineteen-seventies the series is now enjoying a re-release as an e-book with a movie deal having just been announced.

Somehow deliciously old fashioned and yet at the same time full of a political satire much of which is still relevant today. Though an entertaining enough read I felt that as part one in an incredibly long series of 145 books there really was so much more to come, that this really was the author setting out his stall so to speak.

Starting out well - I was intrigued as to just who the 'confessor', an aftershave wearing, foul mouthed monk with tobacco stained teeth and a hook instead of hand, was, of just how Remo would fare with his first mission - but I'm afraid by the end I found my enthusiasm waning ever so slightly.

Less to do with the plot which rumbled on at a brisk, adventure filled pace, the body count mounting up nicely, and everything to do with the increasingly enigmatic Remo who, whilst likeable enough to begin with, I quickly found myself cooling towards.

What I surprisingly enough really enjoyed about Created, The Destroyer was all the martial arts. Wonderfully captivating stuff, I adored Chiun, an odd mix of The Karate Kid's Mr Miyagi and Star Wars' Yoda.

A short read of just over 170 pages that I suspect may well appeal more to male readers. Whilst its by no means guaranteed that I'll be reading all the remaining 144 books in the series I'm eager to find out just what other missions are in store for The Destroyer.

Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
Disclaimer: Received for review from the publisher as part of a book tour, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read 11 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book from the publishers and this is my honest review

Remo Williams finds himself transformed from street cop to death row inmate. He's been set up for a crime he didn't commit and doesn't know why. All he knows is that he's been sentenced to death and is sat waiting to be led to the electric chair. Things become even more mysterious when he receives a visitor just before his execution, providing him with the means of beating the chair. After avoiding death, Remo finds himself training to be an assassin and is soon on the hunt for his first target.

This is the first in the Remo Williams series, of which there are quite a few. 145 in fact. Originally written by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir in 1963 Sphere are now releasing the titles in ebook format.

I had never heard of this series before, neither was I aware that there is a film version of the book made in 1985. I therefore approached the story not knowing what to expect.

This is a quick read, about 170 pages, with short chapters. It reads like a film, which is not surprising given Warren Murphy was indeed a scriptwriter. It comes across very much as an action film. It is a highly improbable synopsis but it works for the kind of story it is and the writing fits. You can tell that the authors had fun writing it, it comes across as boys having fun, creating a secret spy world!

Due to it originally being written over 50 years ago it is somewhat dated, politically incorrect in today's terms and slightly racist, but that in part is showing Remo's character. Remo appears to be somewhat of a sociopath, used as a sneak killer in Vietnam he seems to handle the transition from enforcer of the law to killer with few qualms.

The storyline is far-fetched, fast-paced and somewhat cheesy but it is still a quick enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
An amusing and entertaining read. It is the first of a series and so has to lay out the basic groundwork, but it is a good read none the less.
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Published 2 months ago by CPPC
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I read quite a few of this series about thirty years ago and thought I would revisit them, probably read the lot after enjoying this one so much!
Published 3 months ago by geoff foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Perfect
Published 4 months ago by John H
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one that started it all. Remo ...
This is the one that started it all.
Remo, The Destroyer, jumps from zero to hero in almost no time, but that can be forgiven due to the constant driving action that at the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Priscilla and her Books // Jason Bourne, who?
Jason Bourne, who?

Clearly, you haven’t heard of Remo Williams.

I’m sure Created, The Destroyer is the shortest thriller I’ve read in my 21 years of living. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Priscilla and her Books
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheeky little thriller noir
This is the story of Remo, a well respected cop who has been framed for a murder he didn't commit and now finds himself on the electric chair. Read more
Published 6 months ago by wistfulskimmie - Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun thriller
This is an interesting book. The premise, where Remo is saved from electrocution and then sent off to a secret organisation to become ‘The Destroyer’ intrigued me, but I found that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by SJI Holliday
2.0 out of 5 stars same same with no depth
I found this a bit dull really - the characters were not developed enough and the plot too far fetched - I finished it but would not go back there.
Published 10 months ago by roy jim hinde
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