Author: Warren Murphy and Richard Ben Shapir
Publisher: Little Brown Group
Published: December 3, 2012
Paperback, 187 pages
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 is the Destroyer.
An action-adventure series leavened with social and political satire, the Destroyer novels have been thrilling readers worldwide for decades
My Thoughts:When I was approached to review this book, I was only vaguely familiar with Remo Williams, mostly from the ‘80’s movie, Remo Williams-the Adventure Begins, which I have not seen for many, many years. I was excited to get the chance to go back and read the start of a series that I found, after some study, was pivotal for its many fans. It is my privilege to help in a small way to bring this book to a new generation of readers.
Remo Williams is an ex-NJ cop that stands wrongfully accused of murder. He is rescued from the electric chair by a hook-handed monk that arranges it to look like the execution was successful. Remo is then taken to the base of an ultra secret government organization to begin his training as an assassin given the task of eliminating a criminal element that so far has been untouchable.
This is the first book in the series and as such, from an action stand-point, it’s a bit slow. A lot of time is spent developing the characters, especially Remo. That being said, I still found the book intriguing and also a quick read. The writing was excellent. The storyline, while a bit over the top as compared to today, was still believable. There is abundant wit, humor and sarcasm throughout the story. I am looking forward to continuing on in the series so that I can get to know Chiun, Remo’s mentor and master of the martial art of Sinanju. This is a great re-release now available in e-book format.