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"A new hero...excellent." The New York Times "Outrageously original, rich in satire." the L.A. Times "Poker-faced wit, outrageous plots." Armchair Detective "Imaginatively orchestrated." Mother Jones Magazine. "Unbridled, wonderful weirdness." Playboy "One of the greatest adventure series in history." Encyclopedia Mysteriosa

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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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  • File Size: 2353 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061578688X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press; 1.31 edition (January 15, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AJWEYYW
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By rffoster@laol.net on January 23, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Destroyer is a series of books ( over 130 ) total. Why so many? Because Destroyer Fans can't get enough. Well written, highly ingenuitive, The Destroyer is the type of series and ideas everyone wishes they had come up with. You will be entrapped by the humor and intrigue of Remo Williams and his side-kick, Chiun, the Master of Sinanju, who would kill me for calling him Remo's sidekick. These two will crack you up, and keep you on your toes as they do the United State's dirty work at home and abroad, as the enforcement arm of the secret agency that keeps America free. Do yourself a favor, join us Destroyer Fans, I think you'll be glad you did. One hint, start with Volume 1. It is titled, Created:The Destroyer.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Wanko on December 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
This novel was Sapir and Murphy's first stab at fiction, and it shows in the roughness of the character development. However, they had a wealth of good ideas to mine, and the writing skills were definitely in evidence. This, and #2, are the ones you should read after about ten others, if you have the time and patience to collect and read them serially.
Overall, essential for a collector and a decent read, but the series doesn't really get rolling until #3.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
I will agree with the other reviewers that the first two books in the DEstroyer series almost do not even count and the series would really not find its way and unique style until the third book in the series. Still...this is the beginning as we learn how the NJ cop Remo Williams gets the chair for murder and is then resuscitated and recruited by a super secret agency Known as CURE. Remo is trained in the deadly Korean martial art known as Sinanju by Chiun, master assasin, and uses his new skills to battle evil under the guidance of CURE's director, Smith.

The first book really doesn't develop any of the characters with the personalities that they would come to have once the series took off but it is still notable as THE first and as such deserves a place of honor. It's rather slow moving but historical still.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By a reader on October 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Destroyer, particularly in its first incarnation with the original authors, was a surface-level "men's adventure" series of short novels with satirical undertones that rose above other entries in the genre, such as the Executioner.

The original novel is something of a false start, in that it was conceived as a standalone novel, not the paperback equivalent of a 1930s/40s character pulp that it turned out to be (conceding that its wit rises above the genre). The series is such that you can really pick up any installment and start going. Indeed, prior to the Internet age, its unclear how many people were able to quickly lay hands on the first book. It's best to stick with the books _written_ by Murphy and Sapir, not those listed as _created_ by Murphy and Sapir. The later ghost authors have not fared as well as the originals.

This book is really simply the original of Remo Williams, assasain for an agency that does not exist, and his teacher Chiun, the last master of a martial art that makes ninjas look like Tai Chi in the park. Yes, there's a hit and some tests, but it's really about establishing characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Morrison Lewis on March 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My first exposure to Remo Williams was the movie starring Fred Ward and Joel Grey. I would soon move on to the comics, and it wouldn't be until the early or mid-nineties that I would actually see a noel from "The Destroyer" series in a bookstore. Earlier books were virtually impossible to find, which has now been remedied by the e-book market.

Naturally, I wanted to go all the way back to the beginning.

I already knew there were differences from the movie, but the comics seemed pretty in tune with the books I had read, so I expected something along those lines.

I was surprised. This is a grittier, less fantastic Remo than I knew. Chiun, however, remains pretty similar, so that's a plus.

Remo Williams is a cop sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit. A secret agency called CURE offers Remo a chance to live if he will work for them (they set him up in the first place). Had he not, the series would be about ten pages long. Remo is trained to be an assassin by the organisation. His training is cut off early so that he can find out what happened to one of his mentors, and finish the job if necessary.

In this first novel, Remo strikes me as inconsistent. Reckless one moment, careful the next. Cold one moment, plagued by conscience the next. The later books, along with the comics and movie painted Remo as a jerk, but an endearing one. There is little endearing about this protagonist, however. He comes off as a jerk and then some, end of sentence.

However, this novel has some charm in itself. Despite first being published in the early 70s, it has a very eighties mentality. It's ahead of its time in its cynicism, the likes of which I've rarely seen so thoroughly ensconced in other media of the period.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DestroyerFan on March 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
I think it's fantastic that these are being reprinted. Back in the old days I spent years searching secondhand bookstores until I had the whole series. Filled with great characters, plenty of action and witty dialogue, I always looked forward to reading each book. Full disclosure, I may be a bit biased. I was lucky enough to have a short story included in 'DestroyerWorld: New Blood', a collection of stories written by fans. These books have brought me years of enjoyment
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