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LEGACY, Book 1: Forgotten Son Paperback – November 21, 2012
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Forgotten Son delivers the expected dose of absurdity and satire that has become the hallmark of the Destroyer franchise.
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About the Author
WARREN MURPHY (1933 – 2015) 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 won over a dozen national awards, including multiple Edgars and Shamuses. He was a lecturer at many colleges and universities, and has free writing lessons at his website, WarrenMurphy.com. A Korean War veteran, some of Murphy’s hobbies included golf, mathematics, opera, and investing. He 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.
GERALD WELCH is a double-edged threat, both writer and graphic artist. The self-described literary hybrid of Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir, Jerry is best known for the writing and artwork in his “The Last Witness” series. www.thelastwitness.com
Jerry prefers to be known as one of only four people on Earth ever to be granted the title “Honorary Master of Sinanju.”
His personal website is www.jerrywelch.com.
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Now I presume this series wants to stand on its own legs, so I will leave that other series out. This book was entertaining, did not drag and caused me to want to know what was happening next so I read the thing through in one sitting. The shadow organization which claimed to have fathered the organization that fathered this new one is a nice touch; having it described as an ancient cabal that was presumed disbanded a couple of centuries before is another good touch which guarantees a varied pool of enemies which made me want to get & read the next in the series & hope this one reaches the ripe old age of 145 plus.
The only thing I did not like was the physical damage to our 2 heroes which was inferred to have been caused by Sinanju; this runs counter to the claim that Sinanju was a harnessing of the human potential. That bit of illogic damaged my enjoyment of the book.
Legacy: Forgotten Son by Warren Murphy and Gerald Welch is the start of a new series in the Destroyer universe (I've seen the word reboot or remake applied to this book, but it isn't either in my opinion, since Remo and Chuin are still alive and kickin'. This is more a spin-off.). The story follows two of Remo's children, Stone and Freya, as they are sent out on a mission for the first time. The story was somewhat basic, but it is elevated by the characters.
To me Stone is a very interesting Destroyer character. Unlike his father, Stone is not unstoppable. One problem with the Destroyer books for me is that Remo and Chuin were just too damn unstoppable. The books would build up a great villain. I would spend the book waiting for the final showdown, and the villain would then be dispatched way too easily. Stone on the other hand, is a smoker, which as the surgeon general warns has detrimental effects on your health. In Stone's case, his breathing, which Destroyer fans will know is the key component of Sinanju. Stone also uses a gun, which was a surprise to me. So I find Stone a very interesting main character for this series.
Freya, his half sister, has been trained since birth and is more deadly than Stone. Beautiful and deadly, Freya also has some interesting story to her that I won't spoil here. I'll just say I'm very interested to learn more about her.
The book is a light and quick read (I brought it to work and had it finished before the end of the day). Highly recommended for Destroyer fans, fans of funny books, or fans of action novels.
The only thing left to ask is this: where the hell is #2?
The audio I purchased as companion to this great book is a travesty. Audible should be ashamed to have ever allow this amateur junk to ever see the light of day. I have well over 100 audio books, several of them Destroyers with a couple done by audible, and I have managed audio production with professional talent. This guy (I can't bring myself to refer to him as talent) belongs in another profession. Right from the start, he gets the pronunciation of Sinanju wrong and that pronunciation persists through the book. But that is minor. Very irritating as a fan, but minor.
The narrators tone, temblor, and inflection and emphasis are all dead wrong. So bad that it takes away from the enjoyment of the title. The entire tone of the audio, including the pregnant pauses mid-sentence, are exasperating. Think a young William Shatner in the original Star Trek TV series. Even my kids, who have listened to many Destroyer audio books on our many road trips, couldn't believe how bad this is. I could on and on but I think you get the idea by now.
Buy the book. You won't regret it. Just make it one you read yourself and listen to something else on the road trip. I just hope numbers 2, 3 and the next 1000 have someone narrating that has clue. Sinanju Forever.
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Maybe Chuin but this is just starting. We'll see if he's needed.
Wow, an excellent read, great for those hungry for more incredible stories about the universe that is the Master of Sinanju and now, his...Read more