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Chinese Puzzle (The Destroyer #3)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  573 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
A Chinese diplomat is decidedly deceased and the communist chairman's advisor is shanghaied while burrowing in the Bronx. The State Department is seeing red and a sour situation gets spicy. Now Remo Williams and his Korean mentor, Master Chiun, must save the abducted adviser and compromise the conspiracy before the kung fu hits the fan. As the US and China prepare for nucl ...more
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Jim Love
Mar 28, 2013 Jim Love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books in the series to introduce new readers. The authors have found their voice. Remo and Chiun's bickering are the precursor to Lethal Weapon's Riggs and Murtaugh.

This is the purest form of escapist literature. This is a book to read just for the pure fun and joy of "running away" from your life for a few hours.
Jul 25, 2011 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The greatest single volume of what is perhaps the greatest pulp serial of all time (with all due respect to Lester Dent's Doc Savage). Chinese Puzzle established the formula and template, if you will, for most of the Destroyer novels that followed--cantankerous, curmudgeonly, and sly Chiun, Master of Sinanju, hits the road with star pupil Remo--and a trail of dead bodies, one-liners, interrupted soap operas, unsatisfying seductions, and history lessons about Sinanju ensue. It ain't Henry James, ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Trekscribbler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Growing up, I missed the whole ‘The Destroyer’ phenomenon. As a kid, I was never that much of a reader (with the exception being comic books mostly) so it’s understandable that any franchise – however big or small – never quite dropped onto my radar. As I matured, I did find a bit of a niche in reading some light science fiction novels, but I heavily gravitated toward vintage crime and pulps from the 30’s and 40’s. When I became aware of The Destroyer, I grew interested … but then I saw that REM ...more
Eric Troup
Jun 04, 2014 Eric Troup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won't go so far as to say this is my favorite Destroyer novel. With so many great ones, it's hard to pick one favorite. What I will say is that it's neat to see how it all started coming together. I have read scattered books throughout the series, but somehow, other than Created, the Destroyer (Destroyer 1), many of these early books have passed me by. I plan on changing that. This was a fun read. It is somewhat dated, not only because of the plot, but because of some of the humor and prose be ...more
May 25, 2014 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
I'm told that with this third entry, the Destroyer books took on their humorous aspect. Having listened to an audio version of the 95th book and enjoyed its humor, that's what I was hoping for here. And I can't truthfully say I didn't enjoy it, but I can say that I thought the author was trying a bit too hard. His heavy handed attempts at humor regarding Chinese Communists and African Americans left me a bit uncomfortable. The author seems to have that comedian's notion that "as long as I'm pick ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Anastasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murphy at his best. Being the third book of the Destroyer series, it finally has enough of Chiun. Grumpy, world-wise Korean master turned out to be the missing piece, only adding to Remo's badass action hero attitude. Think along the lines of constant bantering, lectures and riddles. Throw soap operas and ancient legends into the mixture, and you might just get the idea how over the top it might get.

One simply can't go wrong with Chinese communists, dreams of world peace, retired snipers and ni
Apr 23, 2013 Jimmy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kind of slow. Lots of action but no real suspense.
My Rating Scale:
1 Star - Horrible book, It was so bad I stopped reading it. I have not read the whole book and wont
2 Star - Bad book, I forced myself to finish it and do NOT recommend. I can't believe I read it once
3 Star - Average book, Was entertaining but nothing special. No plans to ever re-read
4 Star - Good Book, Was a really good book and I would recommend. I am Likely to re-read this book
5 Star - GREAT book, A great story and well written. I can't wait for the next book. I Will Re-Read th
Mar 16, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Κινέζικο αίνιγμα", εκδόσεις ΒΙΠΕΡ.

Αυτό είναι το τρίτο βιβλίο της σειράς και τρίτο που διαβάζω (έχω ήδη διαβάσει το Νο.1 και το Νο. 5). Και πιστεύω ότι είναι το καλύτερο μέχρι στιγμής, έστω και για λίγο. Όχι τόσο λόγω της πλοκής, αλλά λόγω της σχέσης που αναπτύσσεται ανάμεσα στον Ρέμο και τον Τσιουν, αλλά και λόγω του χιούμορ.

Πως έχει η ιστορία: Ένας Κινέζος διπλωμάτης δηλητηριάζεται στην πτήση του που είχε προορισμό τις ΗΠΑ και τις αμέσως επόμενες μέρες εξαφανίζεται και ένας μεγάλος Κινέζος στ
Timothy Boyd
One of the big men's adventure series from the 70's than ran an impressive 145 books. The series while an adventure/action story is also full of satire toward much of the mainstream fads and icons of the time. An interesting main character and the sarcastic mentor makes this a funny action/adventure read. This issue the heroes must protect the visiting Chinese Premier. Recommended
China and the U.S. are on the verge of peaceful relations. Many in China don't want this to happen. A Chinese general is kidnapped while visiting the U.S. to discredit the U.S. Remo is sent to rescue the general. Remo and Chiun seem to be failing and are seen by many people. Smith decides it is time to shut down CURE and gives the order for Chiun to kill Remo.

This book really starts to feel like a Destroyer. The humor starts coming through in the characters with Chiun going after cars with peace
Nov 15, 2015 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this hack series faithfully for years. Now I hear a movie (another move) is in the works. Not a bad read, And emojis a sympath tic character
Многовато кровищи и по сюжету КЮРЭ прям на грани закрытия. А как же еще 150 книг?
Remo! You did it! Pretty solid entry. I think I liked it more than the second book
Nov 20, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Chinese Puzzle" is the third book in the Destroyer series by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy, and it is the first book to bring all the hallmarks of the long-running series together. Smith instructs Remo (with Chiun, for the first time) to escort the wife of a missing Chinese general while attempting to locate said general. Bodies of hitmen, gangsters, and thugs pile up as the plot races. Fans of the series will not want to miss this one!
Nov 07, 2011 Anansi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was my introduction to the incredible world of the Destroyer. This series has over 200 books within it and almost all of them are incredible. I would start here and read them in succession from there even though you might skip around each story is a complete tale unto itself which is why this book series is one of the best I've read.
Jan 28, 2009 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Remo Williams movie growing up, and I am still a big fan.
I enjoyed this book-- it shares enough of the spirit of the movie, and it brought some smiles to my face. I will likely try others in the series.
Jul 16, 2009 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: remo-williams
Really you have to ask? It's not really the "you know someone is a bout to die" part it's the finesse that is involved. That and it's amusing to read pulp fiction from the 70's.
Dec 20, 2012 Valerie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It finally got Chiun and Remo right, but it has Remo raping that Chinese girl. That's why I am giving it 1 star.
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this one the best out of the series, probably because it was the first one I read.
James Love
The first time the Sword of Sinanju is mentioned and wielded by Chiun.
Dec 02, 2008 Ingrid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: action and humor lovers
Recommended to Ingrid by: Rob Rainer
Wow. Exciting and a laugh a minute. This one is a classic.
Brian Stackhouse
Another great Destroyer story.
Mar 19, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the best of the bunch so far.
Feb 26, 2013 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guilty, guilty pleasure
Dec 22, 2007 colleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
read 07.18.84
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Warren Murphy was an American author, most famous as the co-creator of The Destroyer series, the basis for the film Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. He worked as a reporter and editor and after service during the Korean War, he drifted into politics.

Murphy also wrote the screenplay for Lethal Weapon 2. He is the author of the Trace and Digger series. With Molly Cochran, he completed two books
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