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Created, The Destroyer

(The Destroyer #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,207 ratings  ·  211 reviews
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, ...more
Kindle Edition, 187 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Gere Donovan Press (first published 1971)
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Mike (the Paladin) I don't recall that book from your description but there were a lot of series "like" The Destroyer especially back in the 1970s. Check out the web sig…moreI don't recall that book from your description but there were a lot of series "like" The Destroyer especially back in the 1970s. Check out the web sight:

There is a lot to go through but it's not too hard to narrow down (though I think some may be called "men's" reads. Hope that doesn't bug you, LOL). Anyway It's a good source and I've run down a lot of tghe old action series there.(less)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
Back in the 1970s I was fond of what were then usually called "Men's Adventure Books". Today I suppose that would be considered Politically Incorrect. However I did enjoy them at the apologies here I also like double cheeseburgers, french fries and chocolate malts...not to mention the occasional beer.

Oh, and Coca-Cola, I love one true addiction.

Of late my attention has been drawn back to these old treasures of violent yet simplistic action by a younger friend here on Goo
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
The 1971 novel which is the first in the long-running Destroyer series. Remo Williams, former Marine and cop, is convicted of a crime he didn't commit and placed on death row. A small conspiracy revives him on the other side of his electrocution and convinces him to work for CURE, a very secret government organization which tasks assassins with cleaning up those pesky criminals that make life difficult for average citizens. Remo is quickly trained by Chiun, elderly Korean master of the martial a ...more
I first started reading these books because I was a fan of the Executioner books by Donald Pendleton, and published by the same company--Pinnacle books. In the end I read them longer, and more regularly return to them. (I haven't read an Executioner or Mack Bolan title in about 20 years.)

The concept here is that the government is tired of being tied by the rules as they try to get the bad guys. So they create an organization called CURE, which really doesn't exist, to fight the bad guys without
Oct 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series now has over 150 books in it & any one of the books is fun, light read. The early books with Richard Sapir are quite entertaining. Sapir was a political columnist, I think & it shows in the tongue in cheek plots which make fun of everything, but especially pick on one current event or attitude per book. Around the 75th book or so the plots really lost their zest, to me. I quit reading the series on book #104.

The Destroyer is a New Jersey cop who is 'killed' & now serves CURE, a secre
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first entry in the legendary "Remo Williams"/The Destroyer series of action/adventure paperbacks.
I am a fan of the 1980s film based on the "Remo Williams" novels so I was a bit disappointed with this one.

My understanding is this series doesn't really get off the ground until either the third or fourth entry.
Besides Warren Murphy (often with Richard Sapir co-writing) there were a couple of other authors who contributed in writing the novels.

The Destroyer is a much loved series, its fa
B. Jay
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the early seventies as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and a variety of martial arts schools and styles were emerging in popular culture, The Destroyer arose as a satire or perhaps evolution of pulp novels by combining the excessive violence and gunplay of book serials like the Executioner and merging it with the philosophy of Oriental fighting.
In this first novel Remo's teacher Chuin had not yet rose prominantly as a lead character, figuring in rather exactly as Yoda does ten year later in the Empir
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
The first entry in long-running The Destroyer series starts out with how Remo Williams is “recruited” into the secret CURE agency and expertly trained by Asian Master Chiun, followed by some dull drunken angst scenes, then finishing up with a bang and an unexpected twist. This book, and perhaps the series in general, doesn’t take itself quite so seriously as the other men’s adventure series, which are typically somber and humorless. I really liked the lighter tone and the self-satirizing drollne ...more
Dec 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mens-adventure
I really enjoyed this first one in the series. Made me want to read more.
Storm Chase
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this thirty years ago and then again last week. Awesome! Violent, silly and perfect escapism.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Why didn't I understand the purpose of this book??????
Am I just so dumb?
Jaime Buckley
I wanted to read these books after watching the Remo Williams movie again. It was blissful.

I'll give this book (...and #2-#5) 2/5 stars because I'm torn between the story and the formatting of the eBooks for my Nook. The story is fantastic. Truly. Keeps my attention, makes me laugh. However, the formatting is SO UNBELIEVABLY BAD I can't honestly recommend it to anyone unless I'm recommending the printed edition. So, if you're thinking of getting a printed book...5 out of 5 stars!

I know Warren Mu
Trent Zelazny
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a lot of fun.
Christopher Taylor
Great premise, great start, but kind of got wandering and aimless, and the hero feels less a destroyer than just a surly ex cop with a bit of martial arts training and excessive charisma. The book overall has the feel of being a section of a larger work, like a serial in a magazine that you haven't gotten the next installment of. ...more
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Last month I send out a media alert with an upcoming blog tour featuring this book, Created, The Destroyer. The Destroyer series was originally published back in 1971, and this year Little Brown and Co has decided to reissuing all the books published so far in The Destroyer series in ebook format. The series is written by Warren Murphy, who also wrote the screenplay of several movies likes Lethal Weapon 2, and Richard Ben Sapir who wr
Marcus Calvert
An okay read.

Different origin story than the movie. I don't think it even synchs with the comic book.

There could've been more action and mayhem. But one has to remember that this book was written decades ago. What carries it are the tone, plot, and concept. They're woven together in such a way that you see a very gritty, realistic, dark world in need of a hero. But since there aren't any around, they send in Remo Williams.

Good thing is that I've got a bagfull of these puppies for Xmas. And I'm
Jay DeVine
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been in my top ten favorites since 1978 or 79 when I first read it. I own the first 120 or so in the series. Yeah, it's a long one. But they are generally a fun read. It's all about Remo and Chiun, baby!! ...more
Barry Gibbons
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've grown up reading the Destroyer series, which I discovered through my father. I have enjoyed every single books in the series, and still go back to reread them all of the time. Also, Remo Williams, the Adventure begins, has always been one of my favorite movies! ...more
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a fun short story book series. I usually find them at powells for 2-3 bucks. Action, adventure, hilarity.
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Read in two nights. One thing about reading fiction from another time is that it can have warts. As a whole, the story here was pretty decent. However, in the telling of the story, there are some racist words used for minorities, and a lot of sexism -- every woman in this novel exists only to serve men in one way or another rather than actually being characters of any depth, which I found disappointing.

The character of "Chiun, master of Sinanju" is very compelling, and I understand he becomes mo
As a teen I read an absolute ton of the Destroyer series. I also enjoyed the movie that was made "Remo Williams, The Adventure Begins".

I found that Amazon had the first book for free and scooped it up. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but also realize it was an element of its time being written in the early 70's. That means it is very politically incorrect and kind of racist. All that said, I enjoyed revisiting the book and the start of the series.
Sure it's a little dated but a ripping good yarn...well written and excellent pacing.

What used to be called men's adventure and now it would be called a thriller.

Sexist, a bit racist, but a whole lot of fun for men...and maybe women too.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
Samantha Clysdale
Trigger warning for racism. The author at the beginning of the book explains why they didn't edit the book. It was written in the 1950's. There was only one word used. ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
I have enjoyed all of these books immensely. They are quick reads, often hilarious yet touching to see the characters develop as more than student/master.
Jason Allen Amelio
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I gave this book 5 stars but that rating is really more for the series than the first book itself. The events of book one are re-told much better in book 128 in my opinion.

The Destroyer is urban fantasy before it was a genre and my all time favorite series. Most people will be more familiar with the cult classic movie "Remo Williams" based on the books than they will be with the series. Of it's first 145 books I think I have ready about 130 of them. It is also the series that taught me the need
John Wilkerson
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Remo has been my hero since I read my first Destroyer book in 1980. An old cranky, but warm hearted martial arts teacher tries to bring life and enlightenment to the epitome of modern day American social detachment. His partner Remo revolted to the classical eastern philosophy, and in the end they were a team created to save the word one soap opera at a time.

We all knew the books were written around Remo, but we all longed to see what mischief Chiun could stir into the pot of political incorrect
Gregory Mahan
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great read

I first fell in love with the Destroyer books many years ago. My junior high library had a bunch, but not all of them. It is awesome to see them back in print as e-books.

It's also nice to find that I still love the stories. So many things you like as a child are disappointing when you revisit them as an adult. Not so with the Destroyer. I find myself just as fascinated with Remo, Chiun and Sinanju as the day I first picked up one of the stories.
Timothy Boyd
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Great starter book to the series. The character and story have a very Pulp era feel to them. Nice Read, Very recommended ...more
Jun 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of a series of books that were meant to be a satire of the Executioner and other men's adventurer series that were popular in the seventies. I read the first one hundred of them, but have only been sporatic since then. After Richard Sapir passed away, Warren Murphy wrote them alone for a while. Then several other people "wrote with" him. ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: old-stuff
Read this years ago. Still great this series featuring Remo Williams a cop framed for murder and bumped off in the electric chair.
Resurrected as a secret government killing machine!
Trained by an aged Oriental in the secret arts of death and destruction.
Remo takes on the enemies of America that normal laws cannot touch.
Full of violence and dark humour.
Excellent stuff.
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A free Amazon Kindle book I downloaded in order to find out who Remo Williams is (see comment on John D. McDonald's _One Fearful Yellow Eye_ by my non-sexist friend Tom).
* * * * *
Well, it wasn't so bad that I couldn't finish it, but not good enough to convince me to ever read another Remo Williams book. . . .
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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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