I'm certainly more of a romance/romcom novel type of girl than anything else but when I read the press release for this book I was instantly hooked by the association of Jason Bourne. I am a huge Bourne fan and enjoyed all four films even though I never read any of the books - such a crime I know (mind the pun).
Created, The Destroyer is the first in a series of over 145 titles. Yes, you read correctly and it is an insane amount of books, right? This one is the first in the reboot which has now been signed to Sony Pictures to be made into a major film by director of Iron Man 3, Shane Black.
The Destroyer is all about a man who was framed for a crime he didn't commit and into a life he never thought he would be part of - to be an organised assassin for the CURE.
Remo Williams was a cop framed for the death of a well known criminal. After his badge was found next to the body, the judge felt there was no need for a hearing and sentenced him to death row.
Little did Remo know that he would be saved from the electric chair moments before electrocution and sentenced to live his life as an undercover assassin for the CURE. Being technically dead to society made him the perfect person to slip under the radar and attack organised crime in New York from the heart.
Remo's mission? Find and kill 'Maxwell', the leader of organised crime in the city. How? Using martial arts which his teacher Chuin taught him during his time at the CURE facility. But will he find them before they find him? As the bodies fall to the ground who will hold supreme and will justice prevail?
I must admit I had a little bit of a tough time reading this book. I'm not sure if it's because I'm not used to reading this sort of novel and therefore am not used to the intense writing style. I just found that too many characters and too much action was pushed onto me all at one time and I found it incredibly hard to keep up.
The beginning of the book gripped me immediately. All of the writing where Remo is in jail at the start of the book was the perfect way to draw me in and make me want to read more of the book. However, after he was saved I started to get very wary and confused. It was only towards the end of the book when Remo's mission began to wrap up that I felt it had turned back into a fluent story again.
Remo was a difficult hero to love as he commits some ruthless acts without caring too much about them. Although his main role in the story is to deplete the villains in NYC, he perhaps committed some acts which might be considered just as bad if not worse than the ones the criminals were perpetrating.
Over all I'm not persuaded to read the next book in the series. However, this is probably due to the fact that I prefer much more light-hearted novels. Having said that, I have read action and thriller books before and what it boils down to is whether I connect with the writers style or not. Unfortunately, with this one I did not. My conclusion, I would definitely recommend this to determined readers of the theme and who like action-packed stories that keep you going until the very end.
Created, The Destroyer by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir* - £2.48 for Kindle Version