Sunday, September 28, 2014

(Blogtour & Review) The Destroyer, Created by Warren Murphy

Title: The Destroyer, Created
Author: Warren Murphy
Pages: 364
Published: August 21, 2014
PublisherLittle Brown Books UK
Review Copy: Yes

Why did I want this book?
Little Brown Books asked me, if I would like to be part of the blog tour. Of course! 
One legendary hero. One epic series.
Sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit, ex-cop Remo Williams is rescued from the electric chair at the eleventh hour and recruited by a secret government organisation named CURE. From this moment, he ceases to officially exist.
From now on, he will be an assassin, targeting criminals who are beyond the law. Remo's trainer is a grouchy old Korean named Chiun, whose mastery of the terrifyingly powerful martial art of Sinanju makes him the deadliest man alive.  Together Remo and Chiun set forth on their epic, impossible mission to vanquish every enemy of democracy - every bad guy who thinks they can escape justice.

The old cover image (which is on my ARC) is ugly as hell (sorry, but it's true). So, when I saw the new one I was like: OMG I want it on my shelf! It looks great and since it's a series, they all have the same style. Good job!

The title fits the story because Remo really gets kind of created. He has no choice but to accept his new role.

Writing style:
The writing style is captivating. Emotions and situations feel authentic and real. Even though, there were some word repetitions, I stumbled upon. (But as I said, I had an ARC, all these things might have been edited by now)
After a couple of pages I was totally blown away and hooked on. I couldn't stop reading and finished it within one day!
A lot of times, I had the feeling of watching a movie. It was very visual and felt like a script sometimes.

It was a bit difficult for me to get to know Remo. He seems to be very distant at the beginning of the book. I kept searching for emotions but he acted very hard-boiled. Later, I got the impression, that his behavior is self-protection. He doesn't want anybody to know, what he's feeling.
His dry humor was something, I definitely liked. A lot of times the whole story turned into a satire, which made me grin like a six-year-old!
All the other persons where described good too. And still, the whole book felt like a movie.

I keep talking about the book reminding me of a movie, right? Well, it really feels like one. And I have good news: Looks like I am not the only one with that impression because (you'll guess it by now) they are going to turn it into a movie! Yay!!

Stuck in my Head:
“He wasn't going to find himself in a death cell again for doing his job, or waiting like MacCleary for one of his own to dispatch him. Remo had had it. The world had taught him and he had almost gotten killed before he learned. Not again ... not ever again.” 
What I didn't like:
Well, maybe a couple more pages would have been good. Sometimes I thought that the author concentrated to much on the story and forgot the character development. Remo accepts his fate way too early.

Quick and dirty:
A great start into a promising series. Perfect for fans of James Bond or any kind of action-agent-thriller-stories. The writing style is captivating, the story well developed and it was great to see, that the author has a sharp tongue when it comes to to his own government. More, please!

Thank you to ... 
... Little Brown Books UK, who gave me this review copy in exchange of a honest review!

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