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Publication Order of The Destroyer Books

Created The Destroyer (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Check (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chinese Puzzle (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mafia Fix (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dr. Quake (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Therapy (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Union Bust (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summit Chase (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder's Shield (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terror Squad (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kill or Cure (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slave Safari (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Acid Rock (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Judgment Day (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Ward (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oil Slick (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Last War Dance (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Funny Money (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Holy Terror (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Assassin's Play Off (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Seeds (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brain Drain (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Child's Play (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
King's Curse (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweet Dreams (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Enemy Hands (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Temple (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ship of Death (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Death (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mugger Blood (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Head Men (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killer Chromosomes (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voodoo Die (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chained Reaction (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Last Call (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Power Play (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bottom Line (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bay City Blast (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Missing Link (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dangerous Games (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Firing Line (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Timber Line (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight Man (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Balance of Power (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spoils of War (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Next of Kin (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Profit Motive (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skin Deep (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killing Time (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dying Space (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shock Value (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fool's Gold (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Trial (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Last Drop (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Master's Challenge (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Encounter Group (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Date with Death (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Total Recall (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arms of Kali (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End of the Game (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lords of the Earth (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seventh Stone (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sky Is Falling (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Alchemist (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Yesterday (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sue Me (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Look into My Eyes (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Old-Fashioned War (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Ties (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Eleventh Hour (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Return Engagement (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sole Survivor (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Line of Succession (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walking Wounded (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rain of Terror (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Crusade (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Coin of the Realm (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blue Smoke and Mirrors (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shooting Schedule (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Sentence (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hostile Takeover (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Survival Course (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skull Duggery (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ground Zero (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Lust (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arabian Nightmare (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ultimate Death (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Horse (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost in the Machine (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mob Psychology (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cold Warrior (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Dragon (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terminal Transmission (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Feeding Frenzy (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
High Priestess (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Infernal Revenue (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Identity Crisis (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Target of Opportunity (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Color Of Fear (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Last Rites (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Continental Divide (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monumental Terror (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Brotherhood (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trial By Fire (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Destroyer Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of The New Destroyer Books

By: Warren Murphy, James Mullaney

The Destroyer series is a series of adventure fiction books written by the highly popular American novelist named Warren Murphy, in collaboration with author Richard Sapir. It was initially released in the paperback format, but the later books in the series were published in the hardcover, e-book, and audiobook editions as well. The series on the whole is comprised of 145 books, which were released between the years 1971 and 2006. All the books written by author Murphy in the series revolve around the life of a United States government operative called Remo Williams. Murphy and Sapir had finished writing the manuscript of the debut book of the series in the year 1963, but they were able to publish it in 1971. Many of the characters mentioned in the series were later adapted into a movie called Remo Williams : The Adventure Begins, released in 1985. One more film is said to be in the making based on the novel series. It is called as The Destroyer, whose director is Shane Black. During the initial stages of the development of the series, authors Sapir and Murphy used to write separate portions of each and every book. But, during the late 1970s, some tension arose in the relationship between the two authors and author Sapir eventually withdrew from the collaboration. As a result, author Murphy began using various ghostwriters during the early 1980s to help him proceed with the series. One of those ghostwriters was his own wife named Molly Cochran.

Author Sapir returned back in the middle of the 1980s and started participating in the development of the novel series once again. At the end of the 1980s, the sole responsibility of the series was taken over by Will Murray, who had written some of the previous books along with either Sapir of Murphy. He remained associated with the series until the end of the 1990s after the death of author Sapir. After the 107th novel, author Murray also left. The next three books were then written by some interim ghostwriters. Among those writers were Mike Newton and Alan Philipson. Later, author Jim Mullaney also joined and worked with Mike Newton. One more author who joined the team as a ghostwriter is Tim Somheil. In the year 2002, author Murphy established his own publishing company called Ballybunion. It was initially meant to release the spin off books of the Destroyer series. Over the years, this publishing house went on to release a number of books related to the series as well as several short story collections that were written by the fans of the original series. Author Murphy regained back all the rights to the novels of the series in the year 2011. Currently, he is releasing the books in e-book format as well as reissuing a number of older titles in the print format. The main hero of the novel series is shown in the form of Remo Williams. He is depicted by the authors as a cop living in Newark, who gets framed in relation to a crime and given the death sentence.

The government fakes his death and eventually sends him to get trained as a deadly assassin for a secret organization called CURE. This organization is set up by the United States President as a measure to defend the nation by going outside the law. President Kennedy selects Harold Smith as the organization’s head because of his brilliance and integrity. Remo is trained under the guidance of Chiun, who is shown as a deadly assassin. Chiun is believed to be the last Master who knows the martial art called Shinanju. Later, Remo Williams is described as the emergence of the Shiva’s Avatar. The basic formula of the series goes on to take shape in its third book. A number of other important elements get introduced in the later stages. The first few books describe the early days of the difficult training sessions that Remo undergoes so as to become a complete assassin. In the first novel, the authors have not at all used the word Shinanju to describe the form of martial arts that Chiun trains Remo with. Instead, karate, judo, Zen, and akido are used. Over the course of the training period, Remo trains under many experts in various aspects of becoming an undercover operative. He learns to handle different types of arms, and trains in the close quarters assassination. After becoming a complete assassin, Remo uses his gun only to shoot and injure. His actual kills are done with hands only. As the series progresses, Remo Williams and Chiun go on to encounter numerous villains in the form of humans and superhumans. They include mobster, mad scientists, shapeshifters, etc.

One of the initial books of this series is titled as ‘Chinese Puzzle’. It was first released in the year 1972 and then again in 2002 as a paperback edition. The main characters described in the plot of this book by author Murphy are Harold W. Smith and Remo Williams. The story of the book opens up by showing that after a Chinese diplomat is considered dead for not being found anywhere, the advisor of the communist chairman gets kidnapped while working in the Bronx and is sent to Shanghai. In such a situation, the State Department senses that things are going to get difficult. Soon after, things begin to get spicier. Now, the job of saving the abducted advisor falls on the shoulders of Remo Williams and his mentor, Chiun. They are also required to prevent the conspiracy from becoming successful. Due to the tense situation, The United States and China get on the verge of engaging in a nuclear battle. Also, there is an assassin out somewhere who wants to kill Remo for his involvement in preventing such a situation. In the end, the fate of both the powerful countries as well as the world appears very complicated, similar to a Chinese Puzzle.

Another well known book published in The Destroyer series is titled as ‘Mafia Fix’. This book was released in the year 1972 originally and depicts Remo Williams, Harold Smith, and Master Chiun in the lead roles. In this book, it is shown that the American President turns to Remo Williams for help after heroin worth 10 billion dollars arrives in New Jersey through the coasts and begins to pollute the nearby areas. He does not want to let the drug Mafia become the second Evil and allow the Jersey Kingpin destroy the country. Remo, who is now nicknamed and resurrected as The Destroyer, is already on a mission in Cosa Nostra. But, on the orders of the President, he shifts his focus on busting the drug mafia. His investigation and research take him to the top level of the drug Mafia, after which he realizes that it is the right time to fix the Mafia. Remo is assisted in this mission by his mentor and friend, Master Chiun.

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One Response to “Destroyer”

  1. Larry Dickhans: 12 months ago

    I used to have a complete set I still find it hard to believe someone stole them I was lucky to find 2 out of the whole series at that time I liked reading them one of really was very good when he became Shiva , Hindu god destroyer…

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