Destroyer #151: Now Available!

The Destroyer lives on!

In this brand-new book from Warren Murphy and R.J. Carter, Remo must untangle an evil plot of seismic proportions!

A bungling terrorist group is making a mess in Europe. It’s up to Remo to track them down and clean them out before the brainless bombers strike their next target: a summit of world leaders!

As earthquakes rock the planet, Smith scrambles to find the cause, but only finds dead ends. While America’s favorite preacher Billy Walker and his sultry assistants plan for Armageddon, a mysterious malady could spell the end of days for Chiun!

Remo and an exotic foreign agent must learn how to keep their secrets separate from their business — and their business separate from pleasure — as they race against time. Chiun’s life is hanging by a thread, and every second that passes brings the world one step closer to extinction…

Click HERE to order now at Amazon.com…

New: The Len Levinson Collection

AVAILABLE NOW:
The Len Levinson Collection

The Len Levinson Collection

We are happy to announce the arrival of the Len Levinson Collection, volumes 1–6, coming September 29th on Kindle, iBooks, and in paperback.

If you don’t know Len Levinson, you’re missing out — a tremendously talented writer, Mr. Levinson has written 83 novels under a vast array of various names. 22 names, to be exact.

Unlike the other books Destroyer Books publishes, these books are not part of a series; they’re just 6 interesting and well-written books from a writer that more people should know. The books are short, punchy, and absolutely unlike any other books on the market today.

These six books — with more coming in a few weeks — span a wide range of genres and subjects.

• A tough sergeant leads his soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge (Doom Platoon);
• Four policemen, unfairly fired from the NYPD, decide to rob the evidence room, which is laden with cash and drugs (Inside Job)
• A woman-hating serial killer is tracked down by a detective who worries that the killer and he share too much in common (Without Mercy)
• The lives of several different bartenders are intertwined through their friendships, lovers, and rivals (The Bar Studs)
• A wrongly-imprisoned CIA man is finally released from jail — and now, he must discover why he was jailed and who set him up (Operation Perfidia)
• Intrigue (and, occasionally, hilarity) abound in a quest to find Herman Goering’s secret treasure in the final days of WW2 (The Goering Treasure).

One thing that all the books have in common is a richly-developed set of characters. Mr. Levinson has always had a keen eye for understanding characters — their personalities, their motivations, and their thoughts. This adds a layer of richness to his books: a story about catching a serial killer is one thing, but actually seeing the crimes from the killer’s perspective — and from the perspective of the detective chasing him, too! — makes the book a satisfying (and sometimes scary!) experience.

We are proud to be able to publish these books, and we hope you enjoy reading them.

Some thoughts on superheroes

From the editor:

“Avengers” fever is sweeping the nation once again, and I get it. I understand what’s fun about superheroes and about big-budget superhero movies. Spectacular visual effects and a massive “end-of-the-world”-type showdown at the end — what’s not to like? It’s hard not to smile when you watch superhero movies, and so I understand why millions of people have a mindless good time watching them. But yet, despite that, I’d prefer to see something else…almost anything else, to be honest.

I don’t begrudge any of the superhero characters, individually or collectively. I’m not sick of one person or one thing. What I’m sick of, however, is the fact that because we’re consistently inundated with superheroes, we don’t see other films in this particular genre.

Superhero movies, after all, are not really a genre. They’re part of a broader one: “good guy wins.” There are a lot of variations on this, from James Bond to Rambo. In movies like this, we know what’s going to happen: it’s a foregone conclusion. This is the meaning of “mindless entertainment,” and it can be quite fun. Whether it’s *sniff* high art or not isn’t important: people watch them and have a good time, and I think that’s a good thing.

But superhero movies have started to bother me for a few reasons. First, their premise is usually some variation on the theme of “Oh, dang. We better save the dumb humans from another catastrophe.” And then they swoop in and save the day — and you know they’re superheroes because they’re green, or because they’re wearing a silly costume, or because they can fly — and the humans are rescued, yet again, from almost-imminent disaster. If you think about that for a second, it’s deeply depressing. You’re saying that humans are so incapable that they always need saving? I suspect many would disagree.

Before we get too academic, let’s put the sociocultural implications aside. My point isn’t to write a treatise on the padding of our collective national self-esteem by having consistently-American superheroes save the day against vaguely “foreign” and faceless enemies. Nor is it to say that superhero movies foist a belief that “others will always be there to save us” upon the viewers — that they reinforce a weakly codependent “Big Brother will save us” statist viewpoint already running amok in our society. Really, those aren’t my points — perhaps someone else can take those ideas and run with them.

My point is that “good guy wins” movies can come in many different ‘wrappings,’ so to speak, but they’re all similar. “Rocky IV” is just as unsurprising an outcome as a superhero movie, and and just as much fun to watch. But there is no “Rocky”-type series now. Hollywood wouldn’t take a chance on that; they’d prefer to bleed every possible iteration of Batman dry.

There are a lot of larger-than-life characters in existence, and not all of them come from comic books. Many of them come from “real” books (gasp!). Although most publishers don’t publish short action-adventure books any more, these series were great fun, with big “massive global crisis”-type plots…and, collectively, sold hundreds of millions of copies. For people who know me via the Destroyer series, or are coming to this article via DestroyerBooks.com, this is obvious, but it’s not obvious to a lot of people. I’m 29, and most people my age have grown up without ever seeing this genre of books. I don’t remember the days of tons of different action series books on wire racks at grocery stores, though I wish I did.

Say what you will about them, these books are fun — and some of them (like the Destroyer series) are downright great. While the Destroyer may satirize no-longer-current “current events,” the books are also (and far more importantly) filled with magical martial arts, histories of past masters, and the constant pulse of a touching parent-child dynamic. Other series have merit, too, whether it’s the ‘sexy fun’ of a series like the Baroness or the gritty, tough-guy appeal of Mack Bolan.

I wish that movies would consider more of these series and sources, rather than constantly turn to comic books. There are so many different series in existence, with so many possible feelings to evoke and so many different plot paths to tread. There are series about tough female spies, about guys fighting vendetta wars against people who wronged them, about secret masters of disguise — even a series about an assassin priest sent by the Vatican.

So why not, Hollywood? Why not pick some of this awesome source material — every bit as fun as superheroes, and infinitely less expensive to produce — and run with it? The glut of superhero movies truly feels like having to watch the Super Bowl every day…and although the movies were fun for a little while, by now they’re getting really, really stale and boring. Let’s have some non-superheroes save the day for once; let’s have humanity take matters into its own hands. Let’s have real human characters fighting real human threats and making a real difference — not simply men in capes saving the planet from robotic destruction.

Plus, there’s only so much spandex I can take, and I hit that limit a long time ago.

— Devin Murphy

May 2, 2015

Sticky: New Destroyer Comics!

NOW AVAILABLE!

Brand new comics of the Destroyer! From the awesomely talented M. Rasheed, the first 5 books are now available. Check them out today!

Book 1: Cooking Lesson
http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Sinanju-Destroyer-Cooking-Lesson/dp/0991526600/

Book 1: Cooking Lesson

Book 1: Cooking Lesson

Book 2: End Date
http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Sinanju-Destroyer-book-Date/dp/0991526619/

Book 3: Free Fall
http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Sinanju-Destroyer-book-three/dp/0991526627/

Book 4: Focal Point
http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Sinanju-Destroyer-Focal-Point/dp/0991526635/

Book 5: Death Dance
http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Sinanju-Destroyer-Death-Dance/dp/0991526643/

First there was “New Blood.” Now there’s “More Blood!”

NOW AVAILABLE!

MORE BLOOD: An all-new anthology, written by fans of the DESTROYER, featuring 18 pulse-pounding adventures of Sinanju!

With stories by
Donna Courtois
C.E. Martin
R.J. Carter

and many other faithful devotees of the House of Sinanju!

More Remo!
More Chiun!
More Sinanju!

And, of course, MORE BLOOD.

Are you ready?

http://www.amazon.com/More-Blood-Sinanju-Anthology-Destroyer/dp/0990656659/

Legacy Book 4: Trial and Terror now available

The fourth book in the Legacy Series, Trial and Terror, is now available for purchase/download at your favorite online retailers.

Stone and Freya take on an exiled spy who has his sights trained on America.  Are our favorite Sinanju kids up to the task?

Please leave a review for it wherever you purchase it. And Tell a friend about it, as well!  Thanks!

Trial and Terror

Please retweet this, too!

 

Celebrate this holiday season with special End Of The World pricing!

Merry Christmas and a Happy Feast of the Pig!

To celebrate this festive holiday season and to garner as many new readers as we can, before the world ends of Friday, we have decided to drop the price of  Legacy, Book 1: Forgotten Son to $2.99 from now until the world ends on Friday.  If, on the off-chance that the Mayans miscalculated (they might have mixed up the sticks and rocks they were using to count on- who knows?), we will continue this special until we don’t anymore. Most likely it will end on Christmas or somewhere thereabouts.

So hurry over to Barnes and Noble and Amazon to take advantage of this promotion.  It’s only $2.99 and makes a great gift, too!