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Chinese puzzle (1972)

by Warren Murphy, Richard Sapir

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I like this one the best out of the series, probably because it was the first one I read. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Sep 25, 2009 |
The third of the Destroyer action/men's adventure series and the one I had been told to start the series with. I'd say that was a good recommendation, as the first two novels don't add terribly much other than how Remo Williams was recruited by CURE, the ultra-secret government agency created to act extra-constitutionally.

Remo is sent into the field with Chiun, his aged Korean martial arts instructor, to discover the whereabouts of a Chinese General Liu, who has disappeared in New York City. The peace talks between the US and the PRC rest on his safe recovery -- remember, this one was written in 1972. The cameos by Nixon and Kissinger are lots of fun. The interplay between Remo and Chiun is great, and Chiun's interaction with various minor characters is outrageously funny. In many ways, Chiun steals every scene he's in.

One of the fascinating (and effective) techniques that Murphy and Sapir use is to periodically offer a short chapter from the perspective of a minor villain who will later cross paths with Remo and Chiun. It adds a lot of richness to the characterization that might otherwise be lacking in what is, in essence, an action-adventure novel.

Is it politically correct? No, not by any means -- Chiun hates the Chinese with a passion and lets them know this at every opportunity, for example -- but frankly, that's part of the fun.

Review copyright 2008 J. Andrew Byers ( )
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A Chinese diplomat is decidedly deceased and the communist chairman's advisor is shanghaied while burrowing in the Bronx. The State Department is seeing red and a sour situation gets spicy. Now Remo Williams and his Korean mentor, Master Chiun, must save the abducted adviser and compromise the conspiracy before the kung fu hits the fan. As the US and China prepare for nuclear battle and an assassin's bullet has The Destroyer's name on it, the fate of the world is as complicated to solve as a Chinese Puzzle.

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