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Acid rock by Warren Murphy
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Thirteenth in the Destroyer series.

This one was pretty good. A young, oblivious woman comes forward to give Congressional testimony against her extremely wealthy businessman father, but she has to survive until then. Her father sends out a number of assassins against her, including two very fun Swedish brothers living in Africa who are the last heirs of an ancient rival assassin house. Remo and Chiun play the role of bodyguards for the young woman. I wish that she and her father had been developed a bit more; while she is the centerpiece of the plot, she's mostly a vapid cypher. Maybe that's the point -- there *is* nothing more to her personality. This was a send-up of Woodstock, the early '70s concert scene, and shock rock bands, so it had lots of amusing parodies of the counter-culture. While the plot revolved around an "acid rock" band, the band ("Maggot and the Dead Meat Lice") are reminiscent of some contemporary shock rockers (Marilyn Manson comes to mind), so many of the references are surprisingly current. I'd recommend this one.

Review copyright 2008 J. Andrew Byers ( )
  bibliorex | Oct 15, 2008 |
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The stage is set for murder, mayhem and deafening music. But the music isn't loud enough to drown out the shots aimed at the gorgeous redhead on stage. Not that anybody is paying much attention, not in the screaming chaos of the world's biggest rock festival ever. The girl likes to be near singers, the freakier and more spaced-out the better. Some of them get too close and wind up permanently spaced out. Why? Someone wants to kill the beautiful girl with the long auburn hair. She is under contract for one million dollars. A big bounty is on her beautiful head. She has to be killed, and quick. But Remo and Chiun have other ideas. Their assignment from CURE says protect her at any costs - and that means someone is going to have to pay a very high price.

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