“Blood, violence, death, what did I know about them? Nothing. What I knew about was my family, how I felt about them, the love, the terrible fear for their safety.” – Darryl Jones
What causes a plain, ordinary, hard-working man to change, to step over the boundaries of what he knows to be morally right? What causes a handgun to become an instrument of salvation rather than a thing to be avoided?
Darryl Jones wanted nothing more than to start anew with his family, darling six-year-old Patty and teen-age Paul. What he didn’t know about was the underlying current of evil that was about to make itself dramatically known to him and all of those he loved. It started with Paul’s meeting a “really cool guy” by the name of Fisher Pangbourne, and getting involved in what would snowball into the destruction of many lives.
“The Destroyers” is a very appropriate title for this book. It is a violent book, like “Lethal Weapon” on pages. However, to get the point across about the evil of the drug trafficking underworld, it really has to be. Don’t look for any kind of sugar-coating – this book takes a good hard look at what happens when someone gets involved with dealers and kingpins in this kind of existence. And it really can start with one innocent kid, such as Paul, who is trapped between the realities of his divorced parents, and neglected by both.
Mr. Pruyne has written a well-choreographed book, with scenes that burn into your mind (not just the violent ones), and people who are all too real. The telling is tight, gripping, and in my opinion would make a fantastic movie. The ending was very intense, and it had me rushing through to find out what happened.
The end of this story, though, is not really the end, because as long as the source, the reason behind the destruction, remains, there will always be death, and sorrow, and violence. Fortunately for Darryl, he can rebuild his life. But his innocence, such as it had been, will be destroyed forever. And that is the bare, naked truth of “The Destroyers”.