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First Blood [Hardcover]

David Morrell
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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March 1991
First came the man: a young wanderer in a fatigue coat and long hair. Then came the legend as the character, John Rambo, took his place in the American imagination. This remarkable and critically acclaimed novel pits a young Vietnam veteran against a small-town cop who doesn't know what he will unleash after their first ill-fated encounter--a life-and-death struggle through the woods, hills, and caves of rural Kentucky.
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"I've been a Morrell fan for years -- and now more than ever".-- Dean Koontz on Double Image --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

David Morrell is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books, including his award-winning Creepers. Co-founder of the International Thrillers Writers Organization, he is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel. To learn more, go to --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars First Blood - First Class Jan. 31 2013
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I saw the First Blood movie when it came out but I had never read the book it was based on until now. The comparison was very interesting. The novel is fast-paced and very well-written (I surprised by the body count in the book) and the main characters are very well-developed. Unlike the film, there are no heroes or villains in the novel. Just people making bad choices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What one could never imagine..... Jan. 11 2008
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"First Blood" tells the story of a young man named Rambo. Rambo,a former Green Beret of the Vietnam War,endured some of the most brutal and fearful experiences while in Vietnam. Now,Rambo has become a grimy vagrant. The only one thing that Rambo wants to do now? Settle down in the small,peaceful town of Madison,Kentucky.

However,upon Rambo's arrival in Madison,things take a quick and rough turn around the corner. This is when the Sheriff of Madison,Wilfred Teasle,throws Rambo out of Madison. A veteran of the Korean War who's accomplishments and respect in Korea are supplemented by his accomplishments and respect in Madison,Teasle isn't going to let a Vietnam vagrant come in and destroy a thing.

Yet,despite that,Rambo is a young man who has been through hell and back. Nobody is going to stand in his way,and nobody is going to push him back over the edge. And once Wilfred Teasle,his colleagues,and his non-colleagues discover this,the next few days of their lives are going to be as turbulent as they will be one thing:forever changed.

"First Blood" is one of the most intelligently crafted novels ***ever*** written. A brilliant concept used for the plot,"First Blood" takes both the concept and the plot and bring them to life. This is by the pages of "First Blood" having exhilarating action that remains true to that of the Vietnam War,blending that in with the regular action required by the story. Add all of that in together with the impeccable character chemistry of "First Blood" that is used in both the action and non-action scenes. This,right here,is the heart and soul of "First Blood". It gives "First Blood" a large amount of true and original life. It richly executes all of the ideas,concepts,and "scenes" in "First Blood" to the fullest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars vintage book June 18 2013
By D
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My husband had a copy of this that got lent out over the years (and LOST), so he was VERY happy to be able to replace it!

Ultra fast shipping - VERY satisfactory transaction!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great product! March 1 2013
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le livre etait en tres bon etat, mais le shipment a été long un peu. qualité du livre impeccable l
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Blood is Society Defined Feb. 12 2004
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First Blood, while exciting and full of action, is not a great novel, but it is an important one, especially when considering the time of it's release. As almost any other novel ever transformed into a movie, First Blood contains a great more amount of depth in each character, driving the story to it's
tragic but inevitable climax.
I best interpreted this novel as two forms of Audie Murphy battling against each other. Of course, we all know Audie Murphy, the renowned World War II hero who returned, though affected by his experience, a celebrity to the United States. In First Blood, Teasle (the Brian Dennehy character in the movie) is perhaps the Audie Murphy of Korea, while he did not return home to celebrity, was recognized and able to achieve a comfortable life. However, his personal life is currently failing and he begins to drive his ambition towards his profession, leading him to Rambo.
If Teasle is the Audie Murphy of Korea, then Rambo is the Audie Murphy of Vietnam. A decorated war hero, he comes home to find only isolation and no recognition, displaying both the government's and society's aging ignorance and denouncement of soldiers and veterans from the time of World War II to the Vietnam era. If Audie Murphy performed the same heroic duties in Vietnam rather than World War II, he would most likely become the broke, drifting, mentally and emotionally scarred Rambo that we find in the novel.
Teasle apprehends the drifting Rambo, but when he makes his escape, Teasle and Rambo find themselves in a violent battle that defines both their lives during and after their time of war. Teasle advances into the mountain (a mythological symbol itself of transformation) seeking Rambo using similar tactics as those of the Korean War.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's Rambo. Nov. 13 2009
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Pretty much what I expected for Rambo. I preferred the movie, though, which is rare. To me, the conflict between the sherriff and Rambo was a little ridiculous. I didn`t like the sherriff much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Morrell's Best Aug. 6 2008
By gilles
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this book is way better than the movie. the way that morrell write is pretty good. you know the character better and the action and thrill are great. i recommand it to not only rambo fan, but every reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed Book! July 3 2004
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After being a fan of the "Rambo" and "First Blood" movies I
finally got around to reading the book that these best selling movies were based on.In the book John Rambo is a drifter who is
arrested in a small town in Kentucky for vagrancy.After mistreat-
ment and abuse by the Deputies John mops up in the Sheriff's
Department deputies. The Sheriff,Teagle is determined to conquer
John Rambo.He has no idea that Rambo is a former Special Forces
officer.Rambo turns out to be Sheriff Teagle's worse nightmare.
He used his training to battle Sheriff Teagle and his forces in
the hills and caves of Kentucky.A book that you will not soon
forget.Read this book and you will have a greater appreciation of the Rambo movies.
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