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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 www.davidmorrell.net. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What one could never imagine..... Jan. 11 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"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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4.0 out of 5 stars First Blood is Society Defined Feb. 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Rambo was the good guy? March 7 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lets face it, just about all movies do the book no justice, but that would be an understatement here. The book is ten times better. First, in no way shape or form is Rambo the "good guy" - he's a psychotic arrogant killer but the author manages to make you admire his resolve in some twisted way. At the same time the author makes Rambo's enemy (sherrif Teasel)much more likeable than in the movie, so you may end up torn between the characters. Some other major differences with the movie are that Rambo was discharged from the Army after going crazy. This guy is far from normal. The author does an excellent job of getting you inside Rambo's head and hearing his thoughts. Also Stalone is probably almost old enough to be Rambo's father, they never mention his age but he is described as a kid among other things, I got the feeling he was in his early 20's. Finally Colnel Trautman is not Rambo's friend and never personally knew him but rather was at the top of Rambo's chain of comand at one time. The ending is completely different than the movie as well. In summary this book was far darker, more serious, and realistic than the movie and I pray that someone does it over the right way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly literate July 21 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Since I saw the movie first, I was under the impression this novel was more along the lines of action/adventure pulp, such as Mickey Spillane or the Destroyer series. It's not. It's very well-written, and even verges on literature. It's different from the movie, so don't expect the same plot. Actually, this book reminds me more of horror fiction, some of which the author has written. Don't expect the same ending as in the movie. The book
is, fortunately, not particularly political, which I found a little surprising since it was published in 1972. Mostly it's
about human nature. The sheriff, who at first is very much a
sympathetic character, completely fails to understand Rambo.
In fact, he doesn't even make the attempt, even though Rambo
is acting very strangely (he finds Rambo looking at the fish
in a lake and wondering if they're goldfish). Rambo makes no
attempt to hide. He's just tired of being rousted by the police
because of how he looks. And the cop keeps trying to run Rambo out of town, even though Rambo hasn't done anything. Had he just
let things go, Rambo would have passed through town and been gone. The sheriff completely failed the first rule of war:
understand your opponent. Had he done so, all of the carnage (and there is a lot of slaughter in this book) would have been
avoided.
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5.0 out of 5 stars vintage book
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! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great product!
le livre etait en tres bon etat, mais le shipment a été long un peu. qualité du livre impeccable l
Published 19 months ago by Carl-Érick Ridel
4.0 out of 5 stars First Blood - First Class
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. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mark Heber
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's Rambo.
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2009 by Bryan Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrell's Best
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2008 by gilles
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed Book!
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. Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by Melvin Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality
Although this is a good book, most of Morrell's later books are more exciting. The saddest aspect between the book and the movie is that one of Hollywood's biggest cowards is... Read more
Published on Dec 12 2003 by "skyfrog0722"
4.0 out of 5 stars Different but good.
The book "First Blood" is much much darker than the movie, also the body count is much higher. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2003 by Vagabond77
2.0 out of 5 stars Rambo rides motorcycle naked?!
I thought the movie was better. In the book, Rambo can't seem to do anything without a gun. In the movie, you see Rambo as a trained and controlled worrier who can kill with... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003 by Bob
1.0 out of 5 stars Rambo: First Bleh
Reading this book reminded me that even terrible authors could make a lot of money. I got used to Hollywood dishing out [crud], but books, I thought were always reserved for the... Read more
Published on April 3 2003
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