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First Blood Hardcover – Mar 1991

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Armchair Detective Library; Reprint edition (March 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922890633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922890637
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,270,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Mass Market Paperback edition.

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First came the man: a young wanderer in a fatigue coat and long hair. Then came the legend, as John Rambo sprang from the pages of FIRST BLOOD to take his place in the American cultural landscape. This remarkable novel pits a young Vietnam veteran against a small-town cop who doesn't know whom he's dealing with -- or how far Rambo will take him into a life-and-death struggle through the woods, hills, and caves of rural Kentucky.

Millions saw the Rambo movies, but those who haven't read the book that started it all are in for a surprise -- a critically acclaimed story of character, action, and compassion. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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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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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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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Over the last thirty years the character of Rambo has become a pop icon in the Western culture and managed to join such famous heroes as James Bond or Batman. I don’t think that there is anyone in the Western world who had not heard of Rambo. The expression “to go Rambo” on someone or something had even entered our vocabulary. And yet, compared to other iconic characters, there is little source material on Rambo. James Bond has twenty-something movies and is based on Ian Fleming’s books. Batman has decades worth of comic books, movies, TV series and cartoon shows. And Rambo? There were the three movies in the 1980s, the fourth one in 2007 plus movie novelizations and, as far as I know, that is all. The purpose of this review is not to analyze the reasons behind Rambo’s popularity, but there must be something magnetic about him if he became so popular despite appearing only in four movies.

Like most Rambo fans (and yes, I am a Rambo fan) I first encountered his character when I saw his movies as a kid in the 1980s. I would later re-watch them on many occasions as a teenager and later an adult. But although I was a fan of the movies, I had no interest in reading the books because I believed them to be nothing more than movie novelizations, and experience had taught me that movie novelizations are not worth the money you pay for them.

And then someone told me that the first book is a real book and it is the first Rambo movie that is based on it and not the other way around. Intrigued, I read it, and I am glad that I did.

In this review there will be a lot of comparisons between the book and the first Rambo movie.
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