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  1. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

    I m ashamed to admit that I didn t know that the movie First Blood was based on this book So when my friend 11811 Eleven reviewed this book I put in a request for it immediately.Rambo shows up in a small town in Kentucky The local sheriff doesn t like his kind being in his town so he takes him and dumps him out at the end of town Rambo comes back Then sheriff Teasle does it again A couple of times Rambo takes offense to being told that he can t be in town He also takes offense to Sh I m ashamed to admit that I didn t know that the movie First Blood was based on this book So when my friend 11811 Eleven reviewed this book I put in a request for it immediately.Rambo shows up in a small town in Kentucky The local sheriff doesn t like his kind being in his town so he takes him and dumps him out at the end of town Rambo comes back Then sheriff Teasle does it again A couple of times Rambo takes offense to being told that he can t be in town He also takes offense to Sheriff Teasle wanting to shave his beard and cut his hair So Rambo goes a bit bat shit crazy on the town He ends up in the mountains of the area That pisses off the sheriff so he and his men go after Rambo That does not end very well For the sheriff s men.So then let s call in the state police, national guard and everybody else He s an expert in guerrilla fighting, he knows how to live off the land, so he doesn t have the problem that you do of bringing up food and supplies for your men He s learned patience, so he can hide somewhere and wait out this fight all year if he has to He s just one man, so he s hard to spot He s on his own, doesn t have to follow orders, doesn t have to synchronize himself with other units, so he can move fast, shoot and get out and hide some place else, then do the same all over again That doesn t end so well either.I remember watching this movie when I was in about the seventh grade My household was super religious so we didn t get to watch movies like this at home One of my teachers at school actually brought in his copy for us to watch one day I was glued to my seat Rambo was the shiznit.Now, I do get forced to watch it every time it comes on TV by my fanboy husband but usually I ignore it while I read The movie is a tad different as Rambo is a poor misunderstood hero I thought in the book he was just a tad nutso and was tired of anyone pushing him around and he pushed back Hard.He is not very like able in the book The sheriff isn t either though So I didn t mind that they just wanted to shoot the hell out of each other


  2. Carmen Carmen says:

    I don t kill for a living Of course not You tolerate a system that lets others do it for you And when they come back from the war, you can t stand the smell of death on them68% Don t start nothin , won t be nothin Will Smith MIB, not the originator of this quote Did not know who he was fucking with Richard B Riddick, escaped convict, murderer Actually, books and movies who follow the did not know who he was fucking with trope are some of my absolute favorites However, I mI don t kill for a living Of course not You tolerate a system that lets others do it for you And when they come back from the war, you can t stand the smell of death on them68% Don t start nothin , won t be nothin Will Smith MIB, not the originator of this quote Did not know who he was fucking with Richard B Riddick, escaped convict, murderer Actually, books and movies who follow the did not know who he was fucking with trope are some of my absolute favorites However, I m not sure this exactly falls into that realm Let s discuss.I wasn t sure what to expect from this book And it wasn t the easy breezy read I expected, some sort of action adventure caper that I could read quickly and enjoy like pulp fiction.You re probably familiar with the basic story, although I have to tell you there are quite a few differences between the book and the movie.Rambo not John Rambo, he has no first name in the book comes into a small Kentucky town and is expelled by the local police chief, one Wilfred Logan Teasle Teasle doesn t like the way Rambo looks, and he thinks Rambo is bad newsNow get it clear, he said I don t want a kid who looks like you and doesn t have a job in my town First thing I know, a bunch of your friends will show up, mooching food, maybe stealing, maybe pushing drugs8%This is based on nothingthan how Rambo looks and the fact that Rambo is unemployed Rambo allows the cop to drive him literally, in a car out of town then promptly marches right back into town again to get a burger at the local diner.Now I want to point out something important here, something I think Morrell does here that works and that I think he did not have to do Teasle is not a bad guy.Yes, that s right Teasle, Rambo s 1 enemy in this book and the small town chief of police, is NOT a bad guy He might be a fucking moron, I ll give you that, but he s not a malicious, sadistic asshole who wants to hurt Rambo At least, he isn t before Rambo starts murdering people right and left He s actually a decent cop and someone who tries to be a decent man, emphasis on man, since he has definite ideas about masculinity This is a very masculine book I think a female appears on page only twice, and women are extremely minor side characters who don t factor in to the main plot.Teasle actually gives Rambo a lot of chances He gives Rambo a lot of chances to just move on And Rambo knows it, too Teasle drives him out of town Rambo walks right back into town and orders a burger Teasle lets him take the burger to go and drives him out of town againAs it is, I ve half a notion to lock you up for the inconvenience you ve caused me But the way I see it, a kid like you, he s entitled to a mistake It s like your judgment s not as developed as an older man s and I have to make allowances But you come back again and I ll fix you so you won t know whether your asshole s bored, bunched, or pecked out by crows Is that plain enough for you to understand Is that clear8%I m not saying Teasle s an angel But he s a cop who tries to protect his town and he s not someone who is an abusive asshole.Our problem here the main problem of the novel is that both Teasle and Rambo are too macho and too crazy to stop Once it starts, it can t stop because neither man can back down They both literally keep going view spoiler until both of them dies hide spoiler Literally Why Because grunt I am a man Or, as Rambo always says, Goddamn it, I won t be pushed So it s a rock and a hard place Or an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object Neither man will back down Neither man will give up Even before Rambo kills the first person, this could have been avoided about 11 different times on BOTH sides Hell, while I don t think they ever could have been friends, they could have related to each other and shared war stories over coffee Teasle was in Korea Rambo was in Vietnam Teasle bears a lot of the responsibility for this one, he s just so fucking thick Rambo makes a lot of comments that Teasle, if he had half a brain, could ve picked up on and ran with He could have figured out Rambo was a Vietnam vet But he doesn t Rambo gives him opening after opening after opening commenting on Teasle s gun, commenting on Teasle s Distinguished Service Cross, etc and Teasle just stupidly ignores it He never follows up He never asks Rambo any questions.Finally, when the worst part comes, when they are going to lock up Rambo for vagrancy, Teasle gets manyopportunities to buy a clue Rambo asks not to be put in the hole Teasle ignores this Doesn t ask him why Doesn t equate Rambo s panic with PTSD or any kind of past trauma When they strip Rambo and cavity search him, they see he s riddled with scars and bullet scars.Rambo finally tells them he was in the army Because they want to cut his hair and shave him, and they come after him with razors Rambo doesn t like razors after being tortured in Vietnam He thinks telling them he was in the army is very weak of himself He holds himself up to these very high standards of masculinity And they don t fucking believe him This is why I have to lay a lot of the blame on Teasle He s such a FUCKING moron He s incredibly surprised halfway through the book to learn that Rambo WAS in the Army and was telling the truth Rambo doesn t wear dog tags like in the film Then Rambo guts the cop coming at him with a straight razor Teasle and the dying man are just stunned He s trying to hold in his guts with his hands and Rambo is sprinting up the stairs from the jail buck naked.So it begins But it all could have been avoided SO EASILY If Teasle had half a brain cell, this could have been halted about 11 times Also, Rambo could have chosen to move on about 11 times But he didn t He s very stubborn He has some idea about proving that he can t be pushed and of course it ends very badly for everyone.Even after the killing starts and Rambo racks up quite a high kill count in this novel there were opportunities where he could escape Run away Leave But he doesn t Because he s got some macho pride and he has to PROVE something or some shit.And the book view spoiler ends with both men dead in a ditch hide spoiler So great job there Not only that, but at least two dozen other people are murdered, either by Rambo or by each other in their stupidity A lot of idiots form posses to hunt Rambo in the woods, and shoot each other by mistake They do a lot of his work for him, to be honest It would have been very easy for Morrell to make Teasle a belligerent asshole But he isn t one He s a man admittedly, a flawed, stupid man but not a sadistic asshole cartoon villain His wife s left him, his beloved father figure has been estranged from him lately He loves his job and cares about the men under his command He s not a monster.THE WRITINGAs for the writing, I liked it I think Morrell struggles a bit with grammar I m not sure if that s intentional or not, but there are a lot of missing commas here if that kind of things bothers you He might have been trying to go for some sort of tone giving him the benefit of the doubt here.It s gritty, it s gross It reminds me in a way of Joe Abercrombie s writing Like Abercrombie, Morrell can t seem to miss the opportunity to make something gross or disgusting He relishes it He never describes stuff with any kind of neutral or positive adjectives Coffee is sour or bitter Adenaline squirts into someones stomach Diarrhea is discussedthan once The world is a bitter, hateful, disgusting place Same as Abercrombie, although Abercrombie s writing skillz are a bit better than Morrell s IMO.People talk normally I feel like people talk and act as people in Kentucky in the 70s would talk and act Morrell is a big fan of having his main characters Rambo and Teasle get into long discussions and arguments with themselves In that way, perhaps Morrell isn t great at writing characters with distinct voices They have the same kind of inner voice that they wrestle with On the other hand, Morrell does seem to want to connect the two men, and perhaps this is intended to highlight their similarities I m giving him the benefit of the doubt again After all, by the end view spoiler they are both having psychic links to each other that broadcasts their locations to each other hide spoiler Not sure what THAT was all about, and I don t think it added Two peas in a pod, in a way, although they can t see it TL DR Overall, an enjoyable novel It wasn t perfect, but it was better and beefier than I expected Morrell doesn t linger on the idea of America turning its back on Vietnam vets and fucking them over in the realm of psychological aftercare, but it s there and it s not hidden Which I think is perfect He accomplishes the perfect blend of making you aware of it but not rubbing your face in it IMO MOVIE VS BOOKThe movie makes Rambo out to be a kinder, gentler person He tries to surrender Book Rambo thinks surrendering is disgusting and the idea of giving up is revolting Movie Rambo is an angelito who just wounds Teasle s men instead of killing them Book Rambo murders Teasle s men systematically and without any hesitation or mercy Movie Rambo holds a knife to Teasle s throat and warns him to stop pursuing him Book Rambo would have slit his throat Movie Rambo cries Book Rambo kills everyone and lets God sort them out Movie Rambo is definitely a nicer person, although he lacks Book Rambo s mouthy comebacks and snarky inner dialogue Book Rambo had a sense of humor which Movie Rambo seems to lack.Movie Rambo is a quiet, mumbling depressed veteran who is hassled by evil, asshole cops who firehose him, beat him, and taunt him In the book the cops, while stupid and a little critical of Rambo s long hair, are just doing their job They don t beat him, he gets a shower instead of a firehose, Teasle gives Rambo two chances to get out of town He allows Rambo to buy a hamburger, unlike in the movie There s no hatred or sadism toward Rambo on Teasle s part until Rambo starts gutting his partner I m not saying Book Teasle is a wonderful person, but he s certainly not the sadistic, angry asshole in the movie The book shows both men to be at fault at least to a certain extent whereas the movie makes Rambo a hero and Teasle a villain The book isnuanced Teasle is a human being with human feelings in the book He feels genuine guilt and remorse for causing his men s deaths by setting them on Rambo He expresses regrets and doubts There s none of that in the film Rambo is alsoruthless, aggressive, and quick to murder in the book And he DOESN T regret it NAMES IN THIS BOOKRambo mWilfred Logan m nn Will Merle fOrval mAnna fLester mMatthew mBea fMitch mRELATED READING Fobbit excellentVertical Run excellent


  3. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    His name was Rambo, and he was just some nothing kid for all anybody knew, standing by the pump of a gas station at the outskirts of Madison, Kentucky He had a long heavy beard, and his hair was hanging down over his ears to his neck, and he had his hand out trying to thumb a ride from a car that was stopped at the pump To see him there, leaning on one hip, a Coke bottle in his hand and a rolled up sleeping bag near his boots on the tar pavement, you could never have guessed that on Tuesday, His name was Rambo, and he was just some nothing kid for all anybody knew, standing by the pump of a gas station at the outskirts of Madison, Kentucky He had a long heavy beard, and his hair was hanging down over his ears to his neck, and he had his hand out trying to thumb a ride from a car that was stopped at the pump To see him there, leaning on one hip, a Coke bottle in his hand and a rolled up sleeping bag near his boots on the tar pavement, you could never have guessed that on Tuesday, a day later, most of the police in Basalt County would be hunting him down I m not a big fan of Silvester Stallone, in fact I believe he s a hack, but First Blood is arguably the best he ever did on the silver screen I only saw the film version once, back in the late eighties when the videoplayers and small colour TV s were sprouting like mushrooms all over the country to fill in the gap left by increasing censure in official cinema houses Yet I remember the story, 30 years later, and that made me wonder where this enduring appeal comes from Turns out it is mostly the merit of the original story, penned by David Morell at the tail end of the sixties, a time when the American nation was torn apart by an unjust and inhumane war Watching the news on TV this debut author had a stroke of inspiration that turned into a cultural iconmade me decide to write a novel in which the Vietnam War literally came home to America There hadn t been a war on American soil since the end of the Civil War in 1865 With America splitting apart because of Vietnam, maybe it was time for a novel that dramatized the philosophical division in our society, that shoved the brutality of the war right under our noses The major difference between the book and the movie is this very attitude towards violence Most viewers, my own twenty something self included, saw only the underdog Rambo fighting the system and kicking a in a spectacular way Yes, this is part of the story, but the themes run much deeper in the novel and Morell finds a way to paint in between the black white, right wrong, good guys bad guys easy assumptions Both Rambo and Sheriff Teasle havedepth andnuance than the movie I remember Rambo is clearly dealing with a split personality and post traumatic shock this being one of the first novels to explore the condition in detail He has his pride and his anger, yet he is not a blind killing machine and would have liked to be able to fit in, if only the squares back home could look beyond his hippie appearance and engage him in a respectful manner.Teasle is the product of an older generation and of a precious war Korea , one war when the Americans still could pretend to be the knights in white saving the world from anarchy and terror Teasle feels threatened by the new world order and by the younger generation with their protests, their drugs, long hair and free love He takes refuge in a conservative, paternalistic worldview that will ultimately set him on a collision course with the drifter RamboAnd let him do this to somebody else Screw He has to be stopped What That s not why you re doing this Admit you wanted all this to happen You asked for it so you could show him what you knew, surprise him when he found you were the wrong guy to try and handle You like this I didn t ask for anything But damn right I like it That bastard is going to pay I found the level of explicit violence in the novel surpasses the movie version but it is not gratuitous it serves the declared purpose of making the horrors of war on distant shores real for the sheltered people back home A lesson that is sadly already forgotten in this third millenium when new warhawks seem only to eager to start new conflicts in Syria, Korea or Iran


  4. Neil Walker Neil Walker says:

    Most people will come to First Blood having seen the film first, as well as the three sequels While the book does contain the thriller aspect and some of the action of the film, it is also a kind of dark character study into how a person can be affected by military training and the traumas of war.In terms of the influence of this novel on me as an author, I would say that the protagonist, J Rambo, has a number of similarities to my own John Kennedy character These will become evenappare Most people will come to First Blood having seen the film first, as well as the three sequels While the book does contain the thriller aspect and some of the action of the film, it is also a kind of dark character study into how a person can be affected by military training and the traumas of war.In terms of the influence of this novel on me as an author, I would say that the protagonist, J Rambo, has a number of similarities to my own John Kennedy character These will become evenapparent as The Drug Gang Series continues.First Blood is both a fascinating and an exciting read, probablyreminiscent of the film The Deer Hunter, in many ways, than the actual Rambo movies


  5. Brandon Brandon says:

    On a warm fall day in the small Kentucky town of Madison, Rambo unlike the movie, there is no first name given here arrives carrying a sleeping bag and a few meager possessions Given his unkempt state long hair, unshaven , he s fingered for vagrancy and quickly picked up by Wilfred Teasle, the local sheriff, driven to the edge of town and issued a warning don t let Wilfred see him around these parts again Undeterred, Rambo walks back into town as the whole ordeal plays out a second time.Y On a warm fall day in the small Kentucky town of Madison, Rambo unlike the movie, there is no first name given here arrives carrying a sleeping bag and a few meager possessions Given his unkempt state long hair, unshaven , he s fingered for vagrancy and quickly picked up by Wilfred Teasle, the local sheriff, driven to the edge of town and issued a warning don t let Wilfred see him around these parts again Undeterred, Rambo walks back into town as the whole ordeal plays out a second time.You would think this would be the end of it but Rambo is refusing to be shoved around any longer A decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, he has felt rejected by his country since returning home With both Rambo and Wilfred refusing to back down from one another, it isn t long until Rambo finds himself in a jail cell What happens next leads to a lot of death and buckets of blood.My first dose of the Rambo character came in 2008 when I went to the theatre to check out the fourth film in the movie franchise, aptly named RAMBO Up to that point, it had been the most violent movie I d ever seen I believe it had held the record for on screen body count at one point with two hundred and thirty six deaths I joked with a friend of mine that after its release on blu ray, the disc would probably be covered in blood when you unwrapped it It wasn t until I would go back and watch the first film that I realized that the series had gone off the rails following First Blood Rather than a commentary on the mistreatment of war veterans and the growing problem of post traumatic stress disorder, the character would become this symbol of the might and righteousness of the American military.Evenso than the film which isn t a surprise , David Morrell s First Blood remains focusedon the aforementioned issues facing those returning from war Morrell really gets inside Rambo s head as he struggles to think of anything else other than the horrors of war and straight up murdering people The cop and Korean War veteran that essentially lights the fuse for Rambo s powder keg in the film, William Teasle, isn t portrayed the same in the novel He scomplicated and certainlyhonorable than his on screen depiction Morrell s choice to go back and forth between the viewpoints of Rambo and Teasle through alternating chapters goes a long way to present a deeper, richer version of the story.As expected, like the movies, this is an extremely violent story Rambo is a former US Special Forces Green Beret, and being trained well in the art of guerilla warfare, he s able to repeatedly hold off a literal army of men tasked with bringing him down He does this by being able to effectively disappear into the Kentucky wilderness and pick off his adversaries from afar There are a few scenes that depict grizzly animal deaths, so keep that in mind before you pick it up.As you read through David Morrell s First Blood, you ll recognize the skeleton of the movie in the original novel, but to be honest, it s two entirely different stories I m not sure which I prefer over the other, so I plan to watch the movie while the book is still fresh in my mind


  6. Checkman Checkman says:

    A classic I first read this novel in 1982 It was very exciting at the time.I was fourteen It s been probably a couple decades since I last read First Blood It s showing it s age a littlenow Still not a bad read, but it s really nothingthan a glorified chase story A product of it s time Make no mistake about it there were many folks in the early seventies who were nervous about the returning veterans Many truly believed that we were going to have warfare erupt ,on a large s A classic I first read this novel in 1982 It was very exciting at the time.I was fourteen It s been probably a couple decades since I last read First Blood It s showing it s age a littlenow Still not a bad read, but it s really nothingthan a glorified chase story A product of it s time Make no mistake about it there were many folks in the early seventies who were nervous about the returning veterans Many truly believed that we were going to have warfare erupt ,on a large scale, within the United States and the vets were going to be at the forefront I suppose it seemed inevitable The country was already experiencing social upheaval and violence thanks to the anti war movement and the civil rights movement.Now the vets were returning home and they weren t being treated very well Americans knew this and they were worried.It s almost as if they thought that John Rambo and his fictional counterparts were the retribution that they deserved Of course I m probably being melodramatic First Blood wasn t even the first of the genre when it was published Already there had been at least two movies Welcome Home, Soldier Boys 1971 and Targets 1968 in which veterans were shown as being dangerous and very deadly.But this book has survived and gone on to become a modern classic.A few difference between the literary Rambo and the cinematic Rambo This Rambo isn t necessarily a nice man There isn t really anything heroic about him After all you don t look at a rifle and think that it s admirable do you You might admire the skill that went into it s design and manufacturing and you might appreciate it s accuracy, but ultimately it s just a tool That s how Rambo comes across to me He s dangerous and very effective, but not heroic.He s no great loss The cops are assholes and get what they deserve as well So there are no tears shed for them either When it comes right down to it I found myself wondering what I was supposed to think about the characters and the plot Am I supposed to feel that the whole situation is just one giant screw up and throw my hands up in disgust A thinly veiled analogy about the waste of war in general and the stupidity of the Vietnam War specifically Wellperhaps It s a pretty fair chase story with some skillfully written action sequences A good strong debut novel by a young writer Morrell would go on to to write stronger novels, but John Rambo is his creation and this is the book where Rambo first appeared Even at the age of forty two it s a good beach read Helps to be a little older though I believe many readers under thirty might find it boring and or unoriginal It definitely helps to be old enough to at least remember the aftermath of Vietnam I ll leave the rest of the deeper meaning stuff for you, the reader ,to figure out


  7. Grady Hendrix Grady Hendrix says:

    David Morrell leads a writing workshop in delivering stomach churning on the body sensation So good I stole the bat cave sequence for We Sold Our Souls.


  8. 11811 (Eleven) 11811 (Eleven) says:

    I think this is a must read for fans of the movie There are as many similarities as there are differences but I enjoyed both equally I loved the movie when I was 10 I need to watch it again to see how it has held up all these years.Fantastic read Goes on the favorites shelf.


  9. Horace Derwent Horace Derwent says:

    Many ladies cried their hearts out for Virginia Wolfe, I could ve cried out mine for this, but I didn tThe Jerry Goldsmith and Dan Hill s It s a long road the song, it cried out my heart like hell


  10. Lou Lou says:

    First Blood, a first read 40 years too late in reading for many The author starts the story with introducing a name, Rambo and having the reader build an image of this character in mind, he successfully paints the portrait partly introducing Rambo, the long hair, the rough looking image, his sleeping carry sack on the road drifting wondering and then loads us with confrontation a police officer that seems to have issues with his hair, his wondering, his smarts and his look of a man that can tak First Blood, a first read 40 years too late in reading for many The author starts the story with introducing a name, Rambo and having the reader build an image of this character in mind, he successfully paints the portrait partly introducing Rambo, the long hair, the rough looking image, his sleeping carry sack on the road drifting wondering and then loads us with confrontation a police officer that seems to have issues with his hair, his wondering, his smarts and his look of a man that can take care of himself Imagine you never saw Stallone and the movie and so far we are slowly introduced to Rambo and who he is.We start to learn someof Rambo when he reaches a situation involving water in an uncompromising situation and then the memories with water and a hole involving bamboo come flooding back and we now start to build a better understanding of the darkness, the shadows that haunt him I love the way he slowly introduces us to a scene of confrontation and slowly reels us to learn the ways that John behaves You feel for John he is being treated unfairly almost a victim of discrimination in the beginning as a kind racial issue in a way, as if he was someone from another country, a people that the officer hated, maybe a person he once fought against, the officer seems to not like his looks, but he will learn that deep down what he doesn t like is maybe that could be another version of him walking around somebody he may have been or could have been and gone loose in the wilderness taking heads out killing and fighting a war in his own backyard He could be scared of his own image in this man and wanted to rip and drive him to the ground and that was the biggest upset, Rambo was no vagrant to be meddled with This was no enemy, a man like himself both fought in wars, he is all American Rambo, he should have been left alone to his own devices but alas our dear author David Morrell chooses to use this bullying officer to bring out his worst but most skilled ability to kill he shows us an unforgettable Rambo, a name, a character who would did take the world by storm and be engraved in every book reader and moviegoers mind across the world.Rambo a veteran back from a brutal war that took probably the best of himself away in another hemisphere and now the person left behind having to assimilate back to society with vivid memories, terrible nightmares, for only a brief experience can bring back all the pain, all traumatic experiences, bring about fear, a rash behavior, unflinching and with no prisoners Sheer Craftsmanship in telling this very human tale of the evil that men do and see coming home to roost, told in a way that only David could have told it Getting you off to a good start is the key of great storytelling, introducing parts and a name of the character stuff of great stories, you only have to read Lolita or Moby Dick or Metamorphosis to see great examples of first sentences, then after aperture he has you fully encompassed and captivated to the very end of this train ride going of the rails destined for a explosive climax Excerpts Sure you ll fight Sure What a laugh Take a look at yourself Already you know what this place reminds you of Two days in that cramped cell and you ll be pissing down your pant legs You ve got to understand I can t stay in there He could not stop himself The wet I can t stand being closed in where it s wet The hole, he was thinking, his scalp alive The bamboo grate over the top Water seeping through the dirt, the walls crumbling, the inches of slimy muck he had to try sleeping on Tell him, for God s sake Screw, you mean beg him Green beret Lester said The voice was starting to repeat, broke up, never came back again It started to rain, light drops speckling the dust and dirt, spotting Teasle s pants and soaking in, pelting cool on his bare back The black clouds shadowed over Lighting crackled and lit up the cliff like a spotlight, and as fast as the spotlight came on, it went off and the shadows returned, bringing with them shock waves of exploding thunder Medal of Honor Lester said to Teasle Is that what you brought us after A war hero A f g Green Beret Below is what i asked this author in an interview I hosted, I asked a few questions on this book and the movie adaptation, to read the rest of the interview on writing and his new Victorian London mystery Murder as a Fine Art visit it on my webpage Courtesy of Carolco Pictures Lou Pendergrast What inspired you to write First Blood David Morrell I was a graduate student at Penn State in the late 1960s I taught composition classes there, and many of my students were Vietnam veterans They told me about their difficulty adjusting to peace time sweats, nightmares, reaction to loud noises, difficulties relying to people We now call this post traumatic stress disorder Back then it was called battle fatigue I decided to write First Blood, about a returned veteran who was trying to adjust to the disturbing knowledge that he was skilled at killing At the time, the United States was ravaged by hundreds of riots, many of which were against the Vietnam War It was as if a different kind of war was happening at home Basically, First Blood became an antiwar allegory about a version of the Vietnam war occurring in the U.S Lou Pendergrast What did the movie adaptation of your novel First Blood do for you creation of Rambo David Morrell The character in my novel is extremely angry and bitter The character in the film adaptation is portrayed as a victim The plot is mostly the same, but the interpretation is different On some Blu Ray DVDs of First Blood, I provided a full length audio commentary about the differences between the novel and the film Lou Pendergrast What was the popularity of your book like after the movie adaptation of your book was out David Morrell The novel was published 41 years ago, and it s never been out of print The Rambo films brought attention to the novel, of course, but even before the release of the first film in 1982, First Blood was taught in high schools and colleges across the United States


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First Blood [PDF / Epub] ☁ First Blood By David Morrell – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 r 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 KentuckyMillions 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.

  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • First Blood
  • David Morrell
  • English
  • 23 October 2019
  • 0446364401

About the Author: David Morrell

David Morrell is a Canadian novelist from Kitchener, Ontario, who has been living in the United States for a number of years He is best known for his debut novel First Blood, which would later become a successful film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone More recently, he has been writing the Captain America comic books limited series The Chosen.