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First Blood (20-20 Special Edition)

First Blood (20-20 Special Edition) [Kindle Edition]

David Morrell
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"I've been a Morrell fan for years -- and now more than ever".

-- Dean Koontz on Double Image


"* 'Fresh, inventive, gripping suspense. Morrell plays by his own rules and leaves you dazzled' - Dean Koontz * 'The most chilling story of a manhunt I have ever read' - Daily Express"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 373 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New edition edition (22 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OK2CGM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS HOW IT ALL BEGAN WITH JOHN RAMBO 11 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Over the past couple of years, I've watched the original movie and its sequels a number of times. They're a great series of action pics and they helped to make Sly Stallone a superstar. Recently, I've read the novel FIRST BLOOD (1972) which triggered off this whole Rambo saga and it turned out to be an intense, gripping and provocative thriller about an escalating battle between two war veterans on opposite sides of the law. Neither of them is a hero or a villain, although Sheriff Teasle did hassle Rambo a bit too much and Rambo eventually resorted to killing some cops and civilians. The book focuses on what is going on inside the minds of both Rambo and Teasle as their rivalry progresses and in the end, they both turn out to be ordinary, vulnerable human beings, destroyed by war, emotionally and physically. In comparison to the book, the 1982 movie pales. It is a very good film, but a lot of elements are left out from the novel, such as Rambo killing his chasers, the final frantic gunfight between Rambo and Teasle and Teasle's relationship with Orval and his estranged wife. Understandably, this was so that the film could be shorter and appeal to a wider audience ( after all, Stallone needed a box office hit away from the ROCKY series ). Apparently, in the mid 70s, there were plans back then to translate FIRST BLOOD into a movie. An ideal Rambo would probably have been someone like Kris Kristofferson and maybe Joe Don Baker could have played Teasle.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
After being recommended to me, I approached First Blood with the caution borne of my experience of the Sylvester Stallone films, which I did not enjoy. As the preface to this edition points out, however, it is not just the ending that is different from the films. This is a great novel - it stayed with me for weeks after reading it, marvelling at complexity of the novel despite the relative simplicity of the plot. The two main characters, Rambo and Teasle, are fantastically realised and the pace throughout makes this a real page turner.

A must-read for all fans of thrillers - if only for a change from the usual lack of character development.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars probably morrells best 5 Nov 2003
most people have seen the film, but those who think film and book are exactly the same are very much mistaken. Morrell gives John.J.Rambo much more depth.The foreword gives an insight into the creation of Rambo. It doesn't take long for you to get engrossed but once you do it just keeps on going. I found it hard to put down and definitely rates as one of my favourites. I've read most of David Morrells books and this is probably his best.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book 24 April 2000
By A Customer
People reading this book having seen the films will be surprised that to find that's it's as much about Teasle as Rambo - during the course of the manhunt, we're given an insight into Teasle's past as a Korean war veteran and how it contrasts with Rambo's experiences in Vietnam. Teasle initially shows contempt for Rambo, but gradually begins to understand him. A exciting, intelligent book. And the ending is far better than the film...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infinitly better than the movie 29 Jun 2008
The movie only focuses on Rambo's struggle and does it in typical the Hollywood style which makes it, not predictable but unsatisfying. The book however is a show down between to war veterans. Teasle is shown as an equal adversary to Rambo rather than the bad guy. Therefore, sympathies can be divided (I still ended up rooting Rambo though).

In the book, the whole plot is easily more believeable, the back story and therefore Rambo's and Teasle's motives are better explained. The movie had sacrifice some elements of the narrative to make it "film friendly". The book doesn't have to sacrifice anything. And it is still fairly easy to read so anyone can read it, from teenagers to adults.

Overall, I recommend this book for people who liked the movie and want to discover Rambo's roots and those who were dissapointed with the movie and want have the Rambo experience the way it was meant to be. It is not corney or cliché in the way that the film was. Not that the film was truly bad or anything. The book just fills in the gaps the movie left out. And does a better job the bits left in as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best novels ever 14 Feb 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
(WARNING small spoilers included)If you read this novel expecting a replica of the well known Slyvester Stallone action classic, then you are in for a big surprise. The novel is far better than the film ( but i still think the film is one of the best action films ever made and I consider it a classic of its genre). David Morrell is one of the best writers I have read and he is definately the very best I have read from the action genre. The novel has a lot more violence than the film (all most none stop) and it accurately reflects the true horror and effects of violence and war, Morrell stated that he wanted to " bring the Vietnam war over to America" and Holy Hell did he succeed, his discriptions of the action sequences are by far the best and most intense that I have seen ( and certainly one of Morrells greatest strengths) and it leaves you wanting more and more. Also the characterisations are vastly superior to the film, the character of Rambo is a clear example of the effects of the vietnam war on the returning veterans, he is a tragic,tortured, tormented soul suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and he isn't the action superhero type he was in the films ( particularly the sequels), he is trained to kill, but he hates what he is, but he also can't escape it. Just goes to show what can happen when a guy like that is pushed to the limit, when killing is the thing he does best. He also accurately portrays the emotions and opinions of the after effects of the vietnam war and the soldiers involved. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A "LOT" better than the movie
A "LOT" better than the movie......One hell of a manhunt.
Published 9 days ago by alan robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic....the film should have followed the book
great read and insight through the eyes of two great characters. Still haven't decided who the enemy was, and feel real empathy for both Rambo and Teasle.
Published 22 days ago by John Higgins
4.0 out of 5 stars No one wins in a war
Page turner ,different from film no one wins in a war, be it two people or an army.until the politicians,and war mongers see this we as a human race are doomed to extinction.
Published 2 months ago by jinxy
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic thriller
This set the tone for many popular modern thrillers, loved the style, the pace, the reality of the events and the setting. You could almost have been there. Give it a go....
Published 4 months ago by Paul Jeffery
5.0 out of 5 stars Far better than the film(s)
Once you pick it up,it grips you like a 50 ft giant squid. The film doesn`t do the book justice at all
Published 5 months ago by Mike M
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, thoroughly enjoyed it.
wow what a book, this was a great read, having seen the film a number of times so it was good to read the differences between the two, I can't praise this book enough, it was a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by hibbzie.
4.0 out of 5 stars the origianl
much harder and grittier than the film and better for it and although the ending was more realistic given the events of the story but i still prefer the film ending. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bruce W.
5.0 out of 5 stars The First is the Best
First Blood by David Morrell, is a true classic that set the trend for most of the "action hero" stories of modern time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon CustomerJohn from Bewdley
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T PUSH ME
Much different from the film version but like it - certainly the killing rate is up but you are on Rambo's side
Published 7 months ago by Mr Nostalgic
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrell has never been better
First Blood was David Morrell's first published book. Sadly, it's also his best, by some margin. There is something raw and gritty about this tale of Vietnam vet John Rambo, who... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Phil H
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