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First Blood Paperback – 20 Feb 1992

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Feature; New edition edition (20 Feb. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747237212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747237211
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,271 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

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The classic thriller that gave the English language the word 'Rambo'

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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 May 2016
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“First Blood” is a novel by American author David Morrell, and was adapted into the film (of the same title) starring Sylvester Stallone. Morrell worked on the book during the late 1960’s, and it was first published in 1972 – becoming a best seller. Given the success of this novel, and of the film franchise that grew from it, the author wrote two sequels (published in 1985 and 1988 respectively). The novel introduced the fictional character of ‘Rambo’ – who has subsequently become a popularly known protagonist and cultural icon (and, as a word, ‘Rambo’ is now used to describe someone who is tough, violent, and single-handedly engages in dangerous situations).

“First Blood” is a well-written, action-packed story – that offers a depiction of American society in the 1970’s, and attitudes towards the Vietnam War (and the veterans returning home from the war). The story is presented by way of a dual narrative – on the one hand, focussing on Rambo, a Vietnam veteran; and, on the other, looking at the second main character: the chief of police of a small town, Teasle. The movement between the two allows the reader to appreciate the complexities of the story, understanding different points of view.

The story starts with Rambo, an ex-soldier in the 20’s, who is hitchhiking near a small town in rural USA. He is picked-up by Chief Teasle, who escorts him out of the town (not wanting vagrants in the area). But Rambo, who believes he has the right to go where he chooses, decides to return to the town. Teasle then arrests Rambo, and he is placed in jail. Being enclosed in a cell results in Rambo experiencing a flashback to when he was a POW in Vietnam – and, in a state of panic, he escapes from jail. He flees, and hides in the nearby mountains.
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