- 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)
First Blood Paperback – 20 Feb 1992
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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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A must-read for all fans of thrillers - if only for a change from the usual lack of character development.
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.
“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.Read more ›
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Copy wasn't as good as I was led to believe.. but it was readable.Published 3 months ago by Grant Davies
I have watched the film on and off for 20 years. Always loved it. This is the first time I've read the book. It's breath taking and the film although great does not do it justice. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Serena Chappell
Want to buy this book but 6 quid?? Amazon gouging again.Published 11 months ago by Mr. John P. Howard
More cluttered both structurally and character wise than the movie it spawned, but satisfying none the less. Well worth a read!Published 15 months ago by Hagakure
Excellent book. Much better (and very different in my opinion) than the film. Morrell's intention in writing the book was to examine America's attitude to the Vietnam War (and the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Philip Cleland
Better than the film, I will not spoil it for others by giving away the end.Published 16 months ago by victor meldrew and then some