Why this book?
I could have chosen any one of several titles by David Morrell, but the novel which had the most influence on my own writing is First Blood. This is one of the classics of the action thriller genre, and one of my all-time favorite novels. Morrell not only introduces us to Rambo – and where would the action genre be without this character? – but also spends equal time with Teasle, the chief of police who proves to be his nemesis. The constant movement between the two main characters adds not only pace and drive to the narrative, but also pathos, allowing us to explore their characters and what motivates them to their violence. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys fast-paced action-adventure novels – and if you think you know the character from the movies, you might just be in for a surprise.
Why should I read it?
2 authors picked First Blood as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
From New York Times bestselling author, David Morrell, comes a classic thriller that introduced the character of Rambo, one of the most iconic action heroes of the twentieth century.
Called “the father of the modern action novel,” FIRST BLOOD changed the genre. Although the book and the film adaptation have similarities, they are very different, especially its unexpected ending and its greater intensity.If you’ve only experienced the film, you’re in for a surprise.
Once they were soldiers. Rambo, the ragged kid whose presence in town is considered a threat. And Teasle, the Chief of Police of Madison, Kentucky. Both have…