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First Blood - David Morrell

First Blood - David Morrell

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"First Blood" is a novel written by David Morrell, published in 1972. It is the first book in the Rambo series, which was later adapted into the popular film franchise featuring Sylvester Stallone as the iconic character John Rambo.

In the novel, John Rambo, a highly skilled Vietnam War veteran, is traveling through a small town in Kentucky. He is mistreated and arrested by the local sheriff for vagrancy. However, Rambo is a highly trained Green Beret, and when he is pushed to his limits during his incarceration, he escapes, triggering a manhunt led by the sheriff and his deputies.

"First Blood" explores themes of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the treatment of veterans, and the struggles faced by soldiers returning from war. The novel delves into the psychological and physical toll of combat experiences and examines how society often fails to support its veterans effectively.

The success of "First Blood" not only led to a series of books but also inspired the first film in the Rambo franchise, released in 1982. The film adaptation, starring Sylvester Stallone, further propelled the character of John Rambo into popular culture, making him a symbol of resilience and survival.

David Morrell's "First Blood" is widely regarded as a classic in the action thriller genre, praised for its intense storytelling, complex characters, and exploration of the human psyche in the face of trauma and adversity.
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