First Blood (Paperback)

By David Morrell

Grand Central Publishing, 9781538711378, 336pp.

Publication Date: October 31, 2017

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The award-winning novel that inspired the legendary film series starring Sylvester Stallone.

First came the man: a young wanderer in a fatigue coat and long hair. Then came the legend, as John Rambo sprang from the pages of FIRST BLOOD to take his place in the American cultural landscape. This remarkable novel pits a young Vietnam veteran against a small-town cop who doesn't know whom he's dealing with -- or how far Rambo will take him into a life-and-death struggle through the woods, hills, and caves of rural Kentucky.

Millions have seen the Rambo movies, but those who haven't read the book are in for a surprise -- a critically acclaimed story of character, action, and compassion.

About the Author

David Morrell is the author of First Blood, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a PhD in American Literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous best-selling novels include the classic espionage novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose, the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl. An Edgar and Anthony finalist, an Inkpot, Macavity and Nero recipient, Morrell has three Bram Stoker awards and ITW's prestigious Thriller Master Award. Bouchercon, the world's largest conference for crime-fiction readers and authors, gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award. His work has been translated into 30 languages. Please visit him at

Praise For First Blood

"Morrell writes action scenes like nobody's business."—New York Times Book Review

"An absolute master of the thriller."—Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"The finest thriller writer living today, bar none."—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author