First came the man: a young wanderer in a fatigue coat and long hair. Then came the legend as the character, John Rambo, took his place in the American imagination. This remarkable and critically acclaimed novel pits a young Vietnam veteran against a small-town cop who doesn't know what he will unleash after their first ill-fated encounter - a life-and-death struggle through the woods, hills, and caves of rural Kentucky.
©2000 David Morell (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I heard this novel does a good job of telling the story from two different perspectives and I enjoy stories that show events from more than one perspective. I was disappointed that it didn't do a good job of showing the events from both perspectives (in my opinion at least) but I enjoyed this book because of the excitement. I usually only read and listen to nonfiction but this is such an action packed story I enjoyed it.
One criticism/warning is that the authors comments before the story give away the ending so if you don't want a spoiler skip the author comments until you've complete the rest of the book. On the positive side the narrator was incredible.
The book is very similar to the early 80's Rambo movie at the beginning but as the story progresses the movie took a different course so you won't know what comes next if you've already seen the movie.
Say something about yourself!
I think I would have to say in my top 25.
I wouldn't go so far as to say the edge of my seat good, but it was enjoyable. This Rambo was one bad mother (shut your mouth) type of guy that was just pushed too far. And he showed the sheriff that he was the wrong drifter to go and mess with.
Like what i say every time, that when you have a good narrator it brings the characters to life and Mr. Dove did a good job on his part.
The movie tag line that was used in 1982 works just fine in my opinion "This time he's fighting for his life."
It's pretty much the same as the movie, except that he kills a butt load of guys in this book than what he did in the first Rambo movie. I still enjoyed listening to the book and I'm a fan of the movie too.
I just started listening to this book this morning. The author included a forward that gives away the end. I am, however, enjoying the book. I think I would have opted to put that at the end. Just a warning to future purchasers.
Firstly, the book is much better the movie. It is also much more violent than the movie! The book, written in 1972, was an early statement on PTSD in Vietnam vets. The protagonist is the Vietnam vet and the antagonist is a Korean War vet. These are important factors throughout the book. There aren't any hero's nor winners in this book, simply conflict and misunderstanding.
This is not your mother's Rambo. I lost the body count. While inside the heads of the 2 primary characters, the lines between right and wrong simply disappear. There are many complaints regarding the author's intro; I believe that he's embarrassed that his book turned into both a jingoistic movie series and a cash cow. Not what he had in mind when attempting to portray PTSD!
While I wouldn't go so far as to compare this to 'All Quiet on the Western Front' or anything of that ilk, it is perhaps just one step below. The narration is flawless.
It's hard to comment very much without including spoilers so I won't other than to say that you might want to skip the authors intro, because he should have put it at the end of the book instead of the beginning since there's a couple substantial spoilers in the intro. It's interesting because he gives the history of the book and the movie, but he does go into it more than he should have at the beginning of this book.
As my title says. This is quite a bit different than the movie if that's your only knowledge of this story. It takes place in KY instead of WA and this Rambo, the Sheriff, and the Colonel are far different than the characters in the movie.
As for comparing one version to the other. I like both versions on their own merit, and don't see any reason to try to weigh which one is better because they just take a different view of things the same way that the movies version of The Shining did with the book version...Separate, but both really good stories
This book does not have the excitement of the movie. I kept waiting for things to get going, and felt unsatisfied at the end. A waste of time.
"More a warning than a review..."
Right at the beginning of the First Blood audio book is a preface from the author himself DO NOT LISTEN TO IT !! For some stupid unknown reason he decides to tell you what happens at the end of the book ! This really spoilt it for me and I would've enjoyed it far more NOT knowing the ending before it began.
A better story then the film this is Rambo as he should be
The sheriff and Rambo
Cry at the ending
It kept me gripped all the way through
"Enjoyed the film more"
It was ok but there's much better books out there. It really didn't grip me too much and some of Rambo's decision making was very questionable. The film is better and you can't often say that.
Was expecting it.
More diversity in his voices. I often got characters mixed up as they sounded the same.
It has been.
In the film there's a much bigger part of Rambo being pushed into things and it being more the police's fault. It wasn't the same in the book. I think the film exploited that opportunity a lot better, even though it was the book's idea.
"Feel the pain"
This book is one of my favourites.
The character Rambo is beautifully crafted. He is not a myth or a fantasy, the author used to be a psychiatrist for soldiers with post Vietnam distress. The character is based on the realities of a soldier returning from war and what's going on in his mind. It also reflects society's little distinction between soldiers and drifters at that time. If you have ever been misunderstood, underestimated, stressed and bullied for no fault of your own, you will feel the pain.
Audiobooks made it interesting for me as I picked up parts I missed observing while reading.
Yes, this is the book on which the Sly superhit FIRST BLOOD is based on, only the movie doesn't end the same way the book does.
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