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First Blood

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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.



  • As a child, I used to watch Rambo, and reflecting on it now, it truly encapsulated a significant era for me. The Vietnam War remained a prevalent subject on television and in films, with Stallone reigning as the ultimate star. Reading the book, after all these years, evoked a rush of nostalgia and served as a delightful companion during lengthy strolls and early morning exercise sessions.
  • Expect this book to be different from the movie, with a fuller story and more violence. The characters are more fully developed, which I really enjoyed in the first three quarters of the book. There's plenty of action and character development. Rambo and Teasle can be both the hero and the villain, depending on the reader's perspective at any given moment. Rambo is responsible for many of his own problems and doesn't hesitate to kill anyone who gets in his way. Teasle, on the other hand, is an arrogant sheriff who abuses his authority, but genuinely wants to protect his community and take care of his men. However, the last few chapters seemed to drag on unnecessarily. How long does it take for someone to die? Overall, the narrator did a satisfactory job. They were easy to understand and conveyed the characters' emotions without going overboard. My only criticism is that the voices for Rambo and Teasle sounded too similar.
  • Surprisingly, not as good as the movie. His direction of the book was to not have a person you really cheer for, whereas, the movie made Rambo the underdog who we rooted for. I highly recommend skipping the author's forward at the beginning, as it contains spoilers. (Why he would do that is beyond me.) You can skip the spoilers between 10:00 and 11:15, or skip to chapter 1 at 14:30.