In Collaboration with Borderlands Press
From New York Times bestselling author, David Morrell, comes this special edition of a classic thriller that introduced the character of Rambo, one of the most iconic action heroes of the twentieth century.
Gauntlet Press and Borderlands Press, in collaboration, will publish special editions of the entire Rambo trilogy over the next three years.
(In collaboration with Gauntlet Press)
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 the novel’s unexpected ending, its greater intensity, and its deeper characterization. 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 been trained to kill: Rambo in Vietnam, Teasle in Korea. They learned different military tactics, different ways of death and survival in two different wars. Now, without warning, they are enemies in a civilian combat that becomes a chase through the woods and mountains and caves above the town. As we follow them, we understand that once a man has been trained as a killer, he is changed forever.
Award-winning FIRST BLOOD was published in 1972, was translated into 26 languages, and influenced two generations of thriller authors.
This special edition of the novel includes essays by David Morrell and by New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry as well as the never-before-published outline for the novel and the original first chapter.
The lettered-edition includes a reproduction of the heavily corrected manuscript for the first chapter. Also included with the lettered edition will be a few of the author’s favorite covers for the novel as well as a poster of Kirk Douglas in costume for his never-filmed depiction of Colonel Sam Trautman.