copyright 1972; M. Evans and Company publishers, New York; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket good with very minor edge wear.
First Blood is a 1972 American action thriller novel by David Morrell which was adapted into the 1982 film, First Blood starring Sylvester Stallone as Vietnam War veteran John Rambo.
The story begins when Vietnam War veteran-turned-vagabond Rambo is hitchhiking to Madison County, Kentucky and is intercepted by Police Chief Wilfred Teasle who believes he is trouble. Teasle takes him out of town in a police car and drops him off at the city limits. When Rambo repeatedly returns, Teasle finally arrests him and drives him to the station. He is charged with vagrancy and resisting arrest and is sentenced to 35 days in jail. Kept inside a claustrophobic cell, Rambo experiences a flashback to his days as a POW in Vietnam, and he attacks the police as they attempt to cut his hair and shave him, verbally assaulting one officer and disemboweling another with the straight razor. He flees without any clothes, steals a motorcycle, and hides in the nearby mountains. He becomes the focus of a manhunt that results in the deaths of many police officers, civilians, and National Guardsmen.
It is eventually revealed to Teasle that Rambo was a member of an elite Special Forces unit in Vietnam, trained to hunt and kill the enemy, and survive by any means necessary. It is also revealed that Rambo has been awarded the Medal of Honor for actions above and beyond the call of duty while in Vietnam, only to become a vagrant after returning to the States and being discharged from the Army, mostly due to post traumatic stress disorder...