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by David Morrell

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David Morrell
St Martins Pr; 1st edition (September 1, 1982)
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David Morrell (born April 24, 1943) is a Canadian-American novelist, best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, later adapted as the film of the same name, which went on to spawn the successful Rambo franchise starring Sylvester Stallone

David Morrell (born April 24, 1943) is a Canadian-American novelist, best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, later adapted as the film of the same name, which went on to spawn the successful Rambo franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. He also wrote the 2007–2008 Captain America comic book miniseries The Chosen.

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Morrell has taken a Ludlumesque adventure and pared it to the bone. In a way, that’s what First Blood is about, also. What follows is a fast-paced adventure that crosses Europe to the Alps and moves easily between past and present. Morrell lets you know just enough to hold your interest, and throughout his writing is crisp and spare. Roanoke Times & World News.

Taut, relentless thriller from genre master David Morrell. This is one of his early works and suffers at times from melodrama, but not enough to be distracting.

Blood Oath - David Morrell. They reached a place where an old man was rowing a boat over a stretch of water. The ferryman was Charon and those he would not admit to his boat were the unfortunates who had not been duly buried.

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David Morrell is a Canadian-American writer that created the character John Rambo. However, the character in the movies is completely different than Morrell's original character. He is most famous for his debut novel, First Blood, although he has written 28 novels, including three nonfiction books and a comic book miniseries about Captain America. Morrell also wrote the novelizations of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III.

In the summer of 1968, I was 25, a graduate student at Penn State University. Due to the rigors of graduate school, I didn't complete First Blood until after I'd graduated from Penn State in 1970 and taught at the University of Iowa for a year. Specializing in American literature, I'd finished my . thesis on Ernest Hemingway and was starting my doctoral dissertation on John Earth. But in my heart, what I wanted to be was a novelist.

Peter Houston's journey to France to visit the grave of his father, killed in 1944, becomes a nightmare of murder, revenge, deception, and betrayal
  • The author captured the characters perfectly in this huge story.

  • One thing about reading, you create the people as you see them and not as the TV shows them. You get to know them.

    David Morrell takes you along and you think, 'Thank goodness Morrell is sorting this out'. It is just hard to put the story aside.But after some hours, you just have to.

    Before I read a book I like to know the calibre of the writer, is he a Grisham,Archer,Child's, can I know that after about 40 pages.....what a load of tripe. The ones where you get too many names and have to try and recall who is who, but foreign ones are just something I just give my own name to. I mean I can't pronounce them, and never will.

    But Dave Morrell is certainly up top in his class.

    N.B. If you look at my record, you will find I have read many books and since April, I have got and read a lot of Joel Goldsmith's books. So, after a time, it is hard to recall just what parts to remember. What style of hero we have.

    The action is there, but one thing that turns me off is the love bits, I skip them. But I have recommended this book to others as well worth reading.

    Some are a bit scary..........especially when they enter your dreams and have need for the toilet and come out from under the blankets when the urgency takes over the dream.

    He should write a lot more books. They will sell.

  • Peter Houston, an American novelist, travels to France to pay homage to the father he never knew, an American soldier killed in action in the weeks following the Normandy invasion. When he discovers there is no record of his father being buried in any of the American war cemeteries, Houston begins looking for a Frenchman who promised the writer's mother he would look after the dead soldier's grave. Houston's search threatens to uncover long buried secrets, and suddenly finds Houston targeted by unknown forces. Those forces make one deadly mistake, they kill the woman Houston loves and when he swear a blood oath, Houston turns from being the hunted to being the hunter.

    David Morrell's Blood Oath is a classic Hitchcockian mystery; that is, a story about an ordinary man who innocently becomes embroiled in deadly enigma and is forced to take action to save himself and those he loves. One can almost imagine Cary Grant as Houston. And like a good Hitchcock movie, Blood Oath soon turns from mystery to thrilling suspense.

    Beyond the mystery and suspense, however, this is also the story about a boy who grows up without his father. Father-son relations often play a part in Morrell's novels, and none more than Blood Oath. As Morrell explains in the forward, he grew up never knowing his father, a Canadian pilot who was killed in WWII. Like Houston, Morrell began a search to learn more about the man, a search that eventually led him to a war grave in the United Kingdom. While reading Blood Oath, it wasn't difficult to hear Morrell's childhood pain in Houston's childhood angst.

    In the end, Blood Oath is a fine mystery thriller, one of Morrell's best.

  • Who really wrote this book? I can't believe David Morrell did.

  • This is action plus. David Morrell is an action master. He spins a tale like no other. He has become one of my favorite authors.
    I am going to read all of his books before I'm through. Kudos to him for his excellence in writing. I see a diverse talent here.

  • I read this series when they first came out. Reading them now with the lack of technology is kind of fun.

  • Great book I love B5 stories A+++

  • As I type this there have been about 15 novels published that are set in the B5 universe. This is one of the first nine, a series initially released by Dell but now being rolled out, one by one, in rerelease by Del Rey's Ballantine series.
    "Blood Oath" takes place mostly on the Narn homeworld, a place not often seen during the TV series. It is set somewhere around the end of season 1, during which time the show had focused on the species' recent history of war with the Centauri and the hatred between the two worlds. The author can therefore be forgiven for painting the Narns as barbarians rather than the sophisticated spiritual culture we see from them later on as the primary Narn character G'Kar developed and grew.
    And the story told here is really a good one. The images painted by the author are often vivid and memorable, and the story believable and easy to follow. He seems to fall down in the action sequences, though, to me, as I often didn't feel the intensity of such scenes.
    But the real problem with this book is the characterizations of familiar B5 characters. Again, it was early in production of the show, so we now know these individuals far better than anyone but series creator J. Michael Straczynski did at the time, but it's really jarring to see known and beloved characters saying things that are totally out of voice from what we would expect, in terms of phrases, relationships, idioms, etc.
    Ultimately it feels like the author had a great story and, when given a contract to write a B5 book, slotted the series characters into a general outline he already had, adapting his outline somewhat to fit a vision that otherwise works well. He is clearly not as familiar with the characters as one would like.
    It's worth reading because it truly is well written as a novel, but falls far short as a part of the B5 universe otherwise.