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Product Details

  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446691917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446691918
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

My father was killed during World War II, shortly after I was born in 1943. My mother had difficulty raising me and at the same time holding a job, so she put me in an orphanage and later in a series of boarding homes. I grew up unsure of who I was, desperately in need of a father figure. Books and movies were my escape. Eventually I decided to be a writer and sought help from two men who became metaphorical fathers to me: Stirling Silliphant, the head writer for the classic TV series "Route 66" about two young men in a Corvette who travel America in search of themselves, and Philip Klass (whose pen name is William Tenn), a novelist who taught at the Pennsylvania State University where I went to graduate school from 1966 to 1970. The result of their influence is my 1972 novel, First Blood, which introduced Rambo. The search for a father is prominent in that book, as it is in later ones, most notably The Brotherhood of the Rose (1984), a thriller about orphans and spies. During this period, I was a professor of American literature at the University of Iowa. With two professions, I worked seven days a week until exhaustion forced me to make a painful choice and resign from the university in 1986. One year later, my fifteen-year-old son, Matthew, died from bone cancer, and thereafter my fiction tended to depict the search for a son, particularly in Fireflies (1988) and Desperate Measures (1994). To make a new start, my wife and I moved to the mountains and mystical light of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where my work changed yet again, exploring the passionate relationships between men and women, highlighting them against a background of action as in the newest, Burnt Sienna. To give his stories a realistic edge, he has been trained in wilderness survival, hostage negotiation, executive protection, antiterrorist driving, assuming identities, electronic surveillance, and weapons. A former professor of American literature at the University of Iowa, Morrell now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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David Morrell is the author of FIRST BLOOD, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy trilogy that begins with THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE, the basis for the only television mini-series to premier after a Super Bowl. The other books in the trilogy are THE FRATERNITY OF THE STONE and THE LEAGUE OF NIGHT AND FOG. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of three Bram Stoker awards and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His writing book, THE SUCCESSFUL NOVELIST, discusses what he has learned in his four decades as an author. His latest novel is the highly praised Victorian mystery/thriller, MURDER AS A FINE ART.

Customer Reviews

The action was crisp full of surprises!
Walter Carey Schaller
First of all, the antagonist characters, Fess and crew, were not developed at all in this book.
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Read this book, and miss a night's sleep . . . it's worth it!!!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on December 23, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is very disturbing. Early in David's career he wrote stories where the hero didn't always win, and the line between the heros and the villains was much less easily seen.
Interestingly enough this book is somewhat 'hypothetically autobiographical' (I think I made that up). The story involves a character who is a writer who has studied survival skills for his first book (like David did for First Blood) and is then put into a situation where his life and his families depend on those skills. And it's not just survival skills like living off the land and finding shelter, it's dealing with weapons and booby traps and also how to evade a pursuer.
Considering the somewhat disturbing turns of events in the book it makes the autobiographical nature seem a little odd. Suffice it to say that I understand that David's wife did not like that the book depicted them so well in light of the direction the story takes. I think for that aspect the book is fascinating.
FYI, this book was not actually written in 1993 as the publication date suggests but was actually written in 1975 and was David's second book after First Blood.
If you like good suspense and action, and David always delivers on both fronts, then you should try this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James on February 28, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first time I have ever reviewed anything on the internet, I gues I never felt the passion that I feel about this book. There seems to be alot of mixed review of this book which surprises me. I remember the first time I ever read this book, I was interrupted by an exam I had to take and had to set down the book for several months. After finally getting back to the book months later, I picked up where I left off, to my surprize I remembered every last detail. It is just one of those books that creaps up on you and won't let you be. It has been a good 7 years since I read it and I have to say it is still the best novel I have read to date. I am a big fan of David Morrell, but this novel is the leader of the pack. To start off it has by far the most shocking oppenner I have ever read in any book and the ending leaves you thinking. Out of all the books I've read this one stands out the most, definately Unforgettable. I still to this date remember the book, and every scene vividly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Colin W. Stewart III on May 13, 2000
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This book is extremely fast paced and somewhat disturbing. It is one of those page turners that keeps you up all night reading and tired at work the next day. The introduction by Morrell makes you wonder about the stories ending. It's ending is unexpected and if you go back and read the last 2 or 3 paragraphs of the introduction, you have something that keeps you thinking about the book for 2 or 3 days. I highly recommend this book and any other book written by Morrell
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This thrilling and captivating story caught my interest after the first sentence.This is truely a great story of a man struggling to keep himself and his family alive and away from the wrath of a 'violent enemy'. This book is very well written and at the turn of each page you remain spellbound! So involved with this book, I found myself regretting to put it down. You soon find yourself getting wrapped up in David Morrell's plot and you may end up putting off everything in your life just to find out how Reuben Bourne intends to keep his family safe, without being able to trust a living soul....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Ma Trevino Garcia on November 22, 2013
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A dated but very gripping and well written thriller. The end is an epiphany. This was the first book I read from Morell (missed "First Blood") but marked him as a very good writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce from LA on November 21, 2013
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This is pretty old stuff by now but I just read it. I found it a lot more disturbing than entertaining or thought provoking. I'm fine with struggles and losses and such in the pursuit of survival or retribution or some such...but in this case there was just no "pay off". I kinda get it that the pen is mightier than the sword in the end but still the ending just left me feeling kinda sick about all the pointless death and mayhem and torture. Ugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MarkD on September 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a depressing and disappointing book from a really great author. I'm sorry I read it. If you want to believe that there is good in the world, or that adversity can be overcome, do your self a favor and read any other book by David Morrell. Skip this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 1997
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This book was typical Morrell, impossible to put down. However, I found the ending too be inconsistent. I really feel that the character's final actions did not justify the means for which he traced down the leader. It was disappointing; however, the rest of the story was excellent
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