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Rambo: First Blood Part II Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1985

4.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Rambo: First Blood Series

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David Morrell is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books, including his award-winning Creepers. Co-founder of the International Thrillers Writers Organization, he is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel. To learn more, go to www.davidmorrell.net. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: A Jove Book (July 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515083992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515083996
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is soooo much better than the movie. Seriously. It was amazing--and annoying because there were great back stories and tensions that could've been put in the movie to make it better.

First, the writing was great, which is to be expected of Mr. Morrell, who has a Ph.D in Literature. Secondly, the back stories and character arcs made the book so riveting.

In the movie, Rambo and Co's relationship wasn't gone into much depth. You could see they liked each other, did a little flirting, but that's it. Rambo was pretty emotionless otherwise. When he went to the camp to get evidence of the POWs, I thought it was just some random camp with random soldiers he was fighting. The whole movie is like that--if you watch it, you'll see what I mean. Everything about it is skimpy: not much emotion, not much character arc, no back stories. Just a shoot 'em movie. Very annoying, considering how wonderful it's predecessor was. I don't know what the screenwriters and directors were thinking when they did that film.

In the book, you get the characters' back stories and desires, including the villians'. You learn that Rambo has a history in that camp he's been sent to and that one of those soldiers really hates his guts. Rambo and Co fall in love with each other, and she elicits a feeling he never thought he'd feel again: love. Rambo and Trautman's relationship is gone into depth more, how Rambo sees him as a father figure, and Trautman sees him as a son.

For a novelization, this book is really good. You must read it!
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When I find an author I like, I try to read his books in sequence, especially the Rambo series. I found it an adequate continuation of the first book, knowing Rambo's proclivity for finishing what he started.
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I read this book when I was in high school. Love it! I even did an outside-reading book report on it during my Senior year. My English teacher had outside reading as part of his class, where we could read anything we wanted (except, of course & understandably so, pornographic material) and, when we were finished with whatever book we were reading, we would give him a one-on-one book report. One thing my teacher and I had in common (which was really cool & he was a really cool teacher) was that he and I are both huge fans of David Morrell. Morrell's writing style is just amazing! First book of his I read was "First Blood". I've been a huge fan, ever since.
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The most dangerous man in the world is back in this novel (and Movie) and this time it's for his country! Co-written by David Morrell (FIRST BLOOD), he intended for Rambo to die in the first book, but Sylvester Stallone liked the character so much that he and James Cameron brought Rambo back for a sequel.
John Rambo is in a Kentucky prison for the bloody one-man war against small town Sherif Teasle. Colonel Trautman offers Rambo's signed release if he agrees to take on what would be a suicide mission for most men. His first objective--penetrate the remembered jungles of Hell (Vietnam), and find the missing Americans who are still being tortured there. His second objective--DON'T rescue them. Only bring back photos. DON'T engage the enemy. DON'T get revenge. For Rambo, the first part is tough. The second, impossible.
But Rambo does agree to the conditions. He goes to Vietnam only to be abandoned by his only means of getting out of Vietnam, who have left on the orders of the Commanding officer Murdock to leave him there to be killed.
But remember, this is Rambo. A killing machine trained by the best to survive in the worst conditions. He decides that if Murdock will back out of his side of the deal, he's going to do the same. Forget taking pictures of the P.O.W. camps. Rambo's going to become a one-man army once again, and is going in to save them....and then he's going after Murdock for abandoning him.
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I love this book! I began reading it for two hours and didn't want to put it down. That is not like me I don't read books very long in one sitting, but I am loving this book. Its so much different then the movie. It has the same plot but takes you on a different journey. I wish there was a endless amount of Rambo stories because Rambo, John J. is my all time favorite action hero!!!
This book is a must read for any action hero or Rambo fan.
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John Rambo in the 1985 hit military action film talks little. So film viewers might have thought he is a cold-blooded killer machine on the loose for personal vendetta. David Morrel gives Rambo character much depth. Particularly Rambo's adherance to Zen Buddhism is a bit of surprise. Then Rambo is a special unit soldier with samurai mindset. That's cool. I read 1985 edition but newer version may need some comments on what really happened to MIA issues since the film was released. This book may not be suited for some nitpickers who want reality. In reality Rambo could have been court-marshaled because he disobeyed the order not to be engaged militarily. At least how Rambo could get away from such charges must be briefly mentioned in epilogue. For pure military action fans it could be much enjoyable.

Verdict: Enjoyable military action
Rating: 82 out of 100
Recommended for: the fan of the film.
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