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Rambo: First Blood Part II Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1985
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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!
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.
This book is a must read for any action hero or Rambo fan.
Verdict: Enjoyable military action
Rating: 82 out of 100
Recommended for: the fan of the film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved First Blood and wanted to see how David Morrell would keep his character alive while using a film scripted as an out line. You also learn so much more about Rambo.Published 1 month ago by Eric S Barnes
Good follow up to the 1st one, and in some ways better than the filmPublished 16 months ago by Andy Booth
I can't hide it. I love this book. Should I be ashamed. Maybe. I don't care. I love this book.Published 18 months ago by William Durham