First Blood by David Morrell
© 1972 / pictured: 1st Ballentine
edition paperback, November 1982
"Nobody in the small Kentucky town
knew his name was Rambo. All they
knew was that
he was a stranger... and that he looked like trouble. Rambo was
trouble. The Army had trained him in the art of killing and now
he did not know how to stop."
The novel was written a decade before it
was made into a movie. David Morrell is one of my favorite writers
[and has been since I first read this book in 1973]. If you haven't
read First Blood, you should!