David Morrell is the award-winning author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He was born in 1943 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. In 1960, at the age of seventeen, he became a fan of the classic television series, Route 66, about two young men in a Corvette convertible traveling the United States in search of America and themselves. The scripts by Stirling Silliphant so impressed Morrell that he decided to become a writer.
In 1966, the work of another writer (Hemingway scholar Philip Young) prompted Morrell to move to the United States, where he studied with Young at the Pennsylvania State University and received his M.A. and Ph. D. in American literature. There, he also met the esteemed science-fiction author William Tenn (real name Philip Klass), who taught Morrell the basics of fiction writing. The result was First Blood, a ground-breaking novel about a returned Vietnam veteran suffering from post-trauma stress disorder who comes into conflict with a small-town police chief and fights his own version of the Vietnam War.
That “father” of modern action novels was published in 1972 while Morrell was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. He taught there from 1970 to 1986, simultaneously writing other novels, many of them international bestsellers, including the classic spy trilogy, The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for a top-rated NBC miniseries that premiered after a Super Bowl), The Fraternity of the Stone, and The League of Night and Fog.
Eventually wearying of two professions, Morrell gave up his academic tenure in order to write full time. Shortly afterward, his fifteen-year-old son Matthew was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and died in 1987, a loss that haunts not only Morrell’s life but his work, as in his memoir about Matthew, Fireflies, and his novel Desperate Measures, whose main character lost a son.
“The mild-mannered professor with the bloody-minded visions,” as one reviewer called him, Morrell is the author of thirty-three books, including such high-action thrillers as The Naked Edge, Creepers, and The Spy Who Came for Christmas (set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives). Always interested in different ways to tell a story, he wrote the six-part comic-book series, Captain America: The Chosen. His writing book, The Successful Novelist, analyzes what he has learned during his four decades as an author.
Morrell is a co-founder of the International Thriller Writers organization. Noted for his research, he is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School for wilderness survival as well as the G. Gordon Liddy Academy of Corporate Security. He is also an honorary lifetime member of the Special Operations Association and the Association of Intelligence Officers. He has been trained in firearms, hostage negotiation, assuming identities, executive protection, and car fighting, among numerous other action skills that he describes in his novels. To research the aerial sequences in The Shimmer, he became a private pilot.
Morrell is an Edgar and Anthony nominee as well as a three-time recipient of the distinguished Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association. The International Thriller Writers organization gave him its prestigious ThrillerMaster Award. With eighteen million copies in print, his work has been translated into twenty-six languages.
From the author of the classic espionage saga, The Brotherhood of the Rose, comes a compelling novel of intrigue and second chances. After an ex-spy lowers his guard and falls in love, his lover’s house explodes and she flees with a stranger. He learns that she has a mysterious past and that she knows he worked for the CIA. Was she only using him to protect her? He sets out to find the truth.
The main characters of David Morrell's award-winning Creepers return for another harrowing thriller about an obsession with the past. A desperate hunt for a lost time capsule uncovers an unspeakable 100-year-old crime that threatens to be repeated in the present.
Frank Sinatra: The Artist and His Music
In Frank Sinatra: The Artist and His Music, bestselling David Morrell discusses the talent and determination that led Sinatra to become the greatest interpretive singer of the recording era. Based on more than forty years of listening and reading, Morrell provides an in-depth analysis of Sinatra’s career. After you read it, you might never listen to Sinatra or any other singer the same way again.
Nelson Riddle: The Man Behind the Music
In Nelson Riddle: The Man Behind the Music, bestselling Morrell discusses the career of a musical genius, who changed popular music and proved that a great arranger is as important as a great song and a great singer. This groundbreaking study describes Riddle’s famous collaborations with Nat “King” Cole, Rosemary Clooney, and Frank Sinatra, whose career Riddle helped to resurrect.
The Attitude Adjuster: Three Cavanaugh/Protector Stories
Following Cavanaugh’s missions in The Protector and The Naked Edge, Rambo-creator David Morrell presents three short stories that explore the psychology of a warrior compelled to risk his life for strangers. “Most people muddle through their lives,” Cavanaugh tells a client. “All I can do is hope that if I keep them from dying a while longer, maybe they’ll find a way to justify remaining alive.”
The most dangerous man in the world is back! Rambo is in exile far from home in Thailand, vowing to renounce violence and war. When his country calls him once again, he refuses to accept. But then he learns that Colonel Trautman, the only man he trusts, has been kidnapped by Soviets on a mission that Rambo rejected. For Rambo, it’s a call to arms—and a mission back into hell.
Rambo (First Blood Part II)
Rambo is in prison for his one-man war against a police chief. His former commanding officer arrives to release him on 2 conditions. First, Rambo must return to the prison from which he escaped and find the Americans rumored to be held there. Second? Don’t rescue the prisoners. Only bring back photographs. Do not engage the enemy. The first part is difficult. But the second is impossible.
Rambo and Me: The Story Behind the Story, an essay (The David Morrell Cultural Icon Series)
Award-winning author David Morrell created the character of Rambo in his 1972 novel, First Blood, which has been called “the father of the modern action novel.” Rambo went on to become one of the five most recognized thriller icons, along with Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter. In this in-depth essay, for the first time Morrell tells the full story about how the novel and Rambo were created.
Marilyn Monroe: Legend and Tragedy, an essay (The David Morrell Cultural-Icon Series)
Few movie stars made as great an impact as Marilyn Monroe. Two of the men she married made a powerful cultural impact. In this moving essay, David Morrell analyses Monroe’s poignant life, which had more significance than any movie in which she appeared. Even her most knowledgeable fans will find something new in this in-depth homage to a star whose luster outshone her films.
John Wayne: The Westerns
Few film actors had the lasting popularity of John Wayne, especially when he appeared in westerns. In this comprehensive essay, Rambo-creator David Morrell analyzes Wayne’s career in westerns and explores his fascinating, complex personality, including his Latin studies in high school and his skills as a chess player. Even Wayne’s most knowledgeable fans will be surprised by this insightful essay.
After creating Rambo in his debut novel, First Blood, David Morrell wrote Testament. Its publisher called it “almost unbearably involving.” Hunted by a powerful enemy, a man and his family flee their home and civilization. This thriller classic influenced many later thriller authors. It is not for the faint of heart. This special e-book edition has been newly revised and updated.
The Architecture of Snow (The David Morrell Short Fiction Series)
A great literary mystery of the 20'th century concerns J. D. Salinger. In the 1960s, the revered author suddenly stopped publishing. In Morrell’s haunting story, an author similar to Salinger submits a manuscript after a 4 decade absence. Why has he resurfaced? When editor Tom Neal goes on a search, he uncovers the disturbing truth behind a tragic mystery that changes his life in unimaginable ways
In this tense, timely thriller, an interrogator finds himself in a remote bunker and an even more remote region of the human soul as he confronts the most hardened enemy he has ever faced and the most difficult choice he has ever been forced to make. “The Interrogator” asks the question: Are there moral limits to the way information should be obtained to defend one’s country?
"Something is on the prowl in the forests and foothills outside the small Wyoming town of Potter's Field, something that mutilates but does not feed, that kills indiscriminately and without reason, at night, by moonlight. As the body count mounts, police chief Nathan Slaughter and the town's medical examiner try to find out who or what is doing the killing- WaPo Book World
My Name is Legion
On a blistering battlefield in World War II, the legendary French Foreign Legion confronts its toughest enemy: itself. A cruel twist of war divides the Legion into those who fight for a Free France and those who fight for the German-controlled French Vichy Government. Now, men who previously lived, fought, and died together are forced to spill one another’s blood.
For this 35th anniversary e-book edition, the author revised the original text.Influenced by Sam Peckinpah, this story dramatizes American soldiers as they clash with Pancho Villa and his men along the Mexican border. Told through the eyes of an old scout, who realizes his days are numbered, teaches a young recruit about the past, at a cost he never expected to pay.
Fireflies: A Father's Tale of Love and Loss
In the bestselling novels of suspense master David Morrell, fear is the main subject. But Morrell himself had never known genuine terror until he watched his 15-year-old son wage a heroic but doomed struggle with cancer. This is one father’s powerful and unforgettable story of fierce love, impenetrable loss, and an unexpected, breathtaking encounter with the miraculous.
The Covenant of the Flame
Reporter Tess Drake discovers a mysterious altar in the apartment of a friend whose charred body was discovered in a nearby park. The meaning of that altar propels Tess on a furious hunt for the truth about what happened to her friend, a labyrinth of intrigue and danger that leads to the highest levels of power as well as to the depths of a secret cave in Spain.
The Fraternity of the Stone: An Espionage Thriller
Drew MacLane is a star agent in Scalpel, an organization named for its purpose: precise surgical removal. Assassination. Then MacLane decides to stop killing. He withdraws and retreats to a monastery, where for six years he lives the life of a hermit. But then someone tracks him down, leaving a trail of bodies. Someone who knows all about him - and will stop at nothing to destroy him.
The Brotherhood of the Rose: An Espionage Thriller
They were orphans, Chris and Saul -- raised in a Philadelphia school for boys, bonded by friendship, and devoted to a mysterious man called Eliot. He visited them and brought them candy. He treated them like sons. He trained them to be assassins. Now he is trying desperately to have them killed.
In his second collection, Morrell leads you through an adrenaline-charged NightScape of serial killers, third world revolutionaries, a policeman stalking a murderous cult, a son obsessed by his cryogenically frozen father, a psychology professor forced to suffer intense confinement, and a doctor combating an epidemic that he fears will destroy the world.
Trained by Delta Force, calm in moments of absolute terror, Cavanaugh stops threats before they strike. His latest assignment: protect a brilliant scientist with a secret so extraordinary he needs to adopt a new identity.
For Cavanaugh, helping Daniel Prescott is just another job. Until it explodes, Prescott vanishes, and the protector finds himself in a fast, furious battle for his life.
The Naked Edge
Once they were boyhood best friends, playing in the woods near their homes, pretending to be soldiers behind enemy lines. Grownup, they belonged to Delta Force and worked as protectors for the world's best security company. Now their lives have taken drastically different paths, pitting them against one another, forcing them to play their boyhood game again, this time to learn who dies.
In a remote valley in the dead of winter, a pioneer family encounters a pack of mysterious animals with uncommon ferocity and intelligence. As a blizzard worsens, the trap tightens until only a twelve-year-old girl holds the secret of survival.
This chilling e-story proves why David Morrell received a lifetime-achievement ThrillerMaster Award from the International Thriller Writers organization.
First came the man: a young wanderer in a fatigue coat and long hair. Then came the legend, as John Rambo sprang from the pages of FIRST BLOOD to take his place in the American cultural landscape.
The Spy Who Came for Christmas
In The Spy Who Came for Christmas, David Morrell retells the Christmas story against a background of espionage and action. Dramatizing the strength of the holiday spirit, he again shows the inventiveness that prompted the International Thriller Writers organization to give him its prestigious ThrillerMaster award.
Since 1889, mysterious lights have appeared outside Rostov, a remote Texas town. Now police officer Dan Page follows the trail of his missing wife from New Mexico to Texas and discovers that she and hundreds of spectators have become enraptured by the lights. To save his wife, Page must confront the mystery of the lights and the conspiracy that surrounds them.
On a cold night, 5 people begin preparations to break in to the Paragon Hotel.The 5 people are "creepers," the slang term for urban explorers: city archeologists with a passion for investigating abandoned buildings and their dying secrets.
After the group enters the rat-infested tunnel leading to the hotel, it becomes clear that they will get much more than they bargained for.
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