After creating Rambo in his debut novel, First Blood, David Morrell wrote his most intense novel, 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. For this e-book edition, Morrell revised portions of the text.
“A grim and gripping novel of implacable evil and the pursuit of survival.”
“Terrors as insistent as a scream on a still night.”
“Fear oozes out between the lines.”
“The pace is relentless, the violence stunning, the pose crackling. Morrell stands head and shoulders above most of his contemporaries.”
This is my most disturbing novel. That’s not hype. Some readers said it gave them nightmares. A journalist and his family are stalked by a right-wing paramilitary group after the journalist writes an incriminating article about them. The first chapter is a shocker, beginning with “It was the last morning the four of them would ever be together.” The shocks keep increasing after that. The conclusion is very controversial. Look for numerous allusions to classic American novels. To research the book’s outdoor scenes, I took a wilderness-survival course from the National Outdoor Leadership School and lived for five weeks in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, often above timberline.