In 1972, I published my debut novel, First Blood. Called “the father of the modern action novel,” it was widely and enthusiastically reviewed. It was taught in high schools and colleges. It became a 1982 film, starring Sylvester Stallone, and led to a series of films about Rambo, who joined the ranks of the top five internationally recognized thriller icons: Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, James Bond, and Harry Potter.
Eventually, I wrote novelizations for Rambo (First Blood Part II) and Rambo III. I also wrote an in-depth essay, Rambo and Me: The Story behind the Story. In addition, I contributed a full-length audio commentary to the Blu-Ray DVD of First Blood, discussing my novel and the film.
On this page, you’ll find a long, revealing interview in which I cover many topics related to First Blood and Rambo. (Click here.)
You’ll also find bestselling author Steve Berry’s essay about my novel. (Click here.)