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Publication Order of Rambo: First Blood Books

First Blood (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rambo III (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mortalis Books

The Brotherhood of the Rose (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fraternity Of The Stone (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The League of Night and Fog (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Cavanaugh Books

The Protector (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Naked Edge (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Attitude Adjuster (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Frank Balenger Books

Publication Order of Thomas De Quincey Books

Murder as a Fine Art (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Opium-Eater (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inspector of the Dead (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ruler of the Night (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Testament (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Last Reveille (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Totem (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Oath (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fifth Profession (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Covenant of the Flame (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Assumed Identity (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Desperate Measures (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Extreme Denial (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double Image (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Burnt Sienna (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Long Lost (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spy Who Came for Christmas (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shimmer (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Hundred-Year Christmas (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Image (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Orange is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beautiful Uncut Hair of Graves (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nothing Will Hurt You (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shrine (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
They (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Name is Legion (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Architecture of Snow (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Interrogator (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Hundred Year Christmas (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Captain America Graphic Novels

Publication Order of Cultural-Icon Non-Fiction Books

John Wayne: The Westerns (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marilyn Monroe: Legend and Tragedy (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rambo and Me: The Story Behind the Story (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frank Sinatra: The Artist and His Music (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nelson Riddle: The Man behind the Music (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

John Barth (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fireflies (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lessons From A Lifetime Of Writing (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Successful Novelist (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thrillers: 100 Must Reads (With: Hank Wagner) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stars In My Eyes: My Love Affair With Books, Movies, And Music (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The MatchUp Collection Books

Honor & ... (By: C.J. Box,Sandra Brown) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deserves to Be Dead (By: John Sandford,Lisa Jackson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Getaway (By: Lisa Scottoline,Nelson DeMille) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight Flame (By: Christopher Rice,Lara Adrian) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short Story (By: Karin Slaughter,Michael Koryta) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Past Prologue (By: Diana Gabaldon,Steve Berry) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faking a Murderer (By: Lee Child,Kathy Reichs) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dig Here (By: Charlaine Harris,Andrew Gross) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Taking the Veil (By: J.A. Jance,Eric Van Lustbader) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rambo on Their Minds (With: Gayle Lynds) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Footloose (By: Val McDermid,Peter James) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Dark at Heart(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fifth Annual Collection(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Crimes 2(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Millenium(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hollywood Fantasies: Ten Surreal Visions of Tinsel Town(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder for Revenge(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror 17(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
These Guns for Hire(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror 18(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Delicacies: Fear(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crucified Dreams(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rich and the Dead(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warriors 3(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
All-American Horror of the 21st Century: The First Decade(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Interrogator and Other Criminally Good Fiction(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Suspense Magazine May 2013(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chiral Mad 2(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eulogies III(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Detours(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
MatchUp(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alive in Shape and Color(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Playing Games(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

The Master of the top Action Thriller, New York Times Best Selling Author David Morell is an award winning author of the novel First Blood, in which Rambo was devised. David Morell was born in Kitchener, in Ontario, Canada. In the year 1960, at at the age of 17, he became a fan of the epic television series, route sixty six, of 2 young men in a Corvette convertible journeying the United States while in search of themselves and America. The scripts made by Stirling Silliphant mixed action with ideas and so attracted Morell that he chose to become a writer. In nineteen sixty six, the work of a different writer, Hemingsway scholar Philip Young made Morrell to go to the United States. Here he studied with Philip Young at Pennsylvania State and got his M.A and PH.D. in American Literature. He also met there the respected science fiction author, William Tenn whose real name is Philip Klass, who taught David Morell the fundamentals of fiction writing. The consequence was First Blood, an award winning novel of a returned Vietnam veteran having post trauma stress disorder who gets into conflict with a town police chief and battles his own style of the Vietnam War.

That father of new action novels was published in nineteen seventy two while Morrell was a university professor in the English Department of the University of Iowa. He lectured American literature there from nineteen seventy to nineteen eighty six, at the same time writing other novels, majority of them international bestsellers, that include the League of Night and Fog, The brotherhood of the Rose which was the basis for the only TV mini series to air after a Super Bowl, the classic spy trilogy, and The Fraternity of the Stone. Ultimately wearying of two professions, He gave up his academic profession in order to write fully. Shortly after, his fifteen year old son called Matthew was diagnosed with a rare strain of bone cancer and died in nineteen eight seven, a loss that not only haunts Morrell’s life but also his work, as in his memoir of his son, Matthew, his novel Desperate Measures, and Fireflies, whose main protagonist lost a son.

The mild mannered don with the bloody minded visions as called by one reviewer, David Morrell is the author of over thirty books, including such top action thrillers as The Spy Who Came For Christmas that is set in Santa Fe, where Morrell lives, the Naked Edge, and Creepers. Always interested in varying ways to say a story, he penned the six part comic book, Captain America; The Chosen. Morrell’s writing book, The Successful Novelist, investigates what he has learned in his four decades as an author.

He is a co founder of the group, International Thrillers Writers Organization. Morrell noticed for his research, is a graduate of the school, the National Outdoor Leadership School for wilderness survival and also the G.Gordon Liddy school of Corporate Security. David Morrell is an honorary lifetime member of the two associations, the Association of Intelligence Officers and the Special Operations Associations . He has been trained in defense and offensive driving, assuming identities, firearms, executive protection, and hostage negotiation, among many other action skills that he writes about in his novels. To investigate the aerial sequences in his novel, The Shimmer, David Morrell became a private pilot, the training which he describes here. In the year 2010, Morrell was with the first batch of authors to be taken on a USO tour to a war territory, Iraq. He is a three time recipient of the recognized Bram and Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, an Edgar and Anthony finalist, and a Nero and Macavity winner. He was awarded the prestigious career achievement Thriller Master Award by the International Thriller Writers Organization. Morrell’s short stories have appeared in many Year’s Best collections. Having eighteen million print copies, His work has been translated into 26 languages.

Additional information

He was born in 1943, in Kitchener, Ontario. He is Married, with a daughter, Sarie. His son Matthew, died in 1987. David Morrell acquired a B.A Honors in English, in 1966, at ST. Jerrome’s College at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada. He got a M.A. in American literature, in 1967, in Pennsylvania State University, his thesis was”Hemingsway’s Early Style” with Phillip Young as his director. He acquired a PH.D. in American literature, in 1970, in Pennsylvania State University. his dissertation was”\John Barth: An introduction\” with Philip Young as director.


He was a Rhetoric Instructor, at the Pennsylvania State University, in 1969-1970. He was an Assistant Professor in American Literature, at the University of Iowa, in 1970-1974. He became an Associate Professor. in American Literature, in the University of Iowa. in 1974-1977 Morrell became a Full Professor. American Literature , at the University of Iowa, in 1977-1986. He surrendered a tenured position to follow a full time career as a fictional writer, in 1986. David Morrell taught: Modern Fiction, American Novel from 1800 to 1900, American Novel from 1900 to 1945, American Novel from 1945 to the Present, American Poetry, The Hard-Boiled Novel, Hawthorne and Melville, Faulkner and Barth, American Realism of the Nineteenth Century. He conducted graduate seminars on Henry James, Hemingsway, Faulkner, and Literary Archetypes.


He received the Friends of American Writers Distinguished Recognition Award, for his novel. First Blood, in 1973. He received the Horror Writers Association best novella prize for,”Orange is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity,” in 1989. He also got the Horror Writers Association best novella prize for, ” The Beautiful Uncut Hair of Graves,” in 1991. He was nominated for Horror Writers Association best novella prize, “Nothing Will Hurt You,” and “The Shrine”, in 1992. He was Nominated for World Fantasy Award best novella awards and best short story for; The Hundred Year Christmas in 1983 and the “Dead Image” in 1985. He was also nominated for the University of Iowa prestigious Faculty Alumni Award, in 1999 David Morrell was nominated for Love Is Murder mystery conference, the Best Novel Award, for the Protector in 2003, for the Blade Magazine’s Industry Achievement prize, in 2003 and For Love Is Murder Best Thriller Award, the Creepers, in 2005. He also received the Horror Writers Association best novel prize, for the Creepers, in 2005. He also received Shock lines’ Online Bookstore Shocker prize, best novel of the Year, the Creepers, in 2005.

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