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14/11/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Action novel author David 'Rambo' Morrell will be the brains behind a new Captain America comic-book project, slated for 2006.

With a body of work that traverses the horror, espionage and thriller genres, Morrell is a well-known name in the literary world. He is the author of First Blood, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. He has written various thrillers, including The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for the NBC mini-series), The Fifth Profession, Extreme Denial and Assumed Identity. Most recently, he wrote the dark suspense-thriller Creepers (CDS Books, September 2005). Two of his novellas have received Stoker awards from the Horror Writers Association.

In his first comic book writing effort, Morrell will focus his action writing on Captain America, in the story of a young Marine, Corporal James Newman, who is on his tour of duty in Afghanistan. In the midst of a brutal fire fight with enemy forces, Captain America leads him out of the battle while helping him rescue his wounded comrades who are trapped by enemy fire. When the smoke clears, Newman is unsure if Captain America was really there, or a hallucination in the stress of battle.

"As the creator of Rambo, Morrell is known for heroes who've been trained to handle action and danger. He is a master of weaving action into a thought-provoking plot with more than a few twists, and I am eager to see the thrills he has in store for the newest installments of Captain America," Joe Quesada, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics told SFcrowsnest.

"I want the characters to feel real," added David Morrell. "In particular I want the reader to believe in Captain America. Also, I want to explore the major theme of what it means to be a hero in this troubled modern world. I hope the story is deeply moving as well as exciting."

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