(This is part of a package of articles about Santa Fe author David Morrell.)

By David Steinberg

David Morrell began writing books in 1972. His debut novel was appropriately titled “First Blood.” It featured the heroic Rambo. Several more Rambo titles in the action-thriller series followed in the ’80s.

They were the foundation for the popular “Rambo” movie series starring Sylvester Stallone.

Seemingly in each successive decade of his writing life, Morrell has pursued different types of fiction.

In the 1980s, Morrell also wrote novels of international espionage; the most famous was  “The Brotherhood of the Rose” spy trilogy.

“I found a fresh way to do it,” he said.

In the ’90s, after the fall of the Soviet Union, the market for international thrillers bottomed out, Morrell said. Still, he wrote a few thrillers with what he called “off-the-wall” ideas. One, titled “Double Image,” was about three intertwined issues – a photographer who witnessed atrocities in Bosnia, of photographs freezing time and of the passage of time, Morrell said.

In the first decade of the millennium he wrote “Creepers.” It was, he said, “a thriller dressed up to look like a ghost story. There was no supernatural element. So it was mixed genre.”

As recently as 2008, Morrell was still writing spy thrillers. His “The Spy Who Came for Christmas” was set in Santa Fe. It’s about an undercover agent who risks his life for a baby.

Morrell has also written a guide for writers and these two books of illustrated fiction – “Captain America: The Chosen” and “Amazing Spider-Man: Peter Parker – The One and Only” and three books of short fiction.

His nonfiction includes “John Barth: An Introduction” and “Fireflies: A Father’s Tale of Love and Loss.”