Nothing Lasts Forever (Basis for the Film Die Hard) Paperback – 17 Dec 2012
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A ferocious, bloody, raging book so single-mindedly brilliant in concept and execution it should be read at a single sitting. -- Los Angeles Times "Los Angeles Times"
Keeps us in a state of almost unequaled
suspense and excitement! -- The New Yorker "The New Yorker"
Novel That Inspired 'Die Hard' Returns to Print After 20 Years
Roderick Thorp's "Nothing Lasts Forever" was adapted into the iconic franchise's first film.
Die Hard has returned, and not just to movie theaters. The book that inspired the original film is back in print after 20 years.Late author Roderick Thorp's Nothing Lasts Forever is being released in trade paperback and ebook by Graymalkin Media to mark the 25th anniversary of its original publication.
The book was adapted into 1988's Die Hard. But before Bruce Willis brought New York cop John McClane to life, he was an idea scrawled in Thorp's notebook. (The cop is named Joe Leland in the novel.)
The ebook includes copies of Thorp's notes, the first time they have been published. He wrote them while living in Laurel Canyon, his house overlooking a high-rise building on the Wilshire Corridor. (That building became the inspiration for the one taken over by terrorists in the book.)
"Just as there are no flashbacks, there are no shifts in point of view. Everything is told -- discovered -- from Leland's interior," Thorp wrote in his treatment for the novel.
Before Willis ultimately took the role, a number of other stars turned it down. The first to pass was Frank Sinatra, who played Joe Leland in The Detective (1968), based on Thorp's novel of the same name. Other stars who declined to play the now iconic role included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Richard Gere, Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson.
"Die Hard very closely follows the book, so reading Nothing Lasts Forever gives fans the chance to enjoy the thrill of the Die Hard story in more detail, experience the scenes that didn't make it into the film, and discover the novel's shocking ending," said Graymalkin Media Owner and CEO David Zindel.
The Hollywood Reporter, 2/23/2013 by Aaron Couch
About the Author
Roderick Thorp is the author of "The Detective", "Rainbow Drive", and"Nothing Lasts Forever", the basis for the movie "Die Hard". He has worked as a private detective and done extensive crime reporting, including a twenty-one-part series on cocaine traffic in Southern California, which was published in the "Los Angeles Herald Examiner". Thorp s other novels include "Into the Forest", " Dionysus", "Slaves", "The Circle of Love", "Westfield", "Jenny and Barnum", "Devlin", and "River".
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Sound familiar? Instead of John McClane in Die Hard we have Joe Leland, instead of visiting his wife he is visiting his grown daughter. Otherwise the story paved the way and became Die Hard, Leland is less gun-hoe than McClane we see a much softer side and some of his quips mirror one of our all time favourite characters Bruce Willis brought to life on the screen.
The book brings a more human side and lets us get inside the head of Joe, what he is thinking and how the killings of the terrorists affects him, something that is missing in the movie. The pace and tension is very much evident and draws the reader in quickly. Joe, whilst a force to be reckoned with is also very human, flawed and I think that may make the character real because he suffers so much but powers through. The movie took the heart of this book and enhanced and blew it up to a well loved film. It isn't very often I prefer the movie to the book and for its time this story packs a punch and keeps the reader engaged but if you have seen the movie I think the book does pale in comparison. If you haven't seen Die Hard read this book first as you will absolutely love it, then check out the movie. This is the second book in a series, I haven't read the first and don't feel I have missed anything out by reading this but I think I may go back and pick up the first. Murder, mayhem, survival, terrorism, family, love, a smart mouth and fast action is the best way to highlight the main topics of this story.
This has been my longest waiting review book, actually years on my tbr purely because it was my first approval Netgalley book. Back then I had no idea how it worked and by the time I got it the book had been archived and I couldn't access or download it. I bought it as I really wanted to read this, I ploughed through it in one day and had to watch the movie immediately after. I would put this as 3/5 stars, I liked it and I think for its time it has been fabulously done. However seeing the movie prior to reading it and actually loving the changes for the film I debated between a 3.5 and a 4 star rating. If you like action and a story with violence, survival whilst looking at the human aspect of it then you can't go far wrong with this. This was my first time reading this author, I will certainly be checking out his other work.
Other than that and a couple of character names, they're chalk and cheese.
It starts off ok but other than the hero there is minimal character development; the chief bad guy is a middle class German radical who likes to shoot his victims through the lapel of their jacket - what he does if they're wearing a t-shirt is never explained.
The remainder of the gang are pretty much introduced and then swiftly despatched and for supposedly hard-core Red Army Faction terrorists they are ludicrously easy to kill: the second terrorist to die allows the hero to walk up to him and shoot him almost without question.
One female terrorist is flummoxed when he calls her by a name that isn't her own just prior to shooting her.
The action switches from floor to floor up and down stairwells and elevators until in the end I had no idea where we were, how we got there or even why.
After the bad guys get fed up with chasing the good guy around the building they lock him outside on the roof allowing him time to have a good old natter with the police, the air hostess he copped off with on the flight in, and a CB radio guy in the Hollywood hills.
Despite repeatedly warning that the bad guys are listening in he then discusses his plans with all and sundry and then, a little later spends time watching TV and cooking himself breakfast. Quite what the bad guys are doing isn't made clear, maybe chilling out and having a lazy morning themselves what ever it is the tautness of the story evaporates completely
You think there is a twist developing because the police continually question the number of terrorists and the body count but in the end it goes nowhere.
It's not a dreadful book but it's certainly not a good one either; you'd be much better off getting some popcorn and watching the movie, it's bound to be on one of the cable channels right now
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