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Nothing Lasts Forever (The book that inspired the movie Die Hard) Paperback – December 17, 2012
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A dozen heavily armed terrorists have taken hostages, issued demands, and promised bloodshed all according to plan. But they haven't counted on a death-defying, one-man cavalry with no shoes, no backup, and no intention of going down easily. As hot-headed cops swarm outside, and cold-blooded killers wield machine guns and rocket launchers inside, the stage is set for the ultimate showdown between anti-hero and uber-villains. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good fight to the death. Ho ho ho!
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There are enough differences to keep movie-viewers off balance, and the writing is tough and terse, befitting it's hero, Joe Leland (not John McClane).
The plot similarities are as such: it opens on a plane from NYC to LAX. He's visiting an estranged family member in L.A., who works in a high rise and they're having a Christmas party when the building gets taken over by terrorists. There's a cop on the outside, there's the cop's "superior" who's not the most competent, the big bad guy is Anton (not Hans) Gruber...but...
...the tone is really quite different. It's a bit more introspective, withe Leland feeling himself consumed by hatred toward his enemies. When he takes out a terrorist, you get an impression of how it affects him. They're not casual. And as he "gets better" at it, it starts to change his thinking. It's pretty interesting stuff.
The media presence is handled much more seriously, not as a comic plot device/aside in the film. I thought it was much more realistic...the way media can manipulate the real story, and also how those people actually involved in the news story can manipulate the media right back. There's a few clever sequences that wouldn't have fit in the film, but are nevertheless pretty cool.
I'm withholding the numerous plot differences between the two, as I hope you'll discover them for yourselves, but as a teaser, the hero is going to visit his daughter, not his wife...
The film's screenplay, I think, is a masterpiece of action film writing. Good dialogue, nice exposition, decent plot twists.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The writing is a bit labored and coarse, but the story is classic. A must have for die-hard Die Hard fansPublished 2 months ago by Mark Packer
A splended novel with much gritty action, stand-out characters and pulse pounding suspence. While the book has some scratches and bends, it still perfect. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marcus Gutierrez
Same guy with the same attitudes as the Detective. I read it because Die Hard was based on it. Just watch the movie.Published 9 months ago by Celisa Hoskins