Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Nothing Lasts Forever Hardcover – October, 1979
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
High atop a Los Angeles skyscraper, an office Christmas party turns into a deadly cage-match between a lone New York City cop and a gang of international terrorists. Every action fan knows it could only be the explosive big-screen blockbuster Die Hard. But before Bruce Willis blew away audiences as unstoppable hero John McClane, author Roderick Thorp knocked out thriller readers with the bestseller that started it all.
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! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
The heroes' guns vary--because of their time period. John McClane is armed with the Beretta 92-series 9mm pistol, then the new military pistol that was making its way into police service. At the time (1988) New York City cops still were armed with .38 revolvers--going 9mm in 1994 (with perhaps exceptions--but plain clothed police officers risked getting shot as a 'bad guy' for carrying non-issue guns). Joe Leland's Browning 9mm High Power (Model 1935) was THE 9mm pistol of the 1970's in gun savvy circles, and it is reasonable for a counter-terrorist consultant--Living in Troubled Lands: Beating the Terrorist Threat Overseas was published in 1981 and the author of that real-world antiterrorist manual recommended a 9mm pistol on page 108 for those "who will face a serious threat." In the mid-1970's that professional's 9mm pistol was the Browning High Power.
I've listed two differences--heroes' background and heroes' gun. There are more. I enjoy reading the 'novel that inspired the movie' and noting the differences. I purchased the Kindle edition because the paperback books are getting rare--and expensive. Kindle is useful because the print is more widely available and more convenient to read. Plus, the Kindle edition is delivered within seconds--the book takes at least a day or two. Roderick Thorp's novel inspired 'Die Hard.'
Next on my reading list: 58 Minutes, the novel that inspired "Die Harder."
Don't forget to get the movies, too!
Die Hard Collection (Die Hard / Die Hard 2: Die Harder / Die Hard with a Vengeance / Live Free or Die Hard) [Blu-ray]
I was glad to find it in ready supply at a low price, but was surprised by the lack of editing. I don't know if that was the particular edition I picked up, but I would have expected higher standards for a professional author's work at the time this was originally released. If I didn't have a good idea of how much I was going to enjoy the story I would have stopped reading this very early in the story.
In the novel we don't have John McClane, but Joseph Leland. The building isn't the American outpost of a Japanese corporation, but rather the headquarters of an oil company that just completed a huge transaction that wasn't just a deal to build a bridge in Chile, but something more. Instead of trying to save his wife, Joe is trying to save his daughter and grandchildren from the terrorists who take over the building on Christmas Eve.
Very similar to the movie you've probably already seen dozens of times, but darker and more hard-hitting. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
"Die Hard" remains one of my favorite movies but I had not read anything by Thorp until recently.
The book is quite good and I'm somewhat torn that I viewed the novel through the prism of the movie rather than on its own as an independent work. I believe had I read this and then seen the movie I would have come away feeling that both were exceptional. As it is, I truly enjoyed NLF and hope that more people give it a chance.
As good as this is, it makes the work on the screenplay for Die Hard that much more impressive. Very rarely does a good book get made into an even better movie. This was one of those occasions and I think both benefit from the quality of the individual pieces.