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Nothing Lasts Forever (The book that inspired the movie Die Hard) Paperback – December 17, 2012
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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
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!
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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
1) it has a nice period feel to it. Before 9-11, before cell phones, on the cusp of the kind of live TV coverage we got with OJ.
2) it provides a better look inside the head of the hero. The kind of thoughts you can easily do in print are hard to do on the screen without a constant narration or "talking to yourself" moments. Tactics, worries, societal commentary, etc.
3) and, for me, it is often interesting to see the original vision that inspired something I like.
So, enjoy! Yippee-kai-yay. :)
Also, it's not his wife in the tower, it's his cocaine addicted daughter. Pretty cool, right?
Regardless; read this novel and be astounded within. I don't often like recons of succesful series, but this one cries out for a True adaptation. Sadly; twentieth century fox done got it's cash cow so as they also cling to x-men in a death grip, so do they have this one too.