Nothing Lasts Forever: Basis for the Film Die Hard

Nothing Lasts Forever: Basis for the Film Die Hard

by Roderick Thorp

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Nothing Lasts Forever: Basis for the Film Die Hard by Roderick Thorp

"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!"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935169185
Publisher: Graymalkin Media
Publication date: 12/17/2012
Series: Die Hard Series , #1
Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 264,890
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Roderick Thorp is the bestselling author of The Detective, which was made into a film starring Frank Sinatra. Mr. Thorp worked as a private detective for nine years and did extensive crime reporting including a twenty-one-part series on cocaine traffic in southern California, which was published in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. His other titles include Rainbow Drive and Devlin.

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Nothing Lasts Forever: Basis for the Film Die Hard 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Teritree001971at More than 1 year ago
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER is the story the Die Hard movie is loosely based upon. I can honestly say the movie doesn't do the book justice. Although a little dated, as is to be expected, the book still captures your imagingation and takes you on the adventure as Leland himself goes along. I warn you, if you've seen Die Hard and expect the movie, although some things are familiar, it is not the same story. The movie is a loose outline of the book and leaves out a lot. Those used to seeing things on computers and televisions, may have problems following what the main character does at times as you have to really use your imagination at times. Unlike most stories with perfect heroes, the author chose to make Leland imperfect and flawed, yet a survivor in the truest sense of the word. He does things he doesn't want to in order to survive and he will live with them. He will not make excuses, but he will own up to his actions. When you stop to think about it, Leland is not really likable, yet the author has made him a hit. We first meet Leland as he is on his way to catch a flight to LA. It is from this that we can see his character. He manages to pull a gun, stick it to someones head before finally boarding the plane. When he finally gets to LA to see his daughter, he discovers things about her he doesn't really like. Throughout the story the author tells us things about humanity as well as keep our interest in the story by filling the reader with his own adrenaline supply. While reading the story you are mainly focused on the action and chaos, as Leland tries to live. However, the author injects thoughts to get you thinking at times. After I'd finished this story, I wondered if Thorp really knew how right he was when he was predicting that humanity is isolating and crippling itself at the same time. People are living within two hundred feet of each other, yet they know nothing of them and could they help us should we need it.
beatboxxer More than 1 year ago
Once locked in the vault of out of print, Graymalkin Media has delivered the goods with "Nothing Lasts Forever". Everybody will have heard of John McLane, star of "Die Hard". Meet Joe Leland, star of the book that started it all. From the very start, Thorp engages his audience and allows them to view the glamour of Los Angeles through third person perspective. There are some differences to the movie regarding some names and plot events. The novel is a lot more graphic and gory, and has a sadder ending than the movie. However, Thorp continues to engage the audiences with an action-packed plot and reluctant hero. The use of flashback sometimes gets in the way of the action, but adds depth of character and background needed to understand some plot elements. Thorp uses a concise style of writing, with not a word wasted. Readers need to read every single word to follow the action. "Nothing Lasts Forever" is a must-read for any fan of the movie. It has certainly towered into my top five books of all time.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Always liked Die Hard I found the book from the original screen play to be exciting with more of what the tough Joe Leland thought including his losses in his life and whether it was alworth it The movie changed the characters losing somr of them including his ex wife and saving the ex wife instead of the loss of his daughter The changes gave a happier ending n the movie Class detective story
JennMcLean More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Yes, it was published many moons ago and it has been made in to the very successful movie "Die Hard" with Bruce Willis but I loved comparing the movie to the book. I wanted to see just what was the same and what was different. It was interesting to see where the director took liberties. The very first change was the character's name. It was changed from Joe Leland to John McClane. I must admit, I like McClane better. The second major shift I noticed was that Joe seemed more connected to his feelings as he lamented his decisions and choices throughout his life and how his choices got him here. Leland is an ex-cop who is now working in security so when he stops in to visit his daughter just before Christmas. He ends up in a battle for his life with terrorists in a high-rise building full of hostages. It is a battle of will and wits to see who will be the victor. I think the reader will enjoy comparing the spectacular, breathtaking blockbuster movie with the book that inspired it. Both the book and the movie are filled with highs and lows, action and exhaustion where the main character gets hurt but never gives up his battle to save his daughter and all the other hostages. Sometimes the age of a book doesn't change the enjoyment you can get out of it, this is one of those books. I'd have to give this a five star rating.
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bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
EPub/Thriller: This the book the screenplay was based on for Die Hard #1. It is not the movie, but comes close. There are changes that make you go Hmmm. Then there are straight takes from the book that are in the movie: bodies out of windows, headshots, crawling through vents, etc. Ellis, Robinson, Powell, and Karl are all there. Everyone else is different so deal with there being no Argyle. As for John, who is now Joe, he is more bad you-know-what and gets way more beat up by the end. He’s also smarter by asking for a lawyer after some of the damage he’s done.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nothing like a big plane crash for holiday travelors
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though some charcters and the setting was different it still was just like Die Hard.
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