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Roderick Thorp
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Piège De Cristal (Die Hard #1)

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This bestseller was the basis for the blockbuster film "Die Hard" starring Bruce Willis.

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
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Published 1988 by J'ai lu (first published January 1st 1979)
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Treasure of the Rubbermaids 14: Yippee kai yay, Mr. Falcon!

The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent’s house and untouched for almost 20 years. Thanks to my father dumping them back on me, I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depths.

Gather around you whippersnappers and listen closely as Grandpa Kemper tells you another fascinating tale from his days of yore.

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I grew up watching action films with my Dad just as I grew up reading Harlequin novels with my Mum. Until I got older and broke out of the predetermined genre preferences, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Mel Gibson—before his descend to cray cray—were my childhood. Die Hard is one of those films I knew by heart and that has stood the test of time better than most. So, when I saw that the book th
Benoit Lelievre
The cult novel that inspired Die Hard isn't actually quite as satisfying as the movie itself, but it's not a landslide victory. Far from it. Roderick Thorp's got some serious writing chops. He's not a great stylist, but his novel crackles with original thoughts and powerful exposition. Joe Leland's not quite John McClane, but he's quite the interesting cat nonetheless: he's a third degree black belt shit talker and rationalizes his fears the way only an alpha male can. He's fun to read, and belo ...more
I can overlook a lot of less than stellar writing when the story is so good and well told, but all the flaws really seem to be in bold type when the story just doesn't work. I almost put Roderick Thorp's novel "Nothing Lasts Forever" down after the first couple of pages, and that was just introducing the protagonist by way of a taxi ride to the airport, but it was just so poorly done. The flaw was in the superfluous character of the taxi driver who is described as a young black man who has a da ...more
Sean O'Hara
Oh what could've been. Imagine a world in which Die Hard starred Frank Sinatra as an aging detective trying to save his daughter and grand children from terrorists. To anyone familiar with Die Hard as the movie with Bruce Willis shouting "Yippie-kai-yay, mother fu--er," and crashing through windows, the idea of Frankie Blue Eyes in the lead may seem absurd, but you have to understand that Nothing Lasts Forever, the book Die Hard's based upon, is a sequel to an earlier novel, The Detective, which ...more
Patrick Nichol
People who have seen Bruce Willis Yippie-Kay-Yaying his way through the Die Hard movies may think they know the story.
They're wrong.
Credit for the taught terrorist takeover of a skyscraper thriller goes to author Roderick Thorp. The novel opens with Joe Leland, a wizened security consultant, pointing his gun at an unruly motorist preventing him from catching his plane to L.A.
Leland, not Willis' John McLane, is going to spend Christmas with his estranged daughter Stephanie Gennaro, an oil company
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER by Roderick Thorp has been re-released with the author's notes that built this over-the-top, non-stop action book! Movie goers, think DIE HARD-this is where it all started!

Joe Leland has flown out to Los Angeles to visit his daughter, an oil company executive for Christmas. He arrives during her company's annual Christmas party and is taken directly to the party. Terrorists take over the building and...start the non-stop, over-the-top action! Its Joe against a dozen terrori
The only thing better than watching Die Hard is reading it. I had no idea that Die Hard was based off of a book until I saw a little pop up on Goodreads about it. Needless to say I was very excited to read this story. While reading, I have to say the movie stayed very close to the book, and it was probably the best adaptation I have seen/read.

Now, on to the review, I would say this is really more of a 4.5 start book only because there were things in this I wasn't all that thrilled with. In this
Retired NYPD Detective Joe Leland visits his daughter in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve to spend the holiday period with her. He meets her at her place of work, the 40-story office that houses the headquarters of the Klaxon Oil Corporation. Only to find the building been taken by a group of Cold War-era German terrorists. Lead by Anton “Little Tony” Gruber, their plans are to steal documents that will publicly expose the Klaxon Corporation. With the help of LAPD Sergeant Al Powell, Leland must fig ...more
Perhaps this was such a fast read because 'Die Hard' is my Christmas movie every December. It was interesting to compare what scenes from the book made it into the movie and what scenes didn't because of the change in medium. Because I am such a fan of the movie, this was more like reading source material than a novel in its own right. I am a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers, and often love both the original book and the movie made from the book. In this case, I have to say that I feel the mo ...more
Susan F
This is the anniversary edition of the novel for 2013. I have seen the movie and had to stop comparing the book to it to be able to read on. The main character is a World War II veteran and a retired law officer, very different from the Die Hard younger man. He is at the building where his daughter works and it is owned by an oil company. Her children are also at the Christmas party. The building is taken over by terrorists. The plot and activity between the man, Leland and the terrorists are th ...more
Andrea Ika
Reading “Nothing Lasts Forever,” the newly re-released 1979 novel the movie “Die Hard” was based on, it’s hard to believe that Roderick Thorp didn’t write it with the specific aim of launching Bruce Willis as a mega-movie star.
I love the Die Hard movies and to read the book was entertaining as well. I found the book thrilling. I loved how the book was written, describing the thoughts and movements Leland.
In the book, Leland is retired. In the movie, the character is named John McClane and is an
I've been jonesing to read this book for some time but finding a copy had always been the challenge. More's the pity. Remarkably my county library shelves a copy...god bless 'em. It's a shame Thorp's works aren't more accessible because they are top flight police/detective thrillers with three dimensional characters and a breakneck pace.

My particular itch for this book is beacuse this is the work from which the film Die Hard springs. While I love the film, I also enjoyed the book for it's differ
Glenn George
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 en
Frank Hickey

This book was the sequel to Thorp's earlier fine book "The Detective."

In this book, "Nothing Lasts Forever," Joe Leland is an ex-cop, divorced, visiting his daughter

on the West Coast. He never sees his ex-wife anymore.

Thorp hooks us right away with the picture of Joe. He saves it from sadness because Joe, a

recovered drinker, meets and charms an attractive stewardess on the flight to see his daughter.

Joe feels many emotions visiting his daughter. He sees her drifting away from him more each

Warning! This book is chock full of balls. Probably too many balls for you. If you buy this puppy in hardcover and stick it on your shelf, it will be bro-ing it up with For Whom the Bell Tolls and impregnating Wuthering Heights within 15 minutes. You're going to have to case this sucker in lead and bury it in the garden or your wife and daughters will start growing chest hair. It's like a nuclear bomb of testosterone delivered straight to your brain through your eye-holes. You saw Die Hard? That ...more
Crisp, fast paced read from a writer who unfortunately only wrote two thrillers. This story was the basis for Die Hard and it's amazing how closely the movie followed the book. I am left with nothing more than an overpowering sense of regret that I won't be able to read a whole series from Mr. Thorp.
This was made into the Bruce Willis film Die Hard. For once the book is more brutal than the movie. It is interesting what the screenwriter changed and makes for a much different experience. Good, quick, blunt action.
Stephen Terrell
The fascination with this book is that it is the genesis of the iconic movie Die Hard. The lead character is much different in the novel than the movie, but interestingly closer to the older Bruce Willis character in the past couple of movies in the Die Hard series.

A few names have been changed, and you keep wanting to think of Leland (the main character) as John McClane. But most of the elements that have become part of Americana are there. Even the "Yippe-Ki-Yay Moth$*#$@er, just in a slightl
The gritty and somewhat philosophical novel that eventually became Die Hard on the big screen, this book takes a bleaker and more downbeat approach to the taking over of a big Los Angeles skyscraper.

The book and the film share several iconic moments, but where the film shies away from the social commentary side of the story, going so far as to rob the invaders of their revolutionary integrity by presenting that as a hypocritical sham to cover up their own greed — thankfully the book does not do
I am so grateful to Thorp for creating this character and launching the Die Hard film series. And it's very rare for me to like a movie adaptation more than the original book. BUT. This book is grim. Holy crap balls is it dark. It's not that Thorp created an everyman hero or even an anti-hero. I finished the book and became a nihilist.

Thorp's writing style varies from engaging action to a slog of pointless details. I found myself skimming at times, which is perhaps why I couldn't understand som
Alexander Holmes
It was very interesting to read the source material for a movie I really enjoy. I had never known that it was based off a book so it was great to get some behind the scenes into it and see the differences between the book and the movie.

Overall I would have to say I prefer the movie to the book (I don't think I have ever said that before). I feel like this novel had a lot of boring lulls in the action and the lack of real dialog was kind of disappointing. I felt like a lot of the book was just f
Misty Rayburn
Honestly in places, I think this book was better than the movie!
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If you were like me, I had no idea that Die Hard was based upon a novel. Once I found this out, I needed to track down the book that inspired a movie that I always watch at Christmas. I don't even think I have to do a premise over view for this book....I mean who hasn't see Die Hard??? Just in case you haven't see the movie, here is the general rundown:

Joe Leland is flying into LA to viit his daughter and family for Christmas, but this is going to be one that he never forgets. He joins his daugh
Jessica Donaghy
How did I never know that Die Hard is based on a book??
The movie was better.
My main reason for reading Nothing Lasts Forever was pretty simple. I am a total Die Hard tragic and have seen all of the movies in the franchise more times than I could count. As soon as I discovered that this book was the basis for the first Die Hard movie, I just couldn't resist reading it to see how it compared.

All in all I absolutely loved this book and got to a certain point around three quarters of the way through where I had to be bribed to put it down. You can just so vividly see the ma

Die Hard. It's an iconic action film and the greatest Christmas movie of all time. The concept was excellent. One man trapped a few hundred meters up in a skyscraper with a group of shooters who have the firepower advantage and a deadline to meet during the run up to Christmas. This film however which took the 1980's by storm was based on a novel written in the previous decade. "Nothing Lasts Forever" by noted American crime thriller writer Roderick Thorp. Set in the dec
Dean Anderson
When people say, "The books always better than the book", I've always had three handy counter examples. First, "The Godfather" and second "Jaws" which are both masterpiece films made of mediocre novels. Next I'll go to "Wizard of Oz" which is a good book, but the film is even better.
This is going to be an addition to the list. The backbone of the plot to "Die Hard" is clearly in evidence here: terrorist takeover of a building with a cagey law enforcement fly in the hostage taking/robbery ointmen
Nothing Lasts Forever. The novel that was the basis for the movie Die Hard. I loved it! I love the movie, and I loved the book too!
The book pretty much covers everything that happens in the movie, but it is different enough to still be really enjoyable. In some ways the movie is better, but in other ways the book is better. I can't say I like one more than the other. If you like the movie, you should definitely read the book.
What I like in the book, is that it strictly follows only the main char
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Roderick Mayne Thorp, Jr. was an American novelist specializing mainly in crime novels.

As a young college graduate, Thorp worked at a detective agency owned by his father. He would later teach literature and lecture on creative writing at schools and universities in New Jersey and California, and also wrote articles for newspapers and magazines.

Two of his best known novels were adapted into popula
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