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Roderick Thorp
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Piège De Cristal (Die Hard #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  1,126 Ratings  ·  207 Reviews
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
182 pages
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.

Honestly, and with no shame, I knew that my opinion of this book would be tainted by close to three decades worth of the greatest action movie ever - Die Hard! Usually the book is better than the movie, but this movie is better (as expected) so . . . that's just how it is!

Moving on . . .

As an action book, this was decent. It takes place in the late 70s and in some ways it had aged well and in some ways it hasn't. With our modern technology, some people may have a hard time enjoying the CB commun
Benoit Lelièvre
Feb 09, 2015 Benoit Lelièvre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
May 19, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jennifer McLean
Sep 09, 2016 Jennifer McLean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 con
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
Mar 24, 2013 Patrick Nichol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Since I enjoy the movie "Die Hard" so much, I couldn't pass up this book. But, as is so often true, there are differences. The hero of the book and the hero of the movie have different names, different backgrounds, are different ages, and have different reasons for flying out to California. The terrorists are also different and have different motivations. Despite all that, large chunks of the story, as well as dialogue, made it into the movie and I could hear Bruce Willis as John McClane as I re ...more
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
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
Mar 06, 2013 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This last Christmas I was watching my tradition viewing of 'Die Hard' and saw in the opening credits 'Die Hard' was based on this book. I took note and once finished with the movie went to find the book.

This is actually the second book in Joseph Leland, P.I. series but the first book in the Die Hard series. There are many little changes through out the book. Our main character in the movie is John McClaine. Our main character in the book is Joseph Leland. There are other small changes with name
Susan F
Apr 25, 2013 Susan F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 04, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrea Ika
Jul 20, 2013 Andrea Ika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2016 Rich rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I admit, I was excited to start reading this one, but about halfway into it I realized that the movie is actually better than the book.
The novel was fast-paced and had some good scenes, but it lacked something that the screenwriters were able to provide.
Perhaps if I had read the novel before watching th.....Naaaaaaah! The movie was better!
Yippee-kai-yay Mr. Falcon
Jul 26, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 16, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 26, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 01, 2012 Jacqi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The movie was better.
Feb 06, 2013 Jessica marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
How did I never know that Die Hard is based on a book??
Misty Rayburn
Apr 29, 2013 Misty Rayburn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly in places, I think this book was better than the movie!
Feb 07, 2017 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Die Hard”… Errr. “Nothing Lasts Forever”. Well, I could spend this whole review comparing the book to the movie and pointing out everything they changed, but… Eh. If I did that, then there’d be no reason for you to read this book, would there?

Okay, so! What do I say??? I was eager to read this, to see how the book compared to the movie. But as I said, I don’t want this review to be about that. I liked the main character well enough, and was surprised a bit with how ruthless of a killer he is. H
Dec 30, 2016 Quiet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The dynamic of heroism has changed greatly over time, but boy is it fun to leap back and lap up the cheese.

Thorp's "Nothing Lasts Forever," published in '79, would later be made into the film Die Hard. Both of these works are a riot when experienced in this day and age; the overt stupidity of it all, the tough-guy one-liners and consequent helicopter explosions, is really just a treat, because action-centric works, while always corny and rather low-brow, battle a tail-biting transparency and the
Mark Hodder
Jan 14, 2017 Mark Hodder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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DIE HARD is one of my all-time favourite films. The structure of the movie is sheer genius, and Bruce Willis was the right actor for the role, turning it into a classic that, in my household and in many others, gets played every xmas. Here’s the thing: I never knew it was based on a novel, so NOTHING LASTS FOREVER was a great discovery. I was surprised at how closely the film adhered to the book. All the key scenes in the movie had their origin here. The main difference is that in the novel the ...more
Chad Malkamaki
Dec 22, 2016 Chad Malkamaki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining book that became the movie Die Hard. I can now add this to one of my favorite Christmas books. The plot is very much the same, but this book set in the OPEC world of the late 1970s sees terrorist taking over the Klaxon Oil building in Los Angeles. Also, the character that would become John McClain has a different name, and is a retired cop that works with governments, businesses, and others to help them create anti-terrorism planning.

Fast paced, many scenes that made the mov
Thomas Fleet
The movie Die Hard was very loosely based on this. The novel is much darker than the movie. The novel manages to be both didactic and cynically amoral; there are no good guys in it. The Marxist terrorists are just Marxist terrorists; they’re not glamorized at all. But at the same time, the corporation whose building they take over is also portrayed as a bad guy, looting the third world and engaging in arms dealing to fascists, etc. It’s weird. There’s a hint of “capitalists are evil and corrupt ...more
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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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