Nothing Lasts Forever (1979) Review

Nothing Lasts Forever (1979 Novel) part two [PODCAST AUDIO ONLY–DISCUSSION]

Overview
Nothing Lasts Forever is well worth reading from sheer fascination and the template is appropriate there for Die Hard, but despite several similarities I would have to say I prefer the film whatsoever.

Plot:

High atop a Los Angeles skyscraper, an office Christmas party becomes a deadly cage-match involving a lone nyc cop and a group of international terrorists. Every activity fan knows it might just function as volatile big-screen blockbuster Die Hard. However, before Bruce Willis withdrew crowds as unstoppable hero John McClane, writer Roderick Thorp pumped out thriller readers with all the bestseller that started everything.
A dozen heavily armed terrorists have taken hostages, issued requirements, and guaranteed bloodshed all according to plan. But they have not relied to a death-defying, one-man cavalry without the sneakers, no copy, without the intention of moving down readily. Since hot-headed cops swarm outside, and cold-blooded killers wield machine guns and rocket launchers indoors, the stage is set for the ultimate showdown between anti-hero and uber-villains.

Review:

I wrote a post a couple of weeks back about nothing Lasts Forever became Die Hard so today I thought I’d review the book .
Story-wise it is pretty much like the traditional Bruce Willis film but like I mentioned before, some character names are distinct, notably Joe Leland who’d later be known as John McClane from the films.
Leland is rather an arrogant personality who doesn’t have a problem putting his gun about to get outcomes; in that respect he is very similar to John McClane and he’s almost as numerous one-liners. Leland never states that the”yippee-kiyay” line regrettably but you still root for him and he is still the likable everyman.
The book is nicely paced and it is hard to put down since you are desperate to find out what’s going to happen next. Writer Roderick Thorp understood how to make lots of tension and produced a story with a great deal of unpredictable twists and turns.
Tony (AKA Hans) Gruber is an intriguing villain but maybe not a well-developed because he’s in the film that’s quite odd. I really do like how he is not simply a thief but he’s basically penalizing KLAXON oil for doing fantastic bargains in Chile so he is even more of a crusader… he does things somewhat aggressively.
Al Powell is fairly identical to his film counterpart also assists Joe throughout his ordeal; however, the largest change is that the end.

SPOILER ALERT

If you have never read the book then do not read this next sentence, however it is no wonder that they changed the ending to this film. From the publication Tony Gruber has Leland’s daughter as a hostage, whereas at Die Hard it is John’s wife Holly.
From the publication during the last confrontation between Joe and Tony, it’s Joe using all the gun taped to his back (like the film ) and he shoots Tony but instead of Tony falling from the window and everyone living happily ever afterwards, Joe’s daughter drops from the window along with him… and dies! That is appropriate. Joe went through complete hell only so he could observe his daughter die in front of him.
It was ballsy as hell to perform a finish like that but when the film had finished that way then it might have failed in the box office. You do not wish to read a few hundred pages simply to see the hero neglect so that I had a significant issue with that.
Total, Nothing Lasts Forever is well worth reading from sheer fascination and the template is appropriate there for Die Hard, but despite several similarities I would have to say I like the movie whatsoever.