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{April 24, 2013}   {Review} Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

16245510From Goodreads: 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 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 absolutely loved Die Hard, so I jumped at the chance to read Nothing Lasts Forever when it hit Netgalley.  Prior to that, I honestly didn’t know it was a book… shame on me.  But that’s okay because now I’ve remedied this and read the novel.  However, I actually liked the movie better.

What?  Yep, I said it.  I know it’s rare, but on occasion, I actually find a movie I like more so than the book it stemmed from, like the movie Stand By Me versus Stephen King’s The Body.  The movie was just so much more poignant… but I digress.  In terms of Die Hard versus Nothing Lasts Forever, here’s my reason for liking the movie more:  spatially and directionally, I have no compass, no imagination, so when it comes to all of Thorpe’s details about the building design and where John McClane is in terms of the building, and there’s a lot, I just couldn’t follow it.  Basically, it came down to this: I knew John was in an elevator shaft, or on the roof, or climbing through a vent somewhere, but in relation to the building, I had no idea where he was and I couldn’t imagine it—blueprints don’t do it for me.  They never have.  Thorp also described the landscapes and rooms in order to help readers visualize the barriers between John and the terrorists, but I had some difficulty visualizing that as well, mainly because I already had no idea where John was located.

Was the book good?  Of course?  It draws the reader in and there is a lot of mystery, suspense, and bloodshed.  But, for the spatially and directionally challenged, like me, it’s even more thrilling to see it come to heads on the big screen, since I can actually visualize everything.  Overall, I’d say those who have a keen sense of direction and can easily follow building blueprints will absolutely adore this novel.  If you’re like me, though, you might prefer the movie, but I’d definitely say that you have to read the book as well.  Thorp is indeed a terrific writer with an amazing plotline, and it’s not his fault that I have no spatial imagination.  Try it and see.  Three stars.

3 starsGraymalkin Media has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.



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