Die Hard more times than I care to admit to but just recently discovered that the movie came from a book, Nothing Lasts Forever.
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!
As the movie is based on the book, there are, of course, many similarities but also many differences. For instance, there is no John McClane in the book. Joe Leyland is the hero in this book and it is his daughter and her kids who are being held hostage. Leyand is also a much older character than John McClane. Many of the events that happen in the movie also take place in the book but for different reasons.
Where in the movie you saw what John McClane, the terrorists, the police and the hostages were doing, the book is told in third person but only from Leyland's viewpoint. The reader has no idea of what is happening anywhere else but from where Leyland is.
I really enjoyed this book. It is entertaining, action packed, plus it was fun to see how it relates to the movie.