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February 14, 2013
Entertainment & Publishing News
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The Bestseller That Launched the $1.2 Billion Die Hard Film

Franchise Is Back in Print After Two Decades 



Honors 25th Anniversary of the Film and 

Reveals Never-Before-Seen Bonus Features


A Good Day to Die Hard
LOS ANGELES, CA – February 14, 2013 – The pulse-pounding bestseller that inspired the Die Hard film franchise is finally back in print after two decades. “Nothing Lasts Forever” by Roderick Thorp is now available in trade paperback and ebook from Graymalkin Media. This edition commemorates the 25th anniversary of the blockbuster that Entertainment Weekly called, “The Greatest Action Movie of All Time.” The ebook includes never-before-seen bonus features that reveal the origin of the Die Hard franchise.

Nothing Lasts Forever Cover

The latest $100 million sequel, “A Good Day to Die Hard,” stars Bruce Willis and comes to theaters February 14th, 2013. Roderick Thorp is credited as a writer.


The first four Die Hard films have grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide. Fox studio chairman Jim Gianopulos recently called the Die Hard franchise “a cornerstone of the studio.”  


“‘Die Hard’ very closely follows the book, so reading ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ gives fans the chance to enjoy the thrill of the ‘Die Hard’ story in more detail, experience the scenes that didn’t make it into the film, and discover the novel’s shocking ending,” said Graymalkin Media Owner and CEO David Zindel.


Roderick Thorp’s estate recently uncovered an eleven-page, handwritten document they believe to be Thorp’s first attempt at putting his ideas for the book down on paper. “This is an amazing find. It’s on these handwritten pages that ‘Die Hard’ was born,” Zindel said.


The eleven-page treatment is included as a bonus feature in the “Nothing Lasts Forever” ebook.


The outline discloses details about the detective’s backstory; provides us with Thorp’s eclectic collection of literary, film, and philosophical references that he thought would influence the style of the book; and reveals the never-before-told secret of why the hero keeps fighting despite the overwhelming odds against him.


“When Roderick Thorp wrote this treatment, he knew he was onto something really big. Reading it, you can share in his excitement as he raced to get the story written down. ‘Die Hard’ would go on to completely redefine the action/thriller genre,” Zindel said.

When “Nothing Lasts Forever” was adapted into “Die Hard,” Bruce Willis was catapulted from a television sitcom star into one of the greatest action heroes of all time. It’s hard to imagine anyone else as Detective John McClane, but a number of stars turned down the iconic role, including Frank Sinatra, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Richard Gere, Harrison Ford, and Mel Gibson.


Other actors who starred alongside Bruce Willis in the franchise include Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons, and Alan Rickman. 


The Los Angeles Times described “Nothing Lasts Forever” as, “A ferocious, bloody, raging book so single-mindedly brilliant in concept and execution it should be read at a single sitting.” 


The New Yorker said, “[‘Nothing Lasts Forever] keeps us in a state of almost unequaled suspense and excitement!”


Roderick Thorp’s book launched one of the greatest action movie franchises in history. Now fans of the blockbuster series can experience the thrill of the Die Hard films by reading “Nothing Lasts Forever,” the bestseller that started it all.  

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Roderick Thorp  

Roderick Thorp (1936-1999) is the bestselling author of “The Detective,” which was made into a film starring Frank Sinatra. Mr. Thorp worked as a private detective for nine years and did extensive crime reporting including a twenty-one-part series on cocaine traffic in southern California, which was published in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. His other titles include “Rainbow Drive” and “Devlin.”

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Publication Data

Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp is published by Graymalkin Media. Print Edition $9.95 ISBN 9781935169185, eISBN 9781935169840. The adult fiction thriller is 245 pages, 8″ x 5.3″, and available from all major retailers including: Amazon Barnes & Noble Apple IndieBound

More About the Book

Wonder exactly how much the movie mirrors the book? Find out in the new comparison summary. High resolution artwork can be found here.

Book Summary

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 über-villains. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good fight to the death. Ho ho ho!