Haha! They re-released the book that inspired Die Hard on Kindle only. I've been waiting for a used paperback to come down in price, but the Kindle version is only six bucks, so... Whatever. Downloaded to the Droid!
Nothing Lasts Forever
Jesus Christ... Amazon has my number. So I got a $3 download special offer for First Blood. The 1972 novel that would inspire Rambo. And, according to Wikipedia, it went through something of a torturous process from book to film...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Blood_(novel
The Die Hard novel, so far, is bizarre. The Bruce Willis character is an older man, a WWII vet (the novel's set in 1978), and Holly is his wastrel daughter who works for a Texas oil baron. She's doing coke and fucking Ellis (who's basically exactly the same).
Otherwise, it's creepy how weirdly loyal the movie is. All the one liners are there, though our main guy isn't as sardonic or quippy. He's much more of a thinking man (this is one of many of a standard detective series). The language isn't there, of course. But all those great one-liners are in there -- Go on! Show him the watch!
The relationships are spot-on, too. There's actually something of an interesting take on the Texan (who would become Takagi in the movie). He's not really a good guy. There's a reason the terrorists target the company.
This is very, very, very subtly hinted at in the movie. You may pick it up on the 50th viewing. But it's much more obvious here, chiefly because the whole thing is from our main guy's point of view, so he sums up his feelings about the company in the first few pages.
What I enjoy is that our main guy, having long since retired from the NYPD, is a consultant and terrorist expert responsible for setting up the air marshal program (which is why he's on a plane with a loaded gun) and SWAT teams. So not only does he know exactly what he's doing -- as opposed to being a maverick cop -- but he also recognizes Gruber.
Also we spend, like, five pages on the origin of making fists with your toes, all by way of explaining why he then spends the rest of the book barefoot.