A confession: I've never seen Die Hard.
So when a friend gave me a copy of Roderick Thorp's NOTHING LASTS FOREVER to read, I didn't have the blockbuster movie to compare it to. I couldn't put the book down.
Joe Leland, retired cop, goes to visit his daughter at her company Christmas party in a skyscraper. Terrorists take over the building and keep his daughter hostage while Leland is in the bathroom. Leland then proceeds to kick some serious ass.
That's it. That's the plot. Nothing more. No major twists, turns, surprises. There's a bit of a mystery as to why the terrorists have taken over the building, but it's not at all complicated.
The book fascinated me as I was reading because it is essentially one big action scene. There's a bit of character development, Leland is pretty bad ass, and he's taking out the bad guys one by one and I was cheering him on the whole way.
As someone who tends to over-complicate plot, this book made me realize that sometimes the best stories are the simple ones. A hero people can root for, some bad guys, all stuck in a skyscraper together. Something's gotta blow.
I'm searching for Die Hard on Netflix right now...