Nomads Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1984
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[originally posted 17Sep2001]
Yarbro's novelization of megastar director John McTiernan's first script is your basic Yarbro novelization—sticks close to what the final film looked like, doesn't embellish too much, lends itself to easy, quick reading.
Evidence that the American mind just doesn't want originality: of the films McTiernan has directed, Nomads is the only one that didn't gross over $50 million. ($2.5 million total, if memory serves.) Not coincidentally, it's also by far the most original work he ever did. A dying man is brought into an emergency room on the graveyard shift and, in the process of dying, bites the ear of the doctor who's attending him. The doctor starts having hallucinations—or are they hallucinations?—of the
last few days of the victim's life, and the events that led to his death. Compare and contrast Bruce Willis fighting terrorists and/or Arnie and Gov. Ventura fighting aliens with dreadlocks.
It's your standard eighties horror-movie fare, of course, and no one who's seen a film of any sort in the past thirty years will be surprised at the ending, but it's a fantastic look into the mind of a man who's since hit the very top of Hollywood's A-list, filtered through an author who's eminently capable in the script-novelization area. Worth a look. ***
With an interesting premise of using the people that have no face to mainstream crowds in this world and turning them into something completley sinister.
Was made into a film in 1986 that is also interesting but isn't nearly as good as the book mostly becuase they just didn't explain enough of what was going on and left viewers who hadn't read the book very confused.
Contrary to a prior review this is NOT based on the movie but was written several years before(This was published in 1984, which means it was written at least a year earlier than that as opposed to the films release in 1986)I have a first printing and it makes no mention of a screenplay as I recall or that a movie is forthcoming as most screenplay novels do.