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The Walk Paperback – August 22, 2010
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"THE WALK is about the hero's moral courage as much as it is about a paralyzed world. This is memorable fiction." --Spur-Award winning author Richard Wheeler
Harrowing and funny... --Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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Okay, that's not true. But he wants this biography to be really exciting, so pay attention. If things bog down, I've been instructed to add a car chase or some explicit sex.
Here's the real story. Lee Goldberg writes books and television shows.
His mother wanted him to be a doctor, and his grandfather wanted him to go into the family furniture business. Instead, he put himself through UCLA as a freelance journalist, writing for such publications as American Film, Starlog, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle (He also wrote erotic letters to the editor for Playgirl at $25-a-letter, but he doesn't tell people about that, he just likes to boast about those "tiffany" credits).
He published his first book ".357 Vigilante" (as "Ian Ludlow," so he'd be on the shelf next to Robert Ludlum) while he was still a UCLA student. The West Coast Review of Books called his debut "as stunning as the report of a .357 Magnum, a dynamic premiere effort," singling the book out as "The Best New Paperback Series" of the year. Naturally, the publisher promptly went bankrupt and he never saw a dime in royalties. (But the books are available on the Kindle as "The Jury Series")
Welcome to publishing, Lee.
His subsequent books include the non-fiction books "Successful Television Writing" and "Unsold Television Pilots" ("The Best Bathroom Reading Ever!" San Francisco Chronicle) as well as the novels "My Gun Has Bullets" ("It will make you cackle like a sitcom laugh track," Entertainment Weekly), "Dead Space" ("Outrageously entertaining," Kirkus Reviews), "Watch Me Die" ("as dark and twisted as anything Hammet or Chandler ever dreamed up," Kirkus Reviews).
"Take me now," she moaned, "you hot writer stud."
She tore off her clothes and tackled him onto the floor, unable to control her raging lust. Nothing excited her more than being around a writer with a big list of books.
Got your attention again? Good. I don't know about you, but I was starting to nod off. Where was I? Oh yes...
Goldberg broke into television with a freelance script sale to "Spenser: For Hire." Since then, his TV writing & producing credits have covered a wide variety of genres, including sci-fi (SeaQuest), cop shows (Hunter, The Glades), martial arts (Martial Law), whodunits (Diagnosis Murder, Nero Wolfe), the occult (She-Wolf of London), kid's shows (R.L. Stine's The Nightmare Room), T&A (Baywatch), comedy (Monk) and utter crap (The Highwayman). His TV work has earned him two Edgar Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America.
His two careers, novelist and TV writer, merged when he began writing the "Diagnosis Murder" series of original novels, based on the hit CBS TV mystery that he also wrote and produced, and later wrote the 15 bestselling novels based on "Monk," another show that he worked on. He's also the co-creator of Amazon's "The Dead Man" series of monthly horror novellas and the author of the crime thriller "King City." Most recently, he teamed up with Janet Evanovich to write the New York Times bestselling books "The Heist" and "Pros & Cons."
But perhaps he's best known for his pioneering work mapping the human genome and negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Goldberg lives in Los Angeles with his wife and his daughter and still sleeps in "Man From UNCLE" pajamas.
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The book itself was an interesting snapshot of the aftermath of a major disaster and how people react. Some of the images were pretty disturbing but nothing rang all that false or contrived. (Although flooding Hollywood was a little reminiscent of the dam burst in the movie 'Earthquake' - but still pretty cool.) As with any disaster movie/story, Marty should have died numerous times but it's not unexpected to have the hero survive where normal people would be long gone.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was fun but nothing unexpected occurred. It is pretty much a standard disaster story. That's not necessarily a bad thing when you're in the mood for some entertaining brain candy.
Otherwise, the book was very compelling. I wanted to keep reading. As others have stated, the hero was flawed but you grow to care about his fate. Some of the conversations were very stilted and formulaic, but then you realize that those conversations were take-offs on bad TV or film premises and the author quickly disabuses you of any notion that the language was meant to be realistic.
There is a great deal of good humor mixed in with the high drama of the premise. I got stared at on the plane yesterday when I laughed out loud during the depiction of a dream/nightmare in which the protagonist was interacting with characters in disaster movies - one particular line about Anne Heche in Volcano set me off. The author manages to nicely mesh the drama and the humor.
I really did enjoy the book, but I thought it jumped the shark with the last crisis the hero faced. Even though the book often lampooned disaster movies and such, it wasn't in itself a lampoon so it just didn't seem to fit.
The book centers on Martin Slack's walk home after The Big One hits LA. The LA setting is central to the story as Martin is a TV executive, and it is clear that he lives up to the stereotypes most people have about executives. With respect to the setting, Goldberg goes to great pains to detail which streets the character is crossing, the routes he is choosing, and some of the more mundane landmarks on the character's walk home. However, being that I have never lived or traveled anywhere near LA, I found myself skipping over these sections. I found them confusing. Whenever you read a book, 99 times out of 100 you have never been to the area where the novel takes place (if it even exists). However, rarely do I find myself skipping over descriptions of the locale as much as I did here.
As much detail as the author went to in explaining the precise streets the character was walking, I found the description of the destruction following the earthquake oddly lacking. While the destruction was evident in the story, I felt it the descriptions lacked punch and vividness, and failed to draw me into the setting.
It becomes evident to the reader that the character's journey is really one of soul-searching. While the ending is interesting, I found that it was telegraphed well in advance and left open some holes in the story which could only be unsatisfactorily explained (in my opinion).Read more ›
Like all of us Marty is not perfect, but he is driven. Neither a natural disaster of near biblical proportions, nor a promise to rescue a child from daycare can stop him. There are no zombies, but there are plenty of unique characters. Goldberg mixes the suspense with just the right touch of humor. If you are as perplexed as me by the inanity that is called prime time TV, you will appreciate the tongue in cheek references to series both real and imagined (I especially liked "The Endless Spiral" with Christopher Walken as a ghost assassin).
Floods, mud slides, fires, looters, urine soaked blankets, poison gas clouds, hungry animals, disruptive bowel movements, and ill fitting shoes all contribute to the fun. You will ask yourself, what else can they throw at this guy? In the end I made it home in a little better shape than Marty, but he definitely worked harder at it than I did. If you want to escape from a long day at work (or a long ride on a plane), read "The Walk". You will not regret it.
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Major earthquake hits California and this one man plans to walk home see if wife and child are ok. I highly recommend it for ages over 17.Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
Good writing, though I didn't like the use of the foul language. But the story did pull me thru the book and the ending was a surprise.Published 7 days ago by Ryan Willmore
Enjoyed the story very much. Portrays horrible scenes of California after the BIG ONE hits. Hope it never happens!
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I'm glad I didn't just 'read' this, I also listened. Luke Daniels as the character of Buck was very very good :) don't just read this. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Georgia C.
I enjoyed the read. Living in CAlifornia, it sure made me think about what I would do and how I would react if I found myself in a similar situation. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Gail Miller
Typically, I read an assortment of books. Historical, romance, suspense, mystery or a combination. I had read a book that was co-written with Lee Goldberg, and his background is... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer