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From Publishers Weekly

Taking a page from The Odyssey, bestseller Evans (The Christmas Box) launches a new series of inspirational novels with a serious misstep. In the novel's outset, once-successful Seattle advertising executive Alan Christoffersen loses everything important to him: his beloved wife dies after being thrown by a horse, his business partner steals all their clients for himself, and lenders re-possess Alan's home and cars. Anchorless, Alan decides to take a walk to "the furthest point reachable by foot," Key West, Fla., in search of new meaning. In short chapters, Evans covers the first 12 days of Alan's journey, taking him from Bellevue to Spokane, Washington; the journey is largely uneventful, filled in by details of Alan's meals at small-town diners and fast food joints. Lacking a sense of dynamics or immediacy, the first leg of Evans' epic is a contrived attempt at honest seeking.
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Evans’ latest inspirational novel is the first in a planned series about a man who sets out to walk across the country in the wake of a personal tragedy. At 28, Alan Christoffersen is the head of his own successful ad company, and madly in love with his wife, McKale. His life seems truly charmed, until McKale has an accident while horseback riding. She is left paralyzed, and to stay by her side, Alan leaves his business in the hands of his partner, Kyle, which proves to be a terrible misstep when Kyle cruelly betrays him. Then McKale dies. Bereft, Alan throws off the trappings of his old life and, with little more than a backpack and a tent, sets out to walk from his home in Bellevue, Washington, all the way to Key West, Florida. The idea of a man leaving on a soul-searching cross-country trek is an intriguing one, and the pages turn quickly. Future installments will prove whether Evans’ concept holds up, but this initial offering is definitely a journey worth taking. --Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Series: Walk Series
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439187312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439187319
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (848 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Paul Evans
When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author.

Officially, he was an advertising executive, an award-winning clay animator for the American and Japanese markets, candidate for state legislature and most importantly, husband and father. The Christmas Box was written as an expression of love for his (then) two daughters. Though he often told them how much he loved them, he wanted to express his love in a way that would be timeless. In 1993, Evans reproduced 20 copies of the final story and gave them to his closest relatives and friends as Christmas presents. In the month following, those 20 copies were passed around more than 160 times, and soon word spread so widely that bookstores began calling his home with orders for it.

His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. The Emmy award-winning CBS television movie based on The Christmas Box starred Maureen O'Hara and Richard Thomas. Two more of Evans's books were produced by Hallmark and starred such well-known actors as James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Naomi Watts, Mary McDonough and Academy award winner Ellen Burstyn. He has since written 10 consecutive New York Times bestsellers and is one of the few authors in history to have hit both the fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. He has won three awards for his children's books including the 1998 American Mothers book award and two first place Storytelling World awards. Evans's latest book, The 5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me About Life and Wealth, is now available.

Of his success, Evans says: "The material achievements of The Christmas Box will never convey its true success, the lives it has changed, the families brought closer together, the mothers and fathers who suddenly understand the pricelessness of their children's fleeting childhood. I share the message of this book with you in hopes that in some way, you might be, as I was, enlightened."

During the Spring of 1997, Evans founded The Christmas Box House International, an organization devoted to building shelters and providing services for abused and neglected children. Such shelters are operational in Moab, Vernal, Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah and Lucre, Peru. To date, more than 16,000 children have been housed in Christmas Box House facilities.

As an acclaimed speaker, Evans has shared the podium with such notable personalities as President George W. Bush, President George and Barbara Bush, former British Prime Minister John Majors, Ron Howard, Elizabeth Dole, Deepak Chopra, Steve Allen, and Bob Hope. Evans has been featured on the Today show and Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Time, Newsweek, People, The New York Times, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, TV Guide, Reader's Digest, and Family Circle. Evans lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children.

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114 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Treier on April 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Who hasn't thought of walking away from their life at one point or another? In Richard Paul Evan's new book, Alan, the main character does just that after he looses everything, including his beloved wife. This is the first of 5 installments as he journeys on foot across the country while coming to terms with all he has lost. It is a very capitvating story and moves quickly. Although the book has it's own satisfying ending, you definitely remain very attached to Alan and are left looking forward to hearing about the rest of his journey!
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150 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Sr., Wx on April 30, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I feel I've been had! If I'd know that Alan's trek across America was nothing more than a serial story to be spread across many volumes, I would not have started the journey!

The story is simple, the people Alan encounters traveling across Washington state (Not across America to Key West) are forgettable. It turns out to be a journal of his meals and B&B's. It's not even a good 'feel good' book if that's your cup of tea.

I found it offensive that I'd get to the end of the (Kindle) book to see a "join Alan in April 2011 as he continues his walk". Come on. This is not much more than a Saturday afternoon serial at the movies that never ends.

Nowhere in the promotional material does it indicate this is the beginning of a multi-part story. Bad on the publisher.

Believe me, there was nothing I read here that could possible keep me interested for a year from now.
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89 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Tyler on April 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read the walk about 2 weeks ago, I really enjoyed the story and the characters, however, there were a few things that I found irritating. First there is so much blank space in the book. You read 2, 3, 4 pages and then there are 2 blank pages, which if you cut that out, the book would be about half the size. It was simply for page fillers and a little misleading. I also think he left out a lot and focused too much on what the main character had to eat. I feel like this book is somewhat of a cash cow, and that greed may be the reason for the 5 part series. In all honesty he SHOULD have just put all 5 books in 1. I am really curious for the next one...but am I going to remember it a YEAR from now? Possibly not. It is definately not worth $22 as it's a very short simple story. I also feel it may be a slight rip off of Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist" which is amazing.
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64 of 82 people found the following review helpful By PartIrishman on May 4, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The publisher is a genius. The problem: How to get people to spend $50 for an e-book? The solution: Take a story. Spread it out over 5 installments and charge $10 for each. Oh, and get them to wait 4 years for the conclusion. If you can read a "book" in a few hours, it's not a book. It's a short story and should be priced accordingly.

Now, if you can get past the fact you've been ripped off, you now have to suffer through a redundant story. The first third of the "book" details how our beloved main character goes from riches to rags. We shed a tear and then we finally get to The Walk. If you like diners, milkshakes, and waitresses named Flo, you'll love the last 2/3 of this "book". Our man walks from Seattle to Spokane enjoying burgers and malts. Boring. Save your cash for a real milkshake. At least the milkshake will stay with you longer than this "book" will.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Minot8 on February 21, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I felt like this book was a rip off. Some of the character's grocery lists were longer than Evens' chapters. Why make us read a journal entry then repeat the same thing in the chapter. I felt that this would have made a terrific novel...this book, however, was more like an outline for an idea. I realized that it is the beginning of a series...how clever a marketing idea, but it is not a novel. Evens rushes us through the reason for the character's taking a walk,then goes into long boring descriptions of his moments in stores buying supplies. Either the editor missed the boat, or the author got tired of writing and handed in the outline. I would have made a good serial for a magazine.

Great idea...but I won't buy any more of this series...
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
That's right. My title says it all. This is the only guy in the world who has a wife with a stupid name, lets a jerk steal his business right out from under him before his wife gets sick and dies, then takes a long walk in his grief. In a nutshell, he's sad, he eats, and meets strangers who are way too nice. After that he's sad, he eats, and meets strangers who are way too nice. Did I also forget to mention he also meets lots of too-good-to-be true people who happen to show up at all the right times and takes credit for other peoples' quotes in his journal? What a journey! It has no story, and it contains every philosophical quote you've ever heard before with no real plot outside of the gang attack. Naturally, he recovers with the help of a woman named Angel, and it morphs into volume two. I just finished that one. People are way too nice and he eats a lot of junk food. If I were you, I'd watch paint peel before reading anything in The Walk series thus far and, with a track record like this, I wouldn't count on the succeeding volumes promising you much else...aside from people who are too nice for their own good and eating lots of junk food. Happy eating--I mean reading!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jb on May 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The audio book version on my iPod provided marginal entertainment on a long flight. The author tells a pretty good story but lots of details come off as contrived, there are long gaps in the setup to the story and then it ends abruptly long before the "walk" is done. Disappointing.

First, Alan is smart enough to build a brilliant career and make lots of money, but he's not smart enough to keep from losing his house and cars in just a few weeks. He has a loyal employee who knows his partner is going to take his business but she won't tell him until it's gone. He has just walked away from a career as a mover and shaker in the advertising world, and no one calls him on his cell phone until he's been walking all day and then he "forgets" he has the phone until it rings once at which point he throws it in a lake. He lives on Seattle's "Eastside" but eats nothing but red meat, and lots of it. He's a Northwest hiker, but shaves in streams and lakes. He trespasses to make camp, walks for days and is never stopped by the police but ends up getting beat-up by a "gang" after recently passing a town where most people speak Spanish, hmmm? He helps a woman and then gets her card but doesn't even look at it.

The list goes on. The author needs to put a bit more research into his characters and the culture of the setting and subdue a few of his own questionable biases. Why didn't his editor lend a hand with some of these problems?
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