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"More than anything, THE WALK is a story that makes us confront the fact that most of the time most of us can't save the day--we can only save ourselves." ----The UnFanBoy Blog
"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
"A riveting look into the aftermath of disaster, in this case when The Big One finally hits L.A. We see the tragedy through the eyes of a man whose only goal has become getting home to his wife twenty plus miles away. Did I say riveting? Well, I meant it. A GREAT read. Highly recommended." -- Brett Battles, bestselling author of THE CLEANER
"THE WALKis one of the most intriguing exciting and character-rich novels I've read in a long time. This is Lee Goldberg at the top of his game. This is a grim, funny, sad, frightening, melancholy novel that you won'tbe able to stop reading. I sure couldn't" -- Ed Gorman, author of BAD MOON RISING
From the Publisher
The powerful new thriller by two-time Edgar Award-nominee and acclaimed TV writer/producer Lee Goldberg.
At the beginning of this novel, I pretty much hated the protagonist, Marty Slack. He was timid, shallow and self-involved and pretty much a stereotype of everything annoying about Corporate America types. As time went on, he began to grow on me as he wandered around the city. By the time Marty's plot twist revelation was revealed, I had already figured it out but it still worked in context of the story.
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.
If you are interested in great post-apocalyptic story telling, this is not one for the "keep" pile. The author doesn't seem committed to this story in a way that suspends disbelief. It appears he didn't take it seriously or perhaps became confused regarding how he wanted to portray these events and characters. I did not find it compelling, and that's one huge ingredient of a good post-apocalyptic or apocalyptic story, you really should NEED to keep reading. The protagonist lost my respect and interest almost immediately and I cared so little about what was going to happen that I stopped reading. Perhaps I'll pick it up again where I left off but not with great enthusiasm nor any real expectations.
I'm editing this review to incorporate the rude comment left by someone who appears to be following my reviews for the purpose of insulting and defaming me (not uncommon on Amazon, reviewers with original thought processes are commonly so assaulted by comments). Yes I DO READ BOOKS IN THEIR ENTIRETY, just not bad ones. I read a great deal, and sometimes quickly. If a book deserves closer scrutiny, it gets that; most books do not so I can breeze through them in two days. I often read two or three books at a time. SO if the reader of reviews sees that I have been unable (unwilling) to proceed further into any book, that means I did NOT LIKE IT and isn't my review supposed to reflect my interests, tastes and POV? Hmmmmmm?
What would you do if you had survived the most cataclysmic earthquake in LA history and you are 30 miles from home? Most roads and freeways are impassable and buckled, overpasses collapsed, skyscrapers are toppled or fatally damaged, LAX is on fire and the runways unusable and hundreds of thousands of the population are killed, seriously injured or trapped under rubble. And the aftershocks keep coming, bigger than any in living memory.
Martin Slack, a successful network executive, has been visiting a TV series set in an old warehouse when the earthquake struck and is lucky to take cover under his Mercedes when the warehouse collapses, crushes his car but leaves him unscathed. With devastation all around him Martin decides to walk home through the rubble to his home and his wife, not knowing if his house and wife have survived. Martin is not normally an adventurous type but within hours he rescues a boy from a car on a damaged flyover, and fails to rescue a woman trapped in her car. He is helped along by Buck, a mysterious hunk of a man with a flair for violence, who follows him through thick and thin.
This is a catastrophic tale of the aftermath of a major disaster and how people react, including inadvertent bravery. To lighten things a bit, Lee Goldberg mixes in a few touches of humour, especially focusing on the unreal world of TV series and movies. Along the way Marty discovers a lot about himself and his feelings for his wife, and his life.
This is a page-turning unusual adventure that I recommend to anyone looking for an enjoyable short read.
You know, I'm not all that big on "journey" books, and books with lots of description. Probably why Robert B. Parker's snappy, dialogue-heavy "Spenser" and "Jesse Stone" thrillers get consumed like potato chips as soon as a new one goes on sale. So, it's saying something for me to report that I quite enjoyed Lee Goldberg's "The Walk", a definite "journey" book and one that's pretty heavy on description, too. On that latter point, I admit that you probably couldn't write a book about a huge earthquake without including lots of description of destruction and carnage. In any event, the description is vivid and gripping, which is helpful to us readers of the "let's get on with the story" persuasion.
Anyway, it's all quite interesting. After the earthquake hits, TV executive Martin Slack begins a long walk home, past endless scenes of the shattered city, to see if his wife Beth is alive. On the way, he meets people, faces challenges, and learns that, just maybe, he's a better, deeper person than his slick studio job has allowed him to be. There's also a clever twist at the end, but one you shouldn't worry too much about trying to predict. It's more of a bonus "hey, that's pretty neat" development than something that changes everything that went before (though there's a tinge of that, too).
I also liked the occasional flashbacks to Marty and Beth's past, which serve to give us welcome breaks from the devastation and tragedy, as well as deliver some good banter for us dialogue fans. There's decent dialogue in the post-earthquake scenes, too, but I really enjoyed Marty and Beth's sharp, interesting conversations in the flashbacks.
I really shouldn't say much more. Read the book for yourself and let its well-drawn scenes (some scary, some funny, some strangely whimsical, and- yes- many tragic) unfold in a fresh manner as you click away. In the end, I'm really glad that the Kindle has given a new lease on life to Mr. Goldberg's previously hidden-away gem, and I think you'll be, too.