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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.
I am interested in novels depicting an apocalyptic situation, this one was recommended to me and I cannot recommend it.
The novel begins by describing a person working in the film industry and how he copes with a sudden disaster. In this beginning the author spends much time describing the working world of this person and the jargon associated with it(grip, gaffer, etc...). There was so much attention devoted to this and so much industry specific language devoted that i wondered if the author was just describing his own real life working world and documenting it for his convenience. So i looked up the author and bingo, that is what he did for a living! I would not have minded it so much except there is alot of time spent documenting this characters specific talents or world in which he comes from and assumes a bit much from the reader that they understand much of the jargon used. It was distracting and I have found better authors are able to decribe characters well that come from a diverse range of occupations instead of just the one occupation the author holds.
Secondly, once the main character begins the walk, about half of his actions in the situations he becomes involved in do not make sense. The main charater does things that do not make sense. Other characters that tend to join the main character in the walk also from time to time make decisions that rank from poor to outright lunacy from times.
In the end I made it thru about halfway thru this book and quit. There are glimmers in good writing occassionally but there are too many faults to suggest this book at all. A much better apocalyptic read is Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven.
This is the gritty story of a Hollywood exec in the middle of THE BIG ONE-- with freeways collapsed and buildings on fire-- he decides to try to make the walk home through Hollywood and home into the arms of his wife in Calabassas. The walk is full of danger, as Goldberg imagines the worse. Emergency crews overwhelmed, electricity out, cell phone towers down or overwhelmed-- collapsed overpasses and crumbling dams lend this tale an apocryphal feel that is nothing short of terrifying. Added to that is a scoundrel named Buck that the executive encounters along the way who won't take the hint and simply go away. Buck is a terrifying character-- with a sexist attitude towards women and a penchant for threatening violence along the way. Buck keeps pushing the exec to toughen up and BE A MAN-- and no matter what our hero tries to elude this scoundrel, he keeps turning up at the worst possible moments. Sometimes he is helpful, and sometimes he is just plain cruel. Through mud, dirt, flame, flood, and broken concrete our hero keeps heading towards home... A decent tale with some interesting twists and turns.. At times, the author is heavy on the strong language (especially Buck's dialogue) but this meant to be a gritty tale of survival and not a children's book or something you would read in church. I'm a HUGE fan of this author's work on the Monk series, and I enjoy his work with Janet Evanovich, and this was a page turner.. A good read in many ways, just a bit stronger than I prefer, and I admit that to be a personal preference.
Martin Slack works in the TV industry and is at a shooting location when the "Big One" hit California. He isn't hurt much and all he can think to do is walk the thirty miles back to his home. He tells himself to ignore everything and everyone he sees because if he stops to help he'll never get home. Martin is as shallow a person as the industry he works in.
He begins his walk home and finds it is not as easy as he thought it would be to ignore the destruction and death around him. He meets a bounty hunter named Buck, who is obnoxious and annoying, but who makes Martin do things he doesn't want to do--like help people. As he walks, he has flashbacks to his relationship with is wife, Beth and we learn more about their past and who they are.
The walk home teaches Martin things about himself; things he probably already knew but always denied. He is not the same person at the end of his journey as he was at the beginning.
This is a wonderful book. You can see Martin changing as the story progresses, even before he realizes it himself. Change is difficult for all of us, but, for Martin, it took a cataclysmic earthquake to make him realize he wasn't the person he wanted to be. He literally has to walk through hell to make himself see who he really is.
He meets some interesting people along the way. Buck seems to be around all the time, either saving his life, making him help people, or pitching a TV show to him. There are times the book is funny and times it is tragic. The writer paints a very good picture of Los Angeles post-earthquake, especially of the people, stunned and lost. You can see them in the Red Cross tent cities, sitting there in shock, too tired to talk or move anymore. The world has been destroyed. Martin's world is also destroyed, but the destruction gives him an opportunity to change himself.
This isn't just a book about a man walking from Point A to Point B. It is about a man changing with every step, even against his own will, until he reaches the end of his journey. It is probably a journey we all take several times in our lives and sometimes it does take a terrible event to tell us it's time to hit the road again.
I enjoyed the book, but I did not like the main character until close to the end of the book. The premise of the book was that the big "one" hit Los Angeles and the main character, Marty Slack, a TV network executive, has to walk home to Calabasses. Marty should have died multiple times and his surviving the many obstacles that would normally kill any normal human was not realistic. But then I doubt this book was meant to be realistic. It was entertaining and worth reading. There was a good twist at the very end of the book, so wait for it.