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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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Walk is a post traumatic event story set in LA. After a major earthquake devastates Los Angeles Marty Slack is forced to walk many miles to get home. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
Maybe it's the typical American mentality of myself, or maybe it's because I'm a game designer, and have learned long ago that something needs to happen every 10 to 20 seconds to... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Philip J Escobedo
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... Read morePublished 11 days ago by David M. Wilson
Interesting take on a major (BIG) earthquake hitting the LA Basin area.Published 17 days ago by Melanie Robbins
I have other of his books, but hesitated on this because it was so different. Glad I took the chance.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really liked the book. Some parts were a little far fetched but fit in with the story. It may be because I used to live in Los Angeles but I could picture each area as he walked... Read morePublished 22 days ago by dbv