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The Walk [Kindle Edition]

Lee Goldberg
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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"Can books be better than TV? You bet they can -- when Lee Goldberg's writing them. Get aboard now for a thrill ride," New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

It's one minute after the Big One. Marty Slack, a TV network executive, crawls out from under his Mercedes, parked outside what once was a downtown Los Angeles warehouse, the location for a new TV show. Downtown LA is in ruins. The sky is thick with black smoke. His cell phone is dead. The freeways are rubble. The airport is demolished. Buildings lay across streets like fallen trees. It will be days before help can arrive.

Marty has been expecting this day all his life. He's prepared. In his car are a pair of sturdy walking shoes and a backpack of food, water, and supplies. He knows there is only one thing he can do ... that he must do: get home to his wife Beth, go back to their gated community on the far edge of the San Fernando Valley.

All he has to do is walk. But he will quickly learn that it's not that easy. His dangerous, unpredictable journey home will take him through the different worlds of what was once Los Angeles. Wildfires rage out of control. Flood waters burst through collapsed dams. Natural gas explosions consume neighborhoods. Sinkholes swallow entire buildings. After-shocks rip apart the ground. Looters rampage through the streets.

There's no power. No running water. No order.

Marty Slack thinks he's prepared. He's wrong. Nothing can prepare him for this ordeal, a quest for his family and for his soul, a journey that will test the limits of his endurance and his humanity, a trek from the man he was to the man he can be ... if he can survive The Walk.

The book includes a free bonus excerpt from J.A. Konrath's best-selling, kick-ass thriller THE LIST.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR LEE GOLDBERG

"You'll finish this book breathless!" New York Times Bestselling author Janet Evanovich

"Leaves you guessing right up until the heart-stopping ending," New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner

"Lee Goldberg can plot and write with the best of them," Mystery Scene Magazine

"Lee Goldberg gives THE WALK a richness and truthfulness that wouldn't exist if it were only about a cardboard man fighting exterior threats. The story becomes far more poignant because it 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

"Entertaining and ruefully funny," Honolulu Star Bulletin

"When it comes to delivering a first-rate mystery, Lee Goldberg has the hands of a master surgeon," New York Times bestselling Author Rick Riordan

"THE WALK is a magnificent novel -- by turns hilarious, scary, sad, witty and ultimately wise on its judgments about the way so many of us live these days. And it's one hell of a page-turner, too," Author Ed Gorman, founder of Mystery Scene Magazine

"Harrowing and funny..." -Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

"Lee Goldberg's hard-to-classify but not-be-missed THE WALK, set in the aftermath of a major Los Angeles earthquake, pokes fun at the TV industry in the midst of disaster..." -Jon Breen, The Year In Mystery and Crime Fiction

"With books this good, who needs TV?" Chicago Sun Times

"THE WALK is one of the very best novels you'll read this year or any other year." - Author James Reasoner

"You'd be hard-pressed to find another recent work that provides so many hip and humorous moments," Bookgasm

"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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award nominee. His TV writing and/or producing credits include "Hunter," "SeaQuest," "Spenser For Hire," "Diagnosis Murder," "Martial Law" and "Monk." His books include "My Gun Has Bullets," "Man with the Iron-On Badge," "Successful Television Writing," and the "Diagnosis Murder" and "Monk"

About the Author

Lee Goldberg is a New York Times bestselling author and a two-time Edgar Award nominee. His TV writing and/or producing credits include "Hunter," "SeaQuest," "Spenser For Hire," "Diagnosis Murder," "The Glades," and "Monk." His books include "King City," "Watch me Die," the "Diagnosis Murder" and "Monk" series of original mystery novels. He's also the author, with Janet Evanovich, of the Fox & O'Hare series of international #1 bestsellers, including "Pros & Cons," "The Heist" and "The Chase."

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2020 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453728988
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Five Star (May 31 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BSHHTQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting action packed thriller Feb. 7 2004
Format:Hardcover
TV network executive Marty Slack is on location in downtown Los Angeles when the Earthquake hits. It is the Big One and the destruction is widespread and covers an area from Santa Barbara to San Juan Capistrano. Downed electrical lines and broken gas lines turned the affected area into a raging inferno. Marty's only thought is walking the thirty miles to his wife and home to the gated community of Oakridge Hills Estates in Calabasas.
He puts together a survival kit and starts walking with his eyes down so he doesn't have to see the devastation or the people he can't help. He runs into Buck, a big tough bounty hunter, who joins his trek. Marty, who doesn't want to be a hero, saves a kid trapped in a car that might fall off the bridge. He gives comfort to a dying woman and takes the picture she gives him of her little girl and asks him to pick up at the Pre School. After surviving a tidal wave from a broken dam, he picks up little Clara risking his own life to save her from an escaped tiger. After all Buck and Marty's pain and suffering, security at the latter's community refuses to let them enter.
THE WALK is an exciting action packed thriller that would make a fantastic movie because it focuses on the protagonist who undergoes a metamorphosis from an uncaring selfish man to a heroic figure. The trials and tribulations he undergoes allows the real Marty Slack to shine as he proves he is no slacker. Lee Goldberg always entertains his audience with a gripping drama and THE WALK is certainly that.
Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Journey March 20 2014
By bears
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This book is somewhat tongue in cheek treatment of a trek through a stunning nightmare. The ending came as a surprise, however several loose threads were not connected with this ending.

The book held my interest as i wondered what disaster would befall the hero next. The character grew as a person and gained insight as the story progressed. The story illustrate the proverb: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

I will read other books by this author based on my experience with this one.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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After reading all of Goldberg's "Diagnosis Murder" books I was very disappointed with "the Walk".
Mainly because it was full of foul language. Very inappropriate in my opinion.
I couldn't finish the book, read a couple of chapters. !!
Fred Gardiner
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly Feb. 22 2012
Format:Paperback
Although I am well aware all post apocalyptic fiction is just that - fiction- this story was to the point of ridiculous. Characters were unlikeable, unbelievable and I was glad when I could finally toss this book in the Value Village pile.
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125 of 128 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Afternoon's Read Sept. 4 2009
By Geoffrey A. Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
97 of 106 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book that could have been great. June 23 2009
By AliceA - Published on Amazon.com
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I would have given this book 4 stars but for one thing. The last obstacle that the protagonist faces was just too much (I don't want to spoil it). The author lost me right before the end of the book. Not that everything that happened before that in the book was believable, but the author convinced me it was believable in the way it was written. But that last one ...

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.
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simply good, lacking in some areas Nov. 4 2009
By ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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I was not intrigued and captivated by The Walk nearly as much as some of the other people reviewing this book. While I usually don't read books surrounding disasters or the aftermaths thereof, the reviews of this book caused me to give it a shot. While interesting in some areas, it just lacked the punch that it had the potential to deliver.

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). Unfortunately, I can't provide any more detail without giving it away.

Throughout the book, I felt as if the author was writing this as a TV episode, which is understandable as that is his background. However, what is missing here are the pieces colored in by the other people who develop TV shows (director, set design, cinematographer, etc...). While Mr. Goldberg has presented an interesting idea and story, the overall product is lacking where other people usually take over on a TV series.
69 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the Walk Sept. 17 2009
By Joanne Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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This book did live up to all of the great reviews. I absolutely loved the combination of the apocalyptic story line mixed with the humanistic qualities of the characters. I love any book where I am surprised, and left to think about the book, and this book did that. It was not too over the top gory, which it could have been and I think takes away from a story sometimes, but just horrific enough to really give me goosebumps. It was like a horror movie from the seventies in that it left something up to the imagination. I got slightly bored with some of the description of the LA area, but that is just me.I will recommend this book, and look forward to other books from this author.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 12 Hours and 45 Minutes Dec 26 2010
By Ranndy Kellogg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
12 hours and 45 minutes. Tokyo to Chicago. My trip home. Not as long as the one Martin Slack endured in Lee Goldberg's "The Walk"' but a tortuous journey nonetheless. Coach class. Middle seat. People who wanted to talk in both sides of me. Fortunately, I was engaged in the wry writing of Mr. Goldberg. A bit Twilight Zone. A bit 70's disaster movie. A great page turner that made my trip fly by (sorry for the pun).

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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