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The Walk by [Goldberg, Lee]
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#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

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.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR LEE GOLDBERG

"Can books be better than TV? You bet they can -- when Lee Goldberg's writing them. Get aboard now for a thrill ride," #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

"You'll finish this book breathless!" #1 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 & two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the fifteen Monk mysteries and the internationally bestselling Fox & O'Hare books co-written with Janet Evanovich. He's also written and/or produced scores of TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, SeaQu

About the Author

Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award–nominated TV producer and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. His many books include the long-running Diagnosis Murder and Monk mysteries, The Walk, King City, Watch Me Die, and the international bestseller The Heist, which he co-wrote with Janet Evanovich. His numerous TV writing and producing credits include Diagnosis Murder, Monk, SeaQuest, Nero Wolfe, and The Glades. He's also worked as a consultant for TV networks and studios in Europe, Canada, and Sweden and has served on the Board of the Mystery Writers of America.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 795 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Five Star (May 31 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BSHHTQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Great premise, hits the ground running from page 1. Lots of surreal, fun LA flavour an characters. An unlikely hero. Very enjoyable read.
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An okay book by a fine author.
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