The Walk

The Walk

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by Lee Goldberg
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

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A thriller that occurs in the aftermath of an earthquake that devastates Los Angeles Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453728987
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
08/22/2010
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
559,182
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet 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."

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Bookfool More than 1 year ago
A quick read, suspenseful and funny and the same time. Once I started I had trouble putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like post-apocalypse and dystopia stories but this disaster story is close enough even though disasters are temporary and less widespread. It's full of danger and excitement and written as well as any genre book. The main character must walk home about thirty miles after a powerful quake levels much of LA and encounters many dangers and horrible scenes. He also comes face to face with himself and what he really believes in. There are times when the violence of people during the aftermath are just as dangerous as the quake itself, adding to all the obstacles hindering his journey home. The Walk is an action-packed read.
Wallybabba More than 1 year ago
Lee Goldberg's "The Walk" (2004) is an exciting thriller dealing with the aftermath of the big one, California's long feared major earthquake. As the dust settles and the ground stops shaking, TV Executive Marty Slack finds himself uninjured but without any means to return to his home and his wife, both of which are on the opposite side of LA.other than walking, that is. Taking a gym bag from the trunk of his car, he creates a "survival kit" with items from his car and from around the shooting location, and starts off on the walk. The devastated landscape is challenge enough, but it is further complicated by a series of aftershocks that make a bad situation worse. And then there are the people, each with their own set of problems. His plan to cope with the landscape and ignore the people proves more difficult than he imagined. And finally there is Buck, a self-proclaimed PI/bounty hunter who becomes Marty's unwelcome companion. Time after time, Buck puts achieving their goal and even their lives in danger as he prevails upon Marty to "do the right thing". If all this wasn't enough, we see through a series of flashbacks that his life was already in chaos. His career and his marriage are, like many of the structures he encounters, on the brink, ready to collapse. While faced with so many physical threats he must also deal with his inner turmoil as well. While I have read some of Goldberg's books based on the TV series Monk, this is the first of his stand-alones I have read. And it is definitely a good read. So many exciting and interesting things happen that the reader is almost compelled to keep reading. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good thriller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
JSmith79 More than 1 year ago
"THE WALK is 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't-be able to stop reading.
GiovanniG More than 1 year ago
Getting this post started was a tough one for me. I received an opportunity to read a novel by Lee Goldberg that he had penned a few moons ago, how many I am not sure. I think most good novels are not like bread and don't have a shelf life and get stale and moldy after a certain date. The Walk was originally printed in January 2004; mine was printed August 25, 2010. The new technology is amazing. But I digress yet again. The Walk is not an Adrian Monk novel so I didn't know what to expect. Here is what is on the back cover: "It's one minute after the Big One. Marty Slack , a TV network executive, crawls out from under the Mercedes parked outside what was once 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. 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 humility, a trek from the man he was to the man he can be.if he can survive The Walk." Interesting huh. I live in an area of the country that does not have to worry about this type of thing. The closest thing we have had was a flood back in 1996 and that was enough for me for my lifetime. An earthquake and the aftermath is a difficult thing for anyone to wrap their heads around. Lee Goldberg had me involved and caring about Marty right from the beginning. I am consistently amazed at Goldberg's ability to write. He has the knack of using humor as a great tool to draw us in. The Walk is another case in point. I am not going to spoil anything here, but as we get to follow along with Marty in this post-earthquake LA , the pain , suffering, carnage and devastation is consistently buffered by Lee Goldberg's amazing narrative of not just the situation, but the various microcosms that exist in the area. Lee Goldberg's humor and humanity are what carry the novel on its swift and moving journey. The action was surprisingly good and the read was quick. I couldn't help but laugh out loud at many of the scenes and the characters he creates that are just original and totally unique. I love the jaded quality of many of the characters and by the novel's end, we outsiders of the TV industry have picked up some of the jargon and lingo and feel like we are insiders. But do we really care? Yes I say that we do, as we want to know what happens to Marty and the people he cares about. I am not going out on a limb here. This novel was fun and it was a quick read. It had plenty of action and it is a nice surprise in this age of what is new. I say try something old that could be something new to you. The Walk was no stroll; it is a fast paced romp that rocks. I for one am glad I got the opportunity to read this novel; its existence was a secret to me. The new technology is amazing stuff; hopefully I will be able to find more gems in the Lee Goldberg files. Don't forget to check out this Sunday's post as Lee Goldberg is one of the authors highlighted in our Top 20 Novels of the Summer. Please go to our new Gelati's Scoop Fanpage and press the Like button and get on board for the fun and fireworks in store after Labor Day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books from Lee Goldbers collections and I must say that they have all amazed me. In this book you will descover how Marty Slack, a executive protucer, meets new friends such as Buck the Bounty Hunter. Buck is basically a loner he has no one to really cherish in his life beside his Pit Bull named Thor. He lives in hollywood in a small house Together they go on a unepected journey.Marty tries to be as much of a man as Buck. Which only leaves to Marty getting remarks from him.Join Marty on a quest to find the one he loves. This book will leave you with a interesting ending. In this book you will know whats going on at all times. The interesting words that had been chosen by Lee Goldberg fit perfectly in the text. I would recommend this mature young adults. There is a high language alert in The Walk. Other than that it will leave you will your socks off! Enjoy the action packed Drama and begin to take a walk in Martys shoes~Hannah Weeks
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I did not like it as much as some say they did. Maybe I've been spoiled by novels I liked so much better. Three stars.
judyJA More than 1 year ago
I would like this to be available on my nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surviving the Big One in L.A. Nice twist at the end.
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I enjoyed this story. It isn't a classic, but a pretty good read.
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hernando More than 1 year ago
It really isn't a TEOTWAWKI book, so if you're looking for something akin to Patriots, Lights Out, or One Second After, read no further, you're better off skipping it. It is interesting nonetheless, because it is both beautiful and tragic, darkly humorous and grotesque. I ended up liking it though. If you're interested in something different than random action-adventure fiction, read on. This book begins with a bang. The Big One has finally leveled Los Angeles, reducing it to a collection of wandering bank robbers, vigilantes, looters, and scores of dead and wounded people, trapped under rubble and buildings. The narrator is a self-centered and unhappy Hollywood producer, as well as a struggling writer, and going through marriage problems with a woman he deeply loves. We follow him as he tries to walk his way through 10 miles of complete mayhem, and multiple aftershocks, where he clings to the idyllic hope of finding his wife safe and sound. He meets many meeting people on the way, that lead him to question his ethics and motivations, as well as the very core identity of who he really is and the chain of events that led him to this moment.
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