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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,173 ratings  ·  55 reviews
It begins in a small Southwestern town. Then it spreads. Across the country a series of strange deaths have overtaken the living. And a stranger compulsion has overtaken the dead.

In a travesty of life they drift with bizarre purpose toward an unknown destination. The walkers have become an obsession for investigator miles Huerdeen. His father is one of them.

Now, lured into...more
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published November 2000 by Signet (first published January 2000)
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This was definitely one of the better Little's book. Possibly even the best. The writing here is the strongest, he really spent time developing a strong backstory and fleshing out realistic characters. The Walking does refer to the walking dead, but this isn't a zombie novel, it's a story about witches and a pretty good one at that. Koontz referred to it as unusually clever, which primarily should tell you the level of writing he is used to. It can certainly dance circles around the sort of crap...more
Another book that tries to sneak onto lists of zombie novels. Don't be fooled by a mere technicality. Yes, there are a few walking corpses, but they are very incidental to the actual storyline.
I would give this book three and a half stars if possible. It is a fairly fast-paced story of dark places, witches, monsters, and walking dead. (Not zombies, just dead people who walk.) Protagonist and private investigator Miles Huerdeen is rocked by the news of his father's sudden illness and soon discovers that much worse lies in wait. Investigating a possible stalker, he finds a list of men who are dying one by one in unspeakable ways and races to find a connection. A homeless woman gives him...more
Miles Huerdeen is a private investigator. His elderly father suffers a stroke and dies a few months later. But his dad doesn't rest in peace. He walks. Around and around his room, eyes blank and staring at nothing, heart stopped, lungs still. He's dead, but up and moving.

Miles calls a buddy in the coroner's office and they come and take the boogying body away, after the proper drugs and restraints are applied. But the body disappears a few days later.

Now Miles is in a desperate search for his fa...more
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Benjamin Ethridge
Damn, I really liked this book up until the conclusion. Did I miss something? What was the point of the corpses walking in the first place? Even if it was quickly explained, the resolution of this book is wrapped up too fast, too neat, and it deserves so much more for the build up it was given.

I would rather give it a 3.75 because the writing is always great with Little behind the pen.
I was wrong...this book is not about Zombies...though there are Zombies in it. It is a good tale, about revenge, and witches, and what happens when you don't trust your instincts. I was impressed enough that I might seek out some other Bentley Little tales.

And it is a bit creepy...the Zombie parts, creepy. For reasons other than Zombie tales usually are. Intriguing!
This is the book that got me hooked on Bentley Little. He's certainly not an author for everyone--his books are by no means deep or profound, and many of them can be very gory and violent. But what fun they are to read!
Maybe closer to 3 1/2 stars. A little simplistic for my type of horror but still kept my interest so the 4 stars is the way I went.
Hopelessly dull horror novel.
Eddie Novak
April 7, 2006
April 11, 2006
This was my second try at Bentley Little's writing and I guess it's not the best example of his writing judging by the other reviews on here and my own opinion, sorry to say. It certainly didn't live up to the blurb on the cover, "Horror Event of the Year!" Unless that was a bad year for horror maybe? Not that this book was bad, it wasn't really. It just wasn't very awesome either. It was pretty "meh" really. The characters were ok, Miles, the investigator, his ex-wife Claire, his partner Hal, a...more
Stacey Barber
This was a roller coaster of a read. I found myself with dramatic highs and lows with each corner the book takes you: "ooh, this is interesting..." To "umm, oookay what just happened?", "oh yeah, I see where this is going", "waitaminute...why did it stop?", "okay, now it's getting good", to "what the hell??"... In the end it was a mind tease, a very frustrating, uninspiring jerk of a book that left me with the urge to do extra housework just to make up for the grueling time spent reading it. Tos...more
Rowan MacBean

I am a fan of Bentley Little. I've read most of his books and I haven't disliked any of them. However, many have sort of irritated me. Little has a way of presenting a story like it's going to be something truly disturbing and psychological, and then pulling a bait-and-switch at the last minute and giving it an absurd paranormal ending. The Walking doesn't do that; it starts out paranormal and ends up paranormal. The ending fits. It isn't tacked on. I appreciate that.

Aside from that, it...more
Kim Smiley
Not my favorite Bentley Little book. After reading a dozen of them, this is at the bottom of the list. The plot and story were interesting, and sometimes creepy, but the story took forever to progress. I really wasn't into it until I was 200 pages into the story. Then at the end, although the climax was fitting, it could have been done so in a lot less pages.

If you're a Little fan as I have become, or if you're considering this author, I advise you to NOT read this book first. I plan on reading...more
Andre Higgins
This one started out pretty nicely with a cool intrigue..... but at about half way through it gets predictable and is nothing more than a very loooonnng wrap up.
This is my third Bentley Little book and I'm noticing a weakness in his endings.
There are a few loose ends that are neglected..... the big and scary dead creature discovered in the desert is never explained, and that's annoying. Also, many times you think you're finally gonna find out what Isabella really is..... but no, you're left hang...more
Adam Wilson
The Walking is strange to say the ultimate least. It isn't like my favorite type of Little novels where a small event eventually snowballs into something unimaginabley horrible, but it is still a great book. Basically, The Walking is about an epidemic of the dead getting up and walking toward a specific destination and the characters trying to figure out the whats, hows, and whys. I thought that it was a unigue idea and very interesting and exciting read, but the memorable quality that I love in...more
Miles is a private detective who begins investigating a bizarre, supernatural phenomenon after the death of his father. People are dying and they keep walking after death. This happens to Miles' father, and despite all efforts, his father's body disappears from the morgue! This book is full of creepy zombie-like images and government secrets and the beginning is highly intriguing. The Walking is a great story with very appealing characters. However, the ending is a little of a let down. I felt L...more
Brielle Boulanger
My first Bentley Little book. Loved his style of writing and his disturbing descriptions. This book was so refreshing! I thought it would be another zombie type book and when witchcraft came into it I was hooked! Loved it and looking forward to more.
Feb 19, 2010 Joe rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Good but not amazing. I enjoyed the 'Then' and 'Now' approach the author took and that 'Then' was mid 1800's. The history of Wolf Canyon is fascinating and the revenge against those who were responsible for the flood was excellent. Once the strange happenings began to be explained the element of surprise was weakened, and the conclusion was anti-climactic. I didn't want Miles to suddenly become a great sorcerer, but the last 30 pages trekking through the desert was tedious. To be fair though, I...more
Stephen King recommended author. He says: "BEST OUTRIGHT HORROR NOVELIST. Bentley Little, in a walk. Don't know Bentley Little? You're not alone. He's probably the genre's best-kept secret, but at least 10 of his novels are available in paperback; you can pick up three for the price of that flashy new hardcover you've got your eye on. The best thing about Little is that he can go from zero to surreal in 6.0 seconds. My favorites are The Store (think Wal-Mart run by SAYYY-tan) and Dispatch, in wh...more
This is supposed to be a horror/suspense book, but it's really about a middle-aged man in a midlife crisis still pining for his ex-wife...and there are witches. The premise of the story is intriguing, but this is book is not well-plotted or well-written. The best are the passages that read like porn that Freud may have writen - "He spent himself inside her, spurting with abandon until his loins were emptied, and she held him in, obtaining her own gratification, before finally allowing him to pul...more
Sarah Underhill
I found this book to be very intriguing to begin with. I love how he flips back and forth between the past and present so that you slowly begin to get a picture of what exactly is going on and why.
However, I found that the last 100 pages or so of this book seemed to drag on and on. I can't say that's entirely the books fault, but it definitely is mainly the books fault. Overall though definitely worth reading if you are a Bentley fan.
Tony Vinyoh
I'm hardly into horror zombie stories,but The Walking kept me reading,mostly captivated by William's story,I didn't know it scared me till something dropped on the roof,there I jerked,and crazy dreams followed,so I guess the book is potent.I was a little bit disappointed at the end,I expected a bit more magic and a better demonstration of Miles' supernatural inheritance,over all it's a great read.
Elizabeth Wallace
Oct 02, 2008 Elizabeth Wallace rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Absolutely nobody
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Jada (sorta)
Shelves: horror
I give this book a great big enthusiastic "...meh."

A friend started it, hated it, but thought that maybe I'd like it, since I'm into those "creepy, sci-fi, mystery, Stephen King kinda books." I'd be embarrassed to put this on the same shelf as King, much less in the same category. Horrible writing, predictable plot, cheesy ending.

I'd rather read Koontz. And I don't really even LIKE Koontz.
Interesting story about witchcraft, but I was unfortunately led to believe this was a zombie story. Definitely not a z-story, but worth the read. Slow at times and easy to put down with the two separate storylines. I don't understand why stephen king and dean koontz would praise it as a great horror story. I would recommend it to lovers of magic based stories, but not horror purists.
Considered giving it one star, but the beginning was quite interesting. I enjoyed the dichotomy of the two interweaving stories. However, the ending was cheesy, predictable, and not very scary. I'm OK with supernatural events, but I find that often lends itself to characters knowing what to do because it feels right. I get tired of that in a hurry.
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Sean McBride
Wow...just wow. I've read some Little before, but damned if I remember if it was this bad. The tone, the structure, the reasearch...all lacking. Also it was boring and not in the least intriguing. The only reason it gets two stars is because he has a decent talent as an author, really felt like he didn't care while writing this one.
OK book ... Not what I expected ... A bit far from any synopsis I had read ... But OK for a casual read but nothing really special ...

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Bentley Little is an American author of numerous horror novels. He was discovered by Dean Koontz.

Little was born one month after his mother attended the world premiere of Psycho. He published his first novel, The Revelation, with St. Martin's Press in 1990. After reading it, Stephen King became a vocal fan of Little's work, and Little won the Bram Stoker Award for "Best First Novel" in 1990. He mo...more
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