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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  4,452 ratings  ·  337 reviews
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 fa ...more
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Published May 31st 2009 by Five Star (first published January 2nd 2004)
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James Thane
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lee-goldberg
Marty Slack is a failed writer-turned television executive. His job description is a bit elusive, but seems mainly to involve convincing other people that he's somehow essential to the process. He drives the requisite Mercedes; he lives in a gated community with an attractive wife who's a former actress, and he scores good tables at all the important restaurants. He's very solicitous of those people who can advance his career, not so much so of those who can't.

Despite his apparent success, Mart
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: udate, apocalypse
Full review on my blog:

Natural disasters are the things that every PA fan’s dreams are made of. They’re realistic and possible and we’ve all imagined how we would survive ‘The Big One’ in whatever shape or form. And we’ve all seen The Day After Tomorrow, 2012 and Independence Day at least once.
The Walk is the story of a normal, average guy, trying to make it home to his wife after his The Big One hits – an earthquake in LA. Marty thinks he’s got it all planned
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalyptic, thriller
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 peopl
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In retrospect this is a beach book. The plot is oh so simple and the writing moves you along like those people movers at the airport. I got very caught up in the story - when I wasn't reading it, I caught myself worrying about the characters and wondering how they were doing. And I was disappointed when I got to the end that it was over. I'm not sure you can ask much more than that out of a novel.
Joy Smith
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The readers will feel as if they too are walking through the devastated landscape that used to be Los Angeles. The descriptions of the earthquakes--and those aftershocks--the before and after descriptions of the city, the streets and buildings, crushed cars--and bodies--are heart-stoppingly real. What would you do? What should Marty Slack do? I can understand why he focuses on the goal of walking home to Beth, his wife. The background of his world--TV production--is entertaining and enlightening ...more
Kevin Beck
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting story. Very good characters and an excellent plot.
Jan Strnad
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Actually, I read the ePub edition from Kobobooks, but I assume it's the same text!

The Walk chronicles Marty Slack's journey through a hellish land of earthquakes, explosions, floods, more earthquakes and various other disasters. It's a fast-paced, episodic read, often profane and violent and funny. The pacing and the spare prose remind me of a TV movie, which suits the story perfectly.

Martin Slack is a television executive, so right away (if you have any experience with television executives) yo
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Sooooo predictable.. I really read this a thousand times before! Disappoinment!
Thomas Beekers
Sep 19, 2013 rated it liked it
The Walk is the story of a TV executive's travel through LA wrecked by the Big One (the big earthquake, not the big nuclear war). Written by someone who spent much of his life in the TV industry, it's not surprising a lot of the book contains commentary on the TV industry and "profound" statements on the effects of TV on society. The book is also written with an intimate familiarity with LA, and never skips a mention of a street or building passed by, an unnecessary high level of detail that is ...more
Jeremiah Graves
Apr 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Holy crap, this book was awful. I kept reading it expecting to to live up to some of the great reviews it was given, but it never happened. The whole thing read like some sort of eighth grader's creative writing final paper. It had one-dimensional characters, an all-too-obvious "plot twist" and far too many instances of the writer simply telling the reader something (ie: the damage was catastrophic) rather than showing the reader something. Toss in a number of typos and grammatical errors and it ...more
Paul Totman
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: top-rated, favorites, 2012
A thoroughly enjoyable read despite the typos!

I'd never read anything by this author before but after The Walk I'll certainly be reading more by Lee Goldberg.

Great dialogue, great characters - an all-round fun book to read!
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
A quick read. Like the movies "Wild" and "2012" were mixed together.
Nancy Silk
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Fire And Brimstone"

In this powerful story, Los Angeles has been struck with an extremely powerful earthquake. The city is in ruins, freeways have tumbled, the airport destroyed. Marty Slack crawls out from beneath his Mercedes. He can get no cellphone connection. His one mission is to get home to his wife Beth. He'll have to walk. His journey will be dangerous and a challenge to his endurance. This is an amazing story of survival. It's a thriller that will leave you breathless, and the ending i
Freda Witt
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
a man is at work when an earthquake happens, killing most of the people there. He starts out for home, to get to his wife. On the way, he runs into a crude man who helps him through the journey.
John Wiltshire
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
46% in and this novel is absolutely brilliant. Sure, it's written with being turned into a movie in mind--it's even about a studio exec who started out as a script reader. But that's why it's so readable in a way. The Big One finally hits LA and Marty, visiting one of his sets down town, has to negotiate the earthquake-devastated city to get home to his wife. Simple tale but told with blistering power and no redundancies. It may be because I've just escaped from reading Drood, but the simplicity ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
The Walk is about one man's journey through the destroyed city of LA.

Marty is a tv network executive and not very likeable to boot. The book opens with him cowering underneath his car as the BIG ONE rips through the city. Once the main quake is over, Marty decides he needs to walk home to get to his wife. This story is about that walk.

I don't want to get any further into the plot, but I will say that this book reads like a TV show or miniseries. It is very easy to picture in your mind as the au
W. L. Ripley
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant cross genre novel (action/horror/character study) by one of the industry masters, Lee Goldberg. When a massive earthquake strikes L.A., Marty Slack makes a treacherous trek from downtown Los Angeles to the safety of his earthquake safe home and his beloved Beth. Along the way Marty encounters horrific events and danger as the comforts of our modern lifeline are cut. Cell phones don't work, cars become death traps, wild animals roam free and sustaining food and water become premium. Mar ...more
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
This was a kindle freebie.. Kept my attention. Lee Goldberg writes screenplays, and this reads like it in that the timing and coincidences are quite a bit over the top. Marty just happens to be in the right place at the right time, and manages to just barely escape from quite a few extreme situations, as he walks from Los Angeles to Calabasas in his effort to be reunited with his wife. I was born and raised in and around the suburbs of LA and enjoyed the frequent references to his location as he ...more
Todd Russell
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
A massive earthquake strikes the heart of Los Angeles and TV Executive Martin Slack must walk through 30 miles of carnage to get to his wife in Calabasas. Along the way he'll encounter various conflicts. This is a fairly basic survival story that skips the more familiar group ensemble story a la Irwin Allen (who is mentioned a couple times in the story). It moves fairly rapidly, save for some flashbacks exploring the relationship between Martin and his wife. There is one pretty good surprise at ...more
Andy Phillips
This book looks like it's going to be terrible from the front cover and the appearance of being self-published. However, I'm glad to say that, for once, this sort of book has turned out to be very enjoyable.

A TV executive is in central LA when a huge earthquake strikes, destroying the city and killing thousands of people. He soon realises that no help is coming and the roads are ruined, so he has to walk home if he wants to see his wife again. He soon encounters an over-the-top bounty hunter who
Aug 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
So what happens when "the big one" hits southern California. A somewhat shallow TV executive struggles against all odds to return to his wife. An interesting character development and a very fast read. Not a very deep book but the main character Marty did develop nicely by the end. A somewhat surprise ending although there were hints and I had some suspicion that all was not as it was portrayed. If you like escapism with a touch of reality give it a read.
Mar 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Los Angeles earthquake.

Terrible , scary beginning. Marty begins to walk to his home from down town, devastated roads, buildings and bridges. Death and dying helpless people. Finds himself, no longer puppet, his strings cut by the earthquake. His friend Buck helps him through this journey. Don't give up reading, ending will make you feeling like getting up and cheering Marty, maybe...
Denise Osborne
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
The premise was good but I didn't love this book. There was way too much name dropping of areas and landmarks. It took up the majority of the book. I once lived in LA and knew the places but I can't imagine what it would be like for someone that didn't know the area. The storyline was too predictable and I really didn't like or feel connected to the mail character.
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Will Wesson
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
I completely lost focus just pages in, when the protagonist meets an armed character who wants the protagonist to rescue someone. So he shoots him. You know, just a little bit, the way reasonable people employ deadly force when they're just screwing with other people, right? So Fonzie put on the waterskis and jumped that shark, and I moved on.
Feb 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Very quick read. Marty starts out as a self-absorbed jerk but gets his priorities straightened out by the end. As difficult as his journey was across post-earthquake L.A., I actually think it wasn't as difficult as it would be in real life. Marty really didn't run into the lawlessness that would probably exist in a urban setting like L.A. The ending was predictible.
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, disaster
This is the story of an earthquake, The Big One, hitting L.A. and the aftermath. Marty Slack walks from downtown to "the valley" to get back home. Heartbreaking and hilarious, the deepest part of Marty's mettle is tested. Fascinating, hideous and very realistic portrayal of Los Angeles in the throes of devastating disaster makes this a book I couldn't put down until it was finished. Great Book!!
susan work
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Typically, I read an assortment of books. Historical, romance, suspense, mystery or a combination. I had read a book that was co-written with Lee Goldberg, and his background is vast. This was more of a believable suspense, with twists and turns. I did not put it down much. Great story teller; add will be added to my authors.
Tom Hansen
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was short compared to what I normally read, but it packed a lot into it. While I don't think he'll win any awards for post-apocalyptic realism, it was an enjoyable read with a good ending.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a quick read, about a man who survives an earthquake in L.A. (The "Big One") The damage is off the scale, and help will be a long time in coming. He begins the long walk home to his wife, who he hopes is still alive.
Good action, and some humor as well. No spoilers here....
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#1 New York Times Bestselling author Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee whose many TV writing and/or producing credits include "Martial Law," "SeaQuest," "Diagnosis Murder,""Hunter," "Spenser: For Hire," "Nero Wolfe," "Missing." "Monk" and "The Glades." He's also the co-author of the Fox & O'Hare series with Janet Evanovich (The Heist, The Chase, The Job, The ...more

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