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. Aftershocks 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.
©2009 Lee Goldberg (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
There's only a handful of writers that do the Doomer fiction genre any justice. Books like One Second After and Kunstler's World Made By Hand series are more the norm, since most focus too much on telling an exciting story than developing characters you actually give a darn about. This is a little better than average for character development, reasonably written, but not comparable to the above. It gets there, it just takes time to get to know the character and appreciate him. Perhaps a little more getting to know the guy before the disaster would have been helpful, but that's part of the fault of the genre; our expectations remain low and we get what we expect.
I had just listened to Goldberg's King City and enjoyed it. This book is completely different.
In some ways the story reminded me of one of Stephen King's Gunslinger novels. The action often making little sense, not sure if the character was dreaming or awake. I was going to quit halfway through but am glad I stuck with it.
Marty grows as a character and as a man through his ordeal. What more can you ask for?
Jeez, I only have 2 helpful votes...
Ridiculous plot, contrived, unreal events, cartoon characters. I stopped on the 3rd chapter and sampled chapters ahead. No improvement.
However, I enjoyed 'King City' by Goldberg.
Prolific reader, who always wished I could find a way to read and drive. Then, I found Audible. Wish granted!
Performance was perfect! But the story was weak and the "twist" so obvious you knew less than halfway through.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
Marty is a TV network executive trying to get home to his actress wife after the BIG ONE hits. He has to walk some 40 miles through a destroyed Los Angeles county to get there. Not a very good PA story with to many unbelievable events. There is a lot of name dropping and comparisons to tv shows like MASH and Bay Watch which was a little corny. The book reminded me of a TV mini series. I liked the Buck character he was a HOOT! The story did have a twist ending that totally caught me off guard. It was a so so story.
OMGosh, I was bored. 3 hours into it and I was wondering why I was wasting my time. Slow, uninteresting, bored to death. I quit and 90% sure I won't bother to finish it.
Under The Never Sky
Not that I know of
Sorry, there really wasn't any character that had depth, insight into anything that was happening. I seriously started daydreaming while listening to the stupid thing!
Don't waste your credit. The 5th Wave, Haven, Enclave, The 100, One Second After and especially !!! the trilogy starting with Going Home are alternatives that would make you happier!
Erase the needless and endless F-bombs!
I bought the book based on the interesting premise. Over promised, under-delivered.
Middle schoolers and lower
The part where I stopped and deleted the story off my device. It was about 2 hours in when the main character is overcome with an emergency bowl movement.
Not a one
I hope Luke Daniels got paid really well to read this one!
A better reader.
Only listened to the first part of it, and it didn't catch me.
I don't think so.
Just can't recommend it.
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