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 bought this book thinking it was a Jack Reacher novel, am I glad I was wrong. I've since looked into Goldberg's books and find that he's written books with Janet Evanovich and many of the stories used in the TV series Monk.
So he's both exciting and funny. This book is about a man who survives the biggest earthquake ever in Los Angeles . He somewhat of a wimp and hasn't really been successful in his career, so when he decides to go to his home in Los Callebrais (listening doesn't tell you how it's spelled) I figured that he wasn't the hero.
Well there's a lot more that happens and Milt is assisted by anew character who both keeps the humor in the story and is there for Milt all the time.
One word about the performance! Superb. Will look for him as a reader I new books I purchase.
The characters were fun. The story was a solid urban adventure. There was a lot of comic relief in one character. I laughed outloud many times. The story was very interesting, and all loose ends were tied up, but some of them a little too cleanly. Seemed like there should have and could have been a little more detail. Regardless, I recommend it. You will.not be disappointed. ~JTC~
This was a total surprise. Some good comments led me to take a flyer. Interesting premise coupled with good writing and character development - actually character evolution. It helped that I lived in SOCAL for a few years. The voice was perfect. Will on the lookout for something else by Lee Goldberg
Walking toward maturity
Marty, the coward, saving a child's life.
Marty's new-found friend. He's a hoot!
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 listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.
This is my first Lee Goldberg book. It was very enjoyable. The main character lives through 'The Big One' in California and spends the book trying to make it home to his wife. The journey takes you through his internal journey as he makes discoveries about himself and his life. But reading it just feels fun, eventful and entertaining. There're gun fights, explosions, crazy people and bodily functions. Very fun, but with the added bonus of emotional enlightenment. Good stuff.
Luke Daniels is the narrator. If you have read my other reviews, you know I have a complete talent crush on Luke Daniels. He is amazing. Listen to anything he narrates. You will find it enjoyable. Seriously. He's that amazing.
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?
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.
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