The Walk by Lee Goldberg
2009 | 195 pages | ISBN: 1453728988 | EPUB/MOBI | 274KB/374KB
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.
""More than anything, THE WALK is a story that makes us confront the fact that most of the time most of us can't save the day--we can only save ourselves." ----The UnFanBoy Blog
"THE WALK is about the hero's moral courage as much as it is about a paralyzed world. This is memorable fiction." --Spur-Award winning author Richard Wheeler
Harrowing and funny... --Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
"A riveting look into the aftermath of disaster, in this case when The Big One finally hits L.A. We see the tragedy through the eyes of a man whose only goal has become getting home to his wife twenty plus miles away. Did I say riveting? Well, I meant it. A GREAT read. Highly recommended." -- Brett Battles, bestselling author of THE CLEANER
"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'tbe able to stop reading. I sure couldn't" -- Ed Gorman, author of BAD MOON RISING "