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.
"Redeems itself in the end"
For a while I was not sure I was going to stay with this book to the end, it seemed hokey and the characters did not appeal to me, but there was enough action and interesting encounters to keep me involved. Then I actually turned a curve and began to like the book, and the ending is unique and I really liked how it turned out. I think the writers aim in the beginning is to present a character that you are supposed to dislike, then move him from one epiphany to the next as events overtake him on his trek home through disaster until he is finally redeemed, and the author accomplishes this. There is a great twist in the ending that I did not see coming and it is one that I really liked.
I thought this was going to be a prepper story, and on some level in the background mostly it is, but it is more of an action story, still if you are a prepper you will like the author's description of events and the main characters attempts to deal with them is decently crafted.
I would say this is a recommend with the advice of staying with the book until you understand what the author is trying to do with the story, it is worth the effort in the end.
Premise could have been great EOWAWKI read.... but "Buck" a main character uses 3-4 swear words in each sentence he utters, and his name rhymes with the most constant. There is a fixation on all forms of elimination, reproductive organs and if the female characters have a bra on or not. I was so surprised the writer of the Monk series would ruin a plot with so much needless crud... sure life has some swear words but this is ridiculous. Better books than this on same topic: One Second After, Alas Babylon, Jakarta Pandemic, The Road, 77 Days, The Stand, Patriots, Survivors, Swan Song, Earth Abides... I would sooner listen to The End or Lucifer's Hammer, both books I didn't really care for... this was the worst.
I really liked this! I was a little unsure at first and had to learn to love the main character Marty, or at least learn to like him. There were a few things that didn't make sense, but all in all it tied together. The way the book ended was a little disappointing. The idea behind it was really good - it just would have been better if there had been a little lead in to it and a little after story. This book was interesting and entertaining and has given me a few things to think about.
I was hesitant & skeptical at first because the main character is so hard to like. However, if you keep listening and can get past some of the crude humor, the book has some hilarious parts. The author does a great job of putting Marty through the ringer without going too far. The ending is sad, happy and has a nice twist (I had my suspicions but the author did a great job of throwing me off.)
This booked kept me fully engaged! The characters were great and realistic and the narration was spot on! I would highly recommend this book. If you liked Alas Babylon, my thoughts are you would also enjoy this book!
"I hate walking but liked this walk"
Haven't seen the print version
This isn't a typical end of the world type book. It isn't a howto guide. It isn't a political statement. It doesn't involve zombies. So with books doing the rounds at the moment I haven't seen any to compare it to.
The way he made me feel as though the world/God/higher power/life was out to get him. The twist and turns as a result of that
I take his wife because she sounds hot hehehe
"Just Keep Moving Forward"
In the top 10%
Buck, if I told you it would ruin a wonderful aspect of the story.
Inflection and pace.
nothing, I love the title.
I loved this story. The main character, Martin Slack, is just a normal guy who is unhappy in his marriage and not thrilled with his line of work. Following the quake that levels LA Martin is forced to trek across the destroyed city and it's multitude of horrors in an effort to be reunited with his wife. Along the way he is tested and pushed further than he ever imagined he could handle and is joined by a professional bounty hunter named Buck who seems to exist only to needle and torment Martin.
"Too much F word"
Could've been a great story, but I'll never know because I stopped listening once you met the guy at the taco stand. Every other word was the F word. I couldn't get past that.
"I really liked it! "
I really liked the book. If you don't like cursing this book is not for you however. It isn't like every other word is a curse or anything but there is some curse words in it.
The performance is amazing!
"Great Short Book"
What I love about this book is the amount of symbolism. From characters to jobs to items, there is tremendous depth in the writing. This is much more than a disaster story, it is an examination of self and of existential needs.
Luke Daniels does a fabulous job as the narrator. He switches tone seamlessly and gives life to Marty's emotions. Fans of most genres of adult fiction will enjoy listening to this book.
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