CBR III Review #6: The Walk by Lee Goldberg
The Walk by Lee Goldberg is a novel that I put in the category Apocalypse Fiction. The novel starts with "the big one" hitting California and one man's desperate journey home. The Walk is based in Los Angeles and the freeways are destroyed, buildings have toppled everywhere. The main character, Marty Slack, tries to ignore the chaos around him and get home, where he hopes his wife Becky is waiting.
The novel The Walk is an odd one. Apocalypse Fiction is suppose to be depressing as hell, but this was more humorous than horrific. Granted the author doesn't skirt away from the death and destruction but it's dealt with in such a light handed fashion it's hard to take the novel too seriously.
Marty Slack encounters the same crises of conscience over and over again on the way home: Should he risk his own life to save others that are in danger around him? The answer to this question is no shocker. For some reason the novel feels the need to put in a major twist at the end, which just came off as lame.
Interesting enough Lee Goldberg is more popular for writing novels based on the Monk series. I truly think he has a possible future in writing novels not based on mediocre television, but his strengths are more in humor than horror/suspense novels.