A can't-put-it-down mystery thriller that takes off from one of our great urban legends. Waking Walt shakes a warts and all Walt Disney from his frozen dreams in cryonic suspension to skewer today's society and lead a fight to save his company from a ruthless corporate raider and his security crew of former FBI hit men.
WAKING WALT is a spellbinding take on one of America’s most enduring urban legends. Could it be true; Walt Disney was never cremated and buried at Forest Lawn as the official story goes? Imagine that, for nearly 40 years, the great entertainment genius has been in cryonic suspension, waiting to return when a cure for his lung cancer is found. Now, an experimental drug being tested looks like the answer. The waiting is almost over.
Then, disaster strikes!
In a déjà vu nightmare for The Disney Company, a ruthless corporate raider launches a takeover attempt, planning to sell off the company’s assets to the highest bidders. And this time there are no white knights in Disney’s corner.
But the Circle is still there, the small group of confidants who helped Walt escape death and who have been guarding him and his secret ever since. Even though they’re all old men now, they’re not about to let Walt’s company be torn apart without a fight. And they know just who can lead them. However, as they scurry to wake him, the Circle discovers there are powerful forces that want the dead to stay dead. But they don’t know Walt Disney!
Harry stepped closer, staring down at the impossible, into a face that couldn’t be there but was. He was unconscious and looked terrible, gray and haggard, emaciated by his disease, but there was no question that it was Walt Disney.
“Incredible,” Harry breathed.
Peter Raab gave a half smile. “Thank you,” he said and Harry looked up at him.
“Why are you moving him? They think he was down there with the others. That he’s…dead.”
The doctor smiled again, broader. “An out of date concept as of tonight, Harry. Inanimate is more precise. But I know what you mean and that’s the problem. He could be dead, before morning, if we don’t act quickly. Time is everything now. Without the protection of the near absolute zero temperature, the past has suddenly caught up with Walt. He’s an old man, dying of lung cancer. We don’t have the facilities he needs here. That was never the plan. Our plan was always to immediately move patients to a proper medical center. Mercy or Memorial, one the two hospitals in Bakersfield.”
Harry didn’t like it. “I don’t know,” he said doubtfully. “Did Thomas tell you that at least one of the two men here tonight was a former FBI agent? These people aren’t stupid. They have to have contacts, with the police, with…God knows who. And they’ve got money, as much of it as they want. They could be plugged into every hospital computer in California right now. Still waiting, watching.”