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Product Details

  • Series: The Walking Dead Series (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250057175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250057174
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The Walking Dead series…has taken the zombie apocalypse story everyone has long since gotten over and done it transcendentally well for an unusually long time. Readers might suspect that in this fourth Walking Dead novel, Descent, the charm might be wearing off [but] Descent maintains the series’ strength due to the author’s truly powerful ability to describe the series’ world and to establish tone, pacing, kinesthetics, and every other nut and bolt that holds a good novel together.” —Booklist on Descent

"The books are a really fun read...It's an interesting look at the universe that you already know and you might learn some things about your favorite characters you never knew." —FANBOLT on The Fall of the Governor: Part One and Part Two

Praise for The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury:

“An entertaining read.” —ComicBookMovie.com

“The novel fleshes out . . . backstories and connects them, giving depth to people who remained largely mysteries in the comic books. For comic book readers, the novel is full of easter eggs and surprise connections, making it not only entertaining, but necessarily for filling in the gaps left by the comic books . . . ‘The Road to Woodbury’ is an essential read for any fan of ‘The Walking Dead’.” —Examiner.com

Praise for The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor:

"Zombie-apocalypse stories are perfect for miserable winter weather regardless, but for those obsessed with The Walking Dead (such as yours truly), this is essential reading. This is the epitome of a page-turner, and makes subway rides just breeze by. And, that end –woof."
—REFINERY29

“An excellent companion to the The Walking Dead comic books. The story is enriched by the novel format, and the characterization of the series' most hated villain is something no fan will want to miss.”
Examiner.com

“This book stands alone and is a compelling read for fans of the series or just fans of zombies. Watch out though, because once you get a taste of the particular Kirkman brand of zombie mayhem, catching up on past issues is just around the corner.”
The Ossuary

“The story makes a great novel. You'll get sucked in and can easily visualize everything that is happening. It's simply a great read.”
Comicvine.com

“It takes great advantage of the literary medium in a way that most tie-in books would not.”
TVOverMind.com

“Not for the faint of heart, this book runs on pressure-cooker suspense, graphically described bloodshed, and dark acts of brutality...This riveting character study adds a new dimension to the oeuvre by fleshing out established characters and plot lines.”
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About the Author

JAY BONANSINGA is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty books, including the Bram Stoker finalist The Black Mariah (1994), the International Thriller Writers Award finalist Shattered (2007), and the wildly popular Walking Dead novels. Jay’s work has been translated into eleven languages, and he has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by Chicago Tribune. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, the photographer Jill Norton, and his two teenage boys, and is currently hard at work on the next Walking Dead book.

ROBERT KIRKMAN is the creator of many popular comic books, including Walking Dead, Invincible, and Super Dinosaur. In addition to being a partner at Image Comics, Kirkman is an executive producer and writer on The Walking Dead television show. In 2010, Kirkman opened Skybound, his own imprint at Image, which publishes his titles as well as other original work.


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Customer Reviews

The book at this point has managed in a few words to flesh out her character quite well.
David Carlton
Great read in of itself but I'm ready for Bonansinga and Kirkman to tackle other things from the Walking Dead universe.
Jason Voyles
Confusing in detail but predictable in plot, a rehash of Jonestown was a poor choice of vehicles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Hodges on November 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
To be fair this wasn't Mark Tufo bad, no zompires (zombie/vampire cross breeding) but I would be very surprised if Robert Kirkman wrote or read one word of this before it was released to the public. Cash grab novels on popular series are nothing new. But the first novel (Rise of the Governor) in this series was really good. Road to Woodbury was also a decent read. The Fall of the Governor Part 1.... well I was a bit upset that Kirkman split a mid-sized novel into two parts just to make more cash... but I cut it some slack. I didn't like it all that well but I chalked that up to the fact it mirrored the comics almost word for word and I'd read the issues so many times it was boring for me. Fall of the Governor Part 2 was better. I liked that we saw what happened to Lilly after the Governor fell.

That is where this series should have ended. There are certainly more interesting corners of TWD Universe to explore than this tired old story line. Lilly Caul and Bob Stookey are very minor characters for a good reason. Neither one is very interesting. Add to that a confusing plot leading up to the fastest mass cult suicide in history and it seems like this novel was written over a long weekend with little or no thought put into other than "If we slap The Walking Dead on the cover lots of people will fork out $25 to $12 to buy it".

MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD: The whole premise of this novel makes no sense. Forget about the fact that the author has no knowledge of The Underground Railroad (which he evidently thinks really was all underground.... I mean literally under the earth) just the premise of a suicide cult run by a Jim Jones wannabe in a zombie apocalypse is a head scratcher in itself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kinda Shy on October 16, 2014
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I freaking love these books. I breeze through them in 2 or 3 days and am miserable until the next. This is a GREAT counter part to the comics. Thank you Bonansinga and Kirkman
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By james rice on October 8, 2014
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It was a great backstory to the real books and the story about the past of what Woodbury was like, I consider this book a 4/5!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 3, 2014
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This book is an excellent read along with the other novels. The way the book finishes, there is room for the story to continue and I hope they do continue it. First I became a fan of the show; then I started reading the compendiums because of it being between seasons, then after the second compendium, I started reading the volume 17 and am waiting on 22. Then I hit the novels.....and they did not disappoint at all. I truly hope that Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga continue with these novels, at least to play out the characters that were left, that would satisfy only, but if they decided to truly continue the novel series that would be totally awesome. They know they have a sure win with this series. I love it to death!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda J on October 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Let me start off by saying...I can't believe that people wrote reviews based off from the sample before the entire book was even released. Seriously?

This series of books has me totally hooked and anyone who is interested in reading it, HAS to start from the beginning! The back story on the Governor was phenomenal. I have told all of my friends who are fans of the tv show & comics that they need to read these. Thank you Jay for expanding on the Walking Dead universe in such gory, beautiful detail. I'll be checking out your other work while I wait for the next book in this series!
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Now I do not think that it is a coincidence that this fifth book of the Walking Dead Novels came out within days of the new season of the TV show. I have been waiting a long time for both to come out and I really hope it has been worth the wait. As you and I both know hype and anticipation can sometimes kill something from being successful.

I for see this one to be more about, the Governor’s dead, now what? With Lilly taking the reins. Other than that I am not so sure where the story will go. Rebuilding Woodburry? Venturing out to create a new society? Pretty much wide open for Kirkman to create with a clean slate.

A zombie horde of hundreds, maybe thousands is what Lilly, Bob and the rest have to deal with. Woodburry is destroyed, the Governor’s dead. Now is the time for our ragtag group to create something new.

Without going into a summary of the story I will say there were low points and high points. This is definitely a transition book, you the sometimes painfully slow and confusing. Doing little more than to build story lines for future books.

Kirkman and Bonansinga have mastered the evolution of deep and expansive characters within these several books. Along with that they have been able to create a sense of urgency, despair and terror within my mind. Always thinking I know what is going to happen next and turning left when I thought it was going to go right. Keeping the listener on their toes or ears?

Decent was a subtly tense flight from the zombie horde. With exquisite action sequences, all the gore that one expects from the novels. Sure there were some sleep and WTF moments, however I will continue to be an fan of this franchise. Just keep them coming.

Oh Fred Berman how I have missed thee.
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