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Product Details

  • Series: The Walking Dead Series (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250057175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250057174
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

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.

JAY BONANSINGA is a New York Times bestselling novelist whose debut novel, The Black Mariah, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

Customer Reviews

Just didn't pan out right.
recon32
The characters were interesting and had great motivations and it was very easy to like the characters and the story.
zombie phreak
Confusing in detail but predictable in plot, a rehash of Jonestown was a poor choice of vehicles.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AudioBookReviewer on November 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Voyles on October 27, 2014
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Great read in of itself but I'm ready for Bonansinga and Kirkman to tackle other things from the Walking Dead universe. 4 stars instead of 5 because of _________ (spoiler).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lucretia Katz on December 1, 2014
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I gave this novel one star because Amazon doesn't allow a score of zero stars.

Let me begin by stating that I'm a huge fan of The Walking Dead and the universe in which the characters exist. I enjoy the comic books and love the television series. But, as a reader, I much prefer novels. Therefore, I was delighted when the first novel, Rise of the Governor, was released in October 2011. While nobody could claim the novel is great literature, it was entertaining and a solid parallel to the comic books. Novels 2 through 4 were equally enjoyable (even though I was a bit miffed about 3 and 4 being split).

However, novel 5 "Descent" is AWFUL! The new characters are weak, one-dimensional, and downright moronic. The recurrent characters, except Bob, behave as though they've learned nothing since the inception of the zombie apocalypse. Furthermore, even though the entire premise of The Walking Dead universe requires the reader to stretch his or her imagination to its limits, there is so much in this book that I just couldn't stretch my imagination to accept (such as Bob's ability to create the underground safe haven).

This installment is simply a money grab that takes advantage of a loyal fan base who, until now, would buy anything that includes "The Walking Dead" in its title. But, after this installment, stick a fork in me. I'm done.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Travis Willock on October 30, 2014
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Pretty great until the last half where it becomes very predictable and cliche, definitely the lowest point in the series. Looking forward to the next one but jeez was this a disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By abraham a on December 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
After reading the previous four books, I'd have to say this book was really good. Though, my first and foremost favorite would be the rise of the governor, this specific story is a good step to branching off the story line. I did think some stuff was a little outrageous, like super hoards just magically appearing and appearing. But, that's where imagination comes into play. I read this book in 4 days. It's an easy read,nothing too complicated. Lily Caul is brought back down to a descent character again since they really over did it the last book.(not a huge fan of the fall of the governor part2) Bob is one of the easiest characters to like as well. I'm glad they finally gave him a story of his own rather than just being a town drunk. I'm anxious to see where this story evolves.
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3 of 4 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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