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The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor (The Walking Dead Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Kirkman , Jay Bonansinga
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (699 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Winner of the 2011 Diamond Gem Award for Trade Book of the Year

In the Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice: whether it’s forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople’s amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. The Governor was voted “Villain of the Year” by Wizard magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most controversial in the history of the Walking Dead comic book series. Now, for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.



Editorial Reviews

Review

First came the groundbreaking and bestselling comic book series. . . .

“Every issue sinks its teeth in you and refuses to let go until the next one comes out.”
Ain’t It Cool News

Then came the record-breaking AMC television show. . . .

“The best new show on television.”
—Entertainment Weekly

And now comes the first in a series of novels exploring the origins of fan favorite characters from The Walking Dead universe. . . .

“If the comic book writer Robert Kirkman were a superhero, his name might be the Midas Touch.”
—The New York Times

In The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, the world will finally understand what drove Philip Blake to become . . . The Governor.

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Praise for The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor:

“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.”
School Library Journal


Product Details

  • File Size: 833 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (October 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VMV49Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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128 of 147 people found the following review helpful
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The inevitable expansion of "The Walking Dead" universe continues, and I suppose it was only a matter of time before the series ventured into the realm of novelization. Having been a huge Dead fan since the first graphic novels, I have watched the enterprise turn into an outright phenomenon. Having reviewed every other incarnation of the franchise (all of the graphic novels, collectibles, and AMC's television production), I jumped at the chance to pick up this collaboration by series creator Robert Kirkman and tidy horror writer Jay Bonansinga. "The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor" is an inspired idea for a novel. The Governor is one of the series' most notorious and loathsome villains--and the notion of exploring his back story will undoubtedly be appealing to fans of his dark power.

Well, it turns out that the Governor may not be as different as you might imagine. In many ways, this tale is a familiar survival story. Beginning in the first days of the zombie outbreak, the narrative follows the trials and tribulations of a small band of ragged survivors (including the man who will become The Governor, his brother, lifelong friends, and a little girl). As expected, we see the collective attempt to understand the new world order. Trying to exist in a suburban community, followed by a stint in the city, followed by isolationism--the band tries various strategies to build a new life. Every time peace seems to settle, the real world comes crashing down in the form of a new undead or even human menace. At what point does someone meet their rational limit? The novel takes us on the journey of The Governor until he reaches exactly that spot and then pushes to the other side. The final two chapters, especially, bring everything together in quite momentous ways.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and interesting backstory October 13, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
With The Walking Dead achieving mammoth amounts of popularity thanks to the long running comic and the smash hit TV series adaptation, creator Robert Kirkman teams up with horror writer Jay Bonansinga to detail the backstory of The Governor, who may be one of the most evil villains to ever appear in the pages of a comic book ever. Just how did The Governor get to be how he was in the pages of The Walking Dead? Well, this novel The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, picks up a few days into the zombie apocalypse, as estranged brothers Philip and Brian, along with Philip's young daughter Penny and a couple others, try to survive the perils of plague-stricken rural Georgia. Along the way they come across other survivors and hordes of undead, with some major shocking events taking place that set the stage for the birth of the cruel man who is way more dangerous than an onslaught of zombies could ever be. With some twists aplenty and a gut-punch of a final act, The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor is engaging and page-turning, but it doesn't do anything else than tell an origin story, and even at that, by the time the big twist at the end happens, it feels like a bit of a cheat. All that aside, Rise of the Governor is more than worth your time if you're a Walking Dead fanatic, and it is a nice companion piece to the prolific survival horror series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So-So Entry into the Walking Dead Book Franchise December 28, 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book is co-authoread and that may be part of the problem. This book leaned too far into graphic horror details and less on the common human bonds exhibited by the characters fighting their way through the horror. This may be due having Bonansinga, a veteran horror author, as a co-author. As a result the book lacks the humanity and the triumph of the human spirit needed to balance out the graphic details.

Also, Deduct a star for factual errors - If you are writing a "muzzle velocity" book you need to get your facts straight. For example, a twenty guage is LESS powerful than a twelve guage.
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97 of 127 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, poor execution... September 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoy the Walking Dead franchise and have enjoyed other zombie apocalypse novels so I thought this has to be no-brainer for me to read. Instead it turned out to be a no-brainer... period. Even being a fan of WD I found this book painful. I can generally overlook a few mistakes assuming I can get into and follow an interesting plot line. But the mistakes were so many that I just couldn't get past them.

Firstly, the writing was awkward. It used a third-person, present tense that was difficult to read. The kind of tense that a middle-school student might use in their first attempt at fiction. The author, presumably an established horror writer, seemed to get stuck using the same expressions over and over. "Thunderstruck" was something that every character seemed to be at some point. How many times did the characters feel "gravitational forces suck" them back or forward in the car. Really? It's called inertia, even if you are trying to be poetic how many times can you use the same expression? The over-use of metaphor and simile were more than a little annoying, again reminding me of a juvenile author's first attempts.

Secondly, the characters were two-dimensional. I couldn't empathize with a single one of them. The humanity of the characters (at least the human ones) in the WD series is what makes it so compelling and enjoyable. It's not just about monsters, it's how people interact and deal with the cards they have been dealt. This story missed the mark. I understand this was supposed about the characters losing their humanity but they should have first started with some.

Finally, the facts, or lack thereof, were impossible to overlook. I will not get into all the problems in the story, the "Ford S-10" has already been mentioned in other reviews.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great item for the Walking Dead fan.
Published 4 days ago by juliebel
4.0 out of 5 stars can't go wrong with the walking dead
Although I'm biased as a huge walking dead fan.
This is well written and gives great back story to the Governor. Read more
Published 8 days ago by dwight wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the walking dead you will want to read the ...
If you like the walking dead you will want to read the four books in this series the last two are not out yet but have pre orderd them
Published 10 days ago by Gary Cheshire
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid like a hoard of biters
I thought with all the 5 star reviews this book would be great. Turns out it is horrible. It might possibly be the worst written book I've ever read. Read more
Published 13 days ago by B. Simkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price.
Getting the back story on the Governor is worth the price of admission. And it makes a lot of sense. But the twist at the end fascinates.
Published 16 days ago by George Bohrer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
As the tv show, this book got me in the first minutes of reading. It's the kind of book that you take everywhere to finish fast.
Published 19 days ago by Laiza Rocha Negrao
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read.
Published 20 days ago by Jim
1.0 out of 5 stars Zombies will be disappointed... minimal brains here.
Let me start by saying - I wanted to like this book. I've been a fan of the Walking Dead comics since the series started in 2003. Read more
Published 20 days ago by J. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars TWD fans will love
Of course any TWD fans will enjoy this as it's the backstory to how the governor came to be. It was insightful and exciting! I couldn't stop reading and read as often as I could! Read more
Published 23 days ago by KK
5.0 out of 5 stars The novel
This is a novel, not the comic. I love the story line of the TV show and enjoyed seeing how the book was different. Of course, you need to buy both books to get the full story. Read more
Published 27 days ago by S. Johnson
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