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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 (730 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

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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: 838 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (October 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VMV49Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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129 of 149 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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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10 of 10 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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best for Diehard Walking Dead Fans April 6, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
(Warning: Possible Spoilers for the upcoming Television Season as well as for those who have not yet read the graphic novels but intend to.)

For those not in the know, `The Governor' is one of the primary villains in The Walking Dead universe. (He is set to make his grand entrance later this year when Season Three launches, more info here: [...] ). The man is a vile, misogynistic psychopath who thrives on terror, torture, and rape. He rules a small, barricaded enclave of humanity through psychological manipulation and heinous acts of violence. The hero of The Walking Dead, Rick Grimes, and his motley crew have the severe misfortune of crossing paths with The Governor and his like-minded cronies fairly early in the graphic novels. The ultimate outcome, which I won't ruin here, is as naturally chaotic and destructive as the world around them.

The Rise of the Governor (RotG) tells the back story of Phillip Blake, the man who eventually become The Governor, and his small band as they try to survive the early stages of `The Event': whatever it was that caused the dead to rise and begin making unhappy meals out of the breathing populace. On some levels it succeeds, but when it fails it truly comes up short.

Taking the work out of context, reading it simply as another post-apocalyptic novel and not part of a larger tapestry, its tragic flaw is a slow opening. Yes, zombies pop out of the shadows at every turn and Phillip Blake and his friends narrowly dispatch them in gruesome fashion. It's a zombie novel; that is par for the course. You can almost feel it coming: `been a few pages now, time for some more undead head bashing'.

By slow opening, I speak in terms of character arc.
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay...
The writing is simple, too simple. Great descriptions of the Gore but it was as if the writers sat down with a thesaurus for the single purpose of tossing in a more difficult... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jessica L. Low
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read for any Walking Dead fan.
Published 4 days ago by Nicholas Gandsey
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read but lots of foul language
Any walking dead fan is gonna wanna know how the governor came to be and this book is one neck of an adventure. It's fast paced and exciting and a very easy read. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story for an established fan
Good story for an established fan. Could have used a bit more proofreading. Things like the reference to a "Ford S -10 pickup" serve to break the experience and draw the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Benjamin Noller
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read. Graphic, violent, and gory but a good tale of life after the end.
Published 9 days ago by Cassandra Frederiksen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good price what I expected.
Published 11 days ago by kristofer cruzen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it .
Published 14 days ago by Bookumdanobooks
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the backstory to the Governor
I love the backstory to the Governor! But the writing is pretty terrible. Suffer through that and it's a good read.
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read.
Published 15 days ago by Ms Gaz
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
Love this book! It explains so much about the governor and why he's portrayed the way he is!!!
Published 21 days ago by Charlotte
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