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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)

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 on 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 on The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor)

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 on The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor)

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 on The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor)

It takes great advantage of the literary medium in a way that most tie-in books would not. (TVOverMind.com on The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor)

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 on The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor)

About the Author

ROBERT KIRKMAN is best known for his work on The Walking Dead and Invincible for Image Comics and SKYBOUND. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics and is an executive producer and writer on AMC's critically acclaimed television series The Walking Dead.

JAY BONANSINGA is a critically acclaimed horror novelist whose works include Perfect Victim, Shattered, Twisted, and Frozen. His debut novel, The Black Mariah, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Walking Dead Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250028884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250028884
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (444 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By SteveBassist121 on July 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you're expecting the same thrill ride that you get with other zombie novels, you're going to be disappointed with this one. However, it is better than the first book in this series (The Rise of the Governor) and now that it's in paperback I think it's worth reading.

I realize some people are going to stop here, so here's a 5-star zombie novel that I found recommended in a WD Vol 18 review - Cryonic: A Zombie Novel.

If you do read Road to Woodbury, don't expect to be impressed by the writing. What you will enjoy is learning more of The Governor's backstory, as well as who helped him reach his exalted status. Though, to be honest, the book is more about life in Woodbury than it is The Road to Woodbury.

There are some emotional moments when characters are lost and that gives the book some merit. In addition to The Governor, the novel closely follows Lilly Caul as she struggles to survive the fall of Atlanta. I really enjoyed her moves from one encampment to the next, as my favorite part of zombie stories is surviving "the fall of man."

As you might expect, she ends up in Woodbury and I don't want to give anymore away, but let's just say not everyone will comply with The Governor's desires without question and possibly even rebellion.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By B. Gildersleeve on December 23, 2012
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My review is directed toward Mr. Kirkman and Mr. Bonansinga, in the hopes that they might find it as useful constructive criticism when they set out to write their next novel. This is a great story with lots of potential, but the writing style is awkward and overly verbose. The authors indulge in cliché metaphors and have a habit of substituting perfectly good descriptive words for replacements dug up from the depths of their thesaurus. I needed a dictionary on hand in order to read this book, which is a rare occurrence for me. It seems that the authors took every opportunity to replace a perfectly normal word with some completely obscure term, to little effect. In many cases, these substitutions resulted in descriptions that were factually inaccurate. One example is the use of the term "Doppler echo" to describe a sound heard by the passengers inside a vehicle. The Doppler effect is only perceived by stationary listeners hearing a moving sound source (or vice versa), NOT those moving along with the sound source... and there is no echo associated with this phenomenon at all. This is a nitpick, I admit, but it just goes to show that the authors (or perhaps the editors) went out of their way to use "grown up words" when they obviously had no idea what they were talking about. The result is that the book feels sloppy and unprofessional. Listen, guys... Just write the story, OK? I am already hooked by the awesome character dramas you have unfolding in this bleak apocalyptic world. I love the comic. I love the show. Just tell me a story. You gain nothing by shoehorning in some obscure vocabulary just for the sake of looking smart. Stop being unnecessarily verbose and focus that energy instead on telling a compelling narrative.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony R. Fanning on June 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Having been given this book as a gift, I wasn't aware of its existence or that of the previous book prior to reading it. However, I've been a fan of "the undead" stories since " Night of The Living Dead" came out.

After reading "The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury", I found it difficult to believe that it is printed by an actual big publishing house. It reads more like some high school creative writing project, totally lacking in research and originality. The present tense, the poor grammar, the use of unnecessary twenty-dollar words, the use of slang, and yes, even incorrect use of homophones which throw off the rhythm , made this appear to have been edited by spell-check alone. And not only is the book packed full of obscure adjectives, but also words that are used inappropriately. It doesn't even make sense. The characters are flat, the story is weak, and the plot is nonexistent.

I read a few other reviews which talk about the author's lack of experience or familiarity with the military (which I heartily agree) and Georgia's geography, fauna, and crops, so I'd like to throw in his apparently limited knowledge of injury and the nature of fire. Florets of tissue coming from a bullet wound? A machine gun that disintegrates a body? A house fire that doesn't generate radiant heat? (A modern house fire will generate a massive plume of black smoke which rises over a thousand feet into the air.) I'm guessing the writers did their research on these subjects by watching old B grade movies.
There's the "this character looks like this celebrity" bit found in teen writing, and the plotless stream of activity shows the book to be less a story and more just a prop for some splashy scenes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Presumably any book part of the Walking Dead franchise will be published and will attract hordes of zombie loving readers even if it is as shoddy as this book. Admittedly I normally don’t read books even close to this genre, but since I enjoyed the TV series I thought I’d see what the books were like. The first volume (Rise of the Governor) was fun and had a good twist in the end so I moved on to the next. I am not expecting great writing, but with this second volume there is a steep plummet in every respect. I have read few books with such low standards. It is an assault of cliches, of tired plot, of uninteresting characters and of writing that plods along zombie-like in its lack of creativity (how many times are we really going to have to read the word “ragtag”?), but also of editing. I was blown away by the high school level mistakes and that books are clearly not read by editors anymore before being published. Here is a sampling of some of the most egregious errors that left me shocked: “Portions of the barricade still bare the scars of the recent walker attacks (p.122)” And then AGAIN only TWO pages later: “The crumbling plaster walls bare the scars of violence.” (p.124) Later a less blatant error, but one that should be caught by any editor: “...reduced to a mewling, squealing head of stock in a slaughterhouse, rendered by the jagged teeth and nails of the dead.” Maybe that should be “rended”? (p.214) I give it two stars only because I finished it, compelled by enough curiosity to see how it would end. Given the downward trend I don’t think I’ll be able to “bare” the third volume.
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