The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
Rise of The Governor

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10 Critic Reviews

The novel makes for an exciting, grippingly intense...read.
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Synopsis

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.

 

About Robert Kirkman

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ROBERT KIRKMAN is best known for his work on The Walking Dead and Invincible for Image Comics, as well as Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies for Marvel Comics. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics and is an executive producer and writer on The Walking Dead television show. 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.
 
Published October 11, 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books. 317 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Walking Dead
All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Jess d'Arbonne on Sep 29 2011

The writers don't pull any punches, and the result is a descriptive horror-fest...It's been awhile since reading a horror novel has given me nightmares, but Rise of the Governor certainly has.

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Tor

Below average
Reviewed by Alex Brown on Oct 11 2011

...I can’t honestly see anyone unfamiliar with either the comics or the show being interested enough to buy it in the first place.

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Starburst Magazine

Good
Reviewed by Niall Alexander on Oct 29 2011

I am, I confess, pleasantly surprised to find this book so fully formed. So strong in terms of character, and as to plot...

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Book Geeks

Excellent
Reviewed by Emma Dalby on Nov 17 2011

The novel makes for an exciting, grippingly intense...read.

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Geeks of Doom

Excellent
Reviewed by wgillis on Oct 18 2011

The nove...is a solid read. If you’re a long-time fan of the Walking Dead comics, you’ll be in for a well-deserved treat.

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SFRevu

Good
Reviewed by Drew Bittner on Mar 20 2013

It's a solid and worthwhile story, likely to please fans of the comic book series as well as offer a preview to fans of the TV series on AMC.

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Scholars And Rogues

Excellent
Reviewed by Chris Mackowski on Apr 29 2012

Readers of the graphic novels will find much to entertain them in the Governor’s backstory, but readers unfamiliar with the graphic novels...will get sucked into the book with equal ease...

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Lytherus

Good
Reviewed by PJ Carroll on Sep 03 2012

I recommend this book. Not only does it explain the story of one of the new members of Season 3, but it, in itself, is a really great post-apocalyptic tale of human survival...

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Comic Attack

Excellent
Reviewed by Capekiller on Dec 16 2011

No TWD fan should go without it, and I guarantee you will never look at the Governor the same way again.

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Best Fantasy Books

Below average
Reviewed by Jon Snow on Jan 31 2011

Mortified was used in place of horrified TWICE in this book. Really, You were EMBARASSED that a character got bitten by a zombie...People get paid to make sure you don’t make those kinds of mistakes.

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