The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury (The Walking Dead Series #2) (Mass Market)

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Biters, otherwise known as zombies, descend undetected on a small ragtag community attempting to build a temporary home away from the everyday encounters of flesh hungry walking corpses. Josh and Lilly are among the dozens of families that have gathered on the abandoned homestead. Within moments the camp is overrun by jaw snapping, rancid smelling, out-of-control walkers. These circumstances among other dramatic perils cause a handful of people including Josh and Lilly to travel the land seeking new asylum. They soon find themselves not only plagued by the undead, but also roaming thugs that are pillaging the area and depriving survivors of everything they own. The group makes their way to a walled-in town named Woodbury. Proceeding with caution they slowly detect a false sense of security, along with given shelter and food. Philip Blake welcomes them with open arms and is introduced as The Governor, a man whose power and control accompanies demented hidden secrets and agendas that are beyond comprehension. The greatest chance of survival may lie outside among the walking dead rather than inside the corroded confines of Woodbury.
The Walking Dead: The Road To Woodbury is book two, following The Walking Dead: Rise Of The Governor in a series of novels written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansigna. Written with visual creativity this team of writers gives the reader exactly what is expected in a violent apocalyptic atmosphere ravaged by involuntary feeding frenzied zombies. Descriptive depictions of action and horror make this read a roller coaster fun house ride, literally, there are scenes of circus and carnival dead that prey on the living. Nightmarish conceptions are a staple from beginning to end. The talented writing style of this duo are sure to serve up some trick or treats for the reader just in time for Halloween. With the upcoming release of the third edition entitled The Walking Dead: The Fall Of The Governor due out in October, book one and two are a must read and a preparation for the eye-popping third installment.

— Mike, Albuquerque


The first book explained how the Governor was created; this thrilling sequel to The New York Times bestseller further reveals his ruthless, inhuman conquest of Woodbury

The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia.

At first, Woodbury seems like a perfect sanctuary. Squatters barter services for food, people have roofs over their heads, and the barricade expands, growing stronger every day. Best of all, a mysterious self-proclaimed leader named Philip Blake keeps the citizens in line. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. . . . Blake, who has recently begun to call himself The Governor, has disturbing ideas about law and order.

Ultimately, Lilly and a band of rebels open up a Pandora's box of mayhem and destruction when they challenge The Governor's reign . . . and the road to Woodbury becomes the highway to hell in this riveting follow-up to Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga's New York Times bestselling 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, 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.

Praise For…

“An entertaining read.” —

“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'.” —

“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.” — 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.” — 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.” — 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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250049995
ISBN-10: 1250049997
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 29th, 2014
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: The Walking Dead Series