Rise of the Governor (Paperback)

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Focused on a small family torn by what the apocalypse has to offer, the authors slowly unfold a nonstop gut-wrenching story that the reader will undoubtedly remember for a long time to come. If this first book is any indication of future adventures, Walking Dead fans along with newbies should rejoice at the new approach to Robert's world of the dead.

— Mike, Albuquerque


The first book in Robert Kirkman's "New York Times" bestselling series: "The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor "
""From co-authors Kirkman, creator of the Eisner Award-winning comic as well as executive producer of AMC's blockbuster original television series, and Jay Bonansinga, Stoker Award-finalist and internationally acclaimed author, comes this stunning installment in their ambitious chronicle of human survival amid the plague of undead.

In "Rise of the Governor" readers are introduced to 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 the Author

ROBERT KIRKMAN is the creator of many popular comic books, including "The Walking Dead, Invincible, " and "Super Dinosaur." In addition to being a partner at Image Comics, Kirkman is an executive producer and writer on "The Walking Dead" television show. In 2010, Kirkman opened Skybound, his own imprint at Image, which publishes his titles as well as other original work.JAY BONANSINGA is a "New York Times" bestselling 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…

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.”

“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.”

“It takes great advantage of the literary medium in a way that most tie-in books would not.”

“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
ISBN: 9781250064103
ISBN-10: 1250064104
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2014
Pages: 328
Language: English
Series: Walking Dead (Unnumbered)