The Walking Dead

Rise of the Governor

Kirkman, Robert

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Walking Dead
"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 arc 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"--
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312547738
Branch Call Number: FIC K
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bonansinga, Jay R.
Alternate Title: Rise of the Governor


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May 20, 2014
  • teegsmae rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you love The Walking Dead, show and/or comics, check this out!

It's a good standalone as well, but if you know The Governor from either the show or the comics you'll appreciate this a lot more.

The end has a plot twist that blew my mind, I still can't find the words.

Definitely 18+ due to content. Unsure why this one is shelved in YA when the rest of the series is adult.

Full review to come.

Nov 03, 2013
  • BlueMoonGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book gave me a better understanding of the how and why of the Governor's existence. Very interesting read and great companion piece to the graphic novels (which are amazing, by the way).

Oct 07, 2013
  • nicoleelaine8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book as a prequel to the Walking Dead series. Great character development with great twists!!

Apr 06, 2013
  • dixiedog rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love the television drama series, ‘The Walking Dead.’ Rise of the Governor - The Walking Dead was a very interesting book. This book revealed a few facts that I had not known about the Governor. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

Nov 13, 2012
  • davewex rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I read this novel, following the graphic novels and absolutely loved this book. It had great character development and an unanticipated twist. Definately a page turner.

Aug 17, 2012
  • 5davee rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Quite well-written .... considering it's a book about Zombies. I enjoyed it. It's probably better if you have read the graphic novels.

Jul 23, 2012
  • amgriffin rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Written like a bad screen play, this is terrible. Don't bother. I only read it because I love the TV show and I was curious.

Jun 27, 2012
  • kautyalley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great introduction of a pivotal character in the Walking Dead graphic novels and upcoming 3rd season of the AMC tv series. It's not necessary to have read the graphic novels first, but it sure blows your mind if you have.

Mar 06, 2012
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

gripping page turner.


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May 20, 2014
  • teegsmae rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

teegsmae thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Oct 07, 2013
  • nicoleelaine8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

nicoleelaine8 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Sep 17, 2013

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