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The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor Hardcover – 11 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (11 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312547730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312547738
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,247,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First came the groundbreaking and bestselling comic book series. . . . "Every issue sinks its teeth in you and refuses to let go until the next one comes out."--"Ain't It Cool News"Then came the record-breaking AMC television show. . . . "The best new show on television.""--Entertainment Weekly"And now comes the first in a series of novels exploring the origins of fan favorite characters from "The Walking Dead" universe. . . . "If the comic book writer Robert Kirkman were a superhero, his name might be the Midas Touch.""--The New York Times"In "The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, " the world will finally understand what drove Philip Blake to become . . . The Governor. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Written by the creator of THE WALKING DEAD comics and based on the world of the TV series starring Andrew Lincoln --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Alex B. on 5 July 2012
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Ive been a huge fan of The Walking Dead for years. I got into the comics about a year before the program aired in the US and I have been addicted ever since. Naturally, upon hearing about a novel based on The Walking Dead and in particular, The Governer, I couldnt wait to get reading.

The story itself is absolutely superb. Exactly what you would expect from the mind of Robert Kirkman. I read the entire book in a little over 2 days because I simply could not put it down, excepting real life intrusions and sleep! It has twists, it has turns, it has character development in bundles! The problem I have with it is the writing style. Everything is written in a 3rd person present tense, which makes it seem more like you are reading a script than a novel. Maybe this wont be a big problem for many people, but I found it very difficult to get into because of this.

Other issues include the overuse of simile. Sometimes I just wanted the author to describe the scene to me and explain what the characters were seeing, but instead he uses yet another barely descriptive simile. This overuse had me rolling my eyes before I had even gotten halfway through the book. Likewise, I feel as though the author wrote this book with a thesaurus and medical dictionary on constant standby. I like to think that my vocabulary is fairly varied and is not often that I have to use the built in dictionary in my Kindle, but I had to constantly check the definitions of many words in this book. I feel as though the author could have gotten his point across much better had he stuck to the use of simple language. After all, the book revolves around simple men simply trying to survive in a world that has all but ended.

Its well worth a read, but I really hope that in future novels that a different author is used, or he at least adjusts his writing style for the material.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Paula Mc on 7 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
'Rise of The Governor' is the story of the Blake brothers, Philip and Brian who are making their way to Atlanta with Philip's daughter, Penny. Seventy~two hours after the dead began to come back to life, Philip, his daughter Penny, his friends, Bobby and Nick, and Philip's older brother, Brian, the weaker of the two brothers leave their home town and head towards to Atlanta where there are rumours of a rescue centre. The story follows the group as they face the unknown and try to understand what has happened to the world around them.

'Rise of the Governor is the first novel of a trilogy exploring the back stories of the characters from The Walking Dead graphic novels. The back story of 'The Governor' is a interesting one, the group focus on surviving on a day to day basis while Philip fights his inner demons. The story is very intense and you will be quickly drawn into the story.

This is the first book I have read about The Walking Dead and I enjoyed it. (I am planning to invest in 'The Walking Dead Compendium ~ Volume 1' as soon as possible) and I am an avid viewer of the TV series. I liked knowing the background of the man who eventually becomes The Governor (one of the most popular characters of the series), the experiences he faces and the choices he must make to survI've.

I am looking forward to next instalment.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Tara Smith on 17 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
I can not encourage people enough to read this book, I have read the Walking dead Compendium 1 and am painfully waiting for Compendium 2 to be released (hopefully not to long now), and I ordered Rise of the Governor when I was only half way trough in anticipation ready for when I finished the Compendium. Well this book is one of the few thing's in life that brought me so close to tears that I shocked my self, the way Jay and Robert describe the events is so hard hitting that you can't help but feel for the band of ever strained survivors (even when you know what the future holds for a certain individual, you still feel for guy). I hope they continue with the novelization of the other individuals from the graphic novels, a Michonne prequel would be amazing. All in all a delight from cover to cover (I say delight I mean truly disturbing, in the best possible way).
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By dmcnabb TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Oct. 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been a huge Walking Dead fan for a while, love the comic, love the show. I was reluctant to read the book, as already having watched the show and knowing who the govenor is, what he does and what happens to him, I felt I disliked the character too much to read a book where the antihero is made to be like able. I am glad I gave in and started this series of books. The book starts days after the outbreak begins, and much like the comic or show, it follows the day to day survival of Phillip Blake, his daughter Penny, brother Brian and his two friends as they head to Atlanta in search of a refugee centre they heard about. It highlights the triumphs and the falls of the group, the survival instinct amongst the group and you get a good feeling of who the govenor is and why he is as he is. I must say the end surprised me, without giving too much away - I did not think the govenor would have been the person he was prior to becoming the "govenor" and evil leader of the Woodbury colony. And painfully, I did finish the book realizing I was rooting for the govenor.
There are obvious discrepancies from this book to the show. Notably April, Tara & their father. It's very similar to the show, but a different order and slightly different situation.
It is very much like the comics and the show. Verbally graphic, violence described in graphic detail and constant reference to the part of the brain they were destroying when killing a walker (or biter as the Blake group begins to refer to them as). If you love the walking dead I would highly recommend!
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