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.