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He who fights monsters...,
This review is from: The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor (Walking Dead 1) (Paperback)
...should take care he does not become a monster himself. This now overused quote of Nietzsche is extremely applicable here.
If you've read the graphic novels, you may be having 'motivation problems' with the novel. You know what happens to Phillip Blake. You know he is an anti-hero to put it mildly. It therefore takes a well crafted novel to make you care enough to keep reading. And this is, and you do.
It takes a lot of the well worn staples of the Romero walking dead genre and sprints with them. Humans can be the worst monsters? Check. Traumatic stress is a transformative force to extremes of good and bad? Check. Tight knit band of characters begin to fray? Check. Body blow shocks, no one is immune? Check.
There are some neat continuity references, and you do care about all the characters, formative anti-heroes included. And, given that this is aimed at a readership who knows what is coming, that it delivers a rug from under you twist (for me at any rate) is no mean feat.
This is a highly recommended treat for genre fans.