The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor

The Walking Dead Series (Volume 1)

Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga

Thomas Dunne Books

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Winner of the 2011 Diamond Gem Award for Trade Book of the Year

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 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.

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It occurs to Brian Blake as he huddles in the musty darkness, the terror constricting his chest, the pain throbbing in his knees: If only he possessed a second pair of hands, he could cover his own ears, and maybe block out the noise of human heads being demolished. Sadly, the only hands Brian currently owns are busy right now, covering the tiny ears of a little girl in the closet next to him.

The seven-year-old keeps shuddering in his arms, jerking at the intermittent THWACK-GAHHHH-THUMP outside the closet. Then comes the silence, broken only by the sticky sound of boot

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Praise for The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor:

"Zombie-apocalypse stories are perfect for miserable winter weather regardless, but for those obsessed with The Walking Dead (such as yours truly), this is essential reading. This is the epitome of a page-turner, and makes subway rides just breeze by. And, that end –woof."
—REFINERY29

“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.”
Examiner.com

“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.”
Comicvine.com

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

“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.”
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Audio Review: The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, read by Fred Berman. Macmillan Audio, unabridged, nine CDs, 11 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-1-4272-1768-4
Inspired by Kirkman’s award-winning comic, this novel follows the events that transform family man Phillip into a half-crazed dictator known as the Governor in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse.
- Publishers Weekly


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Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga

Robert Kirkman is best known for his work on The Walking Dead and Invincible for Image Comics and SKYBOUND. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics and is an executive producer and writer on AMC’s critically acclaimed television series The Walking Dead.

Jay Bonansinga is a critically acclaimed horror novelist whose works include Perfect Victim, Shattered, Twisted, and Frozen. His debut novel, The Black Mariah, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award.

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The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor
Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
October 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312547738
ISBN10: 0312547730
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$24.99

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Macmillan Audio
October 2011
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427217684
ISBN10: 1427217688
Audio Run Time: 10:00
$39.99

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Macmillan Audio
October 2011
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427215208
ISBN10: 1427215200
Audio Run Time: 10:50
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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
September 2013
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9781250039644
ISBN10: 1250039649
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 352 pages
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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250064103
ISBN10: 1250064104
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250008398
ISBN10: 1250008395
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$14.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
October 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429995788
ISBN10: 1429995785
320 pages
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