The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor

The Walking Dead Series (Volume 1)

Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, read by Fred Berman

Macmillan Audio

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Following in the footsteps of the New York Times bestselling graphic novels and the record-breaking new television show, this debut novel in a trilogy of original Walking Dead books chronicles the back story of the comic book series greatest villain, The Governor
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.


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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

“There’s a lot of grisly uncomfortable stuff here, and I can’t imagine another narrator handling it better. I look forward to hearing [Fred Berman] again soon.” – SFFaudio

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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 CD
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, read by Fred Berman

  • ROBERT KIRKMAN is best known for his work on TheWalking Dead and Invincible for Image Comics, as well as Ultimate X-Men andMarvel Zombies forMarvel Comics. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics and is an executive producer and writer on The Walking Dead television show.

    JAY BONANSINGA is a critically-acclaimed horror novelist whose works include Perfect Victim, Shattered, Twisted, and Frozen. His debut novel, The BlackMariah, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
  • Jay Bonansinga © jill brazel photography
  • Fred Berman


Available Formats and Book Details

The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor

The Walking Dead Series

Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, read by Fred Berman



Macmillan Audio