The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor
Now I seem to be a sucker for a good zombie book, and I like to think that I know good ones from bad. The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor is a good one, I mean great one, possibly one of the best zombie stories I have ever listened to. Pure, unadulterated, original, breathtaking and enough surprises to keep you guessing. However I have never read any of the graphic novels, so if there was any tie in, I was clueless.
They story follows a ragtag bunch Nick, brothers Brain and Phillip and Phillip’s daughter Penny, as they try to survive the “plague”. When the story starts the “Plague” is already in full force with zombies everywhere and very few humans. A majority of the story is the groups journey to Atlanta and their stay there. At some points I was sure I knew what was going to happen only to be surprised.
This is so much more than just another zombie book. The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor is more of a study of the deterioration of the mind when societal norm is thrown out the window. Breaking down human nature to kill or be killed.
I have heard the remarks that some basic facts were incorrect, but really I don’t care if the model of a truck or the types of bullets used were incorrect. For me this takes nothing away from the truly entertaining story.
My first impression once I started listening was, “I can’t stand the narrator’s voice”, by the end of the book I felt Fred Burman’s voice was the only voice that could have done this book any justice.
Following in the footsteps of the New York Times best-selling 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.
©2011 Thomas Dunne Books (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
What the Critics Say
“If the comic book writer Robert Kirkman were a superhero, his name might be the Midas Touch.” (The New York Times)
Audiobook borrowed from my local library.