I'll admit that first I did struggle to stay interested, but once this story got my attention it definitely kept it. Long time Walking Dead fan, the difference between the book and the TV series was exciting and refreshing.
Intolerable erroneous facts
Boring and slow pace. Horrible dialog.
Phony southern accents.
No, it honestly didn't.
Like everyone else, I love The Walking Dead comic and TV show. I got the audiobook version of this book, hoping to turn my commute into a pleasant Walking Dead experience. The book was so awful I couldn’t get through it. It is better just to stare silently at the bumper of the car in front of me than tolerate this tripe. I don’t know anything about the author, but it’s hard to believe that any adult could know so little about so much, and it made the book infuriating. He knows nothing about guns. Nothing about cars. Nothing about the south. Nothing about the militaryHe goes on and on about these subjects, sharing one erroneous “fact” after another. . Since I lived in Georgia for four months while I went through the US Army Infantry officer basic course, and I’ve owned a car or two, you might understand why I found this so intolerable. Does anyone know anything about the author? I imagine him to be some twenty-something person who has never traveled outside New York City. The supposedly southern dialog is the first giveaway. Here are some highlights of the things that make this intolerable.
Firearms. A Ruger .22 pistol is neither powerful nor loud nor does it have noticeable recoil. A .38 revolver is not a small caliber. A Glock doesn’t have a safety. A duck hunting shotgun isn’t going to kill zombies 100 yards away. Maybe one with a rifled barrel or rifled slugs would. I bet the author shot a Ruger .22 pistol at an indoor range the only time in his pathetic life he ever fired a gun, and thought it was loud and powerful, so he equipped the Governor with this amazing weapon. On the TV show, the Governor was often seen with a Steyr AUG, which fires the same cartridge as the M16 series or rifles, which is indeed powerful.
Dialog. Nobody in the south talks like the characters in this book. What a bunch of offensive stereotypes. And I’m from Maryland.
The narrative is equally annoying. The author drones on endlessly about the gore of various zombie killings. It’s just boring.
Military. Skip to the last chapter. A major in the Army or Army National Guard is a college graduate. Majors are polished and well-spoken and politically correct. They understand that under the Constitution they serve and protect the American people. They do not speak to people like this guy. They don’t act like this guy. The author must never have met anyone in the military. At another point the author says the Governor moves stealthily like a “Delta Force Marine”.
Another reviewer wisely pointed out the editors of the book are as much to blame as the author. How lazy not even to perform an internet search on any of these topics.
Spare yourself the misery and give this book a pass.
I've never listened to an audio book before and was very happy with my first choice. Great voice work, amazing story. I would listen to a chapter at a time to and from work and I found myself looking forward to my daily drive. Great ending helps you understand the Governor and vote for him instead of the original Walking Dead crew, which I love. Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.
Robert Kirkman is absolutely rubbish as a writer, often times relying way too much on the same uncommon words in what seems like a poorly chosen attempt to sound smart. The writing is grating and at times rather unbearable. His characters are annoying and dim witted. it is very apparent he went into this venture with absolutely the bare minimum of research on the military and firearms, which had me totally taken out of the story many times. I will give Fred Berman credit, he does a decent job as the narrator but there is only so much you can do with such terrible source material. If you're hoping the series gets better after this book I can tell you with certainty it does not. Finishing the story arc was completely not worth it and I wish I hadn't wasted my credits on any of the books.
If you're looking for a phenomenal zombie apocalypse series I can not recommend the Arisen series enough. R.C. Bray is a magnificent narrator and has carried me all the way to book eight and craving much more. Fair warning; it is very military centric but you can tell the author actually put a ton of effort into getting it right.
Unfortunately this book does not add any kind of meaningful depth to the Governor character on AMC's The Walking Dead television series. In a way this book detracts from the character's legacy and his excellent portrayal by David Morissey. Your appreciation of this book will depend on your willingness to accept the far-fetched character developments that occur near the end of this book. Personally I found them to be unconvincing and uninteresting.
The zombie action in the first 2/3 of this book is actually pretty great, hence the three-star review. I was suitably engaged with the characters and interested in their well-being. Unfortunately I skipped the final four chapters because I just did not care about any of the characters after a pivotal event towards the end of the novel.
Fred Berman does a pretty good job of voicing the different characters and giving them personality. His tone is suitably bleak and disaffected to fit the atmosphere of the television show. I thought he could improve on his Southern accents and speed up his pace a bit.
I know that this book has a follow-up, but I won't be reading it. I am already convinced that the Governor in the TV show is not the same person I read about in this novel.
I was really disappointed to hear the terms "retard" and "retarded" used so often and in so crude a manner throughout this book. It was very distracting and took away from the overall experience.
loved the book, so descriptive I could smell the zombies I could see what they looked like and I could feel exactly what the characters were feeling I'll b buying the next on no soubt.