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Publisher's Summary

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 Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“If the comic book writer Robert Kirkman were a superhero, his name might be the Midas Touch.” ( The New York Times)

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Big Walking Dead Fan

I loved the whole backstory of Phillip the governor and how he came to be one of the most evil characters on the show. Great listen!

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amazing book, followed story line perfectly

amazing book which only took 15 minutes to suck me in, and followed the story line so well i cant wait to rewatch the series and read another novel

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nothing like you'd expect

it's not like the show is on TV it's more twisted to I wanted to leave some scenes with other characters

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Shit ending. Not recommended for fans of the show.

It's a bore from start to finish, with a few memorable moments hidden amid the snores.

The performance was fine, although rife with pronunciation errors that will make you cringe.

Altogether not worth reading.

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language is harsh but the story is awesome

the language is hard but I felt like I was walking step by step with them

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I really liked this book

easy listen, I really liked the narrator, he kept you involved in the story the entire time.

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Worth your time, but not a top performer

Love everything TWD, so enjoyed the back story, but poor writing mechanics, technical mistakes and an overall mediocre... Skill(?) When it comes to bring a well written novel... 6-7/10... I'll listen/read them all... But constantly regurgitated descriptive habits and overall laziness caused this to a less than perfect read

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awsome

the reader did very good job at reading this out very good book a++ will read again

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10 out of 10. Would listen to again. Love the Story and overall, the performance.

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It's pretty close to the show

Interesting simple story similar to the television series. The characters were interesting but the deaths felt a bit anticlimactic. Pretty meh on the main character but toward the end he has some growth.

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  • James
  • 12-18-11

Wow an A+++ must read!

This book is amazing. These guys are the ultimate zombie apocalypse writers. Since reading this book I have read every one of the graphic novels to date and I'm addicted to them. I need them to keep writing these books, they are the best stories I have ever read. I wonder If they have any jobs going?....

Thanks Kirkham and Audible