The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor 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.

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  • Book 1

    • The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor

    • By: Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,653
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Well....okay...I guess

    • By David on 11-13-11

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 1.5

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  • Book 2

    • The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury

    • By: Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 991
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 994

    The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • AWESOME ADDITION TO THE WALKING DEAD

    • By Amanda H. on 02-11-13

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 3

    • The Fall of the Governor

    • The Walking Dead, Book 3
    • By: Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 796
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 720
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 724

    The Walking Dead original novel series, set in the universe of Robert Kirkman's iconic universe, continues with The Fall of the Governor. From co-authors Kirkman, creator of the Eisner Award-winning comic book and executive producer of AMC's blockbuster TV series, and Jay Bonansinga, Stoker Award-finalist and internationally acclaimed author, comes the gripping third novel in this richly woven, literary saga, which began with The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I can't wait for the next book

    • By Judy on 03-09-14

    Regular price: $18.89

  • Book 4

    • The Fall of the Governor, Part Two

    • The Walking Dead
    • By: Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 667
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 630
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 628

    The Walking Dead series of original novels, set in the universe of Robert Kirkman's iconic comic, reaches its crescendo in The Fall of the Governor, Part Two. From coauthors Robert Kirkman, creator of the Eisner Award winning comic book and executive producer of AMC's blockbuster TV series, and Jay Bonansinga, Stoker award finalist and internationally acclaimed author, comes the gripping fourth and final novel in this richly woven literary saga, which began with The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wow

    • By Anonymous User on 03-13-18

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 5

    • Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent

    • By: Jay Bonansinga, Robert Kirkman
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 521
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 487
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 487

    In The Fall of the Governor, Part One, classic characters from both the comic and television series, including Rick, Michonne and Glenn, finally made their appearance in the Walking Dead novel series, only to discover that the Governor is a very dangerous enemy. Now, the Walking Dead series of novels continues with more fan favorite characters from the comic book and TV show.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By Jennifer Burford on 05-15-15

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 6

    • Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Invasion

    • By: Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 478
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 437
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 434

    Out of the ashes of a devastated Woodbury, Georgia, two opposing camps of ragtag survivors develop - each one on a collision course with the other. Underground, in the labyrinth of ancient tunnels and mine shafts, Lilly Caul and her motley crew of senior citizens, misfits, and children struggle to build a new life. But a secret ambition still burns in Lilly's heart and soul.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good not great!!!!

    • By Anthony on 12-14-15

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 7

    • Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Search and Destroy

    • By: Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 299
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274

    For one brief moment, it seems Lilly and her plague-weary band of survivors might just engineer a better tomorrow. Banding together with other small town settlements, they begin a massive project to refurbish the railroad between Woodbury and Atlanta. The safer travel will begin a new postapocalyptic era of trade, progress, and democracy. Little do they know, however, that trouble is brewing back home.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great series

    • By Teri Bird on 03-09-18

    Regular price: $31.49