Apr 02, 2020
Rise of the Governor
Posted by Robert Kirkman Jay Bonansinga

Based on The Walking Dead graphic novels comic books and the series starring Andrew Lincoln Teachers , This Life and Love , and Love Actually and written produced by Frank Darabont whose previous credits include The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile , this is a new trilogy of books written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, author of Perfect Victim anBased on The Walking Dead graphic novels comic books and the series starring Andrew Lincoln Teachers , This Life and Love , and Love Actually and written produced by Frank Darabont whose previous credits include The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile , this is a new trilogy of books written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, author of Perfect Victim and Shattered Set in the world created by Robert Kirkman, this standalone trilogy is fast paced, action packed storytelling about the lengths some men will go to survive With new characters, new storylines and with the same in depth character based plotting that has made the television series such an immediate hit, this trilogy of novels is sure to be a hit with those who love zombies and those who have loved the TV series and comic books.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 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.

  • Title: Rise of the Governor
  • Author: Robert Kirkman Jay Bonansinga
  • ISBN: 9780312547738
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rise of the Governor Based on The Walking Dead graphic novels comic books and the series starring Andrew Lincoln Teachers This Life and Love and Love Actually and written produced by Frank Darabont whose previous cred


    I won this on !When I started this book I had no idea what the book was about. I watched The Walking Dead when it aired last year and I thought it was A-M-Azing. Before I read this book I had to do a little research on "The Governor" because I haven't read the comics and also the show hasn't introduced that character yet. Also keep in mind that I basically only read YA books with a female as the main p.o.v. So with that being said I started the book and all I can say is Wow! The ending was such [...]

    Anthony Chavez

    As I have read the first compendium of 48 trade paperbacks that ended the original Governor story arc, I jumped at the chance to pick up this collaboration by series creator Robert Kirkman and horror writer Jay Bonansinga. "The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor" is an amazing idea for a novel or trilogy. I hear that the Governor is one of the series', and even comic books in general, most notorious and loathsome villains, and the notion of exploring his back story is definitely going to be appe [...]


    I made a series of mistakes when I picked this book up. Everything I know about The Walking Dead series came from the television show. I've never been on this side of the street before, but suddenly I'm that annoying person Harry Potter fans have been dealing with since 2001. You know, someone who always pictured Harry as Daniel Radcliffe and was never at all pissed that Danny-boy over there has blue eyes (AND NOT GREEN DAMN HIM FOR NOT WEARING CONTACTS).In addition to being a film media and not [...]


    Audiobook- Fabulous narrator*Omg!!! Shocking twists and truths revealed. if you think you know The Governor you don't till you read this book. He is not who has portrayed himself to be. I think I might have sprained my jaw it dropped so far when I got the truth about who he is. Holy Crisps, I could barely catch my breath.This first book stats with Phil, his brother Brian, his living daughter and two high school friends. The plague has just driven them from their hometown to search for the safe z [...]

    Patrick D'Orazio

    The Walking Dead, Rise of the Governor, should be more aptly titled (as mentioned by several other reviewers): The Birth of the Governor. If this book has a sequel, it would tell of the actual rise of the Governor. In fact, I feel that given what this particular book is lacking, there would need to be a sequel to bridge the gap between what we have been introduced to with this story and what we see when Rick, Glenn, and Michonne stumble across Woodbury in the comic books. While this story wasn't [...]


    Okay, I am a HUGE zombie fan. I have also been collecting the Walking Dead comic book since issue #2 and when I first heard about this novel, I was excited. Kirkman explores the deeper thoughts/feelings/issues of a z-apocalyptic world via the comic (and now the TV show) and I thought a novel would allow him to really sink his teeth into the material. Also, he has never (not in comics or TV) dealt with the early days of the epidemic.If you haven't ever read the comic, but are a fan of apocalyptic [...]


    Won in a First Reads.Sigh.After greatly enjoying the first season of the AMC show and getting deep into the comics, I was looking forward to this. I mean, good zombie novels are far and very few between. They seem to work better as film horrors over novel horrors. Even so, The Walking Dead comics did a wonderful job of transforming the brutality of George Romero zombie flicks into a written media.This book does NOT follow suit.Maybe it's due to the fact that it's written in the present tense (f [...]


    Okay, so I liked the book. I liked it enough that I plan on reading the rest of the series. I did not however "really" like it or think it was amazing. Hence, the three star rating. For one, and probably my biggest issue with this book, is how part two of this book played out almost exactly like parts of season four of the show played out. I kept thinking, "Wait, is this a novelization of season four, or is this really the story of way before we ever met the Governor in season three?" Also, it h [...]


    Well now. That was interesting.I actually had a bit of a time getting into this one. It didn't have the pace of the comic series (that this is based on), and was written in the present tense. That's a bit jarring for me, though I did get used to it.Note that this is the backstory of the Governor from the Walking Dead comic book/graphic novel series. It is NOT the backstory of the character by the same name/title in the AMC television series.As far as a backstory goes, this one is pretty damn goo [...]

    Patricia Crowther

    Actual rating 4.5*Wow I feel like such a fool. How did I fall for that one! This was really great. I really enjoyed the Governors back story. It was interesting to see his journey and especially some of the similarities/links to the show.

    ☆~Stephanie ~☆

    I really enjoyed this book a lot ! This book was so much better for me then World War Z ! I can't wait to start the next one will start it tonight .if you haven't read this you should give it a try it was really great book.

    Anna Stathopoulou

    Ανίδεη μέχρι τώρα! H πρώτη μου επαφή με τον κόσμο των νεκροζώντανων έγινε μέσω του πρώτου βιβλίου της σειράς "Η άνοδος του Κυβερνήτη". Δηλώνω ενθουσιασμένη! Ένα βιβλίο που με τρόμαξε αρχικά σαν ιδέα του τί μπορεί να συμβεί μια μέρα σε αυτόν τον αγαπημένο κόσμο που ζούμε, αλλά [...]

    Kimberley doruyter

    if you seen the show you know how this turns out's good for extra info on the governor, but he is still evil.his brother is a spineless sack and his friend is a bible crazed dumbor those how have not yet seen the show, the ending is a surprise.a re-read and i actually liked it a little better then the first time i read it.

    Λυδία Ψαραδέλλη

    Στο βιβλίο που κυκλοφόρησε από τις Εκδόσεις Bell με τίτλο “The Walking Dead: Η Άνοδος του Κυβερνήτη” ήρωας δεν είναι κάποιος Άγιος, ούτε καν κάποιος ταπεινός άνθρωπος που προσπαθεί να επιβιώσει σε έναν κόσμο γεμάτο νεκροζώντανους με μαυρισμένα δόντια, παγωμένα δάχτυλα και σαπισμέ [...]


    The death of his beloved wife years earlier had already ruined Philip Blake’s life, leaving him with a single purpose: to care for and protect his daughter, Penny. This does not change when the zombie apocalypse hits, but his circle of protection expands to include his two best friends, and, unfortunately, his hapless, sickly brother Brian.The Governor has been a frightening inclusion in The Walking Dead series, but as with all truly good antagonists, he is not simply mad and/or evil. This tri [...]


    As far as prequels go, this rates up there with The Phantom Menace and Batman Begins Kindergarten. It's slow and boring and adds very little to the Walking Dead narrative. I don't think Kirkman had very much hand in this at all. Another author (Jay Bonansinga) is listed and, unless Kirkman really can't switch mediums (like Orson Scott Card, for example, didn't write a very good Iron Man comic), the fault lies with Bonansinga.The descriptions use far too many cliches, which detracts from otherwis [...]


    This was not what I was expecting. I read the comics long before the show came out, but have since become a fan of the show as well. I occasionally find it hard to remember what happened in which. That sounds a bit silly, but for those of you that read and watch, you know what I mean. Story lines from the comic are revisited in the show but with different characters or timing, names change, but personalities stay the same or even vice-verse. That being said, this was very, very obviously the sto [...]


    Not completely sure how to feel about this one. It had many extremely disturbing scenes, so much so that I had to put it down for awhile before picking it back up to finish it. However, the twist at the end did redeem itself a bit. I was not expecting who the Governor turned out to be. I will probably continue in this series, but am gonna take a hiatus for awhile from it.


    Now this is it!! Exactly what I needed to get myself out of a reading slump! Now I just need to find the next book in the series >.>


    Listened 11/26/12 - 12/6/124 Stars - Strongly Recommended to fans of The Walking Dead on AMCAudiobook (9 cd's, 11hrs)Publisher: Macmillan AudioNarrated by: Fred BermanI am a total sucker for "companion" reading. Once I get hooked on a tv series, sitting around each week waiting for it to run on its scheduled night soon becomes unbearable. Like a junkie with no idea where my next fix will come from, I seek out ways by which I can keep the buzz alive.I first remember doing this with The X-Files an [...]


    REVIEW ALSO ON: bibliomantics/2011/12/09/aI was a little wary to start this book. Comics and prose novels are such different mediums, and I was suspicious of the success of the idea. Although Bill Willingham’s Fables novel Peter and Max has amazing reviews to back it and the same can be said of Shawn Thorgersen’s rewrite of the American manga series Bizenghast with Bizenghast: the Novel. Sadly, the same cannot be said of this novel, which is pretty much one giant FAIL.The story itself isn’ [...]

    Sue Moro

    This book is the first in a trilogy focusing on one of the most controversial characters in The Walking Dead series so far, that of the Governor of Woodbury. He first makes his appearance half way through the graphic novel compendium one, and his story line is just beginning in season three of the television series.As the story begins, the zombie outbreak has already occurred and people are struggling to survive. Brain Blake and his younger brother, Philip, are traveling with their high school b [...]


    "The Walking Dead - A Ascensão do Governador" foi um livro que rapidamente me despertou a curiosidade, mais não fosse por ser eu uma fã da série "The Walking Dead". Apesar de nunca ter sido uma fã do governador (na série de TV) assim que tive oportunidade inicie a leitura deste livro. É um livro repleto de acção onde acompanhamos a viagem de Philip, a sua filha Penny, o seu irmão mais velho Brian e dois amigos de Philip: Nick e Bobby.Desde cedo Philip mostra que tem capacidades de lide [...]


    Philip is the capable brother, determined to look after daughter Penny in the zombie apocalypse, ready to leave town with his trusted friends Bobby and Nick. He is also forced by bad luck to take his brother Brian, who he meets by accident and was planning to leave without. The group are trying to get to the safe zone in Atlanta.Basically, this book was just way too slow for me. We had so much description about the characters and what they were doing without really taking the story forward. It w [...]


    Those 4 stars up there are misleading, let me try and explain 3 stars for the story, which kept getting distracted by itself, and wandering off into the past or other times, or memories of the characters, leaving the reader (or listener), wondering where the heck this detour came from and where was the path so they could try and find their way back to the story. A story which was, all things said and done, not particularly well put together or unique, but which did have one heck of an interestin [...]


    I picked this book up knowing almost nothing of the walking dead world, I've never read the graphic novels and had only seen a few episodes of the first season, but I was still intrigued by the story promised within the pages of this book. To find out how the dreaded governor came to be.The book ultimately follows brothers Philip and Brian Blake, Philips young daughter Penny and their child hood friend Nick. Pretty much right from the beginning of the "turn over" you know that although Philip is [...]

    Andrew Dearborn

    So I just finished reading Rise of the Governor by Kirkman and Bonansinga. Honestly I was super excited for this book when I first heard about it, I mean it was a chance to explore the wider world of Walking Dead. Sadly it's a slow book that, while having a great ending, is paced like the comics. Don't get me wrong I love the Walking Dead comics, but a slow 30 page issue is different then 30 pages of slowness in a book. In the book it rises and falls like a comic book series, which works wonderf [...]


    I've read the comics, seen most of the TV series, and thought The Governor would be a great character for bit of backstory development. Moreover, I'm not afraid to be seen in public reading zombie fiction, so I should be the ideal demographic for this here tome. Well, to cut a long story short, I liked it. Eventually. Just.The first two thirds could have been better summed up in one comic volume. The prose is painful, the descriptive sections oddly banal considering the circumstances, the choice [...]

    T.C. Harrelson

    I love the world of Robert Kirkman. That is, the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested free-for-all that is The Walking Dead. Naturally, I had to wade into the back story of one of Kirkman's iconic characters—the Governor—when he expanded his franchise into the world of novels. Jay Bonansinga was tapped to "put flesh on the Governor's bones" so to speak by providing the details of his transformation from mere survivor to leading the fortified town of Woodbury, Georgia.Bonansinga is a gifted writ [...]

    Matthew Blake

    I had a hard time getting into this book at first, but once I did it sucked me in. A fan of all things Walking Dead, this fan can say that fellow lovers of The Walking Dead will find this to be a great and interesting addition to the story.I must note that this book was particularly emotional for me. I was crushed by a few of the scenes in it, which I didn't think would happen after being so desensitized by so many Walking Dead comics.A great read, I highly recommend it. The only thing that kept [...]

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