Dimensions: 288 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in
Published: October 16, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0312547749
ISBN - 13: 9780312547745
About the Book
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. Fans of "The Walking Dead" will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.
Read from the Book
ONE No one in the clearing hears the biters coming through the high trees. The metallic ringing noises of tent stakes going into the cold, stubborn Georgia clay drowns the distant footsteps—the intruders still a good five hundred yards off in the shadows of neighboring pines. No one hears the twigs snapping under the north wind, or the telltale guttural moaning noises, as faint as loons behind the treetops. No one detects the trace odors of putrid meat and black mold marinating in feces. The tang of autumn wood smoke and rotting fruit on the mid-afternoon breeze masks the smell of the walking dead. In fact, for quite a while, not a single one of the settlers in the burgeoning encampment registers any imminent danger whatsoever—most of the survivors now busily heaving up support beams hewn from found objects such as railroad ties, telephone poles, and rusty lengths of rebar. “Pathetic … look at me,” the slender young woman in the ponytail comments with an exasperated groan, crouching awkwardly by a square of paint-spattered tent canvas folded on the ground over by the northwest corner of the lot. She shivers in her bulky Georgia Tech sweatshirt, antique jewelry, and ripped jeans. Ruddy and freckled, with long, deep brown hair that dangles in tendrils wound with delicate little feathers, Lilly Caul is a bundle of nervous tics, from the constant yanking of stray wisps of hair back behind her ears to the compulsive gnawing of fingernails.
From the Publisher
The first book explained how the Governor was created;
this thrilling sequel to The New York Times
bestseller further reveals his ruthless, inhuman conquest of
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.
At first, Woodbury seems like a perfect sanctuary. Squatters barter
services for food, people have roofs over their heads, and the
barricade expands, growing stronger every day. Best of all, a
mysterious self-proclaimed leader named Philip Blake keeps the
citizens in line. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it
seems. . . . Blake, who has recently begun to call himself The
Governor, has disturbing ideas about law and order.
Ultimately, Lilly and a band of rebels open up a Pandora's box of
mayhem and destruction when they challenge The Governor's reign . .
. and the road to Woodbury becomes the highway to hell in this
riveting follow-up to Robert Kirkman and Jay
Bonansinga''s New York Times bestselling The
Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.
About the Author
Robert Kirkman is best known for his work on The Walking
Dead and Invincible for Image Comics and SKYBOUND. He
is one of the five partners of Image Comics and is an executive
producer and writer on AMC's critically acclaimed television series
The Walking Dead.
Jay Bonansinga is a critically acclaimed horror novelist whose
works include Perfect Victim, Shattered, Twisted, and
Frozen. His debut novel, The Black Mariah, was a
finalist for a Bram Stoker Award.
Praise for The Walking Dead: Rise of the
"An excellent companion to the The Walking Dead comic
books. The story is enriched by the novel format, and the
characterization of the series'' most hated villain is something no
fan will want to miss."
"This book stands alone and is a compelling read for fans of the
series or just fans of zombies. Watch out though, because once you
get a taste of the particular Kirkman brand of zombie mayhem,
catching up on past issues is just around the corner."
"The story makes a great novel. You''ll get sucked in and can
easily visualize everything that is happening. It''s simply a great
"It takes great advantage of the literary medium in a way that
most tie-in books would not."
"Not for the faint of heart, this book runs on pressure-cooker
suspense, graphically described bloodshed, and dark acts of
brutality...This riveting character study adds a new dimension to
the oeuvre by fleshing out established characters and plot
-School Library Journal