Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.19 × 6.15 × 0.92 in
Published: June 5, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1250008395
ISBN - 13: 9781250008398
About the Book
In "The Walking Dead" universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. Voted "Villain of the Year" by "Wizard Magazine," his story arc was the most controversial in the series. Fans will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to extremes.
Read from the Book
ONE It occurs to Brian Blake as he huddles in the musty darkness, the terror constricting his chest, the pain throbbing in his knees: If only he possessed a second pair of hands, he could cover his own ears, and maybe block out the noise of human heads being demolished. Sadly, the only hands Brian currently owns are busy right now, covering the tiny ears of a little girl in the closet next to him. The seven-year-old keeps shuddering in his arms, jerking at the intermittent THWACK-GAHHHH-THUMP outside the closet. Then comes the silence, broken only by the sticky sound of boot steps on bloody tile, and a flurry of angry whispers out in the vestibule. Brian starts coughing again. He can’t help it. For days he has been fighting this goddamn cold, a stubborn blight on his joints and sinuses that he cannot shake. It happens to him every fall, when the Georgia days start getting dank and gloomy. The dampness gets into his bones, saps his energy, and steals his breath. And now he feels the pounding stab of a fever with each cough. Doubling over in another hacking, wheezing fit, he keeps his hands pressed down on little Penny’s ears as he coughs. He knows the sound of his rasping is attracting all kinds of attention outside the closet door, out in the convolutions of the house, but there’s nothing he can do about it. He sees tracings of light with each cough—like tiny filigrees of fireworks across his blind pupils. The closet—barely four feet wide,
From the Publisher
Winner of the 2011 Diamond Gem Award for Trade Book
of the Year
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
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
"Zombie-apocalypse stories are perfect for miserable winter
weather regardless, but for those obsessed with The Walking
Dead (such as yours truly), this is essential reading. This is
the epitome of a page-turner, and makes subway rides just breeze
by. And, that end -woof."
"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