In the 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 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


10 thoughts on “Rise of the Governor

  1. Gina Gina says:

    I won this on Goodreads 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 I won this on Goodreads 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 a what kind of ending, leaving me wantingIt s different to read a book where the main character is the villian and not the hero I got to experience a characters descent into darkness and madness Great read looking forward to the next one, if their is, and the season premiere of the show in October


  2. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Realizing there wasn t enough horror in my reading world and being a fan of The Walking Dead tv show, I figured a book based on the backstory of one of the franchise s most notorious characters was a safe bet for some good reading I was correct Rise of the Governor is wall to wall anus puckering tension and heart thumping action The author s workman like prose powers the story forward at an almost non stop pace jesus there s a lot of dashes going on here from beginning to end.And what an en Realizing there wasn t enough horror in my reading world and being a fan of The Walking Dead tv show, I figured a book based on the backstory of one of the franchise s most notorious characters was a safe bet for some good reading I was correct Rise of the Governor is wall to wall anus puckering tension and heart thumping action The author s workman like prose powers the story forward at an almost non stop pace jesus there s a lot of dashes going on here from beginning to end.And what an end I was legitimately bamboozled by a nice twist the author added It was necessary to my overall enjoyment I mean, it would ve been a dang good book without it, but with it Rise of the Governor is elevated a notch or two in my overall estimation


  3. Anthony Chavez Anthony Chavez says:

    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 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 appealing to all dead head fans.It turns out that the Governor may not be as different as you might imagine In many ways, this tale is a familiar survival story, breaking little new ground but giving the fan some real insight into the beginning stages of the zombie outbreak The story opens in the first days of the zombie outbreak, the narrative follows the ups and downs of a small rag tag group of survivors, which consist of the man we know to become The Governor, his brother, a couple childhood friends, and a little girl The group finds themselves trying to understand what has caused this outbreak and then try to conform to their new life as they know it They try to exist in a retirement community, followed by a stint in the city, followed by isolationism, etc so on and so forth They try many various strategies to build a new life, none quite working out as long as they would like Every time they get comfortable, the real NEW world comes crashing down in the form of a new undead or even human menace At what point does the living in a world of walking dead reach their breaking point The novel takes us on the journey of The Governor until he reaches exactly that spot and then pushes to the other side The final two chapters, amazingly, bring everything together in a very unexpected way.You don t really see the rise of the Governor as much as the birth or origins of the Governor, the title is a bit misleading The book ends at the beginning of a new chapter, you can see the light up ahead, and he is with familiar characters from the comic It was an easy read, solidly written, fast paced as is true to Kirkman form I wasn t blown away by anything fresh or new, as I feel this was sorta what was expected, right in line with The Walking Dead trade paperbacks I did like learning about the area a little and getting to know the Governor s crew, but you don t have to be a fervent fan to enjoy this novel This can definitely work as a stand alone piece but it hasimpact, however, if you actually know who the Governor is A good and fun effort that, ultimately, doesn t add a huge new dimension to the ongoing saga butof a mirror or different point of view on survival.It was fascinating the way the book explored the emotional reactions of a survival group, I mean I liked how it was done in the comics but in novel form its different Most of the reactions were understandable, but it always leaves me questioning what I would do, say, feel if I found myself in an unbelievable and terrifying new reality The Rise of the Governor, didn t lack for action, in this world where the normal rules no longer apply, the zombies are at least the one danger in which you know what to expect, the humans are another story altogether You would think that the struggle with the zombies would be action enough, but The Walking Dead always contains shocking twists and this is no exception, with an ending that will leave you speechless


  4. Lucy Lucy says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 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 paper consumer for the franchise, I m also not a comic book sort of person so I ordered this book first when attempting to get deeper into the series somehow this felt like a lesser commitment than the comic book I had no idea who the governor was because the television series hasn t reached his introduction I m also an asshole who rarely reads book descriptions, in my defense I often find them misleading or too vague to be useful The most popular review I ve written is a point by point comparison with a book s actual plot to its misleading jacket description So I routinely pick up books with no idea what they re about.In short all I really understood was this book was set in The Walking Dead universe and it was the backstory for a character we had yet to meet in the series.I expected to read a bitabout the initial outbreaks, since the main character of the other branch of this series spent the beginning of the outbreak in a coma I guess I thought the writer would use this opportunity to expand on things he didn t have the opportunity to show us before No such luck though It s extremely vague Any time you think you re going to get some real information the story kind of screams stop looking for explanations and details Can t you see this is too harrowing for those little things The survivors we follow bounce from place to place with little to no information While this is not an inaccurate way to write a zombie survival story it was still disappointingly unambitious.I was also bothered by the fact that the only female character for much of the book is a little girl who spends most of her time catatonic I find the television show extremely frustrating and most of the reason I started reading the source material was to see if my issues with the series were intrinsic problems or flourishes added by the screenwriters Since my problems include rampant sexism and casual racism a bunch of white guys tearing through the South was kind of a confirmation of my worst expectations.The story shifts point of view at odd moments, dipping into different people s heads for a few pages or paragraphs, but the story is primarily told from Philip Blake s point of view He s the father of Penny, our mostly catatonic little girl, and the brother of Brian, a nervous skinny guy who has trouble killing zombies Other members of the group include two of Philip s high school drinking buddies, both of whom are fleshed out only when exhibiting a certain personality trait will be convenient for the plot.The group eventually lose one generic friend and then meet up with other survivors As they settle in, a somewhat romantic relationship begins to develop between Philip and one of the female survivors, one who saved his life and was particularly kind to his daughter The only indications this woman is interested in Philip involve a chaste kiss on the cheek and some light verbal flirting This doesn t stop Philip from imagining that they can settle down and she can play mother to his daughter They share a mutual kiss a first kiss Philip pushes it aggressively towards sex The woman begs him to stop He doesn t.After reading him lament the loss of what could ve been true love if only he d been a littlepatient, I finally read the book description and other reviews I realized I was reading a book about the development of a monster The Walking Dead series, really the whole fandom, is full of a lot of misogyny, but the main character on the television show is something of a white knight Gary Stu I only knew something was wrong because the other main character was never morally gray before and this just didn t jive I personally like a morally gray character, but it seemed like a big leap in main characters for Kirkman So, anyway, I had to hastily readjust how I was reading the book The book and the characters become darker, so I m grateful I finally caught on Penny dies when their camp is raided and Philip, who was already barely on the sane side to begin with, tortures the survivors in the raiding party He rapes the female survivor over and over again At that point I consider my dislike of the material my problem and not the author s or the book s issue It s a story about a man who was once a functional member of society becoming a sociopath and it s not like it was hidden from me I was just willfully ignoring every warning I could ve got At least the second rape and torture sequences were both being portrayed as the horrific acts they are, unlike the first rape which Philip considered it an act of over eager love the lady in question should be able to get over.The end of the book annoyed me for a variety of reasons We lose Philip s POV as he really goes insane and the audience becomessteadily entrenched in Brian, who alternates between being a victim of Philip s violence and being unaware of most of what is going on It kind of felt like a cop out The psychological damge was setting in at that point and it felt like the author was wiggling away from it because aside from vomit enducing gore and defilement he didn t know what else to do.Philip feeds zombie Penny recently dead people s body parts He then snatches a girl and it s unclear whether he planned to rape her or feed her to Penny in bite sized chunks Nick, the surviving of Philip s two original friends, finally takes a stand and puts Philip and the girl too accidentally down like a rabid animal wait what Wasn t the whole point of this book seeing Philip s transformation from normalish guy to monster Oh, Philip s not the governor you say so the rape and torture were entirely gratuitous and only thinly related to the rise of the governor The actual governor is Brian who takes on his brother s identity as a means of coping with the world around him The shy tentative guy from the beginning of the story who only wanted to own a music shop in Atlanta and had trouble killing already dead zombies just picks up Philip s emotional baggage like it s dropped luggage and decides to carry on where he left off Go ahead, say what the fuck now if you want, I did a few times Maybe in the next book Brian s transformation will be better explained because in the book it s practically just a matter of him putting on big brother s shoes and becoming him It is a very Hollywood version of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,Many Faces of Eve than true to real life in my opinion.Now, I don t know if I want to read the comics It s no one s fault but my own that I walked into this book totally unprepared, but at the same time I feel like a lot of my feelings about the author and the series were confirmed The writing was lazy, the character development inept Of the four female characters that got any significant page time two were rape victims, one was a loud mouthed shrew, and the other was Penny, who wasa plot device than a character The only character who is said to be of color gets shot in the back of his head 2 minutes after he is introduced None of this is suggesting I have the wrong idea about Robert Kirkman s level of responsibility for all the sexism and racisim


  5. Alaina Alaina says:

    Rise of the Governor was an okay and interesting audio book The pace was all over the pace to me though The first half of this book was moving so agonizingly slow for me It could ve been because I was at work and honestly didn t want to be there for 8 hours. or it could ve been that narrator was so meh I couldn t concentrate long enough in the beginning that I definitely had to back track a couple of times.Then the action got better The zombies got crazier and deader if that s a thing Rise of the Governor was an okay and interesting audio book The pace was all over the pace to me though The first half of this book was moving so agonizingly slow for me It could ve been because I was at work and honestly didn t want to be there for 8 hours. or it could ve been that narrator was so meh I couldn t concentrate long enough in the beginning that I definitely had to back track a couple of times.Then the action got better The zombies got crazier and deader if that s a thing Phillip was probably the craziest character I ve ever been introduced for Pretty sure he raped like two girls in this entire book But don t quote me on that Then there was Penny, who was his daughter I absolutely loved Penny. but what happened to her was completely predictable.Now the one thing that I didn t predict was Brian I didn t see him becoming the Governor No, I saw Phillip slowly coming into that role However, that wasn t the only thing that left me surprised Nope, Penny was still being held captive Yes, she is still a zombie which is weird and freaky to me I get that everyone loved this little girl. but damn, she s dead She should be actually dead now Not kept like a pet.Overall, the pacing threw me for a loop The action got better towards the end So many unexpected deaths throughout the book too I hope that the second book will be a lot better Please have a faster pace


  6. Yodamom Yodamom says:

    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 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 zone They are unprepared for the horrors they face and the deaths that will happen Phil was never a very nice guy, he seems to have alway had a dark shadow looming around him Brian his brother is the older, kinder brother always at a disadvantage under his brothers power Phil does some horrific things, and has worse thoughts His friends muddle along with him on this ride of survival, not really standing out just following tillIf you are a fan of this show you do not want to miss this book Toe tingling excitement and edge of your seat terror.I am off to read book 2 in this trilogy DHere is the order of these books which turned out to bethen 3


  7. Patrick D& Patrick D& says:

    The Walking Dead, Rise of the Governor, should beaptly 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 The Walking Dead, Rise of the Governor, should beaptly 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 quite what I expected, I had no issue with it as a stand alone tale in TWD universe It is the story of a normal human being, doing his best to survive the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse In that regard, this story parallels TWD We are introduced to a group of survivors brothers Philip and Brian Blake, two of Philip s friends Bobby and Nick, and Philip s young daughter, Penny Philip is the leader of this small bad of survivors trying hard to cope in this new world Bobby and Nick follow Philip s lead, as they have always done in life before the apocalypse, which is usually a good thing, since he is willing to do what it takes to remain alive The story covers their saga of survival as they travel across Georgia, from a wealthy subdivision outside Atlanta where they hide out for a time, to a barricaded apartment building inside the city that they share with other survivors, to their grim journeys out into the sticks, where they finally arrive at Woodbury, the town that the Governor rules with an iron fist in TWD comic books As I mentioned, I would be willing to read a sequel to this story one that would further explain how the man who enters Woodbury near the end of this tale transforms into the man who can do such unthinkable and horrible things to other survivors in the comic books especially to Michonne and Rick But if this book, and the psychological transformation that occurs within its pages, is the only justification offered up as to why the Governor is the way he is by the writers of this novel, I just can t buy it There has to betrauma put upon him to allow him to become such a casually evil and demonic creature I firmly believe this To elaborate further would reveal spoilers, which I m unwilling to do So again, my hope is that there is a plan to scribe another bookpart 2, if you will, though I doubt that is the case Again, this book, as a standalone tale of survival during the zombie apocalypse, is entertaining Present tense writing is not the norm, but it does speak of the immediacy of everything going on around the characters and keeps the energy level high, for the most part I didn t have a real issue with that I did feel that the author could have toned down the descriptive verse a bit He creates vivid images, but I often felt a bit overwhelmed by the details he would elaborate on, when simpler descriptives would have sufficed That is a minor niggling detail though My main concern with this story is that it only shares the beginning of the metamorphosis the man who turns into the Governor There is a big chunk missing in the tale that goes from this story and ends when we come across the full blown Governor in TWD comic books It is THAT tale, the middle portion of the man s saga, that I really want to read


  8. Gabriel Gabriel says:

    Won in a Goodreads 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 Won in a Goodreads 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 for no real reason or has random details from near the end, He puts on his only other pair of jeans and his only other shirt an AC DC silk screened tee as if these facts are important They aren t Why do I care that he has an AC DC tee on Maybe it s due to the random redundancies that abound in this book some ideas repeated mere paragraphs apart Maybe it s due to some of the worst writing I ve ever had the bad luck to read from the middle, Yes, they hear him, and now Brian and Nick are climbing out of the SUV Over the course of a mere minute, Brian makes a series of observations most of them, apparently, already calculated by Philip beginning with the front of the store We re talking about writing that isn t sure whether it s trying to describe thoughts via different character s heads or just unsure of itself to begin with We re talking stuff that I edit out of my OWN writing on the second draft if I get that far Sigh.There was so much going for this It s a cool idea to retell the beginning of The Walking Dead from a different perspective There are so many great stories to be had here and neat references to the comics possible.I won t read any of this trilogy and probably am leaving the comic series after this book It s just not worth my time


  9. Cyndi Cyndi says:

    I might have enjoyed this book muchif I had been a fan of the Walking Dead phenomenon Some of the fight scenes included way too much medical data And there are no heroes, this is how inherently bad people survive an apocalypse Killing zombies becomes so common place that committing atrocities on each other is easier, I guess Anyway, I did like the twist at the end so it was worth sticking with it for that.


  10. Brian Brian says:

    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 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 fiction, then you MIGHT like this book It s not badly written, per se There are a couple of points where they really built suspense up for example However, it is definitely not worth the price of a hardcover Wait until it s in paperback, the ebook goes down, or just check it out of your library.Now, if you re a fan of the Walking dead, you re going to be disappointed Now, I m sure there are fanboys out there that will attack me for saying that, but give it time A couple of years from now, even the most hardcore fanboys will be ashamed of it Major SPOILERSIf you heard that this novel will cover the early days of the outbreak, you heard wrong Little is covered about the initial outbreak Instead, we jump a few days into the z plague with them just hiding in a house and then quickly fast forward weeks into it We don t hear about how it spreads You d think that starting with the characters seeing their first walking corpse would be a big moment in a book like this, but it isn t Heck, I don t even think they covered it So let me reiterate, this novel adds nothing about the spread of the zombie plague EXCEPT them describing how television and radio stations go off air Fine, chalk it up to writer s license Maybe Kirkman and Bonansinga the authors didn t want to deal with those time periods That s okay Let s move on to the meat.The Governor is one of the most vile characters in the comic book medium because his actions are horrendous He is evil The comic deals with him torturing and raping a woman It deals with him holding gladiatorial style games where people fight off zombies to entertain the masses of the Woodbury community He orders the killing of women and children The frickin title of this book is Rise of the Governor The blurb on the back of the dustcover is In The Walking Dead Rise of the Governor, the world will finally understand what drove Phillip Blake to become The Governor.Guess what It s a lie You do not learn what drove Phillip Blake to become the Governor You don t learn what turns an average law abiding citizen into such a monstrous being Oh, and want to learn the bigger lie BIGGEST SPOILER Phillip Blake doesn t become the Governor It s his lame ass asthmatic brother who only kills one zombie nearly accidentally in the whole book and later only kills one man Plot twist It was a cop out What motivations would brother Brian have for his monstrous actions in the comic The lame ass ones the book give are not believable I didn t care about the characters Phillip was the most interesting, but he is killed off for the surprise ending, leaving us with a character who is still a wimp The authors try to wring out his motivation for his evil personality in a two or three page description of him losing it and going insane Seriously