Series: The Governor Series #3
on October 8th 2013
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The third book in Robert Kirkman's New York Timesbestselling series: The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor – Part One!
The Walking Dead original novel series, set in the universe of Robert Kirkman's iconic comic book, continues with The Fall of the Governor – Part One. From co-authors Kirkman, creator of the Eisner Award-winning comic as well as 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, page-turning literary saga, which began with The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.
In Rise of the Governor, uber-villain Philip Blake journeyed from his humble beginnings directly into the dark heart of the zombie apocalypse, and became the self-proclaimed leader of a small town called Woodbury. In The Road to Woodbury, an innocent traveler named Lilly Caul wound up in the terrifying thrall of Phillip Blake’s twisted, violent dictatorship within Woodbury’s ever tightening barricades.
And now, in The Fall of the Governor – Part One, the Governor’s descent into madness finally erupts in a tour de force of action and horror. Beloved characters from the comic book, including Rick, Michonne and Glenn, finally make their entrance onto this nightmarish stage, and fans of The Walking Dead will see these characters in a whole new light. Simmering grudges boil over into unthinkable confrontations, battle lines are drawn, and unexpected twists seal the fates of the innocent and guilty alike.
What better way to deal with The Walking Dead withdrawal than reading the novels! Am I right? I definitely got my zombie fix! Blood, gore, cerebrospinal fluid! YAY!
Nobody does gore and violence quite like this pair of authors. You may already be familiar with Robert Kirkman’s graphic series, which is straight up gold. So we know that he is completely capable of writing dialogue and plot, but when it comes to writing prose, he paired up with Bonansinga to get the job done. They do make a gruesome twosome, and I am never disappointed. This is the third of four books in the series, and they have come a long way together.
I never thought I would describe The Walking Dead as light hearted, but looking back at the beginning of this series, that was what it now looks like. This series follows the Governor; who he was before the outbreak, how he becomes the monster, right through to how he meets his end. The story has morphed so much since the beginning, just as my feelings toward the character have.
At first, up in the bleachers, the sight of steel flashing, a glimmer of tungsten on the blade – and the entire cranium of this giant man being lopped off with the ease of a band saw cutting through brie – is so surreal that the crowd reacts awkwardly: a coughing sound among many, a chorus of nervous laughter… and then a tsunami of silence.
I’m sure I’m not spoiling things to say that the Governor loses his eye. In fact, I’m pretty sure even my mom knows that. So anyway, the books ends on this most pivotal scene. It was hard enough to watch on the show, even harder in the graphic novel, and now? Darn near impossible! My imagination is so, so much worse than anything the show can throw at me! I was hard pressed to not put the book down and take a breather! Having said that, it is important to mention that the characters don’t hide behind the gore. They are incredibly distinct, and I love how natural their actions are.
While not as killer (pun intended) as the graphic novels, this volume begins to merge the new story with the one we already know. Highly satisfying if you’re a hard core fan. Not for the squeamish!