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The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor - Part One (The Governor Series #3)

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The third book in Robert Kirkman's New York Times bestselling 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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nov 06, 2013 Emily rated it did not like it
I like how "trilogy" has turned into "as many terrible books we can churn out and expect suckers to pay for." 230 pages, read like a TERRIBLE novella. The more that is written about the Governor, the more they neuter the terrifying character from the graphic novels. In their lame, money grubbing attempt to cash in on every angle, the Governor has been squandered. And I LOVE how Lilly drank the kool-aid just so the well known ending is even more "shocking" when it comes around. Plus I'm pretty su ...more
Kimberley doruyter
Oct 02, 2015 Kimberley doruyter rated it liked it
i could have done whithout some of the details, i think i'm gonna have nightmares.
Oct 10, 2013 Igor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was really expecting much more from this book especially as new season is about to start on TV and I was getting in the mood for it.
For the most time books are better then the movies or series that follow... not in this case apparently. If you're fan go for it otherwise don't bother.
May 08, 2015 Jaxy rated it really liked it
The first half of the novel is a bit slow; after reading that characters in the graphic novels and television show (Rick, Glenn, and Michonne) were going to be featured, I was a little underwhelmed at Lilly's reappearance. I only vaguely remember her story from the second novel, which was fairly lackluster with its flagrant use of ridiculous foreshadowing. However, despite a few eye roll moments between her and her new beau, Austin (I think that's his name), her story in this novel... was okay. ...more
T.L. Kramer
Oct 20, 2013 T.L. Kramer rated it liked it
Let me begin by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As in the other "Governor" books, I am thrilled to find another side to a fascinating group of characters I have come to love. Be that as it may, I am so very disappointed in the glaring technical mistakes in these books and I can no longer hold it in. I am a total gun geek and pride myself in the knowledge that I have likely forgotten more about guns than most people will ever know. But the errors in this books are by far the worst I h ...more
Dec 07, 2013 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-reads
This is the third in the non-graphic-novel series of books. I do not read graphic novels so have not followed the story line of The Walking Dead in the “comics” but I do watch the television series and I am assuming that these books are a combination of the two? I could be wrong!

This book was a quick and easy read. Good thing because I bought it as a Christmas gift for my daughter and it’s getting pretty close to wrapping time. (Oh don’t shake your head at me … like you’ve never bought a book f
Peter Bosson
Jul 02, 2014 Peter Bosson rated it it was ok
It was clear from the vast amount of negative reviews that people were pissed about the last book in this trilogy being split in two. Going in I tried not to let that effect my enjoyment, but I knew that book would have to be good to make up for this obvious money-grub. Sadly the book is too short and lacking the content needed to justify two books, though that isn't its biggest flaw. The worst thing about the book is the way it handles the events covered in the graphic novels. I have read all t ...more
May 24, 2014 Kaisersoze rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An utterly pointless third volume in what was meant to be a trilogy, but in what can only be interpreted as a blatant cash-grab, is now a four book series. The first two volumes at least gave us the interesting backstory of the Governor, and then fleshed out the comic's bit characters of Lilly and Bob Stookey. This volume, while offering a little more about Lilly, is effectively just the comics re-told from the perspective of the characters in Woodbury - Governor included. And it's every bit as ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Nov 26, 2013 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it did not like it
If you’ve read the comics, you don’t need a recap. If you haven’t – Rick, Michonne and Glen visit Woodbury, seen from the Governor’s point of view – Lily wanders around doing stuff I’m supposed to care about. And, yes, I’m aware of how half-assed that recap was, I have good reason.

This book takes place at the same time and involving several of the same characters as in the Walking Dead comics. Effectively, it’s taking the same storyline and look at it from a different angle.

This is a difficult t
Aug 18, 2015 April rated it it was amazing
This is the best novel yet, bringing in characters we know from the show it definitely steps up a notch. This book is also incredibly gruesome, almost more than I could handle. I cannot wait until March 2014 for the final novel!
Dizi tarihinin nice kötü karakteri içinde muhtemelen en okkalı küfürleri işiten yegane insan olmuştur bu Vali.
Okumak, izlemekten kötü hissettiriyormuş insana onu anladım.
Bir taraftan yaşadıklarına şahit olup empati yapmaya çalışıyorsun, diğer taraftan bu adamın paçalarından taşan kötülüğü anlamlandırmaya çalışırken ne diyeceğine şaşırıyor insan.
Neticede güzel kitaptı.
Sadece oldu bittiye getirilmesi rahatsız ediyor beni bu seride.
İnsan doyasıya okuyamadan bitiyor sanki.
Ama bir noktada normal ola
Jan 04, 2014 Mike rated it liked it
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Oct 17, 2013 Brian rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed with this book as I have become a huge fan of The Walking Dead and it was really just the comics in a different format, meaning that this ground had already been covered.

The previous two books in this so-called trilogy (this last book was split into 2 parts at the last minute; either a money grab or the ending was not completed in time/was even more of a disappointment than part 1) were very good and provided a lot of history/insight into The Governor, which furthered th
Oct 18, 2013 Hatezel rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
This was the very worst book I ever paid for. The writing was awful. There is no new story just a rehash of what readers know already happened. If you read the graphic novels, you're up to date. Revisit the torture of Michonne.
I wish I could get my money back. What a huge awful waste! Don't bother thinking it can't be that bad... It is!
If it wasn't an e book I'd take a red pen to it and cross out all of the unnecessary words, made up words, typos and adjectives. There is no such thing as a NAS
Apr 18, 2016 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
The books just get better and better.Nothing not to like about this one.The Governor continues his descent into madness and all of the residents of Woodbury suffer the consequences.Three very familiar faces join the story in this one and the one on one confrontation at the end of this one is as great of a encounter as i have read.No punches are pulled and even the stoutest of hearts might be made a little squeamish by the end of the book.
Oct 09, 2013 Geoffrey rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dark, cult
One of the things I really liked about the first 2 books is that they really showed the Governor in a different light. We learned his surprising back-story and all the reasons why he is who he is. There were no excuses and he didn't become a sympathetic character, but he did become a fully developed one.

In this part of the story, now that it became more in line with the original storyline, it's probably harder to add much that's new and other than adding to the already graphic scenes between Phi
Oct 28, 2013 Lauren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm disappointed with this book. Majority of the story is from the comics, with nothing new added. The last minute surprise of book three in the trilogy actually being part one is annoying. Especially when this book didn't contain much original content at all. A trilogy is three books last time I checked, not 4/5. Not to mention the unnecessary addition of the WalMart logo. WTF was with that? It was of no relevance to the story and screams sell out. To think I went out and bought this in hard co ...more
Michael Thompson
Jul 14, 2015 Michael Thompson rated it it was ok
As with the 2nd book in this series, this one is not that great. It's always fun to jump into the world of, "The Walking Dead," but, it would be a lot more fun if they could improve the quality of the writing/storyline to where it was in the first book. I read several reviews of this book and agree with most of them. This is a fun, easy read but there's not much reward. I have the very strong impression the writers are just writing as many books, as fast as they can to make money. Consequently, ...more
Clayton Peters
Jan 28, 2015 Clayton Peters rated it really liked it
The Fall of the Governor is so far my favorite of the series all though i still haven't read the final book. The story starts right off with action with two side characters fighting zombies in an arena. Then it goes back to the main character from the second book, Lily Caul who is trying to get over the death of the man she loved Josh Hamilton.

My favorite thing about the entire book is that it focuses more on the governor who was the character from the first book, the second entry to the serie
Eric Moote
Jan 06, 2015 Eric Moote rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of the show and graphic novel. NOT TO KIDS or TEENS.
Recommended to Eric by: The TV Show
Shelves: fiction
Overall: the perfect companion to fans of the show and comic book ... err ... graphic novel.

I picked the book up because I am a huge fan of the show and a like-r of the graphic novel. The governor is one of the deepest, darkest, twisted characters the show and novels have delivered and "Rise of the Governor" continues / provides some backstory to that character.

The book begins before the graphic novel introduces the Governor and ends near the climax of the graphic novel. The story is well writt
Apr 14, 2014 Cameron rated it liked it
This book covers the happenings in Woodbury before the siege on the prison. The first half is largely Lilly's story (new character, not to be confused with the Gov's girlfriend on the TV show) and the last half is basically a novelization of events in the graphic novel. That makes this book and its sequel a good source of information for fans of the show, who want to know the differences between the show and the graphic novels, but don't want to fork out the substantial amount of cash required f ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Tabitha rated it it was ok
First, full disclosure: I do not read the comics, however, I know that they are different from the TV series and the books follow the comics. Also, I listened to the audio book as opposed to reading it, which honestly probably improved it.

I started off on the wrong foot with this installment because they split it in half, which just made me unhappy before I even began. Despite that and my disappointment with the last book, I decided to go in with an open mind.

I was not impressed. Although I expe
Mar 09, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
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Nov 02, 2014 Marc-Antoine rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, zombie
That was intense!
Benjamin Featherston
-Once again, the world of The Walking Dead is realized in delightfully gory prose. Kirkman and Bonansinga capture the sense of dread that keeps audiences coming back to the comics and television show.

- Essentially a rehash of events from the comic series, told from another perspective. Nothing really new for fans who have read the comic, aside from some minor revisionism.
- Stereotypical characters whose entire personalities can be summed up in one or two word descriptions (
Tiffany Fox
Feb 23, 2015 Tiffany Fox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Philip 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 erupt
Jun 21, 2015 Mirkat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michonne Happens
This is the part of the "Governor" series that catches up with the narrative in the comics, told from the perspective of the "Woodbury" residents. If you've read The Walking Dead volumes six through eight, you are familiar with the bits that overlap these novels. This one take us through the final showdown between the Governor and Michonne (I keep wanting to pronounce her name "mee-SHONN," but on the show and in the audiobooks, it's "mee-SHONE"). The next book, The Fall of the G
Marissa Bowers
Dec 25, 2015 Marissa Bowers rated it liked it
I'm torn about this book. Characterization of the Governor (comic-version mostly) was pretty spot-on from what I could tell, and therefore interesting to read. However, in the end of the civilized world, there are very few morals and the Walking Dead makes that clear.

This book is bordering on the R side, but it is definitely a HIGH PG-13 for: Language, (LOTS OF LANGUAGE) a rape scene (thankfully we don't have to read it, but the moments right before and right afterwards), a sex scene (I'm unsure
Dec 13, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was ok
I was not a fan of this one. First, there was no need for this to be it's own book - it was just half a book split into two to make more money. By doing that, this half of the book was little more than people getting tortured. Which brings me to the next point, which is it has too much torture in it for my taste (both of the victim and of the perpetrator later on). I realize the governor is a bad guy (and worse in the comics, which I haven't read, than in the TV show), but it seemed like the tor ...more
Alex Apostol
Nov 01, 2015 Alex Apostol rated it liked it

Out of the three Walking Dead novels, this one was the hardest to get through and the least shocking. I don't know if it's because I read the comics that coincide with this story right before reading the book or what, but I just wasn't interested. I literally felt like I was reading the comic book twice in a row, only it wasn't as good. The dialogue was IDENTICAL. There was not
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Robert Kirkman is an American comic book writer best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible for Image Comics, as well as Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies for Marvel Comics. He has also collaborated with Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane on the series Haunt. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics, and the only one of the five who was not one of the original co-founders of ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Governor Series (6 books)
  • The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor (The Governor Series, #1)
  • The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury (The Governor Series, #2)
  • The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor - Part Two (The Governor Series, #4)
  • The Walking Dead: Descent
  • Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Invasion (The Governor Series, #6)

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