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The Walking Dead: Descent--Exclusive Digital Booklet (The Governor Series #5)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  280 ratings  ·  42 reviews
A free promotional sampler containing the first chapter of the latest installment in the Walking Dead novel series!
ebook, 12 pages
Published July 11th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Lindsey Stephens
The Walking Dead novels are very great to read. Robert Kirkman did a good job picking Jay to write these novels. They are exactly what the graphic novelists are looking for.

Decent picks up a few months after the prison war. our unofficial hero lily and her cooking yet attractive sidekick Bob are trying to find ways to restructure Woodbury. new faces join the crowd as they gradually grow into what they dream to be a better civilization than with the governor made originally. however things fall r
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Richelle
So I'm just going to start out by saying I really did enjoy this book...
BUT I am only giving it a 4 because I didn't find myself overly excited about it...
I kind of felt at some points that I could take it or leave it ... It was good but I've read better ones in the series .. And I've also read better zombie stories ..
Again, as I've said over and over again.. After reading so many of Rhiannon Frater's books I have not been able to find anything else that is even remotely close to how much I love
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Dan
This latest Walking Dead novel again features Lilly Caul and the town of Woodbury. Until now the books have sort of been about telling us what happened behind the scenes in the comic series but Rick Grimes and co have now moved on and this is an entirely original story.

The fact that it is all new is a good thing as the retelling was one of the bigger problems of the earlier books. Here Lilly, Bob and the gang have to endure a superherd, rescue a religious group hiding in a church and then try a
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Hatezel
This was only slightly better than the last one. At least it had new storyline in it. Why is Lilly so ready to do the business with anyone who is interested? Ugh!
Ariel
My family are huge fans of The Walking Dead TV show. Oddly I have never gotten around to reading the comic books on which the show is based but I intend to remedy that shortly. In the meantime I saw this book on the new arrivals table at my local library and was intrigued enough to grab it. I had no idea that this was part of a series and that this novel was number five. I feel like I would have been more invested in the characters fates if I started at book one but in any case I didn't have any ...more
AudioBookReviewer
ABR's full Descent audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Now I do not think that it is a coincidence that this fifth book of the Walking Dead Novels came out within days of the new season of the TV show. I have been waiting a long time for both to come out and I really hope it has been worth the wait. As you and I both know hype and anticipation can sometimes kill something from being successful.

I for see this one to be more about, the Governor’s dead, now what? With Lilly taking t
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Jeff
My biggest problem with the earlier books in this series is that I never found the Governor from the comic books to be a very interesting character, and trying to make him more human and complex while sticking to the timeline of the comics just wasn't working for me. I had hoped the post-Governor novels might be a bit more interesting, and to a certain extent this one was, but the story was ultimately dragged down by plot contrivances that were way to stupid to overlook. Most notably (view spoil ...more
Anthony Fassano
I've read all of TWD novels, and thought that the first two were very good. This one, however, was the worst so far.

I like Lilly, but I don't understand why she has to have a new love interest in every book. Also, I get that she was a reluctant leader, but don't think that it was plausible to all of the sudden want to hand over the reigns to a stranger so quickly.

This book also introduced three new characters, none of whom were very developed. I really didn't get Jeremiah and his group. The gr
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Brian
The writers behind the amazing TWD are back! While this is not their best work, after the last two duds, it feels like a masterpiece.

While my reviews may sound harsh, it is because Kirkman & Bonansinga have made me a convert of a genre that I would never have imagined having any depth. The show, comics and books have spawned many a conversation and I find it incredible how varied the the meanings that are drawn from seemingly like-minded people. Only great works of art cause such fascinatio
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Elizabeth
Much better than the conclusion the previous 3 books. I felt that the author(s) were no longer constrained by the mythology of TWD and could fully explore other options and bad guys and scenarios without having to walk a strict path and the results were well worth it. As an avid TWD fan I was quite excited as I read this book. New characters, new situations. All of it was new to me and it let my imagination as a reader wander a bit further than it did when it was following the storyline of the g ...more
David Bales
This is the fourth novel in the series, and is combined with the original comic book series and the HBO show, all somewhat different interpretations of the same thing. Good characters continue on from the first novel, however, the plot gets a little more far out in every chapter with enough holes in this one to drive trucks through. Very dark, with several very repetitive lines, (repeated in the other novels, too. They need a thesaurus). Still, very gripping and engaging. And horrifying. A must ...more
Billy Roper
I'm giving up, halfway through. The glaring errors and awkward, self-conscious handling of every mention of firearms and their usage (which happens every few pages, as one might expect in a Zombie Apocalypse) is just too grating. A bit of advice. I don't care if you are a multi-millionaire screenwriter with the most popular show on t.v.. If you're going to write books about race cars, turn a wrench and know a spark plug from a catalytic converter. If you're going to write a Zombie Apocalypse boo ...more
Craig Allen
Another fun, suspenseful edition in the world of the Walking Dead as the survivors of Woodbury struggle to deal with a SUPERHERD as well as a questionable cult-like religious group they encounter from another area. Tough to discuss without spoiling, especially events from previous books in the series, but this one was a good read with some very tense scenes. I was also glad this installment had a new storyline as the last two books were sort of expanded scenes from the comics, this one was all n ...more
Mark
What started out as a comic book franchise has branched out into a television show and a series of novels. All of the different story lines are subtly different, but still set within the same milieu.

Jay Bonansinga takes over the sole writing credits in this volume that follows the survivors of Woodbury after the demise of "The Governor"; especially Lilly Caul, who has assumed the leadership role.

While entertaining, it doesn't break any new ground in what has become the closet industry of the Zom
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Kilgallen
I am really enjoying this series based in the world of "The Walking Dead". The writing is not challenging, it took me a single day to read, but the story is fast paced and satisfying. The action and gore is at the expected level for established zombie fiction and the one real attempt at a sex/love scene kinda made me laugh. The character of Lilly, though is back in this one and I have to say, I really like her!
David Przybylinski
It's a new chapter in Woodbury post Governor. I've enjoyed the first 4 book and really enjoyed this one as well. The main characters are Lilly & Bob and they continue the story.

I'm not sure if these books will tie to the series at all or the spinoff, but I like the fact that they give use a narrative outside of the Comics and TV series.

It's well worth reading.
Aaron
The Walking dead franchise might have jumped the shark with this piece. I reckon it could be due to the fact that I am burned out on the genre or that Kirkman did not actually write this one? Maybe after reading over 100 books this past year I have more discerning tastes? Maybe it just really sucked? Anywho, my friend Sherrie always reads the last page of a novel first and I wish I would have done so and heeded the warnings therein. One of the last sentences of Descent states: "Run...run away... ...more
Andre
Definitely the most enjoyable read in the series so far. It is (and always will be) pulp fiction but the story is developing and moving forward and away from any connection with the television series. Personally I think this is a good thing as the two threads never really matched up anyway. If you're a fan of the franchise; then this is highly recommended reading.
Mel
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Brian Clopper
Okay, I think the novels need to go beyond Woodbury and work new material with new characters and settings. The religious fanatic plot didn't do anything for me and much of the action was told to the reader and not shown.
Dee Bartholomew
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This is a quick read book with a little extra incite into the show, especially if you a Walking Dead fan and need a little extra Dead.
Meg McGregor
This book was a bit hard to read and became muddled in the middle but towards the end the action picked up and I had to finish the last hundred pages this morning.

Thank goodness I was off today so that I could find out what happened next

I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Pandora Richardson
Amazing. I loved this book and its characters. The story is not predictable and full of life, tragedy, and twists. I can't think of anything wrong with this story.
Scott
Moves at a quick pace, and is suspenseful enough to keep you turning the pages.
Andrea
This was probably my least favorite of the books. It ended ok but the beginning and middle were problematic.
Lisa Stethem
This was probably my least favorite of the walking dead novels. Several story lines but none really enthralling.
Sheena
Review coming soon
Mia Michalek
a great read for all walking dead fans!!!
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