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

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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 (first published January 1st 2014)
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Yodamom
Feb 21, 2015 Yodamom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, free, zombies, library
Woodbury, the town of dreams and hope, the town of blood and torture and death may finally fall forever. Lily one of the lobe survivors from The Governors time is fighting for the chance to make a life for her group of ragged people. When she encounters a lone young with a tale of fellow humans she sees hope with increased numbers to help build her dream. Sadly, this new world does not allow dreams to come true, reality is an ugly black ooze that they must all finally believe.
I hate to say this
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Kimberley doruyter
oke it turns out that the apocolypse and religion don't go together.
Dan
Nov 15, 2014 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
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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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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L.J. Stephens
Oct 25, 2014 L.J. Stephens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Hatezel
Oct 20, 2014 Hatezel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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!
☆~Stephanie ~☆
Taking my grandma to e doctors so I will start this later in the morning can't wait to start this so excited ! :0)
Richelle
Oct 23, 2014 Richelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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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Rawannie
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Aaron
Nov 21, 2014 Aaron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeff
Dec 06, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Robert
Aug 16, 2015 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alan
Jan 05, 2015 Alan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading "The Walking Dead: Descent," by Jay Bonansinga. It's a good enough story, as are most of the TWD books I've read so far. I'm ready to get beyond Woodbury, though.

But there were several errors that I did struggle to get past regarding both firearms (eg. a Smith & Wesson single action .357 magnum revolver with "six rounds in the cylinder plus one in the chamber"), and Baptists (eg. a lifelong Baptist, Calvin was unfamiliar with full immersion).

Maybe I'm wrong, but I don
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AudioBookReviewer
Nov 05, 2014 AudioBookReviewer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jarrod Scarbrough
I don't know if it is the fact that I have gotten used to the style, or what specifically, but I can say that the Jay Bonansinga Walking Dead books really have been getting progressively more enjoybale! I loved Descent above all the rest! Lilly is leader of Woodbury, and we see yet again that the undead are not necessarily the biggest evil we could face. Kirkman fans should enjoy this tale, as should most zombie genre addicts like myself.
Jared Paddick
Jun 13, 2015 Jared Paddick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book four stars, but just barely. I still enjoyed the author's unique voice and think he blends his perception with Kirkman's universe well, it just didn't have the awe of the rest of this series.

I think that's because there is no Governor.

The after-effects can still be felt all over Woodbury, but the character left a vacuum, and Lily Caul and the new villain, Reverend Jeremiah, just can't measure up. I still enjoyed both of those characters, but they just didn't have the raw magneti
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Billy Roper
Dec 02, 2014 Billy Roper rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 21, 2014 Craig Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Colleen
Nov 20, 2015 Colleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, zombies
I like this series--the first ones were close to great; dependable characters; twists; competently done zombies--nothing spectacular but comfortable. This series is like if Andy Griffith had to put down a ravenous Aunt Bee.

And I like the Lilly Caul character...but, I'd like one of these novels to not have her love life as a subplot. Perhaps it's just me, but also the survivors so far, Bob, the Sterns, we've seen from previous books--after ALL THE WOODBURY NONSENSE THEY LIVED THROUGH why would th
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Fangs for the Fantasy
Lilly is now the reluctant leader of the people who survived the Governor. Lilly feels the weight of responsibility heavily and is quick to act in dangerous situations. Unfortunately, even having survived The Governor, Lilly and many of the people of Woodbury have forgotten the one lesson he had to teach them - zombies may be scary and lethal in large numbers but the real predator is still humans.

Lilly is the first female leader of a group that we have been introduced to in the book series. Some
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Myles Byrd
Feb 22, 2015 Myles Byrd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Walking Dead:Descent by Jay Bonansinga and Robert Kirkman is a post=apocalyptic story based off of the popular comic book series The Walking Dead. A few years ago, a strange plague had spread across the world, which turns people into cannibalistic walking corpses, also called Walkers. However,it is discovered early on that everyone is infected with this disease. Every living person carries it, meaning that that if they die, they will reanimate as walker,if the the brain was left untouched. ...more
Patti
Jan 12, 2015 Patti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only thing that gave this a second star was an interesting find that I've never seen in a zombie novel. The rest? Horrible.

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Steven Shinder
Jan 02, 2015 Steven Shinder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Steve Beliveau
Jan 30, 2015 Steve Beliveau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the series. I couldn't stop reading
Jim
Jul 13, 2015 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
The fifth book in this series, this is the first to be credited as written solely by Jay Bonansinga without Robert Kirkman co-writing (he's listed only as "created by"); sadly, the difference in quality without Kirkman is glaring. Don't get me wrong, all the zombie violence you'd expect from a Walking Dead novel is there, as well as the usual living-on-living violence as well. The problem sets in when you look at the characters themselves. They lack the emotional depth and character growth Kirkm ...more
Taryn
Sep 08, 2015 Taryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Bottom line- this was an excellent read! I didn't want to put it down! It was easy to get sucked into and visualize everything taking place. It was in my opinion even better than the previous 4 books. I think it could stand alone if you haven't read the others but it ties them together giving back stories and how many living in Woodbury have been through so much. The governor was a huge challenge, faced and overcome... The trials the town of Woodbury face in this book are bigger. The authors did ...more
Mike
Mar 13, 2015 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Michele
Mar 04, 2015 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, zombies
I love all things The Walking Dead. This book seems to be a continuation of the story from The Road to Woodbury with the main character Lily. It follows a post-Governor time at Woodbury where Lily and a small group of survivors have rebuilt and refortified the town. The most pleasant surprise is the character of Bob Stookey featured both in the books and in the series. The only thing is that the Bob of the books is a 60 year old man. As the survivors have just been able to fortify the town, a zo ...more
Andrew
Jan 06, 2015 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The national best-selling author of ten acclaimed books – both fiction and non-fiction -- Jay Bonansinga has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by the Chicago Tribune.

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Other Books in the Series

The Governor Series (7 books)
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