Review of: The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor
The Rise of the Governor is the first titled to be penned, in what should become a trilogy of Walking Dead novels. Hot off the heels of the success of the Walking Dead television show, this should serve to satiate those fans who are in between seasons, or perhaps impatient with the comic books once-a-month publication.
A collaboration between Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and veteran horror novelist Jay Bonansinga, the story offers shock value to an audience outside of those already familiar with the Walking Dead series. The duo have worked well together to create a believable post-apocalyptic scenario, which will cause moments of tension in the hands of readers gripping the pages.
I found myself quite endeared to the protagonist, Brian, a sort of thirty-something failure. His personality that of a teenager of the 1990′s trapped in the body of a man during the proverbial end times. Through his weaknesses, we can view the zombie-infested world for how scary it really is. And through his admiration for his brother and protective instincts of his niece, I could see the image of a fully-formed human, something that can make or break a horror title.
Those who are faint of heart may find this 164-pager hard to digest, with it’s blood spattered pages featuring skull-crushing, sexual violence and random bursts of gunfire. The thrill seeker, on the other hand, should be able to go from page to page maintaining their intrigue while waiting for the next high-tension scenario to unfold.
For the Walking Dead enthusiast, this book is a must, detailing crucial moments regarding the formation of the Governors character. For those who are waiting for the next Stephen King novel, I’d say this is a safe bet to nourish your need for monster-lit.