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  • By Thomas M. Mcmillen on January 30, 2013

    Simply put, this book is an abomination and should not be considered worth your time. Even as an entry into the Walking Dead franchise (obviously not historical prose), it is insulting material at best. The author of the book, Jay Bonansinga, should be ashamed at having spun such an awful yarn and Kirkman should have fired him once he saw the finished piece. Not only is the book filled with cliche after cliche and characters so thin you can read through them, but the sheer number of basic errors is profound. A large chunk of the Walking Dead story arc takes place in rural Georgia, not far from Atlanta, yet Bonansinga apparently believes that frequent snow storms are the norm in that part of the country. He also has little knowledge of nature, as one of his characters (a Georgia native) goes fishing for redfish and walleye in local rivers. Neither fish swims anywhere near Georgia rivers; redfish (red drum or red snapper) aren't even fresh water fish. He also mentions trout, which is a possibility in the clear streams of North Georgia, but not the muddy rivers of central Georgia. Hey, Jay, ever hear of catfish? Even one of the signature characters has a sketchy background. Josh Hamilton, a large black man who grew up poor with a single mother, yet he was accustomed to hunting in his youth? I suppose I could buy his evolution into a culinary master, given that his mother supposedly taught him how to cook, but the hunting just makes no sense at all. Hunting in the South is mostly a past time of white people and certainly not normal activity for a poor black kid without a father.This book begins deep in the throes of conflict, as the survivors of the apocalypse are living in a tent city. This should be a good canvas with which to paint lively characters, but the author fumbles this from the start with awkward action scenes filled with cliches and meaningless back stories that fail to bring the characters to life. It's just a mash of reckless violence and tedious dialogue. It wasn't until the middle of the book that I cared at all for any character, and then only a little. Bonansinga seems to lack the writing skills to develop characters that are interesting and worth caring about. His descriptions of the Georgia landscape make it clear that he's never visited the South and hasn't bothered to do any research either. Another error; almost all tobacco farming in Georgia (what little there is) is located in the south and coastal regions, yet the protagonists mention seeing tobacco farms early in the book. Even though specific locations are not identified, it is suggested that they aren't far from Atlanta and nowhere near the coast, although they intend to travel that way before encountering Woodbury.Obviously it isn't necessary to read the Walking Dead novels even if you are a fan of the TV show and comics, but for those of us who enjoy all forms of this story, it is disappointing to see the novel realm be treated with such mediocrity.

  • By Guest on October 16, 2012

    In what was the Atlanta metropolitan area, the zombie plague continues to spread unabated. Those still human struggle to survive against The Walking Dead taking shelter wherever they can find temporary safety; these spots are dwindling. Frightened Lilly Caul seeks sanctuary as she flees from the undead horde, but rarely finds it and when she does it is temporary as the abominations never rest in their endless quest for live flesh.Lily reaches the fortified town of Woodbury, Georgia; a haven for squatters to barter in relatively safety from the Walking Dead. In a previous life, he was known as Philip Blake, but now he is the Governor of Woodbury. After feeling safe for the first time since the plague began, Lily has a new fear as she observes how the Governor and his law enforcement rule the city with an iron fist. She and others rebel against his tyranny as Woodbury implodes from within.The sequel to the Rise of the Governor is an exciting horror thriller based on the Benjamin Franklin premise that "Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one." Fast-paced, fans will enjoy this entry though they also will wonder how traumatized scared of shadows Lily suddenly turns into a ferocious freedom fighter.Harriet Klausner

  • By B. Gildersleeve on December 23, 2012

    My review is directed toward Mr. Kirkman and Mr. Bonansinga, in the hopes that they might find it as useful constructive criticism when they set out to write their next novel. This is a great story with lots of potential, but the writing style is awkward and overly verbose. The authors indulge in cliché metaphors and have a habit of substituting perfectly good descriptive words for replacements dug up from the depths of their thesaurus. I needed a dictionary on hand in order to read this book, which is a rare occurrence for me. It seems that the authors took every opportunity to replace a perfectly normal word with some completely obscure term, to little effect. In many cases, these substitutions resulted in descriptions that were factually inaccurate. One example is the use of the term "Doppler echo" to describe a sound heard by the passengers inside a vehicle. The Doppler effect is only perceived by stationary listeners hearing a moving sound source (or vice versa), NOT those moving along with the sound source... and there is no echo associated with this phenomenon at all. This is a nitpick, I admit, but it just goes to show that the authors (or perhaps the editors) went out of their way to use "grown up words" when they obviously had no idea what they were talking about. The result is that the book feels sloppy and unprofessional. Listen, guys... Just write the story, OK? I am already hooked by the awesome character dramas you have unfolding in this bleak apocalyptic world. I love the comic. I love the show. Just tell me a story. You gain nothing by shoehorning in some obscure vocabulary just for the sake of looking smart. Stop being unnecessarily verbose and focus that energy instead on telling a compelling narrative.

  • By J. Kennedy on October 18, 2012

    CAUTION: WHAT I SAY IN THIS REVIEW COULD BE A SPOILER FOR YOU.I wish that I could give this book -Stars. I am actually livid with Robert Kirkman over the person that he murdered in this book. I feel like he actually cheated me out of hours of my time listening to this story. Not only did he kill my hero, but he emotionally mutilated a hero of mine from the first book. The story just leaves me disgusted. I don't even know if I am going to continue to watch the new season of the TV series. Yeah, I know. Robert Kirkman has lost me as a fan, period.


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