[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/the-walking-dead-rise-of-the-governor_4404.jpg]]'''''The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor''''' is a novel written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga. It is the first of three prequel novels to Kirkman's comic ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead''.

The story focuses on the man that would later become the Governor; in the early days of the ZombieApocalypse, Philip Blake, his brother Brian and daughter Penny struggle to survive not only the undead but their fellow man.

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!!The novel contains examples of the following tropes:

* TheAce: Phillip is a low-key example of this, admired by his friends as well as family.
* AbusiveParents: Philip and Brian had them. Oddly, enough, it doesn't really impact any of them.
* AntiHero: Both Philip and Brian start out as these though in different ways
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler: Brian is the future Governor, not Phillip.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Penny slowly loses it in the chaotic environment of the aftermath.
** April goes through this too.
* ColdBloodedTorture - [[spoiler: Philip repeatedly tortures, degrades (and in the case of the woman, rapes) the group responsible for his daughter's death.]]
* CrapsackWorld: It's the Walking Dead universe.
* [[spoiler:DeadPersonImpersonation]] - [[spoiler: Brian becomes Philip at the end of the novel.]]
* [[spoiler: DecoyProtagonist]] - [[spoiler: By the end of the novel, it's clear that Philip was a RedHerring and that this was Brian's story.]]
* DoomedByCanon: We know at the very least from the comics that Penny is set to become a zombie.
* DrivenToVillainy: The Governor. [[spoiler: Subverted when you find out Brian Blake, rather than Philip is the Governor. An identity he adopts purely because he hates his own.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Brian goes from being the voice of reason to...well, you know.]]
** Phillip undergoes one of these as we all know he would given he's Penny's father. [[spoiler: He's not the Governor, though.]]
* ForegoneConclusion: Surprisingly averted given the subject matter.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Philip, among others.
* HumansAreBastards: The humans do far worse to the survivors than the zombies ever do.
* InfantImmortality: Subverted.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Philip struggles with this throughout the novel. Simply put, the pressures of being TheAce just drive him to it.
* KillEmAll: By the end of the novel, [[spoiler: Brian is the only survivor.]]
* KlingonPromotion: [[spoiler:Brian gains control of Woodbury via this.]]
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: A deluxe leatherbound edition with illustrations by series artist Charlie Adlard was also released.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Nick puts "Sonny and Cher", two members of the gang that killed Penny, out of their misery after Philip tortures them repeatedly over an extended period of time.]]
* MoralityChain: Penny is the one thing that keeps Philip from snapping.
* MythologyGag: After leaving a zombie-infested community, Brian leaves a sign outside warning newcomers not to enter. In the comics, Rick and his crew come upon the same exact place, but don't notice the warning until it's too late.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Philip after he [[spoiler:rapes April.]]
* ObliviouslyEvil: For that matter, at the time, Phillip doesn't even seem to ''realize'' he's [[spoiler: raping April]] and seems to only think [[spoiler: that it's just GladToBeAliveSex]].
* PapaWolf: Philip to Penny.
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler: Brian at the end replaces his dead brother with... himself.]]
* RoomFullOfZombies
* StartOfDarkness: For the Governor.
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler: Think that Philip is destined to be the Governor? Nope, it's his meek, ineffectual brother who takes on Philip's name and legacy.]]
* UndeadChild: The eventual fate of Penny.
* VillainProtagonist: The Governor.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Bobby is killed fairly early
* WellDoneSonGuy: Brian is this to Philip.
* WhatHappenedToMommy: After Penny is killed and subsequently turned into a zombie, Philip refuses to have her put down. [[spoiler: After Philip dies, Brian continues to take care of her. The comics show that he regularly feeds her body parts.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never see Tara and April again after the former kicks the group out of their apartment.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Philip and [[spoiler: Brian]].
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