Written by: Scotty
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Lost loves, doubts in the system. Sounds kind of like our present times, and that is without a Zombie Apocalypse at our heels. Trying to survive in this age has proven to be difficult with all of our restrictions, no drinking, no yelling, no one can have an opinion of their own without being chastised. Being someone of independent thought has always been a problem for the machine, but does not keep us down as the government keeps trying to stay afloat. Who said that social commentary is not present in our movies, shows and books?
Lilly Caul is tired of the system as well. Not being a huge fan of the Governor these days after her love was shot dead on the main street of Woodbury, while she was watching. Trying to keep her spirits alive, Lilly is willing to go on the supply runs with the Governor and his henchmen, hoping to find a time and place to lay Woodbury’s overseer to rest. With no success over the past couple of months, Lilly is waiting for the next opportunity to escape the community that is enthralled with Gladiator battles in the town.
Being called into action by the Governor’s right hand man, Martinez, for the new supply run schedule, Lilly is put into an awkward situation as she needs to fight to keep an unstable community together. The supply run is successful as the group is able to ransack a docile warehouse, but when leaving the heist, the group encounters a crashing helicopter on their return. Looking for survivors they are able to locate one, Christina, who is more concerned with her friend the pilot getting a Christian burial than anything else. Knowing that this will not happen, Martinez and Lilly return to Woodbury with their salvage and introduce her to the Governor. Still Trying to instill the sense of security for the small community, Philip Blake tells the new arrival about the benefits of being a part of the town will bring to her, but Christina has heard that he is not the man he portrays, fights back and ends up being killed…and food for Penny.
The Fall of the Governor, the third book in the Walking Dead series has taken us back to our roots. Showing that the Governor is ready to serve and protect his town at any and all costs will have you turning pages like no other. Following Lilly’s story as she tries to forget the loss of her love, versus finding a possible future with new arrival Austin, she is depending on Woodbury to keep them safe for the years to come. The Governor, Phillip (Brian) Blake is more bent on power than ever before. Trying to make the correct decisions for his town, along with protecting it from any threats, has taken its toll on him over the months. When presented with a group of three heavily armed individuals, a black woman with dreadlocks, an Asian boy and a blue eyed man that calls himself Rick, the Governor is preparing himself for the worst.
With the third installment of this series, I am very impressed as the story continues. Being part one, of…how many? How will the town of Woodbury survive? Will the three strange arrivals be able to go on living? Seeing how the Governor is able to control his people is just fantastic. Having Martinez buddy up with someone he does not trust just speaks volumes of what this man will do to keep himself along with his community safe for years to come. Being the shortest book of the series has not left me disappointed at all, I am just waiting to see how it all pans out in the end.