Since 2011's The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, fans of Robert Kirkman's living dead world have been able to get their Walking Dead fix in novel form in addition to the comic book series and TV show. Last year, Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga kicked off a brand new 4-book series with The Walking Dead: Descent and it's now been announced that Bonansinga's follow-up novel, The Walking Dead: Invasion, will be unleashed in October. Along with its release date, the new zombie novel's cover art and synopsis have been revealed, with the latter teasing the apocalyptic challenges Lilly Caul will face this time around, including the deranged Reverend Jeremiah Garlitz.

From Thomas Dunne Books, The Walking Dead: Invasion is slated to hit shelves on October 6th. Here's the official synopsis:

"Out of the ashes of a devastated Woodbury, Georgia, two opposing camps of ragtag survivors develop - each one on a collision course with the other.

Underground, in the labyrinth of ancient tunnels and mine shafts, Lilly Caul and her motley crew of senior citizens, misfits, and children struggle to build a new life. But a secret ambition still burns in Lilly's heart and soul. She wants her beloved town of Woodbury back from the plague of walkers, and now the only thing that stands in her way currently roams the wasted backwaters of Georgia…

Way out in the hinterlands, amidst the rising tide of walkers that seem to be pushing in from all directions, the psychotic Reverend Jeremiah Garlitz rebuilds his army of followers with a diabolical secret weapon. He has designs on the destruction of Lilly and her crew - the very people who vanquished his cultish church - and now, for the first time, he has the means to bring a special brand of hell down upon the tunnel dwellers.

The final confrontation between these two human factions unleashes an unthinkable weapon - forged from the monstrous hordes of undead, perfected by a madman, and soaked in the blood of innocents."

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