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The Walking Dead: Search and Destroy is the seventh novel in The Walking Dead series, based on the comic book of the same name. It was released on October 18th, 2016. It features Lilly Caul leading her group and dealing with new enemies.


For one brief moment, it seems Lilly and her plague-weary band of survivors might just engineer a better tomorrow. Banding together with other small town settlements, they begin a massive project to refurbish the railroad between Woodbury and Atlanta. The safer travel will begin a new post-apocalyptic era of trade, progress, and democracy.

Little do they know, however, that trouble is brewing back home.

Out of nowhere, a brutal new faction has attacked Woodbury while Lilly and the others have been off repairing the railroad. Now the barricades are burning. Adults have been murdered, children kidnapped. But why? Why subject innocent survivors to such a random, unprovoked assault?

Lilly Caul and her ragtag posse of rescuers will soon discover the chilling answers to these questions and more as they launch a desperate mission to save the kidnapped children. But along the way, the dark odyssey will take them into a nightmarish series of traps and hellish encounters with incomprehensible swarms of undead.


Chapter One

A little over a year has passed since the defeat of JeremiahLilly has founded five new survivor communities, and recruited new people with common interests to her group. They have found a railroad to Atlanta, and have been clearing it for a year now.

The survivors hit the twenty-five milestone during their day, and start to have dinner. A man named Cooper starts to complain to Lilly about the diesel they're using, and a woman named Jinx starts to threaten him to back off. Lilly calls it a day and survivors return to their home, only to discover that Woodbury has been under an attack for hours.




  • First appearance of Johnny Musolino.
  • First appearance of Martin Boone.
  • First (and last) appearance of Clint Sturbridge.
  • First (and last) appearance of Linda Sturbridge.
  • First (and last) appearance of May Carter.
  • First (and last) appearance of Rudy.
  • First (and last) appearance of Ian.
  • First (and last) appearance of Jack.
  • First (and last) appearance of Mike Bell.
  • First (and last) appearance of Arrow.
  • First (and last) appearance of Soames.
  • First (and last) appearance of Sonny Hopkins.
  • First (and last) appearance of "Camo Pants".
  • First (and last) appearance of Jinx Tyrell.
  • First (and last) appearance of Daniels.
  • First (and last) appearance of Glenn Markham.
  • First (and last) appearance of Callum.
  • First (and last) appearance of Lawrence.
  • First (and last) appearance of Theodore Bryce.
  • First (and last) appearance of Cooper Steeves.
  • First (and last) appearance of Raymond Nalls.
  • First mention of Haddie Kenworth.
  • First mention of Joel.
  • First mention of Edna Dupree.
  • First mention of Violet Simms.
  • First mention of Tommy Klein.
  • Last appearance of Harold Stauback.
  • Last appearance of Miles Littleton.
  • Last appearance of Barbara Stern.
  • The book reveals it has been about four years since the outbreak started.


  • Through this novel, Harold's last name is spelled "Staubach".
  • Lilly is incorrectly called "Lily" during last chapter.
  • In the first chapter it is said that Lilly still mourns her lost pregnancy from Josh Hamilton when Austin was actually the father.


Novels of The Walking Dead
The Governor Saga "Rise of the Governor" • "Just Another Day at the Office" • "The Road to Woodbury" • "The Fall of the Governor"
The Preacher Saga "Descent" • "Invasion"
The Woodbury Saga "Search and Destroy" • "Return to Woodbury"
The China Saga "Typhoon"
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