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Department 19 (Department 19 Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Jamie Carpenter's father is dead, his mother is missing, and he was just rescued by an enormous creature named Frankenstein. Now Jamie is pulled into a secret organization responsible for policing the supernatural, founded more than a century ago by Abraham Van Helsing. . . . Department Nineteen takes us through history, across Europe, and beyond - from the cobbled streets of Victorian London to prohibition-era New York, from the icy wastes of Arctic Russia to the treacherous mountains of Transylvania. Part ...
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Department 19 (Department 19 Series #1)

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Overview

Jamie Carpenter's father is dead, his mother is missing, and he was just rescued by an enormous creature named Frankenstein. Now Jamie is pulled into a secret organization responsible for policing the supernatural, founded more than a century ago by Abraham Van Helsing. . . . Department Nineteen takes us through history, across Europe, and beyond - from the cobbled streets of Victorian London to prohibition-era New York, from the icy wastes of Arctic Russia to the treacherous mountains of Transylvania. Part modern thriller, part classic horror, it's packed with mystery, mayhem, and a level of suspense that makes a Darren Shan novel look like a romantic comedy.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hill hits the ground running in this explosive debut, an action thriller inspired by a genre classic. Jamie Carpenter's father died as a traitor to his country, but two years later, 16-year-old Jamie discovers his father's secret life when vampires attack and he's saved by Frankenstein's notorious monster. Taken to the ultra-secretive Department 19, a government organization founded by Dracula's killers (and run by their descendants) to protect England from the supernatural, Jamie gets a crash course in a world he never knew existed. When his mother is kidnapped by vampires, Jamie sets out to rescue her, aided by the immortal Frank-enstein (who took his maker's name) and an untrustworthy vampire girl to whom he's attracted. As Jamie unravels hidden agendas, deals with assorted enemies, and faces the triumphs and tragedies of generations past, he's drawn deeper into a plot that could tip the scales between humans and vampires. Alternating between Jamie's desperate quest and episodes set in Department 19's storied past, this is a nonstop thrill ride right up to the cliffhanger ending. This cinematic adrenaline rush has the makings of a surefire hit. Ages 14–up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Jaime Carpenter is a sulky, antisocial teen. Having moved several times in the past two years, he is the perpetual new kid and constant target of bullies. But what does he expect after his father is gunned down by the authorities for aiding terrorists? Now more sins of the father are being visited on the son. Jaime is attacked and his mother is kidnapped by a being of unbelievable power. The teen is only spared his mother's fate when Frankenstein's monster appears on the scene wielding strange weapons. It whisks Jaime away to a hidden government installation occupied by Department Nineteen, or Blacklight, the most secret of secret agencies. He soon discovers that vampires, like Frankenstein's monster, are real and are an actual threat to Britain and the rest of the world. He is told that Stoker's Dracula and Shelley's Frankenstein are accurate recordings of historical events. He also learns that his father was a slayer of vampires and other dangerous creatures. The director of Blacklight reluctantly agrees to let Jaime and Frankenstein search for Mrs. Carpenter with the help of a captured teen vampire to whom Jaime is unnervingly attracted. There is plenty of action and gore to hook even reluctant readers despite the 500-plus pages. The author skillfully blends history, classical fiction, and teen fantasy into a unique novel. There is some weak dialogue with characters abruptly switching emotional gears, but the plot more than makes up for it. Fans of Darren Shan and Marcus Sedgwick will eat this up.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA
Kirkus Reviews
If the elevator pitch for this book wasn't "Dracula meets James Bond," it was pretty close. Shortly after the events of the Gothic classic, the British government formed the supersecret Department 19, its founding members the good guys who staked the Count, plus Van Helsing's valet. In 2007, that valet's descendent (all the founders' descendents are automatically invited to join Department 19) is brutally gunned down in front of his wife and son. Two years later, 16-year-old Jamie Carpenter is prematurely inducted into Department 19—nicknamed Blacklight—after his mother is kidnapped by a vampire and the Department's Colonel Frankenstein rescues him (the monster, not the doctor; though his history is the novel's, he looks like Boris Karloff from the movies). What follows is plenty of high-octane action, groovy specialized vampire-fighting equipment, buckets of gore, intriguing historical side trips and even a little romance between Jamie and a sexy teen vampire. Jamie will do anything to rescue his mother, which leads to constant violations of the chain of command, angry outbursts and unauthorized missions—forget James Bond; Blacklight's a lot more like the fractious gang of 24. Readers will identify the inevitable double-crosser long before Jamie does, but they probably won't mind. They'll be so happy these vampires don't sparkle they'll forgive the novel's excesses and keep flipping the pages to the next splatter-fest—and then they'll demand the sequel. (Horror. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101513507
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/31/2011
  • Series: Department 19 Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 199,588
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 391 KB

Meet the Author

William Hill is a former publishing professional who lives in England. Department 19 is his first novel.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    great book

    awesome

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Good book

    Good book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Sad face :(

    Even though i havent already read department19, i hear its really good ,and looks like that to me. The cover looks temping even though it was $20!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2013

    more from this reviewer

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    This is the first book in a YA, young adult series.      Whe

    This is the first book in a YA, young adult series.




         When I came across the summary for this book, it peeked my interest. Paranormal, supernatural tale about vampires, and other creatures that roam the night. I really had hopes for this book. Sadly, I will not be reading this series.




         Let me start out with the things I disliked with this book, and I'll end with the things that I did like.




    1. I couldn't connect with the main character Jaime. I have read other YA books and could connect with the character, even if I didn't have much or anything in common with them. There were times that to me Jaime felt fake. Sometimes it was inner thoughts, and other times his actions. They didn't seem to fit Jaime at all.




    2. Part of my connection problem was the way the story shifted from the present and past. The transition to Larissa's tale was well done and didn't disrupt the flow of the story. There's another part of the past that should have been told back to back, in two chapters, and wasn't. I also didn't enjoy the jumping into other places where certain things happened, that really could have been summed up, considering it had no real bearing on what was going on in Jaime's life.




    3. This is just a personal dislike thing. Why in a paranormal or supernatural book, must the love story be between a normal human and someone who is other? It seems to happen a lot. Are there not any normal like humans that are available for romance?




    4. Larissa's fate isn't mentioned. By the end of the story we know what is going on with everyone else, but not Larissa. Why? There's not a point in leaving her fate out.




         There were a few things I liked.




    1. A good mix of fiction and historical fact.




    2. Though a more common idea of a secret organization that fight the creatures of darkness, I like the way the organization was set up and who did it.




    3. I enjoyed the tales from the past, though they did interrupt the flow of the story.




         Overall, it wasn't a bad read. Just not good enough to make me want to read more about Department 19.




     

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    The fiscal cliff will strike

    It will leave destruction in it's path

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    !!!!!!!!!!""#!!$#:&2';74!&*&cd:$+#v

    Only read sample,two words:****ing bad***!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    You guys are a good six months off.... theres already a sequel and the third will be out in three months

    You guys are a good six months off..... theres already a sequel and the third will be out in three months

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    By far one of the best book that I've ever read. Cover to cover

    By far one of the best book that I've ever read. Cover to cover action, filled with blood, gore, violence, and.... vampires.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Purrfectmatch?

    I have read two out of the three currently relased books in this epic series. I understand some peoples confusion in will hills unique writing style, between the story jumping around from the past and present, unanswered questions that many hve at the end of the first book, and his bizzar way of depicting struggles. Altho, after reading the second book in the series, i found many of my unanswerd questions answered with mind blowing answers, you see the connection of the paast stories to present problems, and more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    It was okay...

    Kinda wierd... i liked it but i didnt love it.... :/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    A third

    Please tell me there will be anothere this is to good to be a cliff hanger ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Different....

    I really enjoyed this book, it was different in a good way. I'm used to the monster, like zombies and vampires, so this added a few new ideas into the monster pot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Couldn't put it down. I've never been a big fan of the classic

    Couldn't put it down. I've never been a big fan of the classic horror
    novels like Dracula and Frankenstein, but this put a new and fresh spin
    on these monsters! I can't wait to read book 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Glad to have purchased and read this. I couldn't put it down and left me wanting more books like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Its ok

    I just started this book and i found that it had wat i wanted blood,gore,action and thrills

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Epic

    This was an epic book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    Epic

    This by far is the best vampire book ever cause ive never seen anything like it, extreme action that is unbelivable (not to mention that Larissa is a hot badass) to the max who is your favorite chacter jusr reply to my post ;) my fav. Is Larissa lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2011

    Beast book

    Very detailed book. It made me want to read any time that i got inbetween classes.it metioned every thing

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Wow, this was a thrilling read

    Department 19 is action packed and it certainly kept me at the edge of my seat. The book is definitely written like a movie. I felt like I was sitting in front of a theater screen. It was a very interesting and refreshing writing style.

    The one thing I noticed that was a bit off was the lack of female characters. Women were generally portrayed as weak or in need of rescue. All of the major characters were male. All of the operatives and soldiers were male. I was pretty disappointed that this trend continued throughout the book.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    So many good things going on

    This book is about a boy named Jamie; he did not believe in vampires, werewolves, or Frankenstein the monster, until two years after his dad died and his mother got kidnaped by one of the oldest vampires in the world. He goes to department 19 once he was rescued by Frankenstein. Jamie learns some disturbing things about his dad, that he later finds out his dad did not do the things that he was acuused of. Jamie ends up getting a lot of help from Larissa, a vampire who had tried to kill him twice. Jamie gets a couple of leads as to where his mother is, but when he goes and checks them out it seems like Alexandru is aways one step ahead of them. Jamie can only come to one conclussion, that somebody that he thought that he could trust is telling Alexandru when they are coming, but in the end Jamie gets the best of Alexandru and defeats him.
    I really liked this book because Will Hill had put two epic stories together in one and it was really interesting. I really liked how it ended because it wasn't what I was expecting. I thought that it was well written because it had a lot of back ground information on Dracula and other things. I can not wait for the second one to come out, if there is going to be a second one.

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