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Jamie Carpenter's life will never be the same. His father is dead, his mother is missing, and he was just rescued by an enormous man named Frankenstein. Jamie is brought to Department 19, where he is pulled into a secret organization responsible for policing the supernatural, founded more than a century ago by Abraham Van Helsing and the other survivors of Dracula. Aided by Frankenstein's monster, a beautiful vampire girl with her own agenda, and the members of the agency, Jamie must attempt to save his mother ...
Jamie Carpenter's life will never be the same. His father is dead, his mother is missing, and he was just rescued by an enormous man named Frankenstein. Jamie is brought to Department 19, where he is pulled into a secret organization responsible for policing the supernatural, founded more than a century ago by Abraham Van Helsing and the other survivors of Dracula. Aided by Frankenstein's monster, a beautiful vampire girl with her own agenda, and the members of the agency, Jamie must attempt to save his mother from a terrifyingly powerful vampire.
Department 19 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.
Posted May 2, 2011
Posted May 22, 2013
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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.
Posted January 2, 2013
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Posted December 27, 2012
You guys are a good six months off..... theres already a sequel and the third will be out in three monthsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2012
Posted November 15, 2012
By far one of the best book that I've ever read. Cover to cover action, filled with blood, gore, violence, and.... vampires.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 2, 2012
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Posted August 27, 2012
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.
Posted July 1, 2012
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Posted September 8, 2011
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 lolWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2011
Posted June 9, 2011
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.
Posted May 27, 2011
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.
Posted May 2, 2011
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Posted March 25, 2011
In 2007 in Kent, England, fourteen years old Jamie Carpenter and his mom Marie watched from inside his family house as his father Julian steps outside with a gun in hand only to be shot to death on the front lawn. Soon afterward the police informed stunned mother and son that Julian was caught selling highly classified information to a terrorist cell. The mail starts to arrive informing the pair that a family with a traitor is unwanted. They moved three times in two years.
The terror begins when pretty Larissa prepares to take Jamie but could not do it. He races home to find his mom missing and Alexandru with razorblade teeth coming for him when a giant Frankenstein saves the teen's life. The "Monster" brings Jamie to the government's extremely classified Department 19; the only unit without a title. He learns that over a hundred years ago Abraham Van Helsing and his team of survivors formed the cell to police the supernatural. Europe's most powerful vampire since Dracula has captured Marie. Frank and Larissa join Jamie on a quest to find his mom.
Department 19 is a great urban and historical fantasy as the exciting story line rotates between the Department's past escapades across Europe starting with that late Victorian war in Transylvania and London against Dracula and the young hero's quest. Both subplots are well written while filled with suspense that grips the reader from the moment Julian is killed. Teens of all ages will relish Jamie's run as Frank mentors him and Larissa keeps switching from wanting a bite of him to needing protecting him as readers will wonder whose side is she on.