Department 19

Department 19

by Will Hill


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ISBN-13: 9781595144850
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/02/2012
Series: Department 19 Series , #1
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 499,587
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

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

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"Gripping, gory, and violent, this isn't for the faint-hearted - but it's also clever, and moving, and wittily done. I can't wait for the next installment." -John Connolly, bestselling author of Every Dead Thing, The Reapers and The Book of Lost Things.

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Department 19 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It will leave destruction in it's path
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only read sample,two words:****ing bad***!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You guys are a good six months off..... theres already a sequel and the third will be out in three months
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By far one of the best book that I've ever read. Cover to cover action, filled with blood, gore, violence, and.... vampires.
Pat Quan More than 1 year ago
ReadingVirgo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Department 19: a top secret government agency that deals with the terrifying existence of vampires. Sixteen year old Jamie joins the agency after the brutal murder of his father, but in order to save his mother he must come to terms with his own family¿s history and their ties to Department 19.Action, gore and some familiar characters make this a good read for teen boys, even though it¿s a bit hefty in length. If you are a fan of Rick Yancey¿s Monstrumologist series, you should definitely give this a try.
SevsOnlyGirl on LibraryThing 5 months ago
We all know there are secret government agencies, right? I mean, someone has to deal with aliens, monsters and vampires. That's where Department Nineteen comes in. Will Hill's debut novel is amazing. He writes a beautiful historical back story, great characters, kick-ass modern weapons and mean-as-snake vampires. No sparkling allowed here, these creatures are bloodthirsty and set on revenge..or something.Jamie's dad is killed one night, in front of the family, and then the family is told a story. It's one they can hardly believe. Two years later, Jamie discovers the truth accidentally and is pulled into Department Nineteen. Remember good 'ol Van Helsing, Harker and the rest of the gang from Dracula? It would seem that they knew it wasn't going to end there and made a deal with the government to set up a secret agency. Cool, huh? Yep, that's Department Nineteen. The tagline is "Department Nineteen: The Reason You're Alive".Now, the only thing Jamie cares about is in danger and it seems the only way to sacrifice himself. The chapters go back and forth between the present with Jamie's story and the past with Van Helsing's group. A lot of questions are answered by looking into the past. With chapter names like Teenage Wasteland and It's Hard to Breathe with a Hand Around Your Throat, things move along quickly and kept my interest. The characters are well written from the military men to teenage Jamie. Luckily this is the first in a series - I'm looking forward to the next one already. My favorite thing - the T-Bone. It's a vampire killing weapon and I can't believe no one thought of it before - GENIUS!
HollyHelvetica on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I'm going to be probably painfully honest in the fact that, like others, I can't get through this book. It's interesting, but it doesn't grab me and keep me reading until the late hours of the night wondering what's going to happen next. I've been trying to get through this book for a couple of months and I'm still only at page 93. I keep reading it, but there's no depth or a real character connection that makes me care about Jamie. I'm going to continue reading this book until it's finished because I want to give this book an all-around chance. Some other reviewers said it started slow, but got better. I'm hoping that happens in this case. I do think it will take me a bit longer to finish though since I like books that keep me up all night.
meggers12 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Pretty good story...but there were a lot of grammatical mistakes that kind of bugged me...and i didn't really understand the whole point of what was going on until like page 400...i guess it just started kinda slow for me...too much going on at once
kerles211 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I received this book through Early Reviewers. The first couple chapters were really interesting but I'm just so bored with it now. I have been trying to get through it in order to review it but I just can't get into it. I don't like the flash backs. They are not interesting and don't seem to add much to the story.
AnnaKay21 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Holy crap! This was a great book, so full of action and adventure. Now I am literally dying for the sequel after that cliffhanger! Will Hill, you are one sadistic mo'fo'!
JT on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Cleverly written novel, Definitely falls in the YA category, I felt a little weird when some of the other characters were introduced but the book progressed nicely and was what I would call an easy read. In all honesty this book left me wanting something more.
KimmyDavis on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It's rare for me to write a book review when I'm still reading a book. In fact, this is the first time I've ever done so. But Department 19 by Will Hill is an amazing, creepy, delightful book. With characters taken from the greatest "monster" books ever written, such as Frankenstein and Dracula, the author brings these Gothic characters to life in our 21st century world complete with cell phones and the ever-annoying paperwork required from any governmental agency.I won this book through the Early Reviewers program on LibraryThing, and I'm so glad that I did! I would never have picked up this book on my own. (Hmm, that means I'm too set in my ways when it comes to choosing books, time to switch genres.) What a wonderful break from all the "Twilight lookalikes" flooding the market right now. That's not even a fair comparison; those books are about finding love in spite of unexpected circumstances, while Department 19 is about the monsters under your bed and the government agency that's supposed to protect you from them.Unless the 2nd half of the book bombs, I'm giving Department 19 by Will Hill a 5 out of 5 star rating. I will add that it does help to have an idea of who the characters were in books like Dracula and Frankenstein, but it's not entirely necessary.To repeat what another reviewer said: I'm keeping my copy--you'll have to get your own!
tntwhite on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Wow, there is a lot going on in this book. You have an extensive backstory involving Bram Stoker and Van Helsing, a cast of heroes including Frankenstein himself, and the conflict that comes from our main character, Jamie, falling for Larissa - who should be the enemy. The premise of this book is very original. Most of the monsters are actually "monsters", which is refreshing, but I had a hard time really getting into this book. Although, Jamie is depicted as a typical teenager thrown into extraodinary circumstances, I just did not think he was that interesting. In fact, as the story unfolded I found Larissa far more interesting than Jamie. Also, the plot was somewhat predictable. Having said all that, I think that with some tweaking, this book has potential to become a decent series. Maybe a little less detail in the mundane things going on around Jamie would help. Of course, this review is based soley on my opinion and personal tastes.
JCShoffitt on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Three stars is, admittedly, harsh for this book. I wish that there was a breakout for the star ratings, and that I could give different numbers of stars for different components of the book.For example, I would rate the plot as a solid 4. It was fresh, well written and action packed. The writing was intelligent and it flowed very well- something I don't always see in YA novels, especially those involving the supernatural. Then again, Department 19 is as different from the "typical" YA paranormal book as day is from night. First of all, the protagonist is male. Second, it is a nitty gritty, and at times, downright gruesome story that portrays vampirism as in illness, and those affected as evil, bloodthirsty monsters. This all worked for me. There were, however, two things that didn't work for me at all. The first was the collision of all the "classic" horror novel characters. Dracula, Frankenstein, Van Helsing and even Bram Stoker are all featured- and for whatever reason, F. Scott Fitzgerald makes a brief appearance in a speakeasy. Why? I have no idea. Anyway, having Frankenstein and company as a team of monster hunter/slayers made me literally ask "seriously?" out loud. I give that a big thumbs down. I also didn't care a lot for Jamie's attraction to Larissa. It just felt a little out of place, but it didn't bother me that much because I really like Larissa. She's pretty funny, and there is an appeal to her ability to be a vampire, and be good at it (in the killing, bloodthirsty way), while still hating what she is and retaining her humanity. It was a good, believable balance. Two examples of Hill's writing and wry sense of humor:"The turrets and ramparts of the ancient building were black in the cool morning light, spiked and twisted and fearsome. The central spire of the residence of the world's first and most terrible vampire rose boldly toward the heavens, a blasphemous challenge to the authority of God, an unholy blade cutting into the pale blue sky.""Before he joined Blacklight, Elliott had thought the people who believed in things like Echelon were crazy loners who spent all their time wearing tinfoil hats and feverishly posting on the internet."The characters worked well in the novel, well, with the exception of the Motley Crew. I didn't love Jamie, but he was, without a doubt, a teenage boy. A very hot headed teenage boy- which he needed to be to drive the plot forward. Even though I'm not a huge fan of the Larissa/Jamie thing, I did enjoy their interactions.Overall, there were two reasons I could only give Department 19 three stars. The first was what I saw as the only weakness in the plot/writing: the collision of too many characters/villains/authors from other works. The second is purely based off of my personal taste and opinion: I had a really hard time getting into the book. I am a very quick reader, and more often than not, I get sucked into a book and I tear through it. I kept waiting for that to happen, because this is a good book- but it never did. When I would pick it up to read, I enjoyed what I read, but I didn't find myself going out of my way to find time to sneak in a couple extra pages. I will probably read the next one, but more because I liked the writing than anything else.Favorite scene: between Larissa and Jamie shortly after she has been taken into custody."Why did you spare me?" he asked.She smiled again. "I didn't feel like killing you" she replied. "That's not really sparing me is it? That's just not feeling like it.""Semantics."
lms8esmith on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Department 19 is a nice first novel by Will Hill. Jamie Carpenter lost his dad and his mother has been kidnapped. He finds himself in the bizarre world of Department 19 and realizes that vampires are real. Hill uses flashbacks to describe the backstory behind some of the characters, but I felt that some of these flashbacks were distracting from the frame story. When Dracula and Frankenstein were introduced as characters, I almost quit reading; however, I stuck with it and was pleased with the remainder of the book. This first book in a new trilogy promises more action sequences and a little romance. I know my male students will like this book, and maybe a few females as well.
MrsMich02 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Teenage boys and girls alike should like this novel although I admit it felt more boy-directed. Kind of like Tom Clancy meets Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker.
salander_9277 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I love science-fiction and this was a great blend of sci-fi and fantasy. I enjoyed the way the reader learns about Department 19 along with Jamie Carpenter. The character Frankenstein was kind of hard for me to believe for awhile but I did come around after you get to know more about the past throughout the book. A different perspective on Vampires and their history in this story. A great read, but not necessarily my favorite book ever written.
callmecayce on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I wasn't sure what to make of this book when I started reading it -- in some ways it's much more of an adult book than a teen and it's definitely not aimed at the Twilight brand of vampire fans. Department 19 is, in a lot of ways, a no holds barred version of vampire lore. Hill does a really good job of drawing on vampire (and monster) stories we've either read or heard about and smashing them together. I enjoyed this book a lot and will definitely read the sequel, which there definitely has to be.
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I really wanted to love this book, but the alternating POV and jumping from present day to past made my head spin. I truly feel this one is loaded with promise, but just not compatible with my reading tastes. The premise is a good one. The vampires in Department 19 aren¿t sexy and alluring, but downright vicious. If you are looking for action and gore this book is for you. I love that the main character is male. Young Adult needs more male protags. With that said, I usually love guy books, but this one just didn¿t do it for me. I¿m still giving it a generous 3 stars because I honestly think others will love this. I¿m convinced I¿m not the target reader for this one. I think my son would totally eat this up, but at just 11 years old I¿ll have to wait a few years to let him try it due to the violence and language.
Eledri on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Dracula meets Frankenstein meets something like MI:6. What an interesting combination! I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. Jaime is a little more emotional for a teenage boy than I would have expected, but the kid has had a rough life his last couple of years. The story didn't take long to suck me in, however there were sections that I felt dragged just because there seemed to be a little too much filler. I'm curious about more of Larissa's story and how Jaime's life is going to change from here on. I will be reading the next in this series no doubt!
SupaGurlbooks on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was an advanced reader copy that I received for review. When I got this book, and I saw the cover, I was like that is spank! The book is a variety of things, it has family, horror, fantasy, and love. I loved it! This guy can write a story and I fell into easily. The characters have depth and you can relate to them which is always good. The story is just awesome!! I don't like to tell any of what is in these fantastic stories because then what fun is that for you? Pick this up in April when it comes out you will enjoy!
BrandisBookMusings on LibraryThing 5 months ago
At first the cover of this book turned me off. Now comes the saying of don't judge a book by it's cover. I thoroughly enjoyed Department Nineteen by Will Hill. This book will take you on an adventure. Jamie Carpenter's life is turned upside down when his father is shot , killed, and branded a traitor by men who look to be in the military. He and his mother are still trying to pick up the pieces when one day he is visited by a girl who seems to be a vampire. Then he returns home to find blood in his apartment and his mother nowhere to be found and is once again put in danger. Then out of nowhere Frankenstein comes to Jamie's rescue. Jamie is taken to a secret compound where he will learn just who his father really was and who that makes him. In Jamie's search for his mother the reader will be introduced to classic supernatural characters in new and delightful ways. This is definitely a wonderful book to read if you are tired of the new wave of "shiny glossified" literature. All ages and both boy and girls will love this book.
karen813 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
There are lots of things about Department 19 that I really liked and a few things that I would love to see enhanced as the series continues. I really liked the characters, especially Jamie and Frankenstein, and the friendship they developed. I liked the mix of past and present, it helped fill in the backstory and kept the plot moving along. I liked that the vampires were bad, like vampires are supposed to be, it made the few good vampires even more likeable, knowing the evil urges they had to overcome. The story was action packed and moved quickly while still managing to have an intricate plot. This is great story of good vs. evil, where the evil is clearly evil. I hope as the series continues the author develops the relationships more, I did feel that some of the character development was sacrificed to keep the action going. The violence in this book is very graphic and while I agree that it fit with the plot I did find myself skimming some of the most horrific parts. I'm hoping for a little less gore as the series goes on. I wasn't sure that I would like this book when I first picked it up but by the third chapter I was hooked and I look forward to reading more about Jamie in the future. (I recieved this book from the early reviewers program.)