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Department Nineteen (Department 19 #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  4,450 Ratings  ·  554 Reviews
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 b
Hardcover, 540 pages
Published March 31st 2011 by Razorbill (first published March 1st 2011)
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Durryhead the characters are a mexican druglord named Lachlan Compagnon who tips fedoras all the time and like to read department 19 while doing so
Kadi P Yeah it's hella gory not really scary though. It gets more and more gory as the series progresses

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Apr 11, 2011 Tatiana rated it liked it
It is awfully generous (and atypical) of me to give a book I do not intend to finish 3 stars. But honestly, there is a lot of merit to Department 19 and it seems unfair to penalize it for the fact that I am not its intended audience.

First, it is nice to know that some publishers still remember that boys read too. A lot of YA urban fantasy has been published over the last couple of years, but almost none of it that would appeal to guys. Department 19 takes a non-sparkly vampire approach. Vampires
Morgan F
What if the story of Dracula wasn't fiction? What if it was history?

That is the basic premise of this breakout new series. Jamie Carpenter's life hasn't been the same since his father was killed two years ago on charges of terrorism. He is angry and disconnected from his mother, until the day she is kidnapped by a vicious monster. From there, Jamie is taken by Frankenstein (yes, that Frankenstein) to Department 19, a secret sect of the British government that deals with supernatural. Department
Mar 13, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it it was amazing
This book was wicked fun!

I'm going to save you from the very long plot description and just skip to the part where I tell ya'll that this book is an absolute blast!

Department 19 is a very well thought out story that combines some of the greatest legends in paranormal and turning it something plausible. It's enriched with old history, old blood, but the same all consuming hate.
This one has it all, a little romance, mystery, suspense, action, intrigue and gore. Oh the gore! Lots of it in this boo
*3.5 Stars*

It’s not very often that I read a book labeled as YA. I dislike the drama and love triangles that seem to be a requirement of them. But a Goodreads friend of mine read this book and loved it so much that I became intrigued. I snatched it up when it was offered for review, after she swore up and down that I wouldn’t find any of the high school drama that makes me want to claw my eyes out. (FYI, she was right.)

I’m really starting to wonder if I just don’t like reading YA’s with girls a
Laura Lulu
Mar 15, 2011 Laura Lulu rated it it was ok
I think I'm just not the target audience for this book. I don't know who is, maybe a gawky teenage boy? What is the target audience who doesn't care about character development or an engaging story? Zombies, maybe?

This is one of those books that makes me kick myself in the ass for having a bit of the OCD. I can't not finish a book. What if it starts getting awesome in the next chapter, huh?

Yes, I have issues.

I should have known when I posted a status update at page 230, wondering when the story
Mike Puma
Jun 12, 2011 Mike Puma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2011, english-author

Reviewed from an ARC.

5 stars if considered as a YA novel; 4 stars if read as an adult (it probably deserves more, Hill does a fine job—more to follow.

"It’s not a story; it’s a history lesson." So says one of the characters of Department Nineteen with regard to the novel Dracula.

It’s been a long, long time since I read something that has been such a page-turner, something plot-driven, something this exciting and this well-done. Dammit. It’s just not right. This is exceptionally well-written FanF

Jun 13, 2017 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: notebooks, tbp-2017
Es war leider nicht meins, sorry =(
May 23, 2011 Arlene rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of vampires and lots of blood, gore and voilence
Recommended to Arlene by: TBR Reduction Challenge #8 - Morgan
Lux E Tenebris – Light out of darkness. Remember that...

Well this book just proved it. I knew vampires were real! I just knew it! I could have called this situation a LONG time ago. You know what I’m talking about - the government secret service whose number one responsibility is to keep society safe from those paranormal baddies that roam the streets in search of mayhem and lots of gore and blood. Well, they’re out there and they’re REAL!! So watch out! :0

Department 19 is an extremely entertain
Lauren Stoolfire
Jamie Carpenter discovers the existence of the secret government agency Department 19 the hard way after his father died and his mother was captured, and he was rescued by a giant of a man who just happens to be named Frankenstein. The department was founded by Abraham Van Helsing and those who put a stop to Dracula over 100 years ago in order to police various supernatural threats. If Jamie wants to save his mom from an insanely powerful vampire, he'll have to work with the Department and come ...more
Alexandra (AlexEatsBooks)
What can I possibly say to do this book justice?
It's not a horror story.
It's not a love story.
It's not a historical story.
It is all of the above. Woven so intricately and with an amazing cast of characters that it instantly transports you right into its pages with no effort at all. The characters are incredibly real - especially Jamie, my heart went out to him countless times and I loved his ferocity and passion. Definitely topping my favourite reads for 2010 (though this is not released until
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Edit: I recently went out and bought my own copy. :) Yay. I will need to re-read this before I start on The Rising.

Gore, gore, gore. That was exactly what I needed to get me out of this YA novel slump.

With recent uprise in dystopian novels and the forever tainted paranormal genre, I was beginning to give up on YA authors. That was before I picked up this beautiful debut by Will Hill.

It's the TV show Supernatural meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Full on ACTION and GORE. :) This book got me right f
Duygu Pınar
May 13, 2012 Duygu Pınar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evet , DEX ten gerçekten farklı bir kitap 19. Departman. Baştan iltibaren saran macera dolu bir serüven vaat ediyor size.

Bir gece evlerini polis basan Jamie'nin babası gözlerinin önünde kendini öldürmüştür. Bunun üzerine sürekli taşınmak zorunda kalmışlardır. Jamie uyum sağlayayamaktadır. Bu olayın üzerinden 2 yıl geçmiştir ve bir gün Jamie eve gelince Jamie annesinin evde olmadığını fark eder , yabancı biri evlerindendir. Ve Jamie yi öldürmek üzere iken garip bir adam odaya girer ve bu adam ba
Jun 01, 2015 Calypso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Departamento 19" foi a minha estreia com o autor Will Hill e confesso que foi uma agradável surpresa. Com uma sinopse que pode afastar vários leitores por nos indicar uma história recheada de personagens já nossas conhecidas, como: Van Helsing, Drácula, Frankenstein e vampiros (incluindo história de amor entre um deles e um humano)o comum leitor pensa de imediato: mais do mesmo. Foi o que eu pensei, inicialmente, até começar a ler o livro e perceber que o autor fez um excelente trabalho com est ...more
Jason Lalljee
Apr 04, 2011 Jason Lalljee rated it it was amazing
(5 Out of 5 Stars)YA Debut from British author William Hill is a gem in the bottomless pile of vampire novels.

DEPARTMENT 19 is a superb novel. It blends together old fashion horror with modern action, creating an excellent book for readers with hard stomachs. Though it is very violent and does go mainly for gore, it does not thin the plot, not in the least. It was intelligently written and very well researched, which formed an overall very intriguing premise. Will Hill managed to carry the premi
Nov 07, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Jamie's life was turned upside down when his father was killed 2 years ago. Suspicion over the circumstances of his death is pulling Jamie and his mother apart but things take a turn for the worse when his mother is kidnapped. Jamie only survives an attack himself because he is rescued by a mysterious stranger, a stranger who takes him straight into the heart of a secret government agency. It turns out that Bram Stoker's Dracula was not a work of fiction it was a true story, a story that prompte ...more
Feb 23, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Jamie Carpenter is a perfectly normal boy, with a perfectly normal life – until the night his dad dies. Suddenly he doesn’t know what his place is anymore, as his mother moves him from town to town. It seems he cannot take much more when a creature from his nightmares once more turns his life upside down, and forces him into the world of Department 19.

Department 6 is the Army. Department 13 is MI5. Department 19 is the reason you’re alive...

Will Hill’s debut novel is a storming read, showing us
Apr 03, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, horror, read_2012
'Department 19' could very well be an 'adult horror' in a similar vein to Del Toro and Hogans 'The Strain Trilogy' by transposing the protagonist from a 16yr old to a grown man and the damsel in distress from his mother to a missing wife/girlfriend. Will Hill has loaded up on gore, violence, action, suspense and genuine horror - all the elements that lead to a successful and enjoyable form of escapism with even a hint of forbidden attraction (I'm thinking along the lines of Stephen Leathers' 'On ...more
David Dalton
Jan 14, 2015 David Dalton rated it it was amazing
Wow. I really liked this book. To me, it is very much of an "R" rated Young Adult action thriller. The young hero (Jamie) may only be 16, but he could easily have been written in as a 21 to 24 yr old adult character. This thriller also features a romance in the beginning stages, but that pales to the gruesome vampire carnage that fills this book. Very graphic at times. No clean vampire kills here.

Good vs evil. The good is a secret organization (Department 19) that is tasked by the British govern
Liz Barnsley
Loved this not sure why its taken me so long to get around to it.

Vampires and Frankenstein. Do I need to say more? This is a glorious take on vampire tales, Dept 19 having existed in the shadows for years - Cue young Jamie Carpenter getting all caught up in the shenanigans by virtue of his family connection and lots of adventure ensues...

Highly entertaining, very enjoyable, beautifully written and incredibly imaginative. A secret history that feels terribly authentic **glances nervously over sh
Mar 14, 2011 Katyana rated it really liked it
I liked this book, even though there were some problems with it. Primarily, I felt that all the leaping around in time to tell every character's story in detail was a bit... excessive. It took away from the primary story. I felt that so many pages were spent detailing past events that I only really got to know the main characters half as well as I should have, and in the meantime, I knew about 3 times more than I needed regarding most of the secondary characters. It slowed the book down, signifi ...more
Mar 13, 2011 Andi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
2.5 stars. Did I read the same book as everyone else?

The things that ultimately lowered my rating were:

1) Jamie - I just didn't like him. Yes, he's a typical teenager, but he was also annoyingly stubborn, strong-willed, and insolent. I want to LIKE my lead characters but instead, I found myself frequently wanting to slap him.

2) Depicting fictional characters as historical figures - This annoyed...and the most. The story would have been much better with original characters, rath
Wendy Darling
2.5 stars Fantastic prologue and promising premise, but the narrative jumps around all over the place and loses much of its momentum. I read roughly 100 pages and skimmed a bit more before deciding that it just wasn't keeping my interest.
Jan 22, 2014 Aleshanee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jugendbuch, vampire
"Die Zeiten ändern sicht. Die Jagd bleibt die gleiche."

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Jamie Carpenter ist 14, als ein mysteriöses und brutales Ereignis seinen Vater aus dem Leben reißt.
Zwei Jahre und drei Umzüge später ist Jamie an einem Tiefpunkt angelangt. In der Schule ist er ein Außenseiter und zwischen seiner Mutter und ihm klafft ein Abgrund, den er nicht zu überbrücken weiß.
Doch dann holt ihn die Vergangenheit ein, seine Mutter wird entführt und ein großer Hüne namens Frankenstein taucht auf, um ihm das Leben
Vivone Os
Aug 22, 2016 Vivone Os rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Iskreno, knjiga mi je baš bez veze. Možda će biti malo spojlanja pa ako želite čitati knjigu, nemojte pročitati ovo.
Ukratko, pisac je izmislio posebnu organizaciju Odjel 19 (zovu ga još Crna svjetlost) u kojoj se nalaze najbolji od najboljih, sve savršeni muškarci koji se bore protiv vampira. U Britaniji.
Glavni lik je teenager Jamie Carpenter kojem je ubijen otac (pripadnik Odjela 19), a majku su mu oteli vampiri. i on kroz radnju zajedno s čitateljem polako saznaje čime se bavi Odjel 19 i da p
Jan 22, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
The book, based on the cover and the plot, will probably be targeted at YA male readers but don't let that put you off girls. This book will appeal to everyone with it's wicked use of cool locations, awesome horror action and battles and plus some fantastic and inspired ways of taken classic novels and bringing forward their stories for a new and younger generation. I have read Frankenstein and Dracula whilst studying at University and if anything Department 19 will encourage young readers to ta ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: para-vampires
I had been excited to read Department 19 ever since I came across the synopsis many months ago. But once I got my hands on it, the cover threw me. This definitely appeared to be a "boy book," something I don't have a great track record with. Happily, Department 19 turned out to be a "boy book" in the same way Harry Potter is a "boy book." Yes, boys will enjoy it and yes, the protagonist is of the male persuasion, but the action, adventure and even a little romance is clearly gender neutral in ap ...more
Apr 30, 2011 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1-in-series
Did I absolutely hate his book? Well, no. In reality this would be around a 2.5 for me- I just round down to keep expectations in check.

The charactors were a bit, well dull, and unbelievable(HINT: Total badassery does not run in families, I don't think there's a badass gene). The fact is that if you are repeatedly attacked by someone, no matter how hot they are, its a bit of a turn-off, yet Jamie seems to be head over heals in love with Larissa (Is that how you spell it?) despite the fact she se
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Everything Bram Stoker wrote is real. Over 100 years ago, a vampire by the name of Dracula was killed and buried in the Translyvanian countryside by a certain Van Helsing and his fellows. For over 100 years a secret governmental organisation has been trying to combat these ever-growing forces of evil, preventing the mass killings of humans all over the world. This organisation is called Department 19. One of their employees, whose ancester helped found De
Ashley Chen
Jun 28, 2011 Ashley Chen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I love how the first page mentioned Arsenal and the Champion League, an immediate winner!

This book has...
Good intertwining of time.
A good balance between action and emotion.
In-depth description.
Not your average kick ass novel feel to it.
Tension and emotions that can be easily felt by the readers.
High suspense.
Cool sci-fi gadgets! Score!
Amazing characters with background. I love how they interconnected, never a loophole. The relationship between characters are strongly felt.

"They cros
Randy Daugherty
Nov 22, 2011 Randy Daugherty rated it really liked it
Have you read Dracula? Will it's not a story it's a history lesson.
Thus young Jamie Carpenter is thrust into the secret organization known as Dept. 19.
His father was killed, then his mother is missing and he is attacked by something , only to be rescued by Frankenstein?
This was a intriguing story in a new YA series by Will Hill directed toward boys.
It is nice to find someone remembered that boys read as well and geared something toward them.
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