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Department 19

(Department 19 #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  5,302 ratings  ·  624 reviews
When Jamie Carpenter's mother is kidnapped by strange creatures, he finds himself dragged into Department 19, the government's most secret agency. Fortunately for Jamie, Department 19 can provide the tools he needs to find his mother and to kill the vampires who want him dead. But unfortunately something much older is stirring. ...more
Hardcover, 489 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by HarperCollins
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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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura Lulu
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
*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
Mike Puma
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, ya, 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

Stjepan Cobets
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fan Fantasy, Horror and Vampire
Shelves: fantasy, horror
My rating 3.8
Department of Nineteen (Department 19 # 1) by Will Hill is a fun book for all vampire lovers and vampire fighters. Vampires exist and secret organization The Department 19 is in charge of fighting with them. The organization was founded by Van Helsing and several powerful people to stop the plague spread by Count Dracula. The writer leads us into a secret world in which the only shield against vampire hordes is the members of the Department 19. The story begins with a teenager named
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Adi Rocks Socks
I am SO EXCITED to come back to one of my old favourites! – 22.01.19

It was just as brilliant as the first time around! –28.01.19
A-freaking-mazing, that's what that book was.

I'd read it again if it weren't so long, but it was so good. I absolutely loved every minute of this book. While this was definitely no James Patterson, or Anthony Horowitz, it was just as good. I'll admit at some points I got confused with what was happening given how the chapters were organized so that the reader gets both the past and the present, but still it's so good.
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Mar 13, 2011 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
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(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 rated it it was amazing
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
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 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, own, 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
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
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
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
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. ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january-2018-tbr
I loved this book it has been awhile since I read a really good vampire story with no major romance plot more adventure and things like that I liked it a lot. I loved the characters and the whole concept was just done so well I really liked Jamie and everything that surrounded him. I loved the story I liked the bits that lead back to classic vampire fiction like Jonathon Harker and Van Hellsing I loved how the story flowed with Jamie trying to get back his mother and the ending was good too. So ...more
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nils Krebber
Not for me - I did not finish this the moment our 16 year old Protagonist became the god of the vampire test run after 24 hours of training. Stuff like this with no forewarning annoys me to no end. And, but this must be my personal pet peeve, if I hear of one more secret government Organisation that keeps the evil Vampires/werewolves/whatever in check, without any reason as to why they are secret, I must barf.
The vampires presented here are ill defined in their capabilities, but judging from th
Randy Daugherty
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
A terrific addition to the YA horror genre, wherein vampires DO NOT sparkle and you would never, ever want to meet one in a dark alley. Gory, violent, and full of danger and suspense, this is a great book to recommend to teens for the upcoming Halloween season, and for those who like a little more blood on their monster's fangs. ...more
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Before quitting his job in publishing to write full time, Will Hill worked as a bartender, a bookseller and a door-to-door charity worker. He grew up in the north-east of England, is scared of spiders, and lives in east London with his girlfriend. He is a big fan of cats.

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