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Department 19

Book 1, Department Nineteen

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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 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 07, 2011 – 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.

Customer Reviews


I loved it

A lot of action and vampires.

This book is the best book I've ever read. It has a slow start, but it starts from the beginning, which is very good. I hate it when books and movies don't do that, and start in the middle of the action and you're thinking, "Did I skip the beginning of the book?"
Anyway, it's about a kid, whose father died, and his mother is captured by vampires, and to summarize the whole book up, he just has to go and save her. It's an extremely well written story, highly recommend, although the fact that this book series constantly switches between past and present can get confusing, it's still a great read.


My all time favorite book

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Department 19
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Dystopian
  • Published: Mar 31, 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Print Length: 544 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Department Nineteen
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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