In a secret supernatural battle that's been raging for over a century, the stakes have just been raised - and they're not wooden anymore. 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 for everyone, something much older is stirring, something even Department 19 can't stand up against…
©2012 Will Hill (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
“Bram Stoker can stop turning in his grave: his 21st-century legacy extends beyond Twilight.” (The Telegraph)
"Injects some blood and thunder back into the vamp mythos…this is a lively set-up to what looks to be a fun and blood-soaked YA thrill ride." (SFX Magazine)
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"Not Quite Sure What I Think!"
Department Nineteen's plot-line is a nice change from the usual books about 'vampires' and the supernatural that are around these days. Romance is thin on the ground Will Hill's version of a supernatural order (although it is there), but then so is characterization and the cementing and growth of relationships. This is an adult length novel but is definitely aimed at teenage boys. Not sure it bridges the gap in quite the same way that a lot of the YA novels do these days. Its not horrendous as book but there is a lack of emotional depth.
The narrator does a good job but it's not particularly a voice that I wanted to listen to for this amount of time. I ended up switching to the print version because I wanted to get to the conclusion faster and get it done with.
The sequel isn't available on Audible as yet so you may want to consider that before investing in the franchise.
All in all the whole thing was fair.
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