Saturday, 28 November 2015

Department 19 #1 Department 19

Presenting Department 19 #1 Department 19 by Will Hill.

Here is the summary of the book:

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 by Frankenstein's monster, a beautiful vampire girl with her own agenda, and the members of the agency, Jamie must attempt to save his mother from a terrifyingly powerful vampire.
"Department 19" 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.

With a cover reminiscent of the 'Expendables' emblem, Will Hill's Deaprtment 19 is Dracula meets the (above mentioned) Expendables. A tale for boys (girls too) who love the gore and the wicked. Department 19 is the story of a secret British organization created and operating with the purpose of destroying Dracula's brros of blood suckers without the sparkles and the human boy Jaime Carpenter who will do everything he can to save his mother who has been kidnapped by the Vampires.

Following an alternate history, literary figures like Frankenstein, Abraham Van Helsing, Mina Murray, Jonathan Harker, Dracula, Bram Stoker, Dr. John Seward, Quincey Morris, Arthur Holmwood and the like are real historical beings. And Department 19 was created by Prof. Van Helsing and his associated after the events that transpired in Castle Dracula, after seeing that the Count was the only one of his kind, there were more.

Frankly, I began this with much gusto but the pick up felt too slow for me. I do appreciate the work the author put together for his book. The plot is well detailed and the words flow through the pages well but I just could't feel the connection at all. Jaime just felt too aggressive and rather insolent. Larissa worked well as a vampire but again I didn't think much about Jaime & her smooching it out. I did like the military aspect of the story, that was definitely well written part and loved the mystery and conspiracies surrounding its history and its employees. Frankenstein was pretty much the only character I liked here ..... badass ,,,, Maybe I would have liked it more if I read it when it came out but in all this is a good beginning.

"Expandable meets Dracula"
Genre :     Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Action, Adventure

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release Date: 1st March, 2011

My Copy: bought (paperback)

Rate:             3/5 (Liked It)

Buy:         Amazon | Book Depository 


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