Sunday, September 18, 2011

Department 19 (Department 19 #1) by Will Hill

Department 19 (Department 19, #1)
Good Reads Summary

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.

My Thoughts

There are bad vampires, a lot of blood, gore and action… and yet, why the three stars?

It isn’t a bad story, but maybe it isn’t a “me” story.

That said, bits of it were pretty good. To start, Department 19 is a secret organization devoted to stamping out vampires. Jamie comes to know of this department after his mother goes missing. A lot of his story is devoted to him meeting new (good and bad) people and getting tougher to get her back. That the department and its history touches on a lot on old familiar stories was interesting, take Stoker and Frankenstein for instance; I thought those were aspects were the more interesting parts, especially as they were explored via flashback. And of course, there’s the added possible romance with an unconventional partner… well, Department 19 is OK.


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