- Series: Department Nineteen (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: Razorbill (March 31, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595144064
- ISBN-13: 978-1595144065
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,577,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Department 19 (Department Nineteen) Hardcover – March 31, 2011
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Pittacus Lore is Lorien’s ruling Elder. He has been on Earth for the last twelve years, preparing for the war that will decide Earth’s fate. His whereabouts are unknown. I Am Number Four is his first book. Recently he was able to ask some questions of fellow author Will Hill. Read the resulting Amazon exclusive interview below, or turn the tables to see what happened when Will interviewed Pittacus.
Pittacus: From the very beginning of Department Nineteen, Jamie is thrown into an intense and dangerous covert mission yet he is resilient and brave. Who or what was the inspiration for Jamie?
Will: Jamie starts out as a bit of an everyman, who gets drawn into something much bigger than him, something he doesn’t really understand. It’s a long, proud tradition in genre fiction – a big part of the reason that Harry Potter and Star Wars are so popular is because people want to believe that they might be extraordinary, that an owl might arrive inviting them to Hogwarts, or they might discover that they are actually a Jedi.
As a result, he was inspired by all the reluctant heroes that went before him. I’ve just always loved that type of character and I wanted Jamie to follow in that tradition.
Pittacus: The action and fight scenes in your book are thrilling and believable. It was easy to imagine everything that took place. How did you write such intense and credible battle scenes?
Will: I really don’t know! I’m the least violent person you could imagine, and I would run a mile if I had to face anything that either Jamie or Number Four have to face.
To be honest, I thought a lot about the geography of the action (for some of the big sequences in Department Nineteen: The Rising, I actually drew little maps of where everyone started and ended – they looked like a football coach’s whiteboard!) – I think it makes it easier for the reader to let their imagination run riot if they aren’t having to try and work out who is standing where, and who has moved next to whom.
Pittacus: The current trend in paranormal fiction is to put a new spin on the traditional vampire legends but you’ve gone back to the source material. Why was this important to you? What do you think it brings to the book?
Will: The vampires in Department Nineteen are not completely traditional – crosses don’t work on them, or holy water, or running water, or garlic – but I wanted to use the two central aspects, the need to drink blood and the inability to go in the sun, to try and do something that was new and fresh, while still being very respectful to the classic horror stories.
My hope is that it all gives Department Nineteen a sense of history, and place; I want it to feel like this organization has been fighting monsters since long before anyone who reads it was born.
Pittacus: Who do you think would win in a fight, Dracula or a Mogadorian?
Will: In a straight one on one fight? Dracula, every time. He’s too fast, too strong, too old and cunning. However, the Mogadorians don’t ever seem to hunt alone, do they?
Pittacus: Jamie is skilled at running covert missions. How do you think he could have helped Number Four in his quest?
Will: Even if Jamie could take his T-bone and all his other weapons into Number Four’s world, I don’t think they’d be much help against the Mogadorians. But he would stand alongside Number Four until the very end – he’d have been there in the school and in the forest, fighting and doing whatever it took to help his friend. Loyalty is his best quality!
Pittacus: Sarah in I Am Number Four is in love with an alien. Jamie in Department Nineteen is falling for a vampire named Larissa. What makes interspecies love just so difficult?
Will: I’m assuming you don’t mean anatomically?
I think what both relationships show is that all love is difficult, not just supernatural, inter-species love. But hopefully what they also show is that it’s what’s inside a person that really matters; Sarah doesn’t fall for Number Four because he’s an alien, just as Jamie doesn’t fall for Larissa because she’s a vampire. Its part of it, I think, in both cases – the mysterious always tends to be attractive – but I think ultimately they fall in with the people themselves, not the incredible things they can do.
Pittacus: No spoilers, but what may Jamie be facing next in Department Nineteen: The Rising?
Will: The final page of Department Nineteen, which I’m certainly not going to spoil, gives a big clue as to what Jamie is going to find himself up against in The Rising. It’s going to get very, very bad for Jamie and his friends, I’m afraid – where Department Nineteen was a rescue mission, The Rising is very much a fight for survival…
"Gripping, gory, and violent, this isn't for the faint-hearted - but it's also clever, and moving, and wittily done. I can't wait for the next installment." -John Connolly, bestselling author of Every Dead Thing, The Reapers and The Book of Lost Things.
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Besides that, which was way overdone, the book is full of the angst of teenage-hood, great lessons in morality and faithfulness, and many other admirable things,
Were I not put out by the sadist love of spurting blood which abounds throughout, I would have given this five stars.
Jamie Carpenter watches his father killed right before his eyes, right outside their home. He was told his father was a traitor who was selling information to terrorists. The repercussions are wide spread as jamie and his mother must move time after time once their neighbors realize they are the family of a man who betrayed their country. When Jamie is attacked by a strange woman, he rushes home only to find his mother gone, kidnapped. In fact, Jamie is almost taken as well if not for the arrival of one very large man/monster... complete with bolts on the sides of his neck. Victor Frankenstein saves Jamie from what is clearly a vampire- a very old, very angry vampire who wants Jamie.
Frankenstein takes Jamie back to the hub of Department 19 and explains to him that Jamie's dad worked at the Department, a government agency designed to protect humans from supernatural beasts like vampires, zombies, and werewolves. Jamie's father was indeed a traitor, but he didn't betray his country to terrorists, at least not in the sense Jamie originally thought. He betrayed mankind to the vampires, endangering Department 19, the lives of operatives, and the rest of the unsuspecting humans the Department protects. While Jamie has been disenchanted with his father for years now, he finds this all very hard to stomach, especially when most people in the Department aren't happy to have the son of Julian Carpenter in their midst. But Frankenstein vowed to protect the Carpenter family, and when Jamie insists on traveling all across the continent to find his mother, Frankenstein comes along to protect him. What they don't know is the death of Jamie's father was not the death of a traitor, and that traitor is still inside the Department. Now they are not only battling the creatures who want to destroy people and use them for cattle, they are battling the very people they expect to protect them.
Oh, this book was exciting from the very first page to the last. They bounced all over the continent and between the present time with Jamie's dilemma to the past when Van Helsing and the other founders of Department 19 battled and killed Dracula. And you won't want to miss the hilarious "truth" behind Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker! I loved the excitement and repurposing of old stories in this action-packed supernatural thriller. In fact, I can totally see this story being made into a killer movie (no pun intended!).
The story definitely has some violence in it, and it is a rather long story (over 500 pages). I think it would catch anyone's attention once they started it, but it might be too long for a student who struggles to finish stories. I see this as a great book for guys who need action and anyone who is interested in supernatural stories. My favorite part of the story was Jamie's character. He has a chip on his shoulder about his father, but at the same time, he can't deny what his father did to betray everyone. He is really your classic reluctant, cantankerous hero who will do the right thing, but has his own motives behind his actions. I am looking forward to where this character goes after the brutal ending of this first book. I am eagerly awaiting the next in the series, as I am sure you will too once you read this one!
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Love the story & the plot but can you put more Dracula and the rusmanovs and why did Alexandru die so easily cause he is the 2nd most powerful...Read more