Department 19: The Rising

Books which (almost) prevent Offspring from going to lectures, thereby (almost) ruining their education, and after that, their whole future, can’t be all bad. The failed education obviously is, but seeing how eagerly Daughter tackled the second Department 19 book, I didn’t have it in me to refuse her review of it here. (She’ll say I forced her. Would I do a thing like that?)

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t read Book 1 (and want to) don’t read ahead! You know what? I hate Will Hill. He is the master of cliffhangers, meaning I now have to wait until the next book comes out. Department 19: The Rising is the second instalment of five (!) and it is easily as good as the first.

It’s been three months since Lindisfarne and Jamie, Larissa and Kate have been brought together into a team working for Department 19, to kill vampires and ensure that they remain a secret. But ever since Count Dracula was resurrected by Valeri Rusmanov, they need to start catching the vampires for the Lazarus Project, an assignment so secret that only the top levels of the department know what goes on behind the door on the deepest level of the Loop. They know that any second all hell could break loose. The messages left for them at every location they’re called out to couldn’t be clearer. ‘He Rises.’

But Jamie doesn’t only have to worry about Dracula and Valeri, but about his mother, his team and the fact that he feels responsible for Frankenstein’s death. But he is quickly distracted as he is assigned to join the Zero Hour Task Force, to track down and destroy the oldest vampire in the world. At the same time, a man is travelling across America to find an answer, only to be constantly directed somewhere else.

I think what I love most about this book is the amount of twists and turns. Will Hill surprises us with discoveries, intrigues us with secrets and makes us, the readers, keep wanting to turn that page over. Even if there is only one minute to go before your lecture starts.

And another thing, you can literally see and smell the blood. Though I wish you couldn’t, but that’s just me.  I can see how kids will love this, especially since there are no glittering, romantic, pale guys to ruin this vampire adventure.

Hmmm. I wonder if holding a wooden stake to his heart would make Will write faster..?”

I see that as a threat. So that didn’t happen on here. I think.

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4 responses to “Department 19: The Rising

  1. Nice review!

  2. I loved Department 19, and I can’t wait for the Rising! Would you happen to know the release date? Or am I being stupid, and is it already out?

  3. Oh, well I feel suitably embarassed now…

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