The Rising by Will Hill
A Department 19 Novel (Department Nineteen)

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“Enthralling. . . . From UV grenades to exploding stake bombs to a giant anti-vampire superweapon, the gadgets add a neat modern twist to the traditional stakings. Fans will devour the pages and thirst for the next volume.”—Kirkus
“Will keep teens who are undaunted by its 600 pages on the edge of their seats. Interweaving the stories of Jamie, Dracula, Frankenstein, and a mysterious man wandering the American desert, this book is closer to the elaborate works of Stephen King than many vampire novels marketed to teens.”—VOYA

Sixteen-year-old Jamie Carpenter's life was violently upended when he was brought into Department 19, a classified government agency of vampire hunters that was formed to deal with a little problem . . . known as Dracula.

But being the new recruit at the Department isn't all weapons training and covert missions. Jamie's own mother has been turned into a vampire—and now Jamie will stop at nothing to wreak revenge on her captors. Even if that means facing down Dracula himself.

The Rising
is a fast, furious, can't-turn-away thrill ride that will suck readers in just like a video game. This riveting second book in the Department 19 series is packed with cutting-edge gadgets, international locales, and daredevil action that tumbles ferociously across the page—perfect for fans of Darren Shan and Anthony Horowitz.

About Will Hill

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Will Hill ( is a former publishing professional who lives in London.
Published August 16, 2012 by Razorbill. 583 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Horror, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There's gore aplenty in the second volume of Hill's Department 19 series.

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City Book Review

Jaime Carpenter is a member of Britain’s secret Department 19, the department in charge of handling the paranormal.

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The Overflowing Library

Blockbusting sequel to DEPARTMENT 19, the biggest boy teen launch of 2011 – with over 25,000 copies sold in hardback and a devoted legion of Facebook fans.Amazing author Will Hill will be out on the road again in April to promote THE RISING, as well as maintaining a constant presence on Twitt...

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LA Times

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Those concerned about the misguided energies of rave kids, of the chaos that somehow manages to collide with mass-market electronic music at every turn, should be thankful that the Rage kids –- those in the Coliseum on Saturday night who are obsessed with the collected music and ideas of Rage Ag...

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The British Fantasy Society

Together with his vampire girlfriend, Larissa and their good friend Kate, they hunt down vampires across the country, trying to find a way to prevent the oldest vampire of all – Vlad Dracula – from regaining his full strength and laying waste to the world with his vampire armies.

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Bad Haven

Some of them do stand out- the best chapter of the entire book shows us how Dracula was changed and how vampires came to be, and its excellent-but there need to be less of them in Book three.

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