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Department 19: The Loop

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In 1892, a secret meeting took place at the heart of the British Government, a meeting designed to combat a threat that was threatening to plunge the British Empire into chaos. At the meeting were two of the greatest men in British history; Prime Minister William Gladstone, and Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

The previous year, Van Helsing and his friends Jonathan Harker, Arthur Holmwood, John Seward and Quincey Morris had pursued the greatest monster in history, the legendary Count Dracula, across Europe, finally laying the vampire to rest in the mountains of Transylvania, a story of such bravery and horror that it was immortalised forever in the pages of Bram Stoker's 'novel.' On their return to London, the survivors swore a pact that they would always be vigilant, that if the threat of the supernatural was again to threaten Britain, they would be ready. From this pact, Department 19 was born...

Classified far beyond Top Secret, its existence known only to the men and women who serve it and the very highest echelons of the Government, Department 19 was established to protect Britain and her citizens from all supernatural creatures. Beginning in the late nineteenth century with the survivors of the encounter with Dracula, the organisation expanded throughout the twentieth century, into the highly advanced, highly mobile military police force it is today.

In honour of the four men who were brave enough to stand against Count Dracula with only wooden stakes and knives, descendants of the founders, and of the first man ever allowed to join the fledgling department, the personal valet of Van Helsing himself, are automatically asked to join when they reach their twenty-first birthday. In this way, Department 19 remembers its glorious past, and ensures that the standards set in 1892 are continued to this day.

Guided and steered by these descendants, and expanded by the recruitment of the very best men and women from the Special Forces, the military and the Security Services, Department 19 takes the fight to the monsters that hide in the darkness, protecting a public that can never know it even exists. Encouraged and assisted by Department 19, equivalent organisations were founded throughout the last century, in every corner of the globe, creating a worldwide network of departments committed to one purpose; the eradication of the supernatural threat.

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In 1891, Abraham Van Helsing and a group of friends faced Dracula, the world’s first vampire – and won. The survivors of that battle founded Department 19, and have been secretly saving the world ever since.

A highly classified archive exists recording every act of bravery in that time.

That archive is now open. These are the Department 19 files.

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About The Book

As the clock ticks remorselessly towards Zero Hour and the return of Dracula, the devastated remnants of Department 19 try to hold back the rising darkness.

Jamie Carpenter is training new recruits, trying to prepare them for a fight that appears increasingly futile. Kate Randall is pouring her grief into trying to plug the Department’s final leaks, as Matt Browning races against time to find a cure for vampirism. And on the other side of the world, Larissa Kinley has found a place she feels at home, yet where she makes a startling discovery.

Uneasy truces are struck, new dangers emerge on all sides, and relationships are pushed to breaking point. And in the midst of it all, Department 19 faces a new and potentially deadly threat, born out of one of the darkest moments of its own long and bloody history.

Zero Hour is coming. And the Battle Lines have been drawn.

Book three from the talent behind the bestselling hardback YA debut of 2011. Dracula is on the verge of coming into his full power. Department 19 is on the back foot. Ladies and gentlemen: welcome to war. The stakes? Mankind’s very survival...

About The Author

Before quitting his job in publishing to write Department 19, Will Hill worked as a bartender, a bookseller and a door-to-door charity worker. He grew up in the north-east of England, is scared of spiders, and is a big fan of cats. He lives in east London with his girlfriend, where he splits his time between staring out of the window and staring at a computer screen. The latter tends to be more productive.

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