Monday, 7 July 2014

Battle lines (Department 19 book #3) by Will Hill

Battle Lines (Department 19, #3)
Title: Battle Lines
Author: Will Hill
Published: August 9th 2013, by Razorbill
Series: Department 19 book #3
Genre: YA, Adventure
Stars: 4/5

It's always darkest before dawn.
Secret government unit Department 19 is recovering from evil vampire Valeri Rusmanov's deadly attack on their base. The Department’s newest member, teenage operator Jamie Carpenter, is tasked with training up a new squad, as his friends and colleagues desperately search for ways to try to stop what is coming.

The timing couldn’t be worse for a coordinated, global attack on a number of maximum security prisons and hospitals—with the already-dangerous inmates now on the loose and turned into vampires. One of the escapees has a deep connection to one of the darkest moments in the history of Department 19 and embarks on a quest that threatens to expose the existence of vampires to the public. And with each day that passes, the regenerated Dracula gets stronger, bringing Zero Hour closer.

In this third installment of the epic Department 19 series, Will Hill delivers higher—and sharper—stakes than ever before.



Click to see my review of book 1 here and book 2 here.

I’m going to keep this review short and simply. It was an action packed, kick arse book!

I absolutely loved EVERY.SINGLE.MINUTE.OF.IT!

Now my opinions of each main character, such as Jamie, Larissa, Kate and Matt were pretty much the same. They all rocked in their own individual way and I really liked how each of them progressed individually with their own individual task at hand. Matt with the Lazarus Project, Kate with the ISAT project, Larissa and NS9 in America and Jamie.....well Jamie is the centre of everything pretty much. But it was nice to see each character run their own job without relying on the group (or Jamie for that matter) to guide them.

I absolutely still adore and love Valentin. He is just a charmer. That’s all folks. Still speaking of original vampires, there wasn’t a lot of chapters dealing with Dracula and Valeri specifically. When we did get to read their side of the story, it was pretty much gruesome and bloody (as it would be). And poor, poor Admiral Steward! I fear he will not live past the fourth book!

I also absolutely loved the opening chapter of the book. Boy oh boy! It was like a horror film and what a way to open the story! Those newly, strong, demented prison escapes! Ouch! I’ll be running for my life!!!

All in all, I loved it and again, I was surprised as to how much I enjoyed it. Each chapter has twists (and of course another...or two traitors within the Department), bloody and gore and things just keep being added onto the already long list of things they need to deal with before zero hour is up and Dracula finally rises. But now, they also have the fear of being publicly acknowledged to consider now.

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