|Department 19: Battle Lines|
|Date Published||August 29, 2013|
|No. of pages||702|
| Preceded by|
The Secret History of a Teenage Vampire
| Followed by|
Department 19: Zero Hour
| Released after|
| Released before|
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...
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.
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.
Epilogue I: Three Farewells
Epilogue II: Two Prisoners
|“|| The earth had a single light afar,|
A flickering, human pathetic light,
That was maintained against the night,
It seemed to me, by the people there,
With a Godforsaken brute despair.
—Robert Frost, On the Heart's Beginning to Cloud the Mind
|“|| We seem to be drifting into unknown places and unknown ways;|
into a whole world of dark and dreadful things.
Department 19 members
- "Three Musketeers" (chapter 44) most likely refers to the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. It's the second time that a chapter's name refers to this novel.
|Department 19 ‒ Department 19: The Rising ‒ Department 19: Battle Lines ‒ Department 19: Zero Hour ‒ Department 19: Darkest Night|
|The Secret History of a Teenage Vampire ‒ The Devil in No Man's Land: 1917 ‒ Undead in the Eternal City: 1918 ‒ The New Blood: 1919 ‒ The Second Birth of Frankenstein|
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