Department 19: Darkest Night
DN - UK Hardcover
Author Will Hill
Date Published June 4, 2015 (hardcover)
Januar 2016[1] (paperback)
No. of pages 736
Preceded by
Department 19: Zero Hour
Followed by
Release Order
Released after
Department 19: Zero Hour
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Department 19: Darkest Night is the fifth and final book in the Department 19 series by Will Hill.


The brave men and women of Department 19 have fought Dracula at every turn, but now Zero Hour has passed and the ancient vampire is at full strength.

Inside Department 19, the Operators are exhausted and fractured. Jamie, Larissa, Matt and Kate are each struggling with their own demons. When the friends need each other most, they are further apart than ever.

Outside the Department, the world reels from the revelation that vampires are real. Violence and paranoia spread around the globe and, when it finally comes, Dracula's opening move is more vicious than anyone could have imagined.

A final battle looms between the forces of darkness and the last, massed ranks of those who stand against it. A battle that will define the future of humanity. A battle that simply cannot be lost...


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  1. Home Truths
  2. Diminished Responsibility
  3. Running On Empty
  4. The Definition of Insanity
  5. Fallout
  6. Acceleration
  7. Redundant
  8. Not for Profit
  9. The Faintest Glimmer
  10. Collateral Damage ‒ Part I
  11. The Enemy of My Enemy
  12. Haven
  13. Sleight of Hand
  14. Strange Bedfellows
  15. At Ease
  16. A Butterfly Flaps its Wings
  17. The Weight of the World
  18. Huddled Masses, Yearning to Breathe Fire
  19. Ratcatchers
  20. Human Trials
  21. No Going Back
  22. Quicksand
  23. Empirical Evidence
  24. Collateral Damage ‒ Part II
  25. A New Day
  26. Rapid Reactions
  27. Prometheus
  28. Close Enough to Touch
  29. Death From Above ‒ Part I
  30. The Art of War
  31. Death From Above ‒ Pary II
  32. The Morning After
  33. The Elephant in the Room
  34. A Vision of the Future
  35. International Aid
  36. Willing Victims
  37. Down the Rabbit Hole
  1. The Hottest Ticket in Town
  2. Collateral Damage ‒ Part III
  3. Jurisdiction
  4. The Scouring of Carcassonne
  5. All Good Things...
  6. The Morning After
  7. Scorched Earth
  8. Sins of the Father
  9. The Waiting Game
  10. Aftershocks
  11. Director's Guild
  12. Enemy at the Gates
  13. Just When You Think...
  14. ... It Can't Get Any Worse
  15. Insertion Point
  16. Come Together
  17. Some Corner of a Foreign Field
  18. The Tip of the Spear
  19. A Promise Is A Promise
  20. Clean States
  21. Dulce Et Decorum Est
  22. In Fading Light
  23. Death's Grey Land ‒ Part I
    Prologue, Redux
  24. Death's Grey Land ‒ Part II
  25. Death's Grey Land ‒ Part III
  26. Death's Grey Land ‒ Part IV
  27. Death's Grey Land ‒ Part V
  28. Death's Grey Land ‒ Part VI
  29. Death's Grey Land ‒ Part VII
  30. Death's Grey Land ‒ Part VIII
  31. Death's Grey Land ‒ Part IX
  32. Death's Grey Land ‒ Part X
  33. Death's Grey Land ‒ Part XI
  34. After the Fire
  35. The End ‒ Part I
  36. The End ‒ Part II
  37. The Beginning

Opening quotes

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

We have learned to believe, all of us ‒ is it not so? And since so, do we not see our duty?
Yes! And do we not promise to go on to the bitter end?

Abraham Van Helsing, Bram Stoker's Dracula


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  • Chapter 32 and 43 share the same title.
  • "Down the Rabbit Hole" (chapter 37) is most likely a reference to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
  • Carcassonne (chapter 41) is a fortified town in France.
  • "Sins of the Father" (chapter 45) is also the title of chapter 2 of Department 19.
  • "Dulce et Decorum est" (chapter 58) is Latin and means "It is sweet and honorable..." It's also the title of a poem written by Wilfred Owen, which Owen had taken from a line of Roman poet Horace's Odes. The actual line is "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" ‒ "It is sweet and honorable to die for one's country."
  • "After the Fire" (chapter 71) shares the name with Will Hill's new novel.