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  • March23rd

    Paperback covers V2

    The first three Department 19 novels are in the Amazon UK Kindle Spring Sale until the 21st of April – links are below. If past experience is anything to go by, Apple and Kobo will price match in the next couple of days – if so, I’ll update this post… (UPDATE: Apple and Kobo links now also below)



    Department 19

    Department 19: The Rising

    Department 19: Battle Lines



    Department 19

    Department 19: The Rising

    Department 19: Battle Lines



    Department 19

    Department 19: The Rising

    Department 19: Battle Lines


  • February10th

    Yesterday, I finished my final deep edit of DARKEST NIGHT, the final novel in the Department 19 series. There’s still a copyedit, a typesetting and a proofread to come, but the bulk of the work is now done, and I’m suddenly aware that it is only a few months until people will be able to read the end of the long story I’ve been writing for the past six years. Which is a bit nerve-wracking, and a lot exciting!

    So – I’m delighted to reveal the final cover for DEPARTMENT 19: DARKEST NIGHT. It follows the style that we’ve established over the past four books (although for the first time we’ve swapped out the crest of weapons for… well, you’ll see :) – I think it looks big, and epic, and hopefully very much like a finale should!

    Hope you like it – more details and dates and links to follow in the next week or so…



  • July19th

    Behold, the paperback cover for Department 19: Zero Hour, the fourth and penultimate installment in the series. As you can see, it follows the new style that we established when we redesigned the first three paperbacks in 2013, and I couldn’t be more delighted with it – it hints at aspects of the story of Zero Hour, but more importantly, it (hopefully!) conveys the atmosphere of the latest book – dark, frightening, and foreboding.

    Zero Hour PB FINAL

    The paperback of Zero Hour will be published in January 2015 in the UK and the English-language export markets, and shortly afterwards in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

    Now – over the last month or so, I’ve had a lot of readers asking me when Zero Hour will be published in the USA – it’s taken a while to get the information confirmed, because we’ve changed American publishers for the fourth and fifth books, from Razorbill to HarperCollins, but I’ve now got the provisional information. Things may change, as always, but as of right now, the plan is as follows.

    Department 19: Zero Hour will be published in both physical and ebook editions in the US in January 2015.

    I know that’s later than previous installments, but I’m afraid that there was simply nothing I could do to speed it up. The good news is that Department 19: Darkest Night will be published in the USA next summer, either on the same July date as the UK edition or very VERY soon afterwards. I’m very pleased that it will be the fastest that we’ve ever managed to published a D19 novel in the States – I’ve been working as hard as possible to try and ensure that everybody gets the last book in the series as close to simultaneously as is humanly possible.

    I’ll do updates as I get more details, but for now, and as always, thanks for reading and for your endless enthusiasm for the series – I’m humbled by it all.


  • June5th

    Zero Hour

    Posted in: News


    Department 19: Zero Hour is published in the UK today. The links are below. And all I want to say is a huge thank you to everyone who has read the series so far, and have sent me messages telling me they were looking forward to the new one – it makes everything worthwhile, and I hope you enjoy it now it’s finally here.

    Now all that’s left is Darkest Night


    Hardback  Amazon  |  Waterstones  |  Foyles  |  WHSmith  |  Hive  

    Ebook  Amazon  |  iTunes  |  GooglePlay  |  Kobo


  • May27th

    @smartestgiantintown is one of my oldest friends (I’ve known him for more than two decades – yes, I’m old) and a hugely talented graphic designer and video animator/editor – see more of his work and get in touch with him HERE. He produced these covers for the Department 19 series last month, and they are just absolutely STUNNING. They need no further commentary from me – just scroll down and bask in their glory :)

    Department 19 (Mick Watson)

    The Rising (Mick Watson)

    Battle Lines (Mick Watson)

    Zero Hour (Mick Watson)

    All images © Smart Giant Media Ltd. 2014