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Firestarter [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
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Book Description

Innocence and beauty ignite with evil and terror...

First, a man and a woman are subjects of a top-secret government experiment designed to produce extraordinary psychic powers.

Then, they are married and have a child. A daughter.

Early on the daughter shows signs of a wild and horrifying force growing within her. Desperately, her parents try to train her to keep that force in check, to “act normal.”

Now the government wants its brainchild back—for its own insane ends.

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Excellent condition with only a slight wrinkle on jacket. Beautiful cover art. This may be a First Edition, but is worth the purchase in any case. --Seller


"* 'Stephen King's finest novel yet...the most tightly plotted of King's chillers, it is also the most terrifying' - Cosmopolitan * 'One of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel' - The Sunday Times * 'King does this better than anyone else. We finished the book in about three non-stop hours after we picked it up' - Playboy"

Product Details

  • File Size: 743 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (August 1, 1981)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SKZBU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,028 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Kings Finer Moments December 29, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read every Stephen King novel at least once, I can say without a trace of guilt that Firestarter is one of his finer moments. Pure story. This is King at the height of his powers. Straight forward and ass-kickingly killer. Meet Charlie, she's a little girl that can set fires with her mind. Her father has a small gift called The Push which nearly kills him whenever he uses it too hard. The Shop (King's version of the All-encompassingly-evil secret government agency) is trying to get ahold of the little girl because this ability she has of making fires seems like a good tool in the art of modern warfare. Well...they kill off mommy ... and the race is on. Daddy and Charlie are on the run with nowhere to go and no one they can trust. King kicks out all the stops on this one. Great storytelling. One of his very best. I've reread this one at least half a dozen times. One of my personal favorites. ranks right up there with It, The Shining & 'Salem's Lot. This is King in top form.

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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Firestarter(1980). A Novel By Horror Author Stephen King.

With Stephen King's first novel, 'Carrie', he carefully explored the phenomenon of supernatural and psychic abilities that are inside of us all, just waiting to be tapped. With 'Firestarter', King attempts yet again to write a novel all about psychic abilities, or, in this case, pyrokenesis. While the novel revolves around pyrokenesis, it also describes the secrecy and greed of the government, and how they manipulate their citizens to satisfy their own needs. After the release of 'Cujo' and 'The Stand', two of King's most acclaimed novels, people could only wait for 'Firestarter', which became a huge hit like its predecessors. So, was I impressed with 'Firestarter', or just dissapointed? Read on to find out!


Charlie McGee, an innocent little 7 year old, has a terrible secret. In the flick of an eye, she can start fires, and she is oftentimes unable to stop them. Because of Charlie's inhuman abilities, The Shop(an elite branch of the CIA), constantly pursues Charlie and her father Andy to be able to study Charlie for militairy use. As Charlie and Andy travel all over the eastern coast, from New York to Maine, The Shop is always one step behind, giving meaning to the phrase, "you can run, but you can't hide." Although they may be at a disadvantage, Charlie and Andy are constantly trying to find a way to tell the world their sad story, and end the persecution of themselves. Can they do it? You'll have to find out...


While I've been reading Dean Koontz lately, I've never picked up and read 'Firestarter', supposedly one of Stephen King's strongest novels. I decided to read it, and I'm glad I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique October 16, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being far too impatient to wait quietly for Stephen King to write a new book, I've recently taken to collecting some of his older novels to read in the meantime. "Firestarter" is one of King's earlier works, but it shows none of the amateur qualities that often afflict the early novels of some writers.
The book tells the story of Charlie, an 8 year old girl who possesses the power of pyrokinesis, a result of experiments her parents took part in during their college years. This ability makes a sinister government outfit known only as "The Shop" particularly keen to get their hands on her, and they don't care how they go about it.
The book opens with Charlie and her father on the run from Shop agents through the streets of Manhattan. Through their desperate attempts to escape, we begin to see more of the mysterious powers Charlie and her father possess, right up to their inevitable capture. However, where the book really starts to bite is in the Shop's Virginia compound, where a disillusioned hitman starts to think that perhaps Charlie can teach him more about death than any of the hundreds of people he has dispatched during his "career".
Firestarter is a genuinely riveting book, one that will have you cheering out loud for Charlie and her dad, Andy, and that will have you fuming at the insensitivity, inhumanity and cynicism of the bureaucrats that run any federal government.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heated novel of scientific evil and human endeavor! September 19, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Andy McGee and his future-wife were involved in a scientific experiment when they were in college. They were injectected with a new drug called Lot Six...but they weren't told of the side-effects--like Andy's mental domination ability. They also weren't told that if the two of them were to have a child, their new traits would be passed excess...

Charlie McGee is different from the start--setting fires whenever she gets angry. You see, Charlie has pyrokinesis--the ability to set fires with her mind. And certain people in the government--those in a top-secret organizationc alled The Shop--have learned of Charlie's existence, and want her back...

Andy and Charlie hit the road, running for their lives. It is a breathtaking novel, though it does start out a bit slow--never fear, by the twentieth page you're engrossed. Stephen King has written a (relatively) un-supernatural thriller. The bad-guys in this are at times likeable grandfather-figures, at others one-eyed hitmen with no conscience. "Firestarter" is a speedy, heated (yes, that pun again) novel by one of suspense fiction's greatest contributors. A hell of a read. (And yes, that was another pun.)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version: Spelling and Grammatical Errors
The book itself is three to four stars; however, the Kindle version is littered with spelling and grammatical errors that are not present in the print version. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by a. l. macneill
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Stephen King
Firestarter is a classic Stephen King story but the pace is great, the characters are fresh and the baddies are really nasty.
Published 8 days ago by David Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Roger Dale Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Love His Early Work
King’s early novels are consistently excellent. While Firestarter is not quite in the same category as his absolute best: The Shining, Pet Sematary, Christine, it is a fast-paced,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynette McClenaghan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not King's best work.
An intriguing story that would be loved by any conspiracy theorist.
Published 1 month ago by Houston TX
4.0 out of 5 stars Some parts of this book were really good, some parts I didn't like...
Some parts of this book were really good, some parts I didn't like quite so much, and there were a lot of parts I was ambivalent about. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Erin
5.0 out of 5 stars Use two books as spacers to raise your monitor because it’s always...
Please people with the money, if you buy a new book, include a used one in your shopping cart. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ricky Taillefer
4.0 out of 5 stars great book, but kindle version has typos
One of my all time fave books. A lot of weird typos in the Kindle version though. Like it was transcribed manually.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like a good psy-talents, government conspiracy thriller, it...
This is my all-time favorite Stephen King book, and the one I'd most love to see a sequel to. I bought it in hardback when it came out in 1981 and upon re-reading, it is still as... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Clifford Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read and I liked the movie version, too!
Published 3 months ago by N. Lee
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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most definitely not. It's rather insulting to plunk down the money to get an inferior product. The story itself is classic Stephen King but the editing is just. plain. awful.
Mar 24, 2011 by mary mcnamara |  See all 5 posts
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