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Firestarter Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1981

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"In a special and startling way, King has created a small American gem of a story."—Chicago Tribune

"You'll be bewitched by King's ingenious insights into human behavior, unique characterizations and novel dialogue."—Columbus Dispatch

"Stephen King is superb."—Time



“In a special and startling way, King has created a small American gem of a story.”—Chicago Tribune

“You’ll be bewitched by King’s ingenious insights into human behavior, unique characterizations and novel dialogue.”—Columbus Dispatch

“Stephen King is superb.”—Time

“Terrifying and gripping.”—The Miami Herald

About the Author

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (August 1, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451167805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451167804
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (364 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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!

Plot-

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...

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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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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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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 on...in 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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