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Firestarter Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1981
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“You’ll be bewitched by King’s ingenious insights into human behavior, unique characterizations and novel dialogue.”—Columbus Dispatch
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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It wasn't my favorite Stephen King novel (that honor belongs forever and always to The Green Mile), but Firestarter was an interesting read that moves at a breakneck pace. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Lionheart
I loved this book, as I do enjoy the majority of Steven Kings works. My only reason for not giving 5 stars is that the book does have quite a lot of typos. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought it b/c I collect rate books and couldn't pass up the opportunity for a first edition of FireStarter. One of his best works ever!Published 27 days ago by LegsTX
Firestarter, Stephen King
Great story, fast-paced. I’d call it Horror-Science Fiction. Read more