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Fireworks Mass Market Paperback – August, 2003

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The inhabitants of Collier, Ga., are watching a fireworks display when something falls from the sky that changes their lives forever. Cut off from communication with the world and mourning the loss of dozens of people, the townsfolk summon the courage to face top-secret government forces, alien visitors and the constant threat of imprisonment and death in James A. Moore's (Under the Overtree) Fireworks.

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On the Fourth of July, the town of Collier, GA, changes forever as an unidentified object from space crashes into a nearby lake. This cataclysmic event, however, only heralds the beginning of bigger disasters, as the town's residents are taken hostage by their own government in the interest of national security. This latest novel by the author of Under the Overtree depicts the eerie aftermath of an alien visitation and government occupation in chillingly graphic detail. Not for the squeamish, this belongs in most horror or sf collections.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843952474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843952476
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,211,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

JAMES A. MOORE is the author of over twenty-five novels, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, Blood Harvest, the Serenity Falls trilogy (featuring his recurring anti-hero, Jonathan Crowley) Cherry Hill and his most recent novels Alien: Sea of Sorrows and The Blasted Lands. He has twice been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and spent three years as an officer in the Horror Writers Association, first as Secretary and later as Vice President.
Never one to stay in one genre for too long, James has recently written epic fantasy novels in the series SEVEN FORGES (Seven Forges and The Blasted Lands). He is working on the third book in the series, tentatively called The City of Wonders. His current works in progress include A Hell Within (a Griffin & Price Novel) co-written with Charles R. Rutledge and an apocalyptic Sci-Fi novel tentatively called Spores. Why be normal?
Being a confirmed Luddite, he is working up the nerve to plunge completely into the electronic publications age.
Soon to be published is his first non-fiction book, DINNER FOR ONE, being an examination of life after the loss of his wife of twenty years.

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What would happen if a Fourth of July celebration was interrupted by the crash landing of a ufo? That's the gist here, but Moore infuses his story with characters that are just too darn good for a Leisure paperback. It's true that there ain't much when it comes to extra terrestrial interaction (to put it mildly) but that's not the point. The fear gradually shifts from the dry docked flying saucer to the government agents given the task of keeping the entire town of Collier, GA quiet. (The media is given a story about a terrorist) Like the best episodes of the X-Files the audience plays ping-pong between the threat of invasion and the threat of shadowy government figures calling the shots. Only here the scenario is expanded to include the terror of martial law. That's pretty scary. It's a literary smack in the head, where logically the issues and priorities are eschewed in order to maintain a semblance of order and the more you read the more plausible a situation like this seems.

This is the second book by this author that I've read and I can honestly say this fellow right here has what it takes to be another King, Koontz, or McCammon-his writing is amazingly similar to those lofty three and just as enduring. The only way we can ever see that happen is a hardcover deal and good press and James Moore is deserving of both. Even Hollywood could potentially make good on this story (but it'd probably get screwed up). Bloody, insightful, with well written characters, and compelling enough to keep those pages a turnin'. Fireworks goes high on the recommendation list. Also check out Under the Overtree.
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Collier, Georgia is a quiet little town, typical of rural America in composition and attitudes. Although it is populated mostly by plain, simple folk, it still has its share of colorful characters and bad apples. There is, however, very little about the town to distinguish it from its neighbors. At least that is the case until the Fourth of July, when an enormous alien spacecraft crashes in a local lake, vaporizing its contents and killing dozens of locals. That's the day the lives of the citizens of Collier change forever, in ways you might not expect.
This is not a novel of alien conquest, or even of alien contact. Eschewing predictable plot lines, Moore instead poses two simple questions, namely, "How would the federal government react in such a situation?" and, "Given that reaction, how would it affect the lives of the local populace?"
Moore provides a suitably chilling answer to these queries, positing a special branch of the armed forces created to handle just such a task, a grim cadre of soldiers dressed in high-tech body armor, their faces concealed by black visors. Immediately after the crash landing, these soldiers descend on Collier, cutting it off from the rest of the world under the pretext of battling terrorist activity. Their main objective: to secure the apparently inert craft. Their secondary objective: to maintain secrecy, even if it means killing everyone in the town.
This then is the focus of Moore's narrative, as he chronicles the reactions of everyday people to the invasion of their town by their own country. Although at first they are cooperative, the townspeople come to realize that they are in fact prisoners. Their resentment and anger grow by the day, building to a surprising crescendo.
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The residents of Collier, Georgia always enjoy the annual Independence Day celebration especially the fireworks. However, this year the fireworks are different as a huge UFO crashes killing or severely injuring approximately twenty-five per cent of the locals.

Top secret elite military cadre ONYX arrives in town to secure the perimeter. No one will enter or leave quarantined Collier. To the surviving townsfolk, the operation looks more like an invasion force, which turns worse as the soldiers obey orders of strict security enforcement. Violence between both sides of Americans break out even while the UFO remains under the waters of the nearby lake. Unless cooler heads prevail, further tragedy seems like the only outcome.

FIREWORKS is not an Independence Day or War of the Worlds ET invasion tale though the alien craft crash serves as the catalyst to the theme of how will the Feds react to a UFO and how will locals react to the heavy handed Feds' response that "incarcerates" them? Instead the novel feels more like the Hoffman thriller Outbreak though the impetus varies. Though why the UFO was flying over earth is never revealed (sequel perhaps) the action is loaded, but James A. Moore forces his audience to ponder what seems like believable actions and reactions of real people, soldier and resident alike.

Harriet Klausner
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On July 4th a large unidentified crafts crashes into the lake of a small Georgia town during the holiday firewors and kills a large number of citizens. Yet the craft isn't the real story in this excellent novel by horror writer James Moore. This isn't a novel about space aliens and sci-fi happenings, it is a story about people. Moore does an good job with this character study which draws largely on books like Dean Koontz's Strangers. He allows you into the minds of many of the main player's in this tragedy and turns tradition sci-fi roles on its head. Here we have a stiff military leader with a heart, a independent minded sheriff with a conscience, a preachers daughter with a past and a faithful soldier with a secret. These are all good people and their values are put to the test by the trying situation and the fears and prejiduces of the people surronding them.
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