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Firestarter by [King, Stephen]
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You’re a firestarter honey… just one big Zippo lighter.
A year ago, he was an upstanding instructor of English at Harrison State College. Now Andy is on the run with his daughter. A pigtailed girl named Charlie. A girl with an unimaginably terrifying gift.
It is a gift which could be used to corrupt authorities. Soon Charlie will be caught up in the menace of a fateful drug experiment and a sinister government ploy…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1190 KB
  • Print Length: 580 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (22 March 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003BKZW2M
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gives New Meaning to the word 'Firebrand'! Great King Novel 17 November 2015
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Firestarter, Stephen King

First thoughts:

Great story, fast-paced. I’d call it Horror-Science Fiction.

Story & Fav Plot Points:

The story begins in the middle, actually, which I thought was an imaginative way of introducing the story and grabbing interest.

Andy and his daughter are on the run. They both have abilities (he, through a psych experiment “gone horribly wrong,” and she through genetics). Andy can make people do what he wants by ‘pushing’ his intention. But he gets major migraines that can cause brain hemorrhaging if he does that too often. His wife, who could close refrigerator doors by thinking about them (now THAT’s convenient!) was killed by “The Shop” (one of those clandestine organizations run by one megalomaniac, who has a money pipeline from Congress – no fiction there), the instigators of the experiment that gave Andy and his wife special abilities The Shop wants for their own nefarious ends.

The daughter has the ability to start fires. Except rather than headaches she gets a rush of pleasure from it!

The story really picks up when they are both captured, after much loss of life and property, to an idyllic ranch where the bad guy lives. But he later rues that day, as King tells us in gory detail about the demise of “The Shop.”

Final Comments:

Great story, how we could chemically induce someone to increase their latent psychic ability and how the government plans to use that for global power. The usual plot (since it’s close to the truth) but imaginatively done.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King is really quite a good writer who doesn't get the credit he deserves! 13 January 2014
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I don't think Stephen King gets the attention he deserves for his writing. He is consistently interesting, writes well, and has wonderful character driven plots. Yes, some of his themes do deal with the supernatural, but if you can get past that...I read Firestarter quite a while back and loved it then, and now loved it again. I think this is one of King's more credulous books, doesn't quite strain the ideas of the supernatural. Everything is quite believable, and he knows how to draw you into the story and make his characters live for you. That's more than can be said for quite a few authors out there today. Honestly I think King has written some great books, The Stand and Firestarter being two of my favorites.
4.0 out of 5 stars What Would Happen If a Girl Had The Abiliy to be a Human Blowtorch 8 May 2016
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Andy and his daughter Charlene, Charlie for short, are on the run. A government agency known as The Shop are after them. Years ago, The Shop was responsible for administering a secret experiemental drug into the veins of Charlie's parents when they were broke and naive college kids. The drug, called Lot Number Six, went helter-skelter through most of it's test subjects causing carnage which required a massive government effort to coverup the mess. For Charlie's parents, something in the drug altered their body chemistry. Her mother possessed a mild form of ESP where she could occasionally move things with her mind. Her father, Andy, could now "push" people into believing and doing what he wanted. Falling in love after being brought together by this strange experiment, they had Charlie and if you thought her parents had special abilities, wait until you get a load of what Charlie can do! The girl is a human flame thrower. She can create fires simply by using her mind to push it out and, as she got older, her powers became stronger. Now the government wants to control her ability and will stop at nothing to capture it.

Firestarter seems to be an under appreciated tale, if such a thing were ever possible, from Stephen King. It never seems to be on any list touting his greatest works. It is, however, a very worthy story with strong characters mixed with a story that feels like it's smack dab out of the late 1970's TV show, In Search Of. ESP and government conspiracy cover ups were huge back then and, with how little people trust the government currently, it doesn't seem to be out of the possibility now. While its way too easy to say that this is simply a watered-down derivative of Carrie, Firestarter is much more and definitely worth checking out.

4 1/2 Hot Potatoes out of 5

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5.0 out of 5 stars King's best short novel 17 July 2016
By Hawk23510 - Published on
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This is one of King's best works, and has always been one of my favorites. As opposed
to the general run of horror stories he tells (admittedly very well), Firestarter is straight
sci-fi. It deals, as all good sci-fi does, with the effects of technological advances on
Little Charlie did not ask for her pyrokinetic ability, nor did her parents ask for theirs, when
they were the subjects of a government experiment with a psychotropic drug. She rightly
fears the power, which she likens to a vicious and rather stupid animal, that, once let out
of its cage, had a tendency to run amok. But as the government continues to pursue
Charlie and her father, she is forced to use the ability in self-defense, with catastrophic
King does a superb job making the reader see what a double-edged sword such an
ability would be, and you can't help caring for Charlie and hoping everything turns out
well, despite the odds against it.
Though I'm not much of a fan of sequels in general, I've always wished for one here.
And hey, Steve. Since you did one for The Shining (it's called "Dr. Sleep" for those who
weren't aware of the fact), why not continue Charlie McGee's story too?
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not GREAT 22 February 2017
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I'll begin by saying this was my first Stephen King book, so it took me about 10-15 pages to get used to his writing style. Once I got used to his style, I really liked it.

This Story had a very strong start. I flew through the first 150 pages because I didn't want to stop..but then it became a slow crawl all the way until the very end. Thats what made it an "okay" experience. Amazing concept, but could have had a lot more epic, suspensful moments.

I felt the ending was just underwhelming. The climax was short-lived unfortunately. There weren't many memorable moments altogether.

(I noticed reviewers mentioning "Horror" there was very little to no Horror elements)

I liked the book but probably won't remember it in a few months and I wouldn't really recommend it.