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


Innocence and beauty ignite with evil and terror as a young girl exhibits signs of a wild and horrifying force growing within her. Now, the government wants this hot little number for its own insane ends.

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

“Terrifying and gripping.”—The Miami Herald

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451139740
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/1/1981
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
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  • Posted September 27, 2010

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    My favorite book ever.

    It's hard to sum up how great this book is in just one short review, but I'll try. A paranormal thriller/horror is exactly the kind of story that King has been made famous for and I believe Firestarter is his best. I like many King books, but this one has an edge. It's not just a story about a little girl with pyrokinesis; it's a startling tale about the government and the lengths they'll go to in order to control the people. This book has great flashbacks and descriptions that really suck the reader in. There is a realistic feeling about the story, despite the paranormal theme. Just imagine what the government would do if they found a child who could start fires and explosions.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    The Fire Has Started

    Firestarter has started my fire for reading. That's how much I liked this book. Overall: This was a great book, and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in psychic powers or just great stories about fugitives on the run. What I LOVED: This book always kept me captivated, and I read it really quickly. I don't read books normally, but after this book, I can tell I'm going to read a lot more Stephen King books soon. I loved the imagery Stephen King used, I could see every scene running through my head. This book made me feel. I felt the sadness and the anger. I could put myself in the place of the characters and see and feel their emotions. This book had Voice. What Was Disappointing Or Okay: I expected the book to be written in first person, directly from the view of Charlie, but instead it was about her father until the very end of the book. Major Messages or Themes: Firestarter definitely showed that in times of struggle you must be strong and think about others before yourself. It also showed a dark side of the government, and that you shouldn't always trust what you're told to trust. This book also showed that you should be kind to those in need because helping others is a reward in itself. The last message I detected was that life isn't great, but you must move on to honor those who you have lost. Summary *SPOILERS*: This story is about a little girl who's parents, both of which had undergone an experiment in college, passed down an ability to start fires with her mind. The girl, Charlie, and her father, Andy, travel and run from the people who started the experiment. Andy protects the young Charlie for as long as he can, for he did not protect his wife. They travel and battle the shop together. Andy can control people through "pushing", while Charlie lights fires. Charlie overcomes her fears of the fires she starts to protect her father, but in the end, her father is killed by the Shop. This sends Charlie into a fire like rage. She escapes, and finds someone to help her do something her father told her would collapse and keep the Shop from hurting anyone again, publish their story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    Great story, BUT...

    ... the ebook is full of distracting typos, and obviously poorly digitized. For instance, one character named Al appears as A1. Confusing since he is connected to an "A-one-A" priority mission. Often "-rn" is written as "-m" or "cl-" is written as "d-", turning modern into modem and clang into dang, etc. It's very disappointing and just seems unprofessional.

    I'm an avid King fan; this is one of his classics, and a great read in itself. However, I can't recommend that other "Faithful Readers" spend their money here. Opt for the paperback or a different ebook version instead.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Incredible Incredible

    Im half way through an i just had to stop and say wow!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Woah

    Well first i must say. That i have not finished this book and someone spoiled the enfing for me. Very good book recommened to everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    AMAZING!

    It is a pageturner. Found ONE typo in the whole 360 pages. YABBAHOOGA

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    Classic Stephen King.

    Great story. It's almost like "The Men Who Stare at Goats" but more frightening because he writes about government testing in a believeable way. The confusion and conflict that Charlie experiences is reminiscent of most children struggling between the ethics of right and wrong- but on a much larger scale. I recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    This was one of the first King books I read, and over 25 years l

    This was one of the first King books I read, and over 25 years later, I can definitely say that it left a lasting impression; I liked it a lot. I didn't re-read it over and over again as with IT or The Stand, but it's a strong enough read that I can still remember the feelings it gave me pretty clearly. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Um...

    I've never read this but I heard about it from Kingdom Keepers unforseen(a novella. Dont try to look it up. If you want it, go to the kingdom keeperd website).i love stories about people with sick awesome powers. Should i read this? And there is apparently a movie. Is the movie just as good as the book and what is it rated? Please answer in a review called should i. Thank you and please stop posting spoilers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Excellent

    Typical Stephen King. Riveting from page one.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    Just a heads up warning.  The book Firestarter is excellent.  It

    Just a heads up warning.  The book Firestarter is excellent.  It is my favourite Stephen King book and I have read it many times.  But the NOOK version is riddled with typos.  It is extremely annoying.  Barnes and Noble need to do a better job with their quality control.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    This is an excellent book, but Barnes & Noble should be asha

    This is an excellent book, but Barnes & Noble should be ashamed at the hideous typos throughout the Nook edition. It is distracting and aggravating. Do not buy this version!

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    I've always loved this story

    One of Stephen King's better ones.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    I really liked this book. It had a good ending, which is to say

    I really liked this book. It had a good ending, which is to say it made sense. King has trouble ending his books sometimes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Argh

    Someone totally spoiled the book for me, and im hardky in the middle!! :-/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Not even freaky

    This book is a shame to the rest of Kings work. In other words in belongs in the Pet sematary which BTW i cant find on nook.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    Amazing Book!!

    Steven Kings Firestarter is an amazing book once I picked it up until something like food pulled me away. I know that Steven King is usually a horror writer, but the book didn't seem like a horror book it was more of a thriller. But the writer must know that it's hard to get into good books so he started off with the two main characters in a chase and it just left me wondering why were they were being followed so I read more. And ever science that very first part I was hooked. The book kept you in suspense the whole time. The book was also well balanced it didn't have too much thrill and then a big long boring part where nothing happens. In the beginning of the book you kind of get left in the dark but the information is filled in so you can look back on a part and say, "oh now I get it" I don't know about most readers but I love that in a book. In conclusion I highly recommend this book if u just want something on a rainy day that will keep you on your toes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2010

    it was a good book

    i like the way stephen king writes and how the story is original and has different ideas about these paranormal activities.

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    firestarter

    First of all i would like to say i LOVE the book and stephan king. Anyone can read firestarter. Im 11 years old and this is one of my favorite books now. If i enjoyied it at age 11 you will too.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

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    Coming soon.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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