Firestarter

( 138 )

Overview

Innocence and beauty ignite with evil and terror...

First, a man and a woman are subjects of a top-secret government experiment designed to produce extraordinary psychic powers.

Then, they are married and have a child. A daughter.

Early on the daughter shows signs of a wild and horrifying force growing within her. Desperately, her parents ...

See more details below
Paperback (Mass Market Paperback - Reissue)
$7.99
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (116) from $1.99   
  • New (17) from $2.95   
  • Used (99) from $1.99   
Marketplace
BN.com

All Available Formats & Editions

Overview

Innocence and beauty ignite with evil and terror...

First, a man and a woman are subjects of a top-secret government experiment designed to produce extraordinary psychic powers.

Then, they are married and have a child. A daughter.

Early on the daughter shows signs of a wild and horrifying force growing within her. Desperately, her parents try to train her to keep that force in check, to “act normal.”

Now the government wants its brainchild back—for its own insane ends.

 

Read More Show Less

What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
“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

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451167804
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1981
  • Series: Signet Book Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 79,757
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.92 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen King

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.

Read More Show Less
    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
    2. Website:

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 138 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(69)

4 Star

(42)

3 Star

(18)

2 Star

(5)

1 Star

(4)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 138 Customer Reviews
  • Posted September 27, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Excellent

    Typical Stephen King. Riveting from page one.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 1, 2014

    I've always loved this story

    One of Stephen King's better ones.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Argh

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

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    To the fire has started

    Way to spoil the end.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Firestarter

    Coming soon.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2009

    FIRESTARTER-A book worth reading...

    Hold on tight to your chair for you will be in for a wild ride as you flip through the suspense filling; nail biting, emotion filled pages of the FIRESTARTER. This modern day thriller takes place all around the U.S. while Andy and his daughter, Charlie McGee, flee from the crazed and powerful department of the American government known as SHOP. Shop is a scientific and selfish group of greedy government officials who only have one role and job on their mind; to find Andy and Charlie and capture their superb powers.

    The story begins with Andy, a strong broad-shouldered man, and Charlie, a brilliant seven year old girl, eluding SHOP once more as they are followed through the streets and alley ways of New York City. Their smarts, cunning abilities, and just plain old luck have just been enough to keep them safe and out of harms way thus far. But SHOP has been growing impatient with just watching these two. Their problem started long ago, before Charlie was even born. Andy and the soon to be Vicky McGee enlisted on a government testing project where they would be injected with a mysterious drug called LOT SIX. The drug backfired horribly while changing the pituitary gland in their heads completely, giving them unique and one-of-a-kind powers; some strong, and some weak. When they decided to have a child is when their problems really started to unfold. Their daughter showed strange signs early on of a mysterious ability which was later confirmed as phyrocanisis. It became clear to them that their daughter was what the government really wanted, and it was the last thing on earth that Vicky and Andy were about to give away. Their daughter was worth fighting for.

    "Charlie, Shut up!" he said roughly. "They're going to want to kill you. You understand? No... No more games...Get away if you can. If you have to kill the ones in your way, Charlie, do it. It's a war. Make them know they've been in a war... Make it" - he coughed up thick blood and forced the words out - "make it so they can never do anything like this again. Burn it down, Charlie. Burn it all down." (King 369) This quote shows the struggles and hardships that the MaGee family went through to keep their daughter safe and out of trouble with the American Government.

    If anything stood out in this story it was the message to never give in and never give up. Two people stood up to the entire American government and they didn't give up. In my opinion that is just about the bravest thing you can ever do. This is by far the best story I have ever read. Stephen King's descriptive and engaging use of words really struck me as his best quality when it comes to writing. It made me a part of the McGee's lives and for a while I actually thought as if I was part of the story. He made me feel like I was watching this whole scenario unfold in pure awe. This wonderful novel caught my attention from the beginning and pulled me in, then never let go. It has made me think about things in my own life and given me resolve to never give up. For example, the book has taught me to never give up just because a teacher gives you a hard homework assignment or when you are loosing in a soccer game.

    This has been the best book I have ever had to pleasure to read. It made life lessons clear to me; it showed me the right path to take throughout life to keep you out of trouble and on your feet. FIRESTARTER has made me enjoy reading again. This book has painted a picture

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 15, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Dynamic heartwarmer, troat drops and tissues requirered.

    King does it again, scary from a phycholigcal point of veiw. I really felt for the father and daughter. The movie did not do this book justice. But as I've often found, the movie never really does it justice. Great action paced, suspensful. I really enjoyed it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 138 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)