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Alents for the two of them manifesting in even terrifying ways when they fell in love and had a child Their daughter Charlie has been gifted with the most extraordinary and uncontrollable power ever seen pyrokinesis the ability to create fire with her mind Now the When some cash poor college students volunteer for an experiment they have no idea of the Pandora s Box they are about to unleash Years later one of them Andy McGee is on the run from The Shop with his daughter Charlie Can Andy and Charlie evade The Shop before their world goes up in flamesFirst off for years now I cannot read the title without hearing the Prodigy song of the same name Maybe he ll follow this one up with a book called Fuel my Fire or Smack My Bitch Up one of these days to continue along the same linesFirestarter is one of those Stephen King books you don t hear all that much about A lot of people only know of it because of the movie starring Drew Barry in the 1980s Well people should know about it because it s a corking good readA 1960s experiment gave Andy McGee and his wife psychic powers It also altered their DNA enough to produce Charlie their immensely powerful psychic daughter whose abilities include pyrokinesis hence the titleFor a good portion of the book the suspense comes from Andy trying to stay one step ahead of The Shop The rest of it is the two McGees trying to escape The Shop s clutches The Shop and John Rainbird make fantastic villains because they aren t nearly as far outside the realm of possibility as evil cars and spider clownsLike a lot of Stephen King books the relationships between the characters keep the story going John Rainbird proved to be than the scene chewing villain I originally pegged him as Unlike the protagonists in Doctor Sleep I feared for Charlie and Andy almost constantlyI d forgotten how brutal King was sometimes in his older books There are some parts of this one I ll remember for a long time Maybe Stephen King will revisit a character or two from this book before he goes to the clearing at the end of the path maybe as part of a Dark Tower storyAs I said before this is a very underrated King book I don t really have anything bad to say about it Four out of five stars Unbridled Unlikely Lovers 1 read the title without hearing the Prodigy song of the same name Maybe he ll follow this one up with a book called Fuel my Fire or Smack My Bitch Up one of these days to continue along the same linesFirestarter is one of those Stephen King books you don t hear all that much about A lot of people only know of it because of the movie starring Drew Barry in the 1980s Well people should know about it because it s a corking good Romancing The Werewolf Supernatural Society 2 readA 1960s experiment gave Andy McGee and his wife psychic powers It also altered their DNA enough to produce Charlie their immensely powerful psychic daughter whose abilities include pyrokinesis hence the titleFor a good portion of the book the suspense comes from Andy trying to stay one step ahead of The Shop The How To Do What You Love Amp Earn What You Re Worth As A Programmer rest of it is the two McGees trying to escape The Shop s clutches The Shop and John Rainbird make fantastic villains because they aren t nearly as far outside the The Business Romantic realm of possibility as evil cars and spider clownsLike a lot of Stephen King books the Victory Over Death relationships between the characters keep the story going John Rainbird proved to be than the scene chewing villain I originally pegged him as Unlike the protagonists in Doctor Sleep I feared for Charlie and Andy almost constantlyI d forgotten how brutal King was sometimes in his older books There are some parts of this one I ll 4 Ten Count 4 remember for a long time Maybe Stephen King will You Left Early revisit a character or two from this book before he goes to the clearing at the end of the path maybe as part of a Dark Tower storyAs I said before this is a very underrated King book I don t The Battle Of Sauron War World 8 really have anything bad to say about it Four out of five stars

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Merciless agents of The Shop are in hot pursuit to apprehend this unexpected genetic anomaly for their own diabolical ends by any means necessaryincluding violent actions that may well ignite the entire world around them as Charlie retaliates with a fury of her own Pushing four paperbacks across the counter of the Mission Viejo Public Library last week all by the same author the librarian asked me sarcastically Do you like Stephen King My response was that I d just returned Misery and three books by other authors but the only one I didn t uit within 10 pages was King s Volunteering for Elizabeth Warren since August I ve written only fitfully but experiencing Paul Sheldon duel with Annie Wilkes on the page felt my creative pilot light click on When you uestion whether creative writing or any art is in you any you have to go back to what inspired you in the first place For me Stephen King is one of those sourcesPublished in 1980 Firestarter begins with an English instructor and all around nice guy who has a gift hey just like Stevie King named Andy McGee and his 8 year old daughter Charlie McGee busted flat on the streets of Manhattan fleeing from agents of the Department of Scientific Intelligence known as the Shop Using just enough of what he thinks of as a push to make a dollar bill appear as a five hundred dollar bill to a cabbie father and daughter head for the Albany airport with Andy suffering debilitating migraines as a side effect of his mental domination abilityAndy s mind wanders back to 1969 and his senior year at Harrison State College in Ohio when in need of cash he volunteers for a psych experiment in need of student volunteers for tests of a low grade hallucinogen Assured by his roommate that the experiments are completely safe and he ll probably land in the control group anyway Andy meets a sunny blonde named Vicky Tomlinson whose soon to be ex boyfriend forbid her from participating in the experiment Interned in one of the campus lecture halls with ten other students for 48 hour monitoring Andy and Vicky uickly surmise they re not part of any control group but have been dosed with the ominous Lot Six How you feeling guy the GA asked but of course he wasn t a GA he wasn t a student none of them were For one thing he looked about thirty five and was a little long in the tooth for a graduate student For another this guy worked for The Shop Andy suddenly knew it It was absurd but he knew it And the man s name was Andy groped for it and he got it The man s name was Ralph BaxterHe smiled Ralph Baxter Good dealI feel okay he said How s that other fellaWhat other fella s that AndyThe one who clawed his eyes out Andy said serenelyRalph Baxter smiled and patted Andy s hand Pretty visual stuff huh guyNo really Vicky said I saw it tooYou think you did the GA who was not a GA said You just shared the same illusion There was a guy over there by the board who had a muscular reaction something like a charley horse No clawed eyes No bloodHe started away againAndy said My man it is impossible to share the same illusion without some prior consultation He felt immensely clever The logic was impeccable inarguable He had old Ralph Baxter by the shortsRalph smiled back undaunted With this drug it s very possible he said I ll be back in a bit okayOkay Ralph Andy saidRalph paused and came back toward where Andy lay on his cot He came back in slomo He looked thoughtfully down at Andy Andy grinned back a wide foolish drugged out grin Got you there Ralph old son Got you right by the proverbial shorts Suddenly a wealth of information about Ralph Baxter flooded in on him tons of stuff he was thirty five he had been with the Shop for six years before that he d been with the FBI for two years he had He had killed four people during his career three men and one woman And he had raped the woman after she was dead She had been an AP stringer and she had known about That part wasn t clear And it didn t matter Suddenly Andy didn t want to know The grin faded from his lips Ralph Baxter was still looking down at him and Andy was swept by a black paranoia that he remembered from his two previous LSD trips but this was deeper and much frightening He had no idea how he could know such things about Ralph Baxter or how he had known his name at all but if he told Ralph that he knew he was terribly afraid that he might disappear from Room 70 of Jason Gearneigh with the same swiftness as the boy who had clawed his eyes out Or maybe all of that really had been a hallucination it didn t seem real at all nowArriving at the Albany airport only slightly ahead of their hunters Andy is almost immobile He manages to compel Charlie to use her special gift which her parents have spent most of her life training her to reject to crack open a few telephone booths for loose change Using her mind to do so Charlie inadvertently taps into the mind of an army soldier on leave and not liking the lies he s selling his girlfriend on the phone sets his shoes on fire Fleeing the airport on foot Charlie is repulsed by her act which brings to mind the time she accidentally set her mother s hands on fire In the suburban Washington DC neighborhood of Longmont Virginia the Shop s director Cap Hollister monitors the McGee manhunt and reviews the Lot Six files Of the twelve 1969 test subjects two died in a short period of time two went insane and earned themselves lifetime membership at the Shop s retreat in Maui and two ultimately committed suicide Over the years three have taken their lives while another has been regarded as being completely tapped out This left Andy and Vicky the only test subjects to marry and produce a child Cap faces the end of his career due to his inability to study the McGee childCap reaches out to the Shop s most loathsome agent a seven foot tall Native American named John Rainbird scarred in Vietnam by a Clay mine that exploded in his face Rainbird has hacked the Shop s computer network and knows all about Charlie McGee believed to be pyrokinetic Obsessed by the mystery of death Rainbird fixates on gaining Charlie s trust befriending her and then killing her up close and personal even if it means sealing his own fate Tracked to a family cabin in Vermont the McGees are finally captured Interned at the Shop Charlie gradually opens up to the kindly disfigured janitor named John a monster just like her who cleans her apartment and convinces her to participate in the Shop s tests in exchange for visiting her father She shoved as hard as she could at the tray of woodchips They did not so much burst into flames as explode A moment later the tray itself flipped over twice spraying chunks of burning wood and clanged off the wall hard enough to leave a dimple in the sheet steelThe technician who had been monitoring at the EEG cried out in fear and made a sudden crazy dash for the door The sound of his cry hurled Charlie suddenly back in time to the Albany airport It was the cry of Eddie Delgardo running to the ladies bathroom with his army issue shoes in flamesShe thought in sudden terror and exaltation Oh God it s gotten so much strongerThe steel wall had developed a strange dark ripple The room had become explosively hot In the other room the digital thermometer which had gone from seventy degrees to eighty and then paused now climbed rapidly past ninety to ninety four before slowing downCharlie threw the firething at the tub she was nearly panicked now The water swirled then broke into a fury of bubbles In a space of five seconds the contents of the tub went from cool to a rolling steaming boilThe technician had exited leaving the testing room door heedlessly ajar In the observation room there was a sudden startled turmoil Hockstetter was bellowing Cap was standing gape jawed at the window watching the tubful of water boil Clouds of steam rose from it and then one way glass began to fog over Only Rainbird was clam smiling slightly hands clasped behind his back he looked like a teacher whose star pupil has used difficult postulates to solve a particularly aggravating problemback off Screaming in her mindback off back off BACK OFFWriting my review of Firestarter for Goodreads in June 2014 I wrote In a few years I want to remember this novel being just as fantastic as it is Defying all logic it is The trope of Freaks on the Run from secret government agency has been done to death but King pushes fresh air down that corridor King s freaks aren t born special they re designed that way by an experiment gone awry bonding and falling in love over their experience Half the novel is a fugitive story but the second half switches gears into a prison break story The Shop all the worst of the FBI CIA or horror movie mad scientist make compelling villains and some of my favorite parts of the book involve the institutional politics of the lab Firestarter is also a supremely well done work of paranoid chills a product of a post Vietnam and post Watergate world where government labs cook up stranger and stranger drugs or technologies often testing them on unsuspecting citizens or an American whose name ends up on a watchlist can never be sure if he s being watched recorded followed or about to be snatched up and disappeared This so than psychic power is the foundation of Firestarter but I also felt as if King a father of three young children was writing from a legitimate fear of a child whose tantrums could bathe the walls or your hair in flame bringing a far greater urgency to toilet trainingKing s chokehold on the New York Times bestseller list launched a feature film adaptation in 1984 with Drew Barry in the title role her ET co star Henry Thomas was in theaters a few weeks later with his own movie the espionage thriller Cloak and Dagger and I don t know what became of Robert MacNaughton Barry is well cast but the director stages many of the book s best scenes without any of the dread King conjures on the page In the book characters have watched the late show and greet the story s paranormal elements with a welcome dose of Comeon my man but the movie ignores that focusing on special effects and reducing the characters to fx Games Without Rules retaliates with a fury of her own Pushing four paperbacks across the counter of the Mission Viejo Public Library last week all by the same author the librarian asked me sarcastically Do you like Stephen King My ultima-thule-ndash-explorers-amp-natives-in-the-polar-north response was that I d just History Of Global Christianity Vol Ii returned Misery and three books by other authors but the only one I didn t uit within 10 pages was King s Volunteering for Elizabeth Warren since August I ve written only fitfully but experiencing Paul Sheldon duel with Annie Wilkes on the page felt my creative pilot light click on When you uestion whether creative writing or any art is in you any you have to go back to what inspired you in the first place For me Stephen King is one of those sourcesPublished in 1980 Firestarter begins with an English instructor and all around nice guy who has a gift hey just like Stevie King named Andy McGee and his 8 year old daughter Charlie McGee busted flat on the streets of Manhattan fleeing from agents of the Department of Scientific Intelligence known as the Shop Using just enough of what he thinks of as a push to make a dollar bill appear as a five hundred dollar bill to a cabbie father and daughter head for the Albany airport with Andy suffering debilitating migraines as a side effect of his mental domination abilityAndy s mind wanders back to 1969 and his senior year at Harrison State College in Ohio when in need of cash he volunteers for a psych experiment in need of student volunteers for tests of a low grade hallucinogen Assured by his Insight Php roommate that the experiments are completely safe and he ll probably land in the control group anyway Andy meets a sunny blonde named Vicky Tomlinson whose soon to be ex boyfriend forbid her from participating in the experiment Interned in one of the campus lecture halls with ten other students for 48 hour monitoring Andy and Vicky uickly surmise they Rinkitink In Oz re not part of any control group but have been dosed with the ominous Lot Six How you feeling guy the GA asked but of course he wasn t a GA he wasn t a student none of them were For one thing he looked about thirty five and was a little long in the tooth for a graduate student For another this guy worked for The Shop Andy suddenly knew it It was absurd but he knew it And the man s name was Andy groped for it and he got it The man s name was Ralph BaxterHe smiled Ralph Baxter Good dealI feel okay he said How s that other fellaWhat other fella s that AndyThe one who clawed his eyes out Andy said serenelyRalph Baxter smiled and patted Andy s hand Pretty visual stuff huh guyNo Anecdotario Del Ftbol Chileno Anecdotario Del Ftbol Chileno 1 really Vicky said I saw it tooYou think you did the GA who was not a GA said You 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Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson were once college students looking to make some extra cash volunteering as test subjects for an experiment orchestrated by the clandestine government organization known as The Shop But the outcome unlocked exceptional latent psychic t Buddy Read with my pal The JeffI don t think the scariest thing about this book is the fact that this tiny kid has the power to potentially crack the Earth in half Don t get me wrongthe thought of that curls my toesThe genius of this book is that your fear builds with the father s fear And it s not the fear of simply being captured He fears what all of this is doing to his daughter and he fears what he has had to do to his daughter in order to keep her safe from herselfThe part that really got to me was when he had to hold up her charred teddy bear to her when she was a toddler and tell her that she was very bad for doing this to Teddy You could almost smell his guilt and desperation just coming off the pagesHe didn t want to yell at his little girl but he had to make her afraid and ashamed of what had happened Otherwise the next time she got angry and threw a tantrum it might not just be a stuffed animal that went up in flames If you ve ever been in extreme circumstances like that with your child then I think it will gut punch you to read thatThe creation of The Shop was an especially nice touch by KingIt s I believe everyone s secret fear that there s some unknown government agency out there that doesn t have to conform to The RulesThe scientists and field agents were also chilling in that they were just doing their job without much thought to the moral ramificationsAnd RainbirdDear God that guy was a whole new level of creepyPartially because he really did love Charlie in his own sick wayHe sees Charlie for who she is and what she can become and he s proud of her He felt that she was his and he was willing to patiently wait for her to trust himAnd as disgusting as he was for the most part he was dead on in his assessment of her Honestly that was the scariest thing about Rainbird You want to believe that if someone is psychotic and amoral then they re also missing the things that would allow them to correctly read other people In Rainbird s case his lack of conscience just let him see through the bullshit and get to the core of the individualHe was truly a chilling character You know going into it that not everyone is getting out of this alive but for a King novelI thought it had a pretty happy ending


10 thoughts on “Firestarter

  1. says:

    Another long one A lot of details A lot of build up but a pretty cool explosion in the end 🔥

  2. says:

    We don´t need no water let the pyrokinesis burn burn one hotter with obsessive compulsive forced washing mysophobia burn The at the time of publishing still hot cold war spy conspiracy secret agency setting with the human free drugs experimentation background makes it a suspenseful read especially as it escal

  3. says:

    Buddy Read with my pal The JeffI don't think the scariest thing about this book is the fact that this tiny kid has the power to poten

  4. says:

    When some cash poor college students volunteer for an experiment they have no idea of the Pandora's Box they are about to unleash Years later one of them Andy McGee is on the run from The Shop with his daughter Charlie Can Andy and Charlie evade The Shop before their world goes up in flamesFirst off for years now I cannot read the title without hearing the Prodigy song of the same name Maybe he'll follow this one up with a book called Fuel

  5. says:

    You're a firestarter honey just one big Zippo lighterAndy and Vicky McGee take part in a top secret government experiment gaining psychic powers Then they have a daughter Charlie Charlie demonstrates even power than her parents and they must

  6. says:

    This was an audio re read – I last read this probably 15 to 20 years ago My original remembered review was 3 stars and it will remain the same I always hope the second time will be better and it will move up to 4 or 5 stars but that just does

  7. says:

    Pushing four paperbacks across the counter of the Mission Viejo Public Library last week all by the same author the librarian asked me sarcastically Do you like Stephen King My response was that I'd just returned Misery and three books by other authors but the only one I didn't uit within 10 pages was King's Volunteering for Elizabeth Warr

  8. says:

    I can find absolutely nothing bad to say about this book Firestarter is up there with 'Salem's Lot The Shining and It This one isn't as creep up on you scary as the aforementioned novels but Firestarter is terrifying To image a worl

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    Firestarter Stephen KingFirestarter is a science fiction horror thriller novel by Stephen King first published in September 1980 Andy and Charlene Charlie McGee are a fatherdaughter pair on the run from a government agency known as The Shop Du

  10. says:

    Needing a little King horror in my life I turned to this classic piece by the author who never seems to run out of ideas While he was

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