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.
"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
“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
***** One Of Kings Finer Moments
Having read every Stephen King novel at least once, I can say without a trace of guilt that Firestarter is one of his finer moments. Pure story. This is King at the height of his powers. Straight forward and ass-kickingly killer. Meet Charlie, she's a little girl that can set fires with her mind. Her father has a small gift called The Push which nearly kills him whenever he uses it too hard. The Shop (King's version of the All-encompassingly-evil secret government agency) is trying to get ahold of the little girl because this ability she has of making fires seems like a good tool in the art of modern warfare.. Read more »
Being far too impatient to wait quietly for Stephen King to write a new book, I've recently taken to collecting some of his older novels to read in the meantime. "Firestarter" is one of King's earlier works, but it shows none of the amateur qualities that often afflict the early novels of some writers. The book tells the story of Charlie, an 8 year old girl who possesses the power of pyrokinesis, a result of experiments her parents took part in during their college years. This ability makes a sinister government outfit known only as "The Shop" particularly keen to get their hands on her, and they don't care how they go about it.. Read more »