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Firestarter The Department Of Scientific Intelligence Aka The Shop Never Anticipated That Two Participants In Their Research Program Would Marry And Have A Child Charlie McGee Inherited Pyrokinetic Powers From Her Parents, Who Had Been Given A Low Grade Hallucinogen Called Lot Six While At College Now The Government Is Trying To Capture Young Charlie And Harness Her Powerful Firestarting Skills As A Weapon Stephenking 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 quit 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 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 quit 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 question 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 sources.Published 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 ability.Andy 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 quickly surmise they re not part of any control group but have been dosed with the ominous Lot SixHow 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 Baxter.He smiled Ralph Baxter Good deal I feel okay, he said How s that other fella What other fella s that, Andy The one who clawed his eyes out, Andy said serenely.Ralph Baxter smiled and patted Andy s hand Pretty visual stuff, huh, guy No, really, Vicky said I saw it, too You 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 blood He started away again.Andy 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 shorts.Ralph smiled back, undaunted With this drug, it s very possible, he said I ll be back in a bit, okay Okay, Ralph, Andy said.Ralph 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 muchfrightening 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 now.Arriving 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 D.C 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, threehave 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 child.Cap 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 shovedas 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 steel.The 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 flames.She thought in sudden terror and exaltation, Oh God it s gotten so muchstronger The 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 down.Charlie 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 boil.The 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 problem back offScreaming in her mind back off back off BACK OFF Writing 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 training.King s chokehold on the New York Times bestseller list launched a feature film adaptation in 1984 with Drew Barry in the title role her E.T 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 You re a firestarter, honey just one big Zippo lighter Andy and Vicky McGee take part in a top secret government experiment, gaining psychic powers Then they have a daughter Charlie Charlie demonstrates evenpower than her parents and they must keep her abilities secret, as the government wants Charlie back.Firestarter was one of the few classic Kings I had left to read I had never watched the movie either , and yet I wasn t particularly excited about it, it seemed like a Carrie You re a firestarter, honey just one big Zippo lighter Andy and Vicky McGee take part in a top secret government experiment, gaining psychic powers Then they have a daughter Charlie Charlie demonstrates evenpower than her parents and they must keep her abilities secret, as the government wants Charlie back.Firestarter was one of the few classic Kings I had left to read I had never watched the movie either , and yet I wasn t particularly excited about it, it seemed like a Carrie knockoff almost When I pulled it out of my King TBR jar for my October read, I was admittedly slightly disappointed but this is one of the very few instances where I m happy to admit that I was DEAD WRONG Firestarter is fucking awesome King is no stranger to writing about abusive child parent relationships Jack and Danny Torrance in The Shining, Bev and her father in IT, to name a couple , so it s a nice change when King explores a sweet and loving relationship between the two The connection and bond between Charlie and her father Andy was really sweet However, if I m honest, I found Andy s psychic abilitiesinteresting than Charlie s, so I really enjoyed those parts where Andy could show what he s capable of even if it was detrimental to his own health but again, this just perfectly demonstrates his paternal love for Charlie A lot of King novels can be slow burners which I am a fan of but this one moves at a relentless pace from the very first page It really demonstrates that whilst King can be a tad wordy at times, he is also capable of writing page turners with very little filler I loved how the mental powers of telekinesis and pyrokinesis were used in the story when you set these against the backdrop of a nasty government trying to protect its secret, Firestarter really packs a punch I can t help but wonder if this book would have worked better if it was structured in chronological order, as opposed to jumping back and forth between the past and present day It might have worked better if it built up to Charlie and Andy being on the run But that s just a minor nitpick.Overall, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one This would be a good starting place for people trying to get into King particularly if you re a fan of Stranger Things 4.5 stars 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 doesn t always happen.Can I confidently say why I am not going higher I give a few examples below, but it isof a feelinga feeling that did not break as I worked my way through the book I kept hoping for moments that would make me wonder why I o 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 doesn t always happen.Can I confidently say why I am not going higher I give a few examples below, but it isof a feelinga feeling that did not break as I worked my way through the book I kept hoping for moments that would make me wonder why I only remembered it as a 3 star book there just really were not any As I have been working my way through re reading King s books, this is the first one that felt just okay Over the course of the story, not much really happens and a lot of plot points are rehashed The characters are fine, but not as intricate or interesting as a Jack Torrance, Randall Flagg, or Johnny Smith Charlie McGee feels like a bit of a rehashing of Carrie White For me, the pursuit in the first half of the book was much better than the second half, which felt just flat after the climatic moments early on in the story.Many people will ask, what King do I recommend they start with Lots of King readers recommend early King, and Firestarter falls into that category Also, as it led to a somewhat famous film in the 1980s at least cult famous , people might think that Firestarter meets all the criteria for a great starting point I cannot say that I agree There are much better options Salems Lot, The Dead Zone, Pet Sematary, The Shining and, The Stand if you want to jump in feet first and sink up to your neck King has released around 60 novels, and I don t think Firestarter would even rank in my top 30 I would likely only recommend it if you are trying to work your way through all of King s works Pushes and shoves can be a dangerous thing.as can Fear, Pain and Fire FIRESTARTER had me at the get go with a super intense, spring into action run as 34 year old Andy McGee and daughter Charlie, 7 flee for their lives with no money and only the clothes on their back The story alternates between Andy s college days bringing to light how the need for an extra 200 bucks brought him to present day terror in search for a way out.a way to survive.a way to keep his daughter safe There isPushes and shoves can be a dangerous thing.as can Fear, Pain and Fire FIRESTARTER had me at the get go with a super intense, spring into action run as 34 year old Andy McGee and daughter Charlie, 7 flee for their lives with no money and only the clothes on their back The story alternates between Andy s college days bringing to light how the need for an extra 200 bucks brought him to present day terror in search for a way out.a way to survive.a way to keep his daughter safe There is no scary or gory KING here, but there are monsters.monsters of the humanoid type who have evil intentions and mask their motives with for the good of the many So.don t go into Room 70, stay away from mad Doctors, be wary of crazy Indians.and DO NOT trust The ShopAnother Stephen King winner for me As is the norm, KING added to my shelf here with a horror short I can t wait to read entitled It s a Good Life by Jerome Bixby, mentions POE S William Wilson again, makes reference to his son Joe Hill s In the Tall Grass a few times, and The Shop from The Stand plays a prevalent part here 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 world wherein Charlie McGee exists is a scary thought indeed This is one of the few King books that has absolutely zero lulls in the narrative When the pace does slow, King shows off his superhuman character development skills He doesn t simply make his characte 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 world wherein Charlie McGee exists is a scary thought indeed This is one of the few King books that has absolutely zero lulls in the narrative When the pace does slow, King shows off his superhuman character development skills He doesn t simply make his character dev engaging, he makes it entertaining as well You have fun while getting to know these characters, and before you know it, page one turns to page four hundred and you want to start all over again Books like this are the reason I m rereading this man s entire catalog Notable names Patrick Hockstretter Carrie The Shop Tommyknockers, The Stand, and is mentioned throughout the Dark Tower series In summation In my opinion this is one of King s hidden gems People don t talk about it as much as they do hismassive novels, but Firestarter is one of his best, and deserves your attention 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 father daughter pair on the run from a government agency known as The Shop During his college years, Andy had participated in a Shop experiment dealing with Lot 6 , a drug with hallucinogenic effects similar to LSD Lysergic acid diethylamide The drug gave his future wife, Victoria Tomlinson, minor telekinetic abilities an 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 father daughter pair on the run from a government agency known as The Shop During his college years, Andy had participated in a Shop experiment dealing with Lot 6 , a drug with hallucinogenic effects similar to LSD Lysergic acid diethylamide The drug gave his future wife, Victoria Tomlinson, minor telekinetic abilities and him a telepathic form of mind control he refers to as the push They both also developed telepathic abilities Andy s and Vicky s powers were physiologically limited in his case, overuse of the push gives him crippling migraine headaches and minute brain hemorrhages, but their daughter Charlie developed frightening psychokinetic ability 1998 1376 567 20 1980 While Firestarter doesn t quite crack my top five King books, it does come pretty damn close While I do find the idea of pyrokinesis and telekinesis fascinating and it is no doubt a big part of what makes this book so good, that s not what makes this book great to me For me, what really seals the deal, is the beautiful relationship between Charlie and her father There s just so much love and trust there, it s incredibly touching and what makes me love this book so much 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 flames First 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 da 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 flames First 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 lines.Firestarter 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 read.A 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 title.For 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 clowns.Like a lot of Stephen King books, the relationships between the characters keep the story going John Rainbird proved to bethan the scene chewing villain I originally pegged him as Unlike the protagonists in Doctor Sleep, I feared for Charlie and Andy almost constantly.I 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 story.As 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 Charlie McGee and her father Andy are two people on the run from the shop a group of ruthless government mad doctors that wants to experiment on Charlie for her powerful pyrokinesis powers Can they survive Read on and find out for yourself.This was a pretty good read If you enjoy Stephen King s books, definitely check this out at your local library and wherever books are sold.


About the Author: Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.


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