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Firestorm (The Caretaker Trilogy #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  849 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
His mother is not his mother. His father is not his father. But if Jack hadn't broken the high school rushing record that night, he never would have known and nothing would have changed. He'd just be going out for pizza, playing football, trying yet again to score with his girlfriend, P.J. But he did break the record. He appeared on the news. And now they've found him. Jac ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 435 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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May 11, 2008 Marya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tween boys
Shelves: teen-sci-fi
A teen boy with a suspiciously English teacher vocabulary sets off with his Hot Babe Mentor and trusty telepathic dog on a quest that would be canon fodder for an episode of Penn & Teller's BullShit.

Besides Jack (our hero) speaking in whole pages of fragments, he also quotes romantic poets to himself and introduces million dollar words saying "Look that one up later, friends." Just a typical 18 year old jock, right? The dog and the Hot Babe Mentor aren't any more fleshed out as characters, e
Oct 31, 2008 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who actually like the movies played on Mystery Science Theater 3,000.
Wow. I was expecting this book to get better with time, but the characters stayed two-dimensional and the sentence length stayed annoying. In fact, the only thing that changed was the plot, which only became more convoluted as the book dragged on. It was as if the writer suddenly realized how stupidly immature his book was being and decided to shove a lesson in conservation in there as a last-ditch effort to save the story. It didn't work.
Oct 23, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have been made to read this book. I do not like it. :-(
Dec 11, 2007 Lakedaemon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, teen, hated-it
I usually read a book half-way through before tossing it aside as unreadable (for me). This one got my minimum rule of 50 pages before I couldn't stand it. The author's 'stylistic' use of incomplete sentences drove me crazy. It didn't matter he 'explained' and 'excused' it at the first of the book by the main character saying this is the way he thinks.


Please, tense and action filled passages can be created using whole and proper sentences. Really. I've seen it before and even read some.

May 06, 2008 Alexa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Think pace is determined by sentence length? So does David Klass and his earth-saving narrator, Jack Danielson, who has been sent back in time to save the planet by finding Firestorm, something prophesied to save the earth, only, of course, no one knows what it is. His telepathic dog Gisco is lovable and speaks in mostly full sentences. I would have liked this book better without the sentence fragments. But not much.
Abigail Brink
Sep 17, 2015 Abigail Brink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book firestorm is about a kid named Jack who has to find an object called firestorm to save the world. Jack didn't know that he had to find this object until his "dad" told him. Turns out Jacks life isn't as normal as he thought it was. After he broke the record in football at his school his life was no longer normal... everything had changed. He has found out a lot of secrets about his life including trying to be killed so he doesn't find firestorm. Jack has had many challenges thrown his w ...more
Oct 07, 2008 Marilyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9th grade and up, boys especially
I hated the sentence fragments. Hardly a "the" in the entire book: how pretentious! The story was ALL OVER THE PLACE, and I didn't care enough about the main character (especially his sense of humor) to try to keep up with it. What a drudge. Some talk of sex, so I'd give it to 9th graders and up but, really, I won't recommend it to anyone!
Alex B
Alright so overall this book is filled with tons of action, hilarious dialogue, and some weird wacked out things. Something I really liked about David Klass was his style of writing. He uses a lot of sentence fragments like on page 262, “One of them tries to poke its nose into the grotto. Nope. Shark to big. Grotto to small. The other decides to gnaw off overhang. Uh-oh.” He does this mostly in action scenes, which I think really promotes the dramatic effects and helps the reader picture the sce ...more
Jan 10, 2009 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of my favorite books. it really shows the issues we as humans have created. It shows we need to do something to save the oceans before it's too late. oh and i love eko and jack together. i really hope they end up that way!
Aug 20, 2008 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle schoolers
ah... this guy made a new wrighting style out short sentinces, which after u get used to it is ok. Despite serous plot gaps, anf lack of explanation, the book is ... entertaining to say the least.
Tyler Marchand
Oct 29, 2008 Tyler Marchand rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So, I finished the book, and well, it was nothing that I expected it to be. There is no plot, all the characters just blow stuff up, and the idea of the book as a whole is hard to identify.
Isaac F
Dec 18, 2013 Isaac F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Firestorm, by David Klass, is a heroic fantasy book taking place in the northeast United States and the Atlantic Ocean. I liked this book a lot because it tells the adventurous story of Jack Danielson and his role in saving and rescuing firestorm. This book takes him through a journey to find and protect firestorm, to save the remaining underwater reefs at the bottom of the Atlantic, and most of all pave the way for the second book on who he really is. I thought David Klass did a great ...more
Nicole Williamson
Jun 19, 2016 Nicole Williamson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say this book surprised me. This was a recommendation by my big brother who doesn't like to read. Honestly I thought I would hate this book because I prefer to read about fae and magical kingdoms etcetera. So this book was way out of my comfort zone for books. But I read it and got hooked on the first couple of pages. This was a book that I was able to pick up and not put down. Which this again surprised me. I think Gisco, the High Dog of Dann, was one of the main reasons why I couldn' ...more
Apr 26, 2009 Billie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tend not to like fantasy and sci-fi. This was a very different read and weird to boot! Jack Danielson captures your heart in a different way. The reader might start to feel sorry for him when he realizes that his parents really aren't his parents, but are beings from the future. I can't imagine this happening, but at 18, I didn't exactly feel sorry for him as much as I gripped the reality that some kids are forced to enter adulthood too fast and have to just start taking responsibility for eve ...more
I'm on the fence about this one, really. I listened to the audio version, and I'm not sure if I'd have liked it better filtered entirely through my own mind, or not. The narrator warns us he's going to use a boat-load of sentence fragments, and he does. It took me until the third day of listening to get used to it and not be slightly irritated. The action is non-stop, and the secrets are not all revealed at once--and they're not always what you assume. But I'm also left wondering if Klass was de ...more
Jan 07, 2011 Nico rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only picked up this book because I've read and enjoyed so many of David Klass's realistic fiction. Honestly, he seemed a little bit out of his element here, but it turned out okay. There are a few things I didn't like though. Like the whole "sentence fragment" thing where he writes the whole things in sentence fragments and calls it a character trait. That annoyed the heck out of me at first, but after a while I did get used to it and it was easier to read. He also constantly blurts out all of ...more
Jennifer Clark
Apr 19, 2009 Jennifer Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did you ever think that beating a high school record would result in a game of fighting for your life? In the Caretaker Trilogy, the first novel, Firestorm, the author David Klass describes this adventure with short and action-filled prose that kept me flipping the pages. Jack is immediately plunged into a world where time travel is possible, and he is the ‘chosen one’ to save our planet. Dodging death at every turn, he has to save the future from the damage being done in the present. Accompanie ...more
Dec 20, 2008 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
_Firestorm_ is my initiation into the unfamiliar world of eco-fantasy, which I confess I liked much better than most straight-up fantasy or sticky-sweet ecologically concerned books.

Jack goes from a great football game and a night out with his girlfriend to being hunted by beings from another time and finding out that he is "the beacon of hope" from a future time, sent back for his own protection until he reached majority.

The most interesting parts of this novel--aside from the quirky characters
Oct 13, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first book; Firestorm by David Klass, is a suspenseful, captivating, and action filled novel. It has elements that are fiction based, while it has others that take into consideration the environmental issues of today's world. It has been referred to as an “Environmentally conscious book. It takes its story elements and advice into a very interesting direction. I n my mind, it uses the story of the book to capture the mind of the reader and get them hooked, while posing a very real, and scary ...more
Nov 01, 2013 Jake rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My first quarter independent reading novel was Firestorm by David Klass. It is a fantasy thriller written in the first person view of Jack Danielson, who has abnormal adventures and is part of a prophecy to save earth from the destruction that is going to be caused by the Dark Army. Firestorm had, in my opinion, one main strength, one main weakness, and one aspect that could be either perceived as good or bad, depending on the reader.

A main strength of Firestorm was that there was constant actio
Randyn Carter
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i gave this book 3 stars out of 5 because it was a little tricky to read, but i liked it.

Plot Summary:

Jack lives with his parents in a normal town, where he excels in football and other sports as well as academics. For Jack life comes pretty easy, which is why he can never understand why his parents never want him to shine like he knows he can. They are always encouraging him to let others win and try to blend in more. One night after a particularly great football performance, he not
Jan 10, 2009 Cornmaven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-school
I didn't finish this book, mostly because I couldn't handle the fragmented sentence device anymore. But I thought the story was interesting and if a kid can deal with the fragments, he/she will stick with it. Lots of excitment and action, and continual tension - it reminded me a lot of the plot of the 2nd Terminator movie, with the hope for all civilization needing to be protected and saved from the bad guys.
I just wish Klass had used the sentence fragments in bursts and not throughout the whole
Jennifer Wardrip
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It's always interesting to read the blurbs on the front of a book. You know the ones I mean; the recommendations from fellow authors about why you should pick up a copy of the book in question. What's even more interesting is when the blurb comes from someone other than an author. In the case of FIRESTORM, the first in The Caretaker Trilogy by author David Klass, the recommendation comes from Greenpeace. Yes, the same Greenpeace International that is dedicated
1st in Caretakers trilogy

Jack thought he was an average American teen, until the day his parents told him to run for his life. He quickly figures out that nothing is as it seems. His parents were not his parents, instead they were his guardians from the future. Jack is the beacon of hope, sent back from the future to save the world before the environment is destroyed. Now Jack is on the run from cyborgs and other monsters of the future who are bent on destroying him before he can find the Firest
Sep 16, 2013 Isaac rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because the author of the Percy Jackson series Rick Riordan recommended it. After reading it I then realized he was basically stroking his own ego because he recommended himself. You haven't heard of this series? Let me refresh your memory. Ever read any Percy Jackson book before? Then you read Firestorm. After reading this Percy Jackson wannabe, i just dozed off. It was very predictable. It's almost like there is some sort of formula when making novels like these. Step 1. ...more
Cathleen Ash
Hey, I'm Jack, a senior in high school, doing all the senior kind of things, into, well, what seniors are into I guess: girls, sports, sentence fragments (um, my English teacher says I like them too much). I love sports, and would totally be the best, except my folks have told me not to. Kind of a trip, eh? Don't excel, don't get first place. But this last game? I had to, I gave it a little more and there it was - a win. Cameras popping in my face. My name on the news. My girlfriend all over it. ...more
After I finished reading the Firestorm, I would say it was just okay. It was not as good as I thought.
I didn’t like the way that the writer wrote the dialogues. When Jack was talking was talking to the dog, Gisco, they talked telepathically. There were no quotation marks and the lines were like ‘Do you know what you’re doing, old bean?’ and then the next line ‘Don’t try to help me. They’ll shoot you’. Since there were no quotation marks, it was hard to know when they were talking to each other a
Ferlwens Desty
Mar 01, 2013 Ferlwens Desty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion,I honestly believe that this boook was absolutely amazing.
It had a lot of action and Iactually felt like I was the main character in the story. Jack was jumping off of trains and buildings and getting chased down by weird people creatures and fighting for his life.
The imagery in this novel was so great that not one word could describe it. I hope that I will be able to find a book just like this in the future. This story makes me think about action books to whole different level. It
This is an environmentally themed book that I enjoyed much more than Hoot. It is also an adventure thriller that is more thrilling than the Alex Rider books. Yet, it doesn't seem to have the popularity of either of those other books. Jack has had a normal childhood with attentive parents, good grades, success in athletics (he plays football), and a girlfriend P.J. His father has always encouraged him not to excel too much and one day, forgetting this advice, Jack breaks the school's rushing reco ...more
Oh my goodness, I really started to get annoyed at the lack of complete sentences and, more importantly, articles (e.g., "the")...particularly as sentence fragments lose their power for pacing when overused. I checked with Michele, who doesn't remember it being such a problem when she read the book ages ago, so perhaps the style choice stands out worse in audio than print. The dog really saved it for me, though. His lines were delightfully read and full of character.

I found the main character a
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David Klass is the author of many young adult novels, including You Don’t Know Me, Dark Angel, and Firestorm (The Caretaker Trilogy). He is also a Hollywood screenwriter, having written more than twenty-five action screenplays, including Kiss the Girls, starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, Walking Tall, starring The Rock, and Desperate Measures, starring Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia. Klass g ...more
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