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3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
During Fourth of July festivities, the small town of Collier is invaded by something too horrifying to believe. The lucky ones are killed immediately. They escape the true terror that is yet to come. Original.
Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Leisure Books (first published 2001)
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Mar 03, 2016 Carol added it
Shelves: fiction, horror
The Hook 2016 Reading Plan – A book from my shelves

The Line "While it's true that Fourth of July was the last time Bobby Carlson ever did the fireworks, everyone had to agree it was also the most memorable."

The Sinker – How the hey did Fireworks get on my bookshelves and why didn’t I cull it when I did my last purge? I honestly don’t remember where I picked this book up but believe it was the promise of fireworks that intrigued me. I am addicted to fireworks, loving the pure pageantry, the color
Sep 14, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it
The only reason that this book didn't get five stars from me is because I don't think Moore did a good job of tying up the loose ends and explaining to the reader what, exactly, the object was that came crashing out of the sky at the beginning of the story.

Otherwise, Fireworks is an excellent, fast-paced novel, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes horror, sci fi, and action-adventure books.
John Bruni
Mar 06, 2014 John Bruni rated it liked it
This is a hard book to rate, because half of it is good, and the other half isn't, but the lines aren't drawn very well. It's like reading a shuffled deck. Sometimes you get a face card, sometimes you get a deuce. It takes a while to get into the story. It doesn't hit its stride until it focuses on Frank Osborn, the sheriff who is trying to keep the peace in a small town where a UFO has just landed. The government is pushing everyone around, and Frank finds himself between them and the townsfolk ...more
Holy plots Batman, this story leaves you with more questions than last week's episode of Desperate Housewives! What happened to the little boy who went in the ship? What did the aliens want? Was Brightman a man who loved his town or an arrogant,power-hungry old tycoon? Were there any aliens even on the ship? I could go on for days people. Focusing almost entirely on the characters, the story suffers from lack of a point. Which would have been cool if there was actually something going on. Instea ...more
William M.
Jun 28, 2011 William M. rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Buyer beware! This book is labeled a horror novel by the publisher, and although the first half is very promising, it turns into nothing more than a military controlled warzone. Where's the horror? Where's the aliens? Where's the protagonist? The book shifts from one character to another without reason and fizzles out at the end. The first half was 4 stars, the second half was 2... so Fireworks deserves a 3. My other gripe is all the spelling errors in the last third of the book. Did the copy ed ...more
Jan 21, 2016 nick rated it liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
the mysterious book description is a grate hook because I wouldnt of read it if I know the setting with this plot, unoriginal overplayed but this was actually interestingly done for the most part. writing style seemed a bit weak. slang words I didnt understand. full names of everyone wasnt necessary and new characters keep getting thrown in for all of five seconds making it harder to remember everyone. name brand dropping. the first story to the next takes awhile to realize your following anothe ...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Apr 16, 2009 DJMikeG rated it liked it
Good, almost great sci-fi tinged horror tale about a flying saucer that crash lands in a small Georgia town. This book has some well fleshed out characters and has some interesting things to say about the government, small town life and the human condition at large. The book really isn't about aliens, or any extra-terrestrial threat, but more about the situation that evolves in the town after it is quarantined and shut off from the rest of the world. Could have been much better. The ending felt ...more
Frederick Tan
Jan 01, 2016 Frederick Tan rated it it was ok
If you have nothing to do all day on a slow summer then you might just want to pick up this book.
Kurt Criscione
Sep 16, 2010 Kurt Criscione rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, scifi
My first foray into James Moore, Fireworks wasn't what I expected, as i didn't have an understanding of the term "ensemble cast". this story is more about the town and ALL the people in it rather than any one individual.
Dec 14, 2008 Jamie rated it liked it
For me this is the weakest of Moore's books that I've read. While many elements of the story are intriguing they don't blend together all that particularly well.
Jan 30, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1fiction, box1
Great read. How a town and the government cope with the landing of a UFO.
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James A. Moore is the award winning author of over forty novels, thrillers, dark fantasy and horror alike, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, the Serenity Falls trilogy (featuring his recurring anti-hero, Jonathan Crowley) and his most recent novels, seven Forges, The Blasted Lands, City of Wonders , The Silent Army and the forthcoming The Last Sacrifice ( ...more
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