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(The Caretaker Trilogy #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,012 ratings  ·  151 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, 304 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published January 1st 2006)
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May 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
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, eithe
Emily Baldado
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fiction
I have been made to read this book. I do not like it. :-(
Nov 29, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.

Alexa Hamilton
May 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
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.
Oct 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
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!
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!
May 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 rated it did not like it
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.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
So the book I read was Firestorm. Firestorm is a book about a teenager named Jack who is a scholar and athlete at his local high school. He is treated like a god by his peers but he doesn't know that his whole life is gonna come crashing down just after his high school football team wins the state championship. What Jack does not know is that he has been shielded his entire life by his parents because they know what Jack can do. But when his team wins the championship everyone that wants Jack de ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imagine being chased by inhumane creatures with your "dad" and then when you came to a stop, your "dad" kills himself right in front of you. This happened within the first five pages of this book. Personally, I don't like reading books, but when I was reading this book, I was intrigued and interested as to what was going to happened next. There was a lot of suspense and mystery to where you wanted to know what's going to happen next. This book has a bit of language and inappropriate parts, but t ...more
Aden Schmidt
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a great book when I saw the cover I thought it was going to be about sharks but when I started reading it got pretty interesting so I continued reading it. I like the books about the future and what could happen later on in the world. I also like Syfy stuff and there was a lot in this book Idk if there is a second book to this but if there is I would definitely read it. The ending was kinda disappointing though that's why I want to see if there is a second book. I would definitely recomme ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a good book about what people around the world have done to Earth. Jack travels around the world to try to make the present become better than the past by helping the Earth. This book is good and easy to understand at times. A great book for teenagers because is helps inform them about the effects of what we have done to this Earth.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely exhilarating. This book is action packed and keeps you on the edge of your seat! The character are amazong and the book in relatable. Highly recommend. It makes you think about how humans are really doing to the Earth.
Brian O'Leary
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Good main character, a football star who finds he is from the future and has a telepathic dog, but after the cool idea wears off, it gets very repetitive.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Firestorm was a great book. The book is about a “normal kid” named, Jack Danielson. Jack is living an ordinary life when all of the sudden he’s being tracked down by people from the future. The book tells the story of a teenager having to save the world from the face of evil. Jack has to stop the dark army from polluting the Earth and killing everyone on it. It was very simple to understand and a great read. Each page made you want to read more. Not a single page was a boring page. I strongly re ...more
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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
Sep 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Robert Paulsen
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a good book. It was a little confusing at first but it got better.
Jennifer Clark
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Randyn Carter
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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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 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
this book was great in the way the author put down trip wires for him.
Jan 11, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you are concerned that the earth is being sucked dry by the human parasites that are overrunning it, then you will probably love this book (and the rest of the trilogy, I imagine). I found it intriguing. Yes, we have been warned over and over by scientists and "Crackpots" that we are consuming the resources of this planet way too quickly and that if we don't find other fuels to power our "stuff", then the earth as we know it my just curl up and die.
David Klass has taken that idea to create hi
Hung Nguyen
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 9th grader and up
Jack Danielson, the main character said "But when you're all alone and you start to be friends with someone and trust them, it's awful when they betray you" (David Klass, pg.124). This book is not the greatest book out there, but it grabbed my attention. I think the book's plot is great, just not the way the author told it. It focuses too much detail on unimportant moments, the pace was not so great either. The most irritating part are the sentence fragments and since I'm not such a good reader ...more
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Alex B
Jan 14, 2014 added it
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
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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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The Caretaker Trilogy (3 books)
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