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Publisher's Summary

It is the dawn of the 21st century, and America is in trouble. Public schools breed apathy and ignorance, and politics has become the art of the quick fix. There is one woman, though, who has both the vision and the money to leverage change. Mariesa Gorley van Huyten, heiress to one of the great American fortunes, founds an educational subsidiary called Mentor Academies and begins to subcontract public school systems in order to raise a new, less cynical generation. But her clandestine program is much larger than that: it also includes the founding of a private space program, the eventual construction of an orbital power station, and the revival of technological innovation on Earth.
Firestar is a chronicle of private enterprise and individual initiative—the story of one woman’s quest that becomes the focus for a whole new world. Mariesa’s program lets teachers strive to teach, hires astronauts who have no government space program to fly for, and provides productive outlets for the idealistic desires of the rich and powerful—at least those who remain sane enough to have such desires in the face of a crumbling America. And it just might work.
Michael Flynn lives in Easton, Pennsylvania. He is the winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award and was a Hugo nominee for Eifelheim.
©1996 Michael Flynn (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc
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Critic Reviews

"As Robert A. Heinlein did and all too few have done since, Michael Flynn writes about the near future as if he'd been there and was bringing back reports of what he'd seen. A splendid piece of work." (Harry Turtledove, New York Times best-selling author)
" Firestar is a knockout…. Blurbmeisters, comparing him to Heinlein, may be shorting his talent…. By any measure, this is the best book I've seen this year." ( San Diego Union-Tribune)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alexander Mcconaughey on 05-07-13

Incredible Epic

What did you love best about Firestar?

Unbelievably well executed story of humanity beginning to reach for the stars.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ned is a jock pilot who knows what is truly important.

What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

He makes the characters come alive. I feel like I'm standing in a room with them hearing them speak.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It evokes a feeling that we as humanity can truly do anything. It also is a refreshing look on the modern education system with a true grasp of the problems my generation is creating in the modern work force.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anne D. on 12-03-14

I loved it, some might not.

Overall I thought this book was wonderful. However, it's not jam packed with action and deals primarily with the dream of space, relationships between people, as well as business and government, which can admittedly get a little dry from time to time. I thought the interplay of characters was well done and in particular I loved Flynn's play of language. For me, it was a delight to listen to.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 05-13-17


this book is gloriously long. it's quite dry and serious, except every now and then, you're side-swiped with some unexpected humour. Enjoy.

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