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Intensity: A Novel | [Dean Koontz]

Intensity: A Novel

Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, 26, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend's family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer", Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity.
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Publisher's Summary

Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, 26, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend's family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer", Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity. Chyna is trapped in his deadly orbit.

Chyna is a survivor, toughened by a lifelong struggle for safety and self-respect. Now she will be tested as never before. At first her sole aim is to get out alive, until, by chance, she learns the identity of Vess' next intended victim, a faraway innocent only she can save. Driven by a newly discovered thirst for meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna musters every inner resource she has to save an endangered girl, as moment by moment, the terrifying threat Edgler Foreman Vess intensifies.

©1995 Dean Koontz; (P)1995 Random House, Inc. Random House AudioBooks, a division of Rnadom House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The most viscerally exciting thriller of the year." (Publishers Weekly)
"Intensity chills the reader to the core and establishes Koontz as a master." (Associated Press)

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    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 01-28-09
    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 01-28-09 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the best Koontz Books!"

    This book grabs you IMMEDIATELY and never lets go. Years ago, this was one of the first Koontz books I ever read. I was thrilled to pick it up on audible and listen to it, rather than read it. The narrator did a great job and again, it had me on the edge of my seat. If you want a great read that gets you in the first few minutes, this is one!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Markus SalzburgAustria 10-16-08
    Markus SalzburgAustria 10-16-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Suspense from the first to the last page"

    After 5 minutes I was captured by this book - and this lasted until the end. Very "intense" book and highly recommendable.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Spanaway, WA, USA 05-22-09
    Amanda Spanaway, WA, USA 05-22-09
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    "Intense!!"

    Great Book. My first by Koontz; will not be my last! Kate Burton is a wonderful narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 05-06-09
    Kelly 05-06-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Sit down, strap in, and hold on"

    What a ride right from the very beginning. This has to be one of my all time favorites.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah PerthAustralia 02-25-07
    Sarah PerthAustralia 02-25-07
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    "Incredibally Intense!"

    One of my best friends recommended me reading Koontz because I am a very big Stephen King fan. I was not dissapointed! This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through, and for the last hour, i literally had to find a quiet space at work where noone would find me... and listen to it on my ipod till the story was finished!
    If you love a good thriller.. this ones for you!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    06-01-06
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    "Dean, What Have You Done to Me?"

    I've NEVER experience anything like this! Almost TOO INTENSE. Dean, what have you done to me?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Hillsboro, OH, USA 01-25-06
    Doug Hillsboro, OH, USA 01-25-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Really is Intense"


    If you live back a long country lane... don't read this! The detail at times is a bit much, but the story is quite engaging - and draws you into the victims plight.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael West Jordan, UT, USA 06-30-07
    Rachael West Jordan, UT, USA 06-30-07 Member Since 2005
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    "A Good Storyline"

    I enjoyed this book. I listen to about 3-4 books a month and found this one to be entertaining. My problem with this book was that I like to listen to books while I exercise for distraction but there was SO much detail that I found myself zoning out and thinking about other things while and realizing that I had missed the last several minutes. And to top it off, I didn't really miss anything! Perhaps if I was reading this book it would be different but as a listen, there was way, way, WAY to much miniscule details. In fact, the details often took away from instead of adding to the characters and story line. Having said that, the storyline is strong and suspenseful. I enjoyed this book but will not likely get another Koontz book to listen to.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Corona, CA, USA 03-10-07
    Scott Corona, CA, USA 03-10-07 Member Since 2007
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    "I enjoyed this one"

    This was my first Koontz listen and I will need to listen to many other Author's titles to get this book out of my head. Although I found the details provided by Koontz to be somewhat exhausting and tedious at times, the overall story was riveting and kept me coming back. I like the way the narrator switched between different tones when reading from the viewpoint of Chyna and The Killer , as well as the timing of those viewpoints by Koontz. Koontz leaves no point unaddressed, and I wasn't left thinking "how did that happen" or "why didn't Chyna just…" All characters are believable and what transpires over the 30+ hours makes for a great listen you will be talking about for many weeks later.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Althea Guildford, NSW, Australia 05-31-09
    Althea Guildford, NSW, Australia 05-31-09 Member Since 2009

    I'm an illustrator/concept artist currently living about an hour away from town via public transport. During these times, audiobooks, radioplays and podcasts are my best friends.

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    I found Chyna to be quite frustrating as a main character and could not sympathise with some of the choices she made. She's a lot different to the heroes of Koontz's other novels but then again, so is this villain. Perhaps this is Koontz playing out new personalities? Towards the end you do get inside Chyna's head and understand, even just a little bit. It is quite an enjoyable book, with a different pace and time frame to the rest. Kudos to Kate Burton, the narrator who made the experience even more enjoyable.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Joseph
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    "A"

    Having read many of Dean's books I decided on an Audio book for a change and chose this at random.

    I found that it is so different from the way he normally writes yet as exciting as ever.

    Normally one is immersed in the supernatural with chilling happenings on each turn of the page. Here we have an intense murder story with the heroine trapped in an ever changing and increasingly exciting situation of her own altruistic choosing.

    I highly recommend this book to anybody who loves the tension of a constantly twisting and turning tale.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte
    Minety Malmesbury, wiltshire, United Kingdom
    7/16/09
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    "Very, very good."

    I have read one other from this author and whilst that was great, it was a little too long winded for me. This however was perfect or just shy of it. The storyline, without going into any detail is a simple wrong place at the wrong time moment, but then one of the characters does some crazy things - which are very believeable and brings herself further into danger. It's a fast action paced book which will freak you out in times and really give you courage in others. The characters are complex but interesting. The narater was excellent, so much so I really thought this book was better listened to, then if I had of read it, because she brings the intensity of the authors works 'alive'. A must read if you want a tense thriller, which feels very real!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Laura M
    NewbridgeIreland
    2/13/11
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    "Excellento"

    Edge of the seat stuff !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
    Kilkenny, Ireland
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    "Fun read"

    This was my first Koontz novel. I struggled at the start to get the hang of his writing style, which was often repetitive and meandering, but once the story got going I was hooked. Chyna Shepherd is the heroine in a roller-coaster cat and mouse game with serial killer Edglar Vess. It's when Koontz begins to switch point of view perspectives and give us that of Vess that the book takes off. It's clear much effort went into the creation of this character, and the result is one truly scary bastard. The last third of this book was where the pace really picked up.



    All in all, this was a fun read. It's a little predictable, a little dated (e.g. technology references from the 1990's which are inappropriate today), but it still manages to be engaging, scary and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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