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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Whiting, NJ (Manchester Twp.)
  • 03-30-17

chilling

I. could we stop listening to this story of a twisted killer and his thought prcesses. A sort of struggle between good and evil! that made you think evil could just possibly win this one.

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Aptly named!

Fantastic book! Truly the most intense book I've ever read, the story is a roller coaster that grabs you early on and doesn't let go until the very end! Highly recommended.

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Good story

Although it was a bit predictable after half way through. it did lack the supernatural elements of Koontz other books. not his best but still very enjoyable.

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Gripping and intense. See how I did that?

Very good! lots of great details and descriptions. Also very believable characters. And Kate narrated each one perfectly.

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wow!

I have 185 books in my library in under a year and this is only the second review I have written! If you love thrillers like me, then this is a MUST read!

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Wow absolutely one of the best

First time I ever did an Audible book. Not what i expected but was the greatest thing i ever decided to do.

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Koontz At Some Of His Finest

I'm a huge fan of Koontz. Though I must say this protagonist/"bad guy" was exceptionally hard to listen to at nite. His imagery is not underwritten or downplayed here, and I found myself really rooting for Chyna Shepherd. A title you won't regret downloading, and will struggle to put down.

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the best of Dean koontz

I have listened to this book probably 10 times & will listen to it again in the future. it is such a wonderful story of courage, love, & justice. even though I know what the outcome is it still continues to frighten me when listening.

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intensely enjoyed

loved it, and the narrator was perfect, one of my favorite books ever, so enjoyable, i was on the edge of my seat every night I listened to it.

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Horrifying, but worth it

This was the most intense and horrifying book I have read to date. The ending was a little predictable, but still enjoyable.

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