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Intensity Library Binding – Oct 1999


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  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Bt Bound (October 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613014340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613014342
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)

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A young woman staying as a guest in a Napa Valley farmhouse becomes trapped in a fight for survival with a self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer", and races to warn his next intended victim. Unrelentingly terrifying, this book lives up to its name. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Koontz's career has mirrored Stephen King's to a remarkable degree?the early pseudonymous novels, the bloated blockbusters, the increased use of horror as social commentary?albeit at a lag. Keeping step, this uncommonly sleek work is nothing less than Koontz's Gerald's Game: a distillation of what's come before and a slick play to regain the top by a writer whose popularity seemed to have peaked. Koontz even makes the centerpiece of Chyna Shepherd's battle against a serial killer her attempt to free herself from the restraints that bind her to a piece of furniture?the very same challenge faced by King's heroine. And just as Gerald's Game reinvigorated King's career and writing, this masterful, if ultimately predictable, exercise in high tension should do the same for Koontz's. This is basically a two-character novel, and both principals are compelling: the spirited Chyna, a youngish psychology student, and her nemesis, homicidal maniac Edgler Vess, who revels in sensation, be it pain or pleasure?in the intensity of experience. The two link when Vess kills Chyna's best friend as Chyna hides under a bed. Chyna pursues Vess but is eventually captured by him, after which she must combat not only those cuffs but also Vess's killer dogs, Vess himself and, of course, her own terror. For once, Koontz tamps down on his usual libertarian soapboxing to let the story race?which it does fast enough to give readers whiplash as they hold on to what may end up being the most viscerally exciting thriller of the year. 600,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By curbsideprophet89 on June 17 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Usually books that claim to be "scary" and "suspenseful" do not live up to it, but Intensity most definitely does. This superbly crafted Dean Koontz thriller kept me up well into the night reading it with bated breath and tightly wound, knotted back muscles. It may be a much-overused cliche, but I could not put the book down!!! The story does not drag like Koontz's work sometimes can, it instead pulls you along right through the chilling plot, which makes you feel like you're right there in the story without being too wordy. I won't describe the plot again b/c everyone else has, but I will tell you that the murder scenes will stick with you for a while. They are very gory and slightly disturbing, even though the Templetons' murders weren't described besides the results. If you would like to try a Koontz novel and wonder with which one to begin, Intensity is a great choice. Others might include Phantoms, Watchers, or The Voice of the Night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24 2004
Format: Paperback
I thought it was a lousy book. The main character was just another typical cookie-cutter Koontz heroine. They're all the same. I'd swear that the escape from the chains/chair was related in "real time." Did it really have to go on that long? I saw the big "twist" coming a mile away.
Also, the thing that bugged me the most: The killer is, well, killing or something and he thinks, "This was exciting... In fact, it was... INTENSE!" Get it? Because that's the name of the book. The killer loves the feeling of... INTENSITY! So he has to keep repeating the word INTENSE! Usually I pass books on to someone when I'm finished and know I don't want to keep it for myself, but with not the least bit of a feeling of INTENSITY I tossed this one in the trash.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Metal on Nov. 26 2004
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When I first started reading this book, I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with it. The plot sounded so awesome, and I really wanted to read it. So it took me about three tries to get through the first couple pages. But then, once the killer got into the house, I was hooked. It was quite a strange book, and I found some parts unbelievable, but the brilliance I found in this book (as with THE FACE) that Koontz managed to spread a couple days into a novel. And they rarely get boring. I like how he describes the rationalization of the killer, it was really cool (although a little repetative at times). It wasn't just a "cool" read, but a good read too. I suggest getting this one. Oh, its worth it.
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One of the simpler stories conceived by horror-suspense great Dean Koontz, "Intensity" is a rip-roaring, overpowering, do-not-read-alone-during-the-night tale that solidified him as one of the best of his time. Chyna Shepherd is ready to move on with her life, forget the past, and begin anew as a strong, dedication woman. While spending the weekend with her best graduate school friend, Chyna can not sleep and feels as if something is just not right. Past midnight, the family is tormented by an evil killer who proceeds to slay everyone but her.
First driven by absolute fear, Chyna hides inside the maniacal sociopath's trailer--realizing that the only way to survive is to fight back. While hiding from the hideous Edgler Foreman Vess (it even sounds scary!), Chyna learns that her friend's family were not the only victims he planned for the near future, for a young girl is trapped inside a realm of darkness and at the brink of being Vess's prey--brutalized and slaughtered. The tough protagonist searches deep down into her soul for the strength to in hopes defeat this unbearable evil, only to eventually find herself in Vess's home and in a hell that she could never foresee. Chyna Shepherd is arguably his most developed character, weaving her in and out of horrors while brilliantly connecting her troubled past with the dedication and resolve to try and sacrifice herself for the life of someone else.
Edgler Foreman Vess is equally as effective as the enemy as Chyna is the heroine. He is a homicidal adventurist who lives only to satisfy his gruesome needs of intensity, sensation, and death. The moments throughout the novel when the readers learn the thoughts and motives of Vess are truly horrific and disturbing, mainly when Koontz uses innocence as the victim.
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It's a rush: a novel set within a 24 hour time span, revolving around one character as she battles one of the most insidious villains in literature.
Chyna Shepherd is visiting her friend Laura's house. She like's Laura's family; it makes her wish she had one like it. Nice parents, a loving brother...it's gonna be a nice visit.
Then someone else shows up. His name: Edgler Foreman Vess. He is not psychotic; he is beyond that. From the letters of his name, he spells: GOD FEARS ME. As well He should.
Hiding in the shadows, Chyna watches as Laura's family is murdered. Then, in a daring attempt at escaping the hell house, she finds herself aboard Vess's trailer...and on a ride that will take her to places (both physical and mental) that she never thought she'd be.
INTENSITY is the thrill-ride of thrill-rides. Dean Koontz proves that he is, after all, the Master of Suspense, as he weaves a tale that will keep you riveted to the edge of your seat. Dean Koontz is driving down the road of mastery; you better hold on.
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