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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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I am with the minority on this one. I tossed into recycle rather than put anyone else through the pain of it.
Too much paper and not enough story. Read more
The title of this novel says it all. This story is intense! It's because of novels like this that Dean Koontz is called the master of suspense. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
Jump into the seat and be ready for one thrilling roller coaster ride. Intensity grabs ahold of you from the very beginning and doesn't let go until the end. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by M. Bennett
This book was sooo good. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. The descriptions are amazingly real - you can actually feel what each character is feeling as if you are them... Read morePublished on July 3 2004 by Jehanne d'Arc
This book is amazing, starts off nice and slow with chyna sheperd and laura templeton going her house for the weekend but the story quickly takes a drastic turn. Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by alex
I've read several of Koontz's books and never have I felt that one of the movies based on his books actually lived up to the text. Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by Shelly Aster
Chyna Shepherd, at 26, is very much alone in the world. Growing up with a hippie mother, Chyna's bleak childhood was filled with fear and confusion. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by B. Viberg
This book IS intense. I won't go into any details here, hundreds of others have done so, but let me just say, if you don't get pulled into this book by the very first page, well,... Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Danjal Jannik Nyberg