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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  53,541 ratings  ·  1,903 reviews
Past midnight, Chyna Shepard, twenty-six, gazes 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 Foreman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer," Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as the ...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Published October 31st 2000 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1987)
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Ashley James I think having nothing to lose gives her the courage to try to help the young girl. Having lost her only true friend and explaining she has no family…moreI think having nothing to lose gives her the courage to try to help the young girl. Having lost her only true friend and explaining she has no family she almost accepts that she may die. Looking at it another way she only actually makes one really selfless decision which is after the gas station when she sneaks into the RV. Once at the killers home she is almost obligated to help the girl. In terms of breaking out of the chains and fighting the dogs ect. I think most people's will to live would give them the strength to do that.(less)
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hilary lay
Aug 21, 2007 hilary lay rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of horror and suspense
dude, yeah, i know. dean koontz? me?!?
yes, i am serious. this is one of THE scariest books i have ever read. i finished it in one night while i was living alone, and i had mascara-stained tears running down my cheeks by the end, i was so terrified.
to clarify, dean koontz is not a "great" writer. in fact, some of his descriptive passages are so bad they nearly threw me off course.
howEVER. the scenario he has laid out in "intensity" feeds off of every human being's worst fears: being trapped, b
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An excellent book, full of suspense. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through and the temptation to rush to the end to see what happened was huge! But I was good and enjoyed every word of it. There is a very surprising little twist to the tale at the very end which was nice. It is always good to leave a book on a high and that is certainly the case here. Dean Koontz's books do vary in quality but this is one of the good ones,
The title for this novel is truly well selected since this book is indeed intense! You are barely getting confortable in the beginning of the story when bam!!! the horror starts! I have read quite several books by Koontz and I was shocked by the crudity of the very first scenes. I told myself then, "Dang! He is not fooling around! The villain here is truly a dark human being". And it's also one of the most shocking things in the book, since you don't have any paranormal element here, all the hor ...more
I think I have sadly hit my limit with Koontz. My first book by this author was AMAZING. The second was just as amazing. Then somewhere down the road, the villains all started to meld together. The villains became a little predictable for me because they all shared the same qualities.

Now that doesn't mean that this book didn't entertain me. There were times that my heart was racing and I was scared to death for the MC. The first 60% of the book was the best. I just wanted it to be over after th
Briana Patterson
This is thriller suspense at its best. Dean Koontz knocked my socks off with this one, and as soon as I started reading, I could not get through it fast enough. Pages burned and I might have had to stomp my book out a few times.

In a way, this is not entirely typical for Dean Koontz. Don't expect anything supernatural or overly bizarre. It's about a killer and a survivor.

The title holds true to its pace. This book does not slow down once it kicks into high gear. It'll freak you out, and there's
Mar 19, 2008 Josh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: (Not for Natalie)
Recommended to Josh by: Tim
I decided that I would write a little about the books that I finish for now on. This was a very scary story! I have to say that it actually scared me sometimes and that is pretty hard to do. "Intensity" is a very appropriate title for this book, I couldn't stay away from it. Definately a plesant surprise after reading Dean Koontz's "Life Expectancy". This book never let up on it's suspense from beginning to end. If anyone is looking for a good horror, "Intensity" fits the bill. Be warned though, ...more
The last 200 pages of this book are what makes me want to give it 5 stars but I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped to, so four stars it is. The end plot twist was something I did not see coming and for that I applaud Koontz; I read this book relatively quickly and I didn't have to force myself to keep reading.
"Intensity" lives up to its name. Intense from the first page to the last, well written and masterfully suspenseful, it's one of the best books by Dean Koontz.
""God fears me."
Nov 30, 2007 Naomi rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of blood and gore and scariness
This book is well written, I'm sure. From the moment I started reading it I felt sick to my stomach from the overly detailed homicidal and torturous events, but also I could not stop reading it because the author held a small hope of the heroine doing some lasting good by helping the 16-year-old girl who was locked in this crazy bastard's basement. And of course getting herself out of this situation in which the reader found her.

I am glad I finished it. But I'm not going to hurry to read another
Salman Dhrubo
আমার মনে হয় যে যাদের অনরথক রকতারকতি, ভায়োলেনস ভালো লাগে না তাদের বইটা না পড়াই ভালো হবে। সিরিয়াল কিলিং আর সাইকোপযাথ কিলার নিয়ে বহু বই পড়েছি আগে। কিনতু নৃশংসতার দিক দিয়ে এই বইটা অবশযই উপরের দিকেই থাকবে। এক দিক দিয়ে চিনতা করলে এটা হরর, কিনতু এখানে হরর এলিমেনট হিসেবে হিউমযান সাইকোলজি কে বযাবহার করা হয়েছে। মানুষ এর সবচেয়ে বড় শতরু যে মানুষ ই হতে পারে এই বইটা আবার সেটা মনে করিয়ে দিবে। যদি একবার বই এর কাহিনির ভেতর ঢুকে পড়েন তাহলে ছেড়ে ওঠা একটু কষটকর ই হবে। তবে নিজ দায়িতবে পড়বেন। রাতে ঘুম না হলে লেখক দায় ...more
Jane Stewart
Fabulous. Scary. Incredible heroine.

Readers who liked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo should like this. The two heroines (Lisbeth in Dragon Tattoo and Chyna in Intensity) were similar in their actions. Chyna chose to fight what seemed impossible. Instead of running and trying to get away (like normal people) she went after him with the barest of weapons. She was resilient, resourceful, brave. She called it reckless caring. In the beginning of the story, Chyna is trying to get away from Edgler a
Intensity. More like intensely boring. I started this, got not even half way through and stopped reading it to read a Heather Graham book that i finished faster and enjoyed way more. Yes, it was better than this long drawn out storyline. It wasn't gross, didn't make me feel sick, wasn't disturbing at all like the other reviews claim. Maybe it just takes more to get to me. I actually liked Vess as weird as that may be. Well, I liked how he viewed things. It was a little weird that it Chyna found ...more
Nov 23, 2015 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: Becky

This started out rough. I had to get used to Koontz's writing style, which to me isn't as smooth a read as others. But once the story got going, I was really interested in it.

Chyna Shepherd is trapped in the house as the killer, Mr. Vess, goes on his rampage. She must deal with not only her fear of being found out, but of a lifetime of insecurities brought on by a sorry mother and a troubled childhood. She must overcome these deeply rooted issues if she is to survive the next 24 hours and if she
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I have never considered Intensity among my favorite Dean Koontz books, but it is a beautiful story. There is very little supernatural element to this one.(view spoiler)

I love the references to
Karen B.
Re reading for September 2015 with Koontzland group. As with many Koontz novels, I enjoyed this one more the second time around. First of all I liked Koontz' descriptions, vivid but not too long. His use of simile and metaphor enhanced the reading for me. I won't go into the plot because many other reviewers have done that. As for characterization, Chyna is one of Koontz' strongest female characters. She fought for herself as a young girl and continues to fight the obstacles in her path. Chyna i ...more
I've been reading this book for a while, mostly because I only read it at lunch. Some of it though had to do with the book itself.

I like the story, believe me...It's interesting. The characters however, are not. I didn't care for any of them...if they lived, if they died, if they hurt or suffered or didn't. They failed to generate any emotions in me. I couldn't bring myself to care about them (other than my own inward mocking at the name 'Chyna'...kept thinking of the WWF (WWE, whatever) wrestle
Being a huge Stephen King fanboy, I am almost obligated to hate Dean Koontz. It is one of the biggest literary feuds, King vs. Koontz, and fans of both authors rip at each others throats whenever possible. Like many hardcore fanboys, I'm ready to tear anyone that likes Koontz apart (at least in my mind), and whenever I meet someone that says they like Dean Koontz I laugh on the inside, HOWEVER! That was my attitude back when I was 13 years old, and now six years later I realize that before I can ...more
Monique J.
I like scary books. Stephen King is amazing. Peter Straub easily induces chills. I read Red Dragon—where Hanibal Lecter is first introduced—when I was probably too young and without my parent’s permission. But books don’t scare me. At least not until the night I started reading Intensity by Dean Koontz.

The main character, Chyna Shepherd, has come to Napa Valley with a friend, Laura Templeton, to visit Laura’s family farm. Like me, Chyna finds it difficult to fall asleep in a strange place. So s
Meh. This was rather disappointing. My first Dean Koontz and probably the last, at least for a while.

I really thought I would like it. It started well with the home invasion and murders (this part really reminded me of the movie "High Tension"!) and I thought I was in for an exciting thriller / cat and mouse game.
Sadly, Koontz has a tendency to over-explain the psychology of his characters, which can seem like a good thing at first, but quickly becomes tiresome and VERY repetitive.
Long descri
Diane Lynch Desmarest lynch
This book is about a serial murderer. It gives the full story of the killer and his victims. The killers techniques make it a horror story. This was a good book. Keeps you interested.
Logan Keys
I read this a long time ago but just now realized I never reviewed.

This book shaped me as an author.

How? you might ask.

Because villains don't have to be creepers with bad teeth. The scariest come in a package you never expected. Depraved doesn't mean on the outside they are not passable, even likable.

What scares me most are bad guys/gals we'd let help us with our groceries.
J.S. Bailey
This book was very

Maria João Fernandes
"Fascina-o a forma como a vida das pessoas se cruza fugazmente, com um potencial dramático que por vezes se cumpre e outras vezes não."

O título "Intensidade" pode referir-se ao motivo dos acontecimentos, à própria história, às descrições, às sensações, às personagens e ao sentimento provocado no leitor. No livro "Intensidade", na verdade, tudo é intenso.

A história passa-se em vinte quatro horas e tem apenas duas personagens principais. Porém, as duas únicas visões da narrativa que temos nunca se
Intensity was intense at times, but there wasn't a lot going on the novel which spanned almost 450 pages, so most of the writing was about the character's thought processes, which completely pulled me out of the story and very boring, it seems as if Mr. Koontz tried to persuade the readers into thinking a certain way or having a certain feeling rather than telling the story and letting the readers interpret it.

Most of the novel consists of Chyna (the protagonist) going on and on about her past,
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I have never considered Intensity among my favorite Dean Koontz books, but it is a beautiful story. There is very little supernatural element to to this one.(view spoiler)

I love the references
Nov 22, 2008 Lori rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
Dean Koontz might never win a high concept literary prize...but, I know why he is one of the reigning kings of horror. I read this book 10 years ago (or so) and I still remember how it scared the bejeezus out of me. I lived alone at the time and very comfortably, I may add. I was never one of those "single women living in fear" kind of people. Although i have a fairly vivid imagination, I generally remember that I am reading a book and that the events described within are not going to suddenly c ...more
Intense is an understatement! I read this edge of your seat novel in one day. I simply could not put it down.
Koontz has a knack for capturing your attention right from the first chapter and never letting go.
One of his best works.
Jim Peterson
This was an edge-of-your-seater. I'd never read Dean Koontz. In fact, I wasn’t sure I wanted to when I saw his top-rated book on goodreads stars dogs as both the protagonist and the antagonist. This one did have some dogs, but only some mean-ass doberman's that were pretty, pretty scary.

I will be sure to read some more Koontz, though I don't know if I'll read his magnum-opus dog book, Watchers. Actually, maybe I will some day...

I have to say, though, one thing that really, really got my goat wa
I don't scare easily.

I have been reading horror fiction since the early 1980s and I have watched all of the movie classics, from The Exorcist and Halloween, to Scream. Rare is it that an author can legitimately frighten a seasoned horror reader with the brilliance of his words. But that is exactly what Dean Koontz accomplishes in Intensity.

I won't say too much about the plot - there could be no greater shame than to spoil this epic thriller for others. Intensity begins with a bang and never rele
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