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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 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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AmnesiaLab
May 08, 2013 AmnesiaLab rated it did not like it
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Alejandro
Aug 28, 2013 Alejandro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, novel
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
Phrynne
Nov 14, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it
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,
 Stacy
Jan 29, 2015 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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
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Briana Patterson
Feb 12, 2008 Briana Patterson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
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
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Josh
Mar 19, 2008 Josh rated it it was amazing
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
Shelby
Aug 20, 2015 Shelby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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.
Naomi
Nov 30, 2007 Naomi rated it it was ok  ·  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
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Maciek
"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."
Bethany
Nov 23, 2009 Bethany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-killer, adult
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
সালমান হক
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
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Kelly
Jun 04, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.5 stars.

I have never read a book that has kept me on edge, frightened me and made me feel so triumphant.

The characters are incredibly created; Vess is a character that scared me, not because of his murderous nature, but because his outlook on life was oddly inspiring. It worried me how I could find this man, this sociopath so interesting and so right in many things that he thought. He was absolutely fascinating. Chyna's transcendence was portrayed so well, you really grew with
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Chris
Nov 23, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  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
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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
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Karen B.
Sep 12, 2015 Karen B. rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible-books
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
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
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berrybuzz
Sep 12, 2009 berrybuzz rated it it was ok
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
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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
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Estelle
Oct 16, 2015 Estelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Imran Kashem
ডিন কুনটজ এর "ডারকফল" পড়েছিলাম পরায় এক বছর আগে. অতটা ভালো লাগেনি. কিনতু "ইনটেনসিটি" পড়ে মনে হচছে তার ভকত হয়ে গেলাম . শুরু থেকে শেষ পরযনত গতিশীল কাহিনী , পড়তে গিয়ে কোথাও বিরকতি আসেনি . টানটান উততেজনার এমন সাইকো থরিলার শেষ কবে পড়েছি মনে নেই. অনেক দিন পর মনে রাখার মত আরেকটা বই পড়লাম .

আর আমার মনে হয় না এ বই পড়ে কেউ ভাববে "ইনটেনসিটি" এ অনুবাদকের পরথম অনুবাদ . আমি নিজেও ভাবিনি . পরে জেনেছি . অনুবাদ এর মান আমার মতে যথেষট ভালো .
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Diane Lynch
Sep 13, 2015 Diane Lynch rated it really liked it
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
Jul 10, 2015 Logan Keys rated it it was amazing
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.
John Nicholl
Dec 09, 2015 John Nicholl rated it it was amazing
Great high tension thriller. Highly recommended!
J.S. Bailey
Feb 27, 2013 J.S. Bailey rated it it was amazing
This book was very

INTENSE.
E.
May 19, 2016 E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books, faves
This story is definitely intense, from a few pages in, all the way to the end. It's certainly not for the squeamish.
The narration (audiobook) is spot on! Ms. Burton was perfect for this story, with attitudes and inflection, and the creepiest whispering that I absolutely loved.
This Koontz book had the fewest characters and story lines that I remember, but no supporting cast was necessary. One female lead, with nothing to lose and a single goal - saving someone that she has never met, and unsure
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Azn
Jun 21, 2012 Azn rated it it was ok
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,
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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
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Lori
Nov 22, 2008 Lori rated it really liked it
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
Priskila
"Tuhan tidak berteriak; Dia berbisik dan dalam bisikan itu terdapat jalan keluar."

"Tapi menjadi korban sangatlah menggiurkan, pelepasan diri dari tanggung jawab dan perhatian ; ketakutan akan diubah menjadi kepasrahan ; kegagalan tidak lagi menimbulkan rasa bersalah tapi, sebaliknya, menelurkan rasa mengasihani diri sendiri yg nyaman."

Chyna Shepherd harus menjalani satu hari yang penuh dengan kengerian saat pembunuh berdarah dingin datang dan menghabisi sahabatnya sekeluarga.

Di buku ini saya dib
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