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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

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Published November 1st 1997 by Ballantine Books (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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Dec 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, novel
Intense!!! All right!!!


The title for this novel, Intensity... truly well selected since this book is indeed...


You are barely getting confortable, starting to read the book, just a few pages, when...

Bam! Kapow! Tomá guacho!

The horror begins!

So, if you are a horror novel where you don't have to wait much to be full immersed in the action, don't look anymore! This is it! You found the book!


I have read quite several books by Koontz and..
Jun 22, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Skyler Autumn
3 Stars

Chyna is taken to her best friend's family home for a mini break during the school year only to spend the first night hidden under the guest bed as a home invader proceeds to murder all the occupants. Having both an unusual and terrifying childhood Chyna has developed a skill set that has made her a survivor both then and now. As she peers out the window of the guest bedroom she hears a muffled scream and creaking footsteps heading towards her room, instinct takes over and she is under th
Debbie "DJ"
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, own
OMG, I haven't read a book like this in years, and don't think I'll be reading one again any time soon. Intensity is the perfect name for this one. It starts right off with an intruder on a killing rampage, and never lets up. I know, how can I keep reading, but the suspense was beyond belief, and the writing incredible. Just the other day I was driving in the mountains, noticing a blue truck was constantly behind me. He even made the same turn I did on a dirt road. Was he coming to kill me? How ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The intense of the “intensity” initiates from the long drawn out somewhat terrifying scenes of Chyna hiding from Vess in attempts to go unnoticed and to survive, and the intense of the “intensity” continues with fiery...

“...Chyna Shepherd, Untouched and Alive...”

Chyna Shepard had a hard and candidly distressful childhood and she opened up to nobody. The main companion she knew and trusted was Laura. Chyna voyaged home with Laura for spring break and keeping in mind that gazing out the window am
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
I have never read a more action packed book in my life. It never once let up - almost from page one. In some ways it was a little disorienting because you never had a moment to breathe, but at the same time that's also what you really want when you read a thriller. The writing was meh, nothing special. But the story itself was skillfully told. And obviously unsettling. You get in the head of a serial killer, and who really wants to spend any time in that place!? Not me. And yet, I read the whole ...more
Dec 18, 2014 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
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
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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