Intensity

Intensity

A Novel

Book - 1996
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Random House, Inc.
Chyna Shepherd is a twenty-six-year-old woman whose deeply troubled childhood taught her the hard rules of survival, and whose adult life has been an unrelenting struggle for self-respect and safety. Now rare trust has blossomed for Chyna into friendship with the woman whose family home she is visiting for the weekend: a farm in the Napa Valley surrounded by vineyards and hills, which Chyna can see from the guest-room window where she sits at one o'clock in the morning, fully dressed, unable to sleep. Suspicions she learned in childhood still make her uneasy in unfamiliar houses--even this one, where her closest friend is sound asleep down the hall. And in this case her most disturbing instincts prove reliable. A man has entered the house, a man who lives for one purpose: to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits--to live with intensity.

His name is Edgler Foreman Vess. He likes to make words with the letters from his name--GOD, DEMON, SAVE, RAGE, ANGER, FEAR, FOREVER, are just a few of them--and then makes sentences with the words. One of his favorites, GOD FEARS ME, is sometimes the last thing he whispers to his victims. Edgler Vess is a self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer": On this night, his adventure--murdering everyone in the house--becomes Chyna's long nightmare.

Trapped in Vess's deadly orbit, Chyna thinks only of getting out alive. But when she inadvertently learns the identity of Vess's intended next victim, waiting for him far from Napa Valley, Chyna is gripped with concern for this other person, who is as innocent as Chyna, and as endangered. Driven now by a sense of responsibility for another, by a purpose and meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna rises to unexpected heights of courage and daring--her only hope as the threat of Edgler Foreman Vess closes in and grows more horrifying moment by moment.

Intensity unfolds over the course of just twenty-four hours, but within that brief time frame, Dean Koontz gives us what is perhaps his most inventive, emotionally intricate, and terrifyingly suspenseful novel yet.

Baker & Taylor
The sole survivor of a homicidal sociopath's latest killing spree, Chyna Shepherd stumbles upon the identity of the murderer's intended next victim and confronts her own troubled past and overwhelming fear to protect herself and a complete stranger from the ultimate evil. 600,000 first printing. Lit Guild Main. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
Chyna Shepherd is a twenty-six-year-old woman whose deeply troubled childhood taught her the hard rules of survival, and whose adult life has been an unrelenting struggle for self-respect and safety. Now rare trust has blossomed for Chyna into friendship with the woman whose family home she is visiting for the weekend: a farm in the Napa Valley surrounded by vineyards and hills, which Chyna can see from the guest-room window where she sits at one o'clock in the morning, fully dressed, unable to sleep. Suspicions she learned in childhood still make her uneasy in unfamiliar houses - even this one, where her closest friend is sound asleep down the hall. And in this case her most disturbing instincts prove reliable. A man has entered the house, a man who lives for one purpose: to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits - to live with intensity.
His name is Edgler Foreman Vess. He likes to make words from the letters of his name - God, Demon, Save, Rage, Anger, Fear, Forever, are just a few of them - and then make sentences of the words. One of his favorites, God Fears Me, is sometimes the last thing he whispers to his victims. Edgler Vess is a self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer": On this night, his adventure - murdering everyone in the house - becomes Chyna's long nightmare.
Trapped in Vess's deadly orbit, Chyna thinks only of getting out alive. But when she inadvertently learns the identity of Vess's intended next victim, waiting for him far from the Napa Valley, Chyna is gripped by concern for this other person, who is as innocent as Chyna, and as endangered. Driven now by a sense of responsibility for another, by a purpose and meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna rises to unexpected heights of courage and daring - her only hope as the threat of Edgler Foreman Vess closes in and grows more horrifying moment by moment.

Baker
& Taylor

The sole survivor of a homicidal sociopath's latest killing spree, Chyna Shepherd unwittingly discovers the identity of the murderer's intended next victim and confronts her own troubled past and overwhelming fear to protect herself and the life of a complete stranger from the ultimate evil

Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1996, c1995
ISBN: 9780679425250
067942525X
Characteristics: 307, [1] p

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Donna_Robin
Jan 10, 2014

I was so very disappointed in this book after being so enthralled with "The Husband." Wasn't wild about the premise of this book, or the main character.

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twiddowson
Aug 08, 2013

I found this book very engaging. It was a bit descriptive as one reader pointed out, and at first that bothered me a bit. But then I realized the more I read of what was going inside each of the main characters' minds, the more I understood why they were doing what they did which helped me get more emotionally involved in the book.

indigo_lion_24 Jul 15, 2012

Definitely a gripping read but (and i know this is trademark Koontz) i found it annoying having to spend so much time in the head of some retarded serial killer.

I mean, seriously am i really interested in some well developed cockamany philosophy of some weirdo?

Just tell the damn story, damn it!

If you want to read Koontz, read Watchers and Lightning. Period.

Still not satisfied? Ok, read Midnight and Dark Rivers of the Heart...

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RichardPaul
Aug 06, 2011

Intensity ---- by Dean Koontz c - 1996 ---- A very good read and was very hard to get a copy of in the late 1900's. ---- The story is hard to put down. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul

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anirtak18
Feb 19, 2010

This book kept me on the edge of my seat for 2 days until I finished it. It was a super intense read, but at times a little too descriptive. One of Dean Koontz' better stories. Overall though, I really really enjoyed it!

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ScorchingSun
Nov 22, 2009

Gripping. An abducted woman who fought back, any way she could.

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