A Novel

Large Print - 1996
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Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, twenty- six, gazed 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 Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside.  A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventure," Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as the arise, to immense himself in sensation, t o live without fear, remorse or limits, to live with intensity.  Chyna is trapped in his deadly orbit. Chyna is a survivor, toughened by a lifelong struggle for safety and self-respect.  Now she will be tested as never before.  At first her sole aim is to get out alive-until, by chance, she learns the identity of Vess's next intended victim, a faraway innocent only she can save.  Driven by a newly discovered thirst for meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna musters every inner resource she has to save an endangered girl--as moment by moment, the terrifying threat Edgler Foreman Vess intensifies.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1996, c1995.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780679765035
Characteristics: 500 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 02, 2018

What a refreshing and captivating read from Koontz! I appreciated the details, the backstories on the characters, and the perspective shifts of narration as one chapter would focus on Chyna, then Edgler Vess, then back to Chyna. The title perfectly sums up this read in one word--intense. Recommend if you're interested in thrillers!

Apr 18, 2018

One of Koontz's best books, and so well done. He surprised me with the twists in this book. His villain was so evil, but functioning in real life so well, that people did not realize his true nature. Chyna was a great hero as she is damaged from childhood and learned how to thwart evil.Koontz's details are superb as always. This is a disturbing book as you realize just how much you don't know about people in your everyday life and how one chance encounter can change your life forever. I love Koontz not making excuses for his evil characters but show they secretly goad over their destruction of others, and never miss an opportunity to harm others. I also like the fact he always points out how overwhelmed our child social services are, and how many children are never recused from their abusive families. Yet they grow up to be decent people, where as some much more privileged children turn out so badly. I have read this book several times and always enjoy it.

Jan 17, 2018

Awesome book read twice! I love all Koontz's books some more than others. I do have to comment on another comment I read that said they didn't want to spend time reading the serial killers thoughts! Why read a book about a serial killer then?! Duh!
Btw Koontz's best books are "Watcher's, Midnight, By the light of the Moon, Odd Thomas series, The Silent corner" and the list goes on and on. But the aforementioned are a good place to start.

Another author who is really good is Patricia Cornwell and her Dr Scarpetta series. She is a Forensic Pathologist, and it reads in first person; has a lot of serial killers and murders being solved in it between her and her FBI husband.

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.

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...

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

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!

Nov 22, 2009

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

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