A Novel

Book - 1995
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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 apurpose 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1995.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679425250
Branch Call Number: KOON
Characteristics: 308p. ; 24cm.


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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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