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Intensity: A Novel

Intensity: A Novel

Written by Dean Koontz

Narrated by Frankie Corzo


Intensity: A Novel

Written by Dean Koontz

Narrated by Frankie Corzo

ratings:
4/5 (155 ratings)
Length:
13 hours
Released:
May 22, 2018
ISBN:
9781543698688
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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 they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to 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 of Edgler Foreman Vess intensifies.

Released:
May 22, 2018
ISBN:
9781543698688
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Dean Koontz is the author of more than a dozen New York Times No. 1 bestsellers. His books have sold over 500 million copies worldwide, and his work is published in 38 languages. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and lives with his wife Gerda, and their dog Elsa, in southern California. Dean Koontz is the author of more than a dozen New York Times No. 1 bestsellers. His books have sold over 500 million copies worldwide, and his work is published in 38 languages. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and lives with his wife Gerda, and their dog Elsa, in southern California.


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  • (4/5)
    This is my first read of Dean Koontz and I'm impressed. He keep me turning that page, is somewhat unique, and uses more craft than art, methinks.
  • (2/5)
    This was a slush book for me. I really had to drag my way through it. I found it very boring and was soooo dissapointed. Koontz books either thrill me or the opposite it seems. Not one I could recommened.
  • (5/5)
    First-rate thriller. It kept me entertained! I saw the French movie adaptation...terrible. But great book!
  • (3/5)
    Have read and enjoyed other books by Dean Koontz. This one not so much. It was full of suspense. However, I quickly scanned some of this story as there was a lot of detail that I wanted to get past. It was traditional good versus evil, however, I didn't take to Chyna as a heroine; she didn't ring true. The elk were not explained.
  • (5/5)
    One of the best Koontz books out there, as well as one of the best villians ever. The book is extremly fast paced, never lets up, basically impossible to put down. Their are really only two characters, the hero and the villian. Both have excellent character development, although the villian got an intrigiung amount of development, really putting you into his head. A must read for any Koontz fan, and really, for any suspense/thriller fan as well.
  • (5/5)
    God I love this book. Dean Koontz is so my favorite writer.
  • (5/5)
    Intense indeed.
  • (5/5)
    When I was younger, I devoured up Koontz's novels, reading dozens, although it had been over a decade since I had read him. I remember the plot and characters of very few of them. Two stand out to me. One is my favorite, Watchers, whose most memorable character is a golden retriever. The other is Intensity, with arguably Koontz's most sinister villain in Edgler Vess and most courageous heroine in Chyna Shepherd. What's so striking about this suspense novel (and boy does it deserve that name) is that this is structured as a duel between these two characters whose perspective we share, both at different times stalking the other. And they're interesting in their differences and similarities. Both feel they make their own fate, Chyna believes that you choose whether or not to be a victim. Vess's philosophy is reminiscent of Skinner; he believes humans are "motivated and formed solely of sensory stimuli." He craves intensity and cares little if it's pain or pleasure he experiences. Chyna, having escaped the chaotic and violent childhood her psychotic mother gave her, craves safety--her fervent prayer is to be "untouched and alive." But events in the novel push her beyond fighting for only personal survival. While this is no literary classic, Koontz is definitely a cut above the usual thriller writer. I never feel like reading him is an insult to my intelligence. His prose often has a lyrical quality and this is one of the rare novels where I needed to frequently consult a dictionary: tenebrous, pule, cornichons, lagniappe, carabiner. If you're looking for a gripping read, a tautly written intelligent thriller, this novel shouldn't disappoint.
  • (4/5)
    I went back and forth between 3.5 and 4 stars for this one and rounded up mostly because the narration was well done.

    I spent a good chunk of the first many chapters convinced that this was going to be just like the French movie High Tension. There were so many similarities but it turns out it was very different.

    It's hard to describe this book without using the word "intense" so the title definitely fits. Although, that's not where the name comes from. You'll have to read it to find that out.

    I definitely enjoyed the story and the two main characters. We get a pretty good look into the killer's head and I liked what Koontz did with him. He's not what I'm used to when it comes to reading about someone who enjoys torturing and killing people. Our heroine is interesting and bad-ass. And her childhood makes mine look like a lovely dream.

    There were some places where my attention waned and I kind of wish it had ended sooner than it actually did but I still enjoyed the shit out of this book.
  • (3/5)
    Not Koontz' best, but a decent book.
  • (5/5)
    Intensity is Dean Koontz' sole entry on the NPR Killer Thriller (all-time top thriller) list and I was curious what it took to be the only book by a writer who supposedly writes nothing but thrillers to make the cut. While many of Koontz' books are sadly formulaic to the point where if you have read one, you have read most of them, some of his books do stand out. Watchers and Midnight come to mind for me. They are definitely the kind of book that keeps you reading late into the night.Intensity turned out to be unique, not just as a Dean Koontz book but as a work in the 'psycho killer' genre. Until now, every book I have read or movie I have seen in this genre has followed the same formula. The psycho killer is the cat and his intended victim is the mouse. Cat chases mouse, cat catches mouse. Cat plays with mouse. Mouse somehow manages to escape and, in the process, has no alternative but to engage and kill the cat. Intensity is different in that the psycho killer, Edgler Vess, discovers that his victim, Chyna Shepherd, is as much of a cat as he is. Given the opportunity to escape Chyna, for reasons you'll have to read the book to discover, decides rather to pursue Edgler and stop him on her own. In Intensity the role of cat and mouse alternates with each taking on the role of hunter and prey. Good read. I recommend it.
  • (4/5)
    Not a terrible thriller, but I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading a Koontz. Many of the things that make his work unique were missing: the taint of the supernatural (the girl in the basement with the dolls is a pale attempt), the complex hero/heroine (Chyna's past, while somewhat interesting, was awkwardly slipped in here and there and lacked the delicate blending that makes other DK heros so appealing), and most of all the playful quirkiness (what others might call his trademark freakiness). I mean, come on, a wine country setting, a cop/killer; from someone else these hackneyed choices might be okay but from *Koontz*?
  • (5/5)
    It's been a while since I read this so I don't remember all the in's and outs but it did leave an impression on me because I remember commenting to someone that the book was definitely INTENSE!!! A must read for thrill seekers.
  • (3/5)
    A pretty good book. Strong female protagonist that saves herself without male help. Overall, a good story with compelling characters
  • (4/5)
    A family is murdered while a girl is visiting and she stows away in the murder's vehicle to try to save her friend. The friend dies and the girl is discovered. She is taken to his house and has to try to escape. While she is there she discovers another girl who is being held captive there and tries to save her too. It was a very exciting, fast paced book.
  • (4/5)
    I'm not normally a horror fan, but a friend gave me this book and assured me it wasn't as scary as most horror. She was right. I really enjoyed Intensity and would have finished it a LOT faster if I hadn't been busy watching the Olympics and traveling to visit relatives. I definitely recommend this to those who like suspense.
  • (4/5)
    Dean Koontz has always been one of those writers who are either hit or miss with me. Sometimes I either really enjoy his works or I totally hate it, most of the time there is no in-between. I enjoyed Intensity; it was a page turner for me I read it in a couple of days. I wanted to read the next chapter to see what happened. I was a little disappointed in the ending but overall one of the better Dean Koontz books I have read, it was like he finally went from writing PG-13 to R for once in his career
  • (5/5)
    In this book Chyna is a 26-year-old graduate student still coming to terms with her abusive past. She is staying at her friend’s house for the weekend when Edgler Foreman Vess enters the home. When a scream pierces the night, Chyna hides under the bed. Edgler comes in and searches her room but finds no one. Driven by a weird sense of duty, Chyna ventures out to find that he has killed everyone. Frightened and alone she does not give up but hides away in his motor home. This act leads her to learn of a girl who is trapped in his basement. She takes it upon herself to save this girl and herself in the process.
    Despite the dark nature of this book that will leave some readers with a pit in their stomachs, I love its power. A non-stop roller coaster ride that does not disappoint, on the front of this book, it says Intensity: A Novel. What it should say is An Intense Novel. This book is a page-turner from page one. If you plan to read Intensity make sure you make time to read it all at once because you will not be able to put it down. This is my third time though and I would not hesitate to read it again. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, horror, and suspense.
  • (1/5)
    Book was okay but if I read the word Intensity one more time I would have put the book down and not finished it.
  • (5/5)
    Laura and Chyna are college students and friends. When Chyna goes with Laura to her parents’ place for a weekend, she is awakened the first night by screams. Someone has broken into the house. Chyna hides, then tries to help Laura and her parents without the guy realizing she is there… Wow! The book is titled well – it was definitely intense! After a brief set-up to the story, it was just bang, bang, bang, one thing after another! I think the audio helped with that. At first, I wasn’t sure I would like the narrator. She spoke quickly and mostly in a monotone, but after it got going, I think she was the perfect narrator for the story and it really highlighted the “intensity” of the book to do it that way. The story alternated between Chyna’s and the intruder’s (Vess’s) points of view. I was briefly uninterested in Vess’s philosophy, and I didn’t agree with some of Chyna’s decisions, but the rest of the story + the audio still made it 5 stars for me. Ever since I started listening to it, I’ve been trying to recommend it to people, but there are so many who don’t read horror!
  • (4/5)
    My first Koontz novel, and my favorite. The novel is aptly titled.
  • (5/5)
    Non-stop suspense from beginning to end. I was disturbed by motorhomes for awhile after reading this book.
  • (5/5)
    This book is aptly named. There was not a time in this book where I didn't feel at least uneasy. It was a page turner. There were a couple of issues that I had with the way that one character speaks to the other (trying not to spoil anything!), but other than that pretty minor critique it was an intense, well written book
  • (2/5)
    It’s time for retirement. I have follow Mr Koontz for a long time. These last few books read like a 1st year author.
  • (2/5)
    This book was boring. It felt so superficial and processed.
  • (4/5)
    Great story. The narrator was a bit monotone. Enjoyed this my first Dean Koontz book.
  • (1/5)
    I listened to about half the book. It was so awful, I just stopped. I wasted precious hours. Awful.
  • (4/5)
    First book I’ve read by this author. Crazy story. I like it.
  • (3/5)
    Decent story with many intense moments. I found it to be quite long winded and predictable. Not a fan of the narrator. Give it a try though.
  • (5/5)
    So suspenseful I couldn’t stop listening. Great great great!