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Intensity by Dean Koontz

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This ebook edition contains a special preview of Dean Koontz’s The Silent Corner.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307414168
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/20/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 2,489
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.


Newport Beach, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Everett, Pennsylvania


B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966

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Intensity 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 336 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was on the edge of my seat almost the entire time! Mr. Koontz had me guessing what would happen until the very end. Whether you're a Koontz fan or not, this is a must read! Bravo!!!
muc1386 More than 1 year ago
Years ago I read the book then viewed the series. Never have I forgotten it so again have the book and series. Brilliant writing and characters, it makes you want to scream RUN, HIDE,GO!!!! A horror classic without the gore and unfortunately something that could happen at any time to anyone.....
Book_Reader_222 More than 1 year ago
(Originally written November 21, 2005) As I mentioned when I reviewed "By the Light of the Moon," I have long been a fan of Dean R. Koontz. I often like his work even better than Stephen King's. The only drawback is that once you've read a few of his books, you soon realize that the majority of his male and female main characters are the same: A man with a sad background; a woman with a terrible background; they find one another in this crazy world; etc. But in "Intensity," although we still get the same woman with a terrible background (and MAN, does Koontz know how to come up with HORRIBLE afflictions for these poor young women!), we are spared her male counterpart. And so I was able to REALLY get into the story this time. And what a story! It's the ultimate being in the wrong place at the wrong time tale, with a young lady named Chyna staying with a friend on the very same night a psychotic killer arrives to murder the entire family! What follows is one tense situation after another; the book is aptly named. I don't want to give too much away, but if you enjoy being on the edge of your seat, this book is perfect! Koontz also does some interesting tricks with the past and present tense telling of the story. The only books I have read with anything like it would be King's "The Cycle of the Werewolf," though the tense only changed once in that book, and Christopher Andrews' "Pandora's Game," which played similar tricks with the POV. Koontz's technique was effective and creepy. The ONLY thing that prevents me from giving this book a 5 star rating (and believe me, it was close) was that there is an "element" (again, I don't want to give too much away) to the psychotic killer that I think was hinted at a little too early. It is revealed near the end, and I'm pretty sure that it was SUPPOSED to be a huge surprise. But I became suspicious of it about 1/3 through the book, and convinced I was right about ½ through the book. I kept hoping I would either be wrong, or that the "secret" would be revealed earlier and not be so much of the climax. But ... not to be. But again, "Intensity" IS a great novel. And I recommend it strongly to anyone who enjoys thrillers! 4-1/2 stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing. I liked that this Koontz book wasn't all supernatural and not real. This one goes into the mind of the heroine, Chyna, and the mind of a brutal serial killer who puts on a sane and charming face to the rest of the world. Intensity is right! I saw this as a made for tv movie in 1997 (as a 7th grader) and thought it amazing and I went out and got the book. I Just stumbled across it now looking for other books by Koontz and wanted to add my 2 cents. I LOVE this book and I highly highly highly recommend it!
beckyb7 More than 1 year ago
I was immediately drawn into this book and the intensity of the drama that ghas written. Reading this right before bed wasn't my best decision.
Ryan Shydlinski More than 1 year ago
Every woman's worst nightmare. Slept with the lights on.
jailer-mom More than 1 year ago
What an "intense" book....I had a hard time putting this book down...suspenseful, thrilling, frustrating, great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a junior at Holt High School and I have chosen to read the book Intensity by Dean Koontz. This book was recommended to me by a friend. Action and suspense are the only words needed to describe this book. This book is amazing. Koontz does a good job of building up suspense and making the reader visualize exactly what's going on. Chyna Shepherd and the Templeton family are in for a huge experience. The "homicidal adventurer" Edgler Vess is on the lose, and the next target is the Templetons. Chyna finds herself trying to save a girl, who might not even exist. But first she needs to save herself. The book raises the questions: Do I save my self before others? Do I give up on another life? Chyna has to make up her mind quickly or she might fall the next victim to Edgler Vess and his sociopathic life style. If you like murder, suspense, and a book full of twists then Intensity is the book for you. If this book happens to get your attention, then Demon Seed by Dean Koontz would also be another good book for you. I personally give this book 4½ out of 5 easily. This book keeps you interested and builds the suspense for anything that happens next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of the hundreds of books Ive read, this is by far the best one yet. This book turned me in to an avid Dean Koontz fan. Any book i read now, no matter who the author is, seems to lack that certain somthing that DK has in this book. Ive lost count of how many times ive read it.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This was my 1st Dean Koontz & by far the scariest book I've ever read. I guess because it's so believable, it feels like you are there! I made my son sleep w/me because I was so scared. I also put a chair under front door.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book more than once. LOVE IT! I am a huge Koontz fan and read every book he writes that I can get my hands on. He rally knows how to keep you turning pages late into the night!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an alright book. There were times when I skipped pages because I quite frankly did not care about Chyna's back story. The 50 pages of dealing with the dogs were painful. Good story but it certainly didn't scare me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it was truly spectacular! Really great suspense and detail. I am looking for any more good koontz books. Any advice?
EBG74 More than 1 year ago
Koontz is a master at keeping you turning the page. This intense read will keep you glued to the story until you reach the end.
acox More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Koontz and I have to say that this is one of my favorites. It hooked me in the first couple of chapters. I felt as if I was involved in the story the entire time I was reading it. I think anyone that picks this books up will enjoy the thrill ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best dean koontz books i have read
MMW70 More than 1 year ago
I'm not into scary books, but this particular one had me by the end of chapter one. I feel like Dean Koontz puts you in the mind of the victim and the serial killer. You catch yourself yelling aloud at the victim "What are you doing, stupid!" she's got some balls. Then the weirdo psycho! you wonder how he is able to live in society without people knowing how he is. Could this really be your neighbor who you know and trust?! I could not put this book down for anything, 2..3..4 o'clock in the morning! It was so intense, and I got so scared I would leave my hotel lights on. (That's how good it is) not scary enough for nightmares. I recommend this book to every and anyone who asks me what my favorite book is! I'll never get that story out of my head. Dean Koontz is fantastic!
iamkittycatz More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended by a friend of mine and altho I loved it bc the suspense was awesome, the writing technique was way too much details bothered me. So I only gave him 4 stars. I like the twist and turn of the book and awesome ending as I would never have expected it. But the details of an event took forever. It didn't need to be a 480 page book. Some scenes was really dragging. Too much details like I said. But overall a really good book. I will read his other book Velocity also. Looking forward to it.
HD-HD More than 1 year ago
This book really took a toll on me, though im only 11, i really got into it from the beginning! The ending was by far the best, i never thought that Ariel and Chyna would end up like that, and Edgler, that was very unexpected! But i loved every minute of it. It really kept me on my toes and i just couldnt put it down. It was very intense, though in the middle of the book, i think that it may have told just a little more about Chyna's older past life than we really needed to know, but thats one thing that made it more interesting, but sometimes it was stretched too far. but i really liked the book and i just finished!!!!
THANX! anymore questions about the book email me at and i would be happy to answer any questions about the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am definitely a Koontz fan but I felt that this book fell short of some of his other books that I've read. It was far too wordy. Too much time was spent on Chyna's past and way too many pages were dedicated to her freeing herself from the chains. I would've given this book 5 stars if the majority of the above mentioned were to be cut out of the story. Mr. Vess was definitely a good 'villian.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been starting to read Koontz lately and I must say I've been able to read nothing of his that is not amazing. Intensity is definantly a good read and worth the time, but i read it right after Velocity, and I must say that in my mind it fell far short of its greatness. While still moderately keeping attention, it almost drags at points, but is still a very satisfying adventure worthy only of Koontz.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The way Dean Koontz writes leaves you on the edge of your seat with your heart literally pounding. I couldn't get my brain to read through each page fast enough. If you are in the mood for a serious thriller, then this book is definitely for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book's title fit it well. The way it was written left you gasping for breath, as if you were there. Impressive Mr.Koontz.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had it all . It was suspenseful and had my attention from the beginning to the end. An absolute must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plot of the book defintely keeps you on edge, and it's practically impossible to put the book down without wondering 'what's going to happen next?' Straight until the end of the book, Koontz keeps you interested with two plots that collide to create one great story. It was the first Dean Koontz novel that I read, and once you read this, you'll want to read more of his works.