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Intensity Mass Market Paperback – October 31, 2000
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A young woman staying as a guest in a Napa Valley farmhouse becomes trapped in a fight for survival with a self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer", and races to warn his next intended victim. Unrelentingly terrifying, this book lives up to its name. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Koontz's career has mirrored Stephen King's to a remarkable degree?the early pseudonymous novels, the bloated blockbusters, the increased use of horror as social commentary?albeit at a lag. Keeping step, this uncommonly sleek work is nothing less than Koontz's Gerald's Game: a distillation of what's come before and a slick play to regain the top by a writer whose popularity seemed to have peaked. Koontz even makes the centerpiece of Chyna Shepherd's battle against a serial killer her attempt to free herself from the restraints that bind her to a piece of furniture?the very same challenge faced by King's heroine. And just as Gerald's Game reinvigorated King's career and writing, this masterful, if ultimately predictable, exercise in high tension should do the same for Koontz's. This is basically a two-character novel, and both principals are compelling: the spirited Chyna, a youngish psychology student, and her nemesis, homicidal maniac Edgler Vess, who revels in sensation, be it pain or pleasure?in the intensity of experience. The two link when Vess kills Chyna's best friend as Chyna hides under a bed. Chyna pursues Vess but is eventually captured by him, after which she must combat not only those cuffs but also Vess's killer dogs, Vess himself and, of course, her own terror. For once, Koontz tamps down on his usual libertarian soapboxing to let the story race?which it does fast enough to give readers whiplash as they hold on to what may end up being the most viscerally exciting thriller of the year. 600,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
Top customer reviews
The book delivered on its promise, it really was an intense ride. Edglar Vess is definitely a messed up guy. He likes to live with intensity and doesn't value pleasure over pain. They are all sensations that should be taken in. He loves to inflict psychological and physical pain on his victims and appears to be very good at it. Very disturbing. There were many times during the book I couldn't believe that Chyna was pressing on. It was like a horror movie where you scream at the girl to run out of the house, but instead she runs up the stairs. Chyna kept perpetually putting herself back in danger to get to the truth. I thought it would really get on my nerves, but ended up not being too bad. Over the top a bit, but definitely a suspenseful ride.
For me, the writing style in this book is one of my favorites and I loved it even on the reread and maybe re-re- read. Thank you, Mr. Koontz.
My only objection was Chyna's inability to stay away. I wanted to take her by the shoulders and shake her! Some of her decisions were just ridiculous. But without them, I guess we would had had such an intense story, would we?