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Intensity: A Novel Hardcover – Jan 1996


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  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred a Knopf; First Trade Edition edition (Jan. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067942525X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679425250
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,189,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When I was a senior in college, I won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and have been writing ever since. My first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where I was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. During my first day on the job, I discovered that the previous occupier of my position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and I was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. I wrote nights and weekends, which I continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, my wife, Gerda, made me an offer I couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of my writing career. Gerda and I live in southern California with their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year.

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Terrifyingly suspenseful, inventive and emotionally intricate, this is a novel of true intensity

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Dean Koontz's novels have sold over 200 million copies worldwide and more than 30 have appeared on national and international bestseller lists. He lives in southern California with his wife, Gerda. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a great success! It begins with the murder of the heroine's best friend and family, only she was not found, and is left alive. On a strange whim she hides in the back of the killer's portable home, and things quickly hot up. As always Koontz's killer is intricate and complex.His thoughts leave you chilled, and although when summed up the plot appears farfetched, when read you can't help but believe it. The many twists leave you amazed at koontz's sheer genius! The ending is especially poignant, but I didn't know whether to feel happy or sad. A real thriller, and a fantasic read. You really enter the head of the insane.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Faulkner on 29 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
I simply can not agree with those reviewers who give this novel five stars whilst saying it is "fast paced" because if it is anything, it is most definitely NOT fast paced. You have to wait for it. God, do you have to wait. Too long I'm afraid...I mean, from page 70 to around page 210 you could cut two thirds of Koontz' narrative without losing one shred of the story or the tension or the "Intensity" of the plot. I've said this before of Koontz...he has verbal diaorrhea when it comes to describing the background, the weather, the setting, the character's clothes, whilst all the time his readers are tearing their hair out and shouting at the printed page: "For God's sake, Dean, GET ON WITH IT!!!!!"
Honestly, I was driven to distraction during those pages, almost throwing the damn book away in utter frustration, because I wanted to know what happened, and he simply wouldn't tell me.
Why then, have I given him four stars, and why would I recommend this novel to anyone over the age of 16 as an absolutely compulsory read?
Because it is absolutely brilliant, that's why.
Absolutely, utterly brilliant.
Oh yes, you have to wait for it, and if I was to recommend this to someone unfamiliar with Koontz' style, I would suggest simply scanning pages 70 to 210 to get the drift, because I couldn't possibly expect anyone to plough through that quagmire of narrative self-flagelation and stay sane. Dean, this book should have been 369 pages long, not 469. Why did you make us suffer so much? But you just have to read it. I can't tell you how much, because the depth and length and breadth and height of the tension he creates is quite mind-boggling, once you get there.
As I said, quite brilliant.
Too long, but brilliant.
And worth the wait.
Oh yes.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 17 July 2005
Format: Paperback
This was the first Dean Koontz novel I ever read. He writes with style and imagination, and he maintains an electrifying emotional and narrative pace throughout the book: this is page-turning fiction at its dynamic best.
Is this a thriller or is this horror? It was filmed in the USA as a fairly bland thriller which stayed close to the book in most of its aspects. It has, however, recently been transformed into an excellent French horror film, "Haute Tension" ('High Tension' in the States, 'Switchblade Romance' in the UK), which had added a whole new dimension to the tale, albeit diverging somewhat from the book towards the end.
A young woman is unwilling witness to the slaughter of her friend's family and pursues the murderer by stowing away in the man's mobile home. Koontz manages the story, which is basically one of hide-and-seek, with professional exactitude. He knows every inch of the settings he uses, has worked out to the precise second whether someone could hide here, move there, hide there, move again.
It is a very well handled novel, both from the perspective of his narrative story-telling skill and from that of the artistry of resolving a plot. It's a big enough book, but its subject is claustrophobic - escape in tight spaces and close quarters. Well handled, tense, gripping, and an excellent read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By marky77 VINE VOICE on 8 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
This is by far one of Koontz' best best books! It is very intense, fast-paced and exciting. The action starts only about 15 pages into the book and doesn't let up until the very end. It has an origional storyline of the main charactor, Chyna (pronounced like the country), being trapped in a motor-home with a serial killer. She is trapped with him from the majority of the book and it is actually quite scary in places which is unusual for a Koontz book.

A good fast-paced read for any fans of Koontz or of the thriller genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 July 1999
Format: Paperback
I was reccomended this book by a friend as I needed a book for my flight to Florida which was on the Saturday. She gave the book to me on the Monday however by the Thursday I had finished it leaving me with not only no book to read on my hols it also left me with a blood-curdling chill that I certainly will not forget in a hurry. How many authors do you know who "get in there" from page 1. Well this book is exactly like that and believe me when I say there is no way you will leave this book half unread as I'm sure so many people do with other books. An excellent book where you cannot wait to turn the page to see what will happen next but at the same time do not want the book to ever end!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 July 2001
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This for me is by far the best Koontz read since the heady days of Lightning and Midnight.It has all the nerve twisting you need and cracking pace from page one to the final showdown after an intense stunning frantic 500 pages. The author is by far the best of the current horror writers at building the tempo and suspense without getting bogged down. Stephen King and others like to give you too much character background and plot which tends to dampen the said pace and tension.
The brief backbone of this gripping tale centers around two characters. One is Laura Templeton,a young bronzed Californian girl who witnesses the savage murder of her friend and family whilst holidying in their ranch in the hills. After the traumatic killing the girl makes a brave and life changing decision to hideaway in the killers mobile home to make sure that she cant commit this atrocity ever again.
Edgar Vess is the killer and other main player in the book from start to finish as the two pit their wits, seen and unseen. She witnesses early on in the pursuit whilst closeted in the back of the metallic van the evil that runs through the veins of this cold-blooded killer. This strengthens her will more and more to stop the serial killer as the two race across America from coast to coast.
The reasons why she didn't call the police early on are neatly explained and of course ad to the tease of this excellent book the unfolds like. Just as plot-busting mobile phones (He's behind you) are not allowed in modern day Hollywood, police very rarely featurein Koontz books. This book also has a clever twist in that department and not until the end do you understand why the authorities are not coming to stop the murdering Edgler Vess, and why he had been allowed to continue the cull of Americans so young and old.
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