Book Reviews of Intensity

Intensity
Intensity
Author: Dean Koontz
ISBN-13: 9780345384362
ISBN-10: 0345384369
Publication Date: 9/30/1996
Pages: 436
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 301 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
I love Dean Koontz. I've read most of his works. THIS is definitely one of my favorites (the other is Twilight Eyes). This story is fast-paced....I didn't find it dragging at all. And I liked that it went into detail about the heroine's past. I thought the look into her past showed where her strength of character came from and why. I liked having that little bird's eye view. Needless to say this is an excellent book and difficult to put down once it's started. They made a mini-series out of it a while back which was good too.
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Intensity is a scary, scary book! The story concerns Chyna, a young woman with a troubled past, who through bad luck attracts the attention of a serial killer. Though she is relentlessly pursued, Chyna puts her fear aside to help another young victim.

I read this book in two sittings, though I would have read it in one had my vision not stared blurring. Intensity is like a really good scary movie - you are scared to look but you'll be unable to look away. Highly recommended for those who can handle reading about a sadistic killer without getting nightmares.
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This was the creepiest book I have ever read! I can't park next to or even drive down the freeway next to run down RV's anymore thanks to this book!!!
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As an avid Dean Koontz fan, I couldn't NOT read this book. And I wasn't disappointed. "Intensity" is a good read. Perhaps not my favorite of his, but still very typically Koontz.

This novel starts out slower than most of his novels --- usually I'm entirely captured by the first or second page, he gets right into the guts of the story, but this time he paced the beginning a lot slower.

But in a relatively short time, things start to get --- well, intense.

Chyna Shepherd is staying with her best friend's parents over a school holiday and suddenly her entire host family is dead, and only she remains living. Having always been a passive person, not wanting to get involved in anything frightening or risky (thanks to a very nasty childhood), she suddenly decides this is something she NEEDS to put herself in the middle of, to vindicate her friend.

So she follows the killer. Learning that he has a 16-year-old captive, she vows to rescue her as she was unable to rescue her friend.

At first, the killer has no idea she's there, but when he finds out, things heat up a bit, and there are a few heart-stopping scenes of suspense.

The book takes place in only a 24-hour period, and each moment counts. And, as always, Koontz has a couple of intriguing surprises up his sleeve --- the identity of the killer, for one thing.

"Intensity" follows the story from both viewpoints, the killer's and Chyna's. Chyna's portions are told in typical 3rd person past-tense, but the killer's sections are told in the rarer PRESENT tense. It's a tad distracting at first, but you'll get used to it. My major complaint with this one was that sometimes, things went a little too slowly for me --- especially with a book called "Intensity." Sometimes Chyna seemed a little TOO smart, a little TOO lucky with the ingenious ways she came up with of escaping, and at times the suspense lagged simply because I knew she was going to get out and remain alive by the end of the book, I knew she wasn't going to have any problems. I wanted to see a little bit more of a struggle for her life and her freedom, more at close quarters with the killer. Most of her struggle came when the killer wasn't anywhere near, and wouldn't be anywhere near for hours.

One of the earlier reviews for this book was, I have to say, a tad misleading, because he DOES employ a couple of his usual devices, though not in the same way. There are definitely dogs --- several of them, in fact --- though they don't save the day. And there IS a law officer in this book --- though, again, not in the typical way he uses them. And I'm not too sure about everyone's assertions that the french film "Haute Tension" was a rip-off of Dean Koontz's novel. There also happens to be a french novel called "Haute Tension" that the french FILM is more likely to be based on --- that book was published three years earlier than Koontz's "Intensity." Just because it has a similar set-up doesn't mean it's BASED on this novel --- TONS of films have similar set-ups, especially in the horror genre! And I think it's fairly insulting to Dean Koontz to try and attach his name to such an awful excuse for a movie.

On the whole, "Intensity" was wonderfully written, and exciting to read. Yet another fantastic adventure from Dean Koontz.
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Prepare to be scared!!!!!
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Really scary and yet you can't put it down
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This was my first Koontz read. It sunk the hook deep! The only book I have finished in one sitting in my whole life! It grabbed my attention and refused to let go. I love this book!
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Love Mr.Koontz!!! This is great in his style and kept me eager for the next page.
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I'm not a big Koontz fan but this book grabbed me from the get go. It's exciting and contains many twists. See if you can figure out the surprise ending by seeing the clues Koontz scatters throughout! Exciting, quick read.
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Quick paced thriller.
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Super intense reading. Drags somewhat in middle and I found myself skimming. Most definitely a must read for Koontz fans.
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A sociopath leaves death and destruction in his wake. A woman struggling to conquer childhood demons. She bears witned to his senseless slaughter and wants to stop him.. I enjoyed readig this. Read it in 3 hours...
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Chyna Shepherd faces indescribable emotional and physical challenges on what should have been a relaxing four day college break. Seeing those close to her murdered forces an intense, yet brief self-evaluation that changes her life forever. The killer, who never knows fear faces Chyna, an unexpected passenger on his murderous rampage. Chyna realizes her whole life has prepared her for the most intense moments of her life.
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Great book--impossible to stop reading. Nothing but page-turning suspense all the way thru.
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Koontz is a writer that makes you sit on the edge of your chair and jump at what happens. Typical Koontz. Great exciting reading
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This book will pin-you-to-your-chair with the suspense in it. This book has posssibly the best female character yet in a thriller.
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thrilling read, scary
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Intensity by Dean Koonz. As with his other novels, this one will chill you to your bones.
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This book was very scary!
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Dean Koontz is one of my favorite author's, its a great book!
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This book lives up to its name.
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Another phychological thriller from the best
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Very good!! It had its scary moments, but I loved it!
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An amazing story! My favorite Dean Koontz book of all!!
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oh my gosh, talk about intense! i could not put this book down, the first book i've ever read from koontz, but i seriously want to start reading more from him after this!
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A pin-you-to-the-chair tale of suspense,with a protagonist who is possibly the best female character yet in the genre. Classy..swiftly paced, and as largely and sharple tetailed as an IMAX movie.
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intensity lives up to its name
a taut nerve tingling thriller from page one.
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This is THE most terrifying and fantastic book that I have ever read. It grabs you from the first chapter and holds you right on through to the ending. I read the book first and then saw the movie-I couldn't tell you which was better. After you read this book, you will ALWAYS think about leaving a room like you have never been in it. Think "Norman" stayed with you from the shower scene at Bates Hotel? HA! That was nothing! You have got to read this one!
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I read this book years ago; and yet there are still scenes that I can remember so vividly as if I just read them.

A great thriller!
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This book will have you on the edge of your seat from start to end. I finished this book in two days.
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The most heart-stopping novels I've ever read! Left me breathless throughout.
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Riveting!! One of only a few books that I could not put down.
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I was screaming at the end of this book. EXCITING!
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I loved this book. It was my first Koontz and it got me hooked forever. I read this outloud to my husband on a road trip and we could not wait to get back in the car to hear the rest of the story.
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I read about half and the story didn't move very fast for my taste.
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This is Dean Koontz near his best form. He has created a scenario that is , at twenty four hours, very intense indeed. The three main characters are a young adult woman, a very young girl, and a supremely evil adult male. As the story unfolds, the young adult woman discovers far more character than she was aware that she possessed. A short read, but a good "edge of your seat" story that does a good job of entertaining. Well done.
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"Intense" mad but intelligent killer...very suspenseful.
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If you are a Stephen King fan, and haven't read Dean Koontz, you owe it to yourself to discover his writing!
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A really creepy, fascinating book by Koontz. One of my favorites by him.
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Great book. Very scary, the title says is all.
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I wasn't really impressed wit hthis book. It seems that Mr. Koontz took a departure from his normal writing.
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As a Koontz fan this was a good read, but not one of my favorite Koontz books. A substantial portion of the story was looking back into the past of the main character. Possibly excessive?
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4.7 out of 5 stars

This was a thrilling read. I liked the tone and the characters. Those long over detailed descriptions just kill me though. If those were toned down and made simpler I would have given this one 5 stars as well.