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Intensity by Dean Koontz

IntensityReviewed by Allen Hott

To be able to tackle Dean Koontz’ writings you have to have a fairly high level of Intensity. The man writes as few others do. His descriptions are vivid, lengthy, somewhat preachy, and undeniably intense. And Intensity is a novel primarily of descriptions. Interspersed in the descriptions are all of the mind’s ramblings that go on in the characters’ heads. Koontz delves deeply into the soul of the characters that he has written about.

Edgler Foreman Vess is a demented character that does every possible evil thing known to man. He captures and tortures both male and female folks for no known reason except he get thrills by doing so. He also kills for the same reasons. In his mind all of these strange and evil things bring up his level of Intensity.

Chyna Shepherd is a woman with a horrendous childhood that still causes her to have fears but also causes her to be able to survive many ordeals that would certainly wipe out most people.

Intensity is the story of how these two meet and then the twenty-four hour period of their lives where true intensity reigns. Especially for Chyna. How she reacts and responds to adversity is told by Koontz in an interestingly but definitely wordy manner.

Vess has many plans for Chyna much as he has had for others in his murderous past. However Chyna proves to be a much more formidable opponent than he had ever imagined. And when she takes on the care of another of Vess’ victims Chyna becomes an unimaginable adversary for Vess.

No review can adequately describe this book without giving away too many of the details. If you have never read Koontz and want to really work at reading a book, Intensity should be your choice. The work that you will expend will be more than made up by the satisfaction you will get from really enjoying a psychological thriller that keeps you involved right up to the end. Read, work and enjoy…this one is well worth it!

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