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Intensity: a novel 34 editions

Cover of: Intensity by Dean Ray Koontz
About the Book

Chyna Shepherd is a twenty-six-year-old woman whose deeply troubled childhood taught her the hard rules of survival, and whose adult life has been an unrelenting struggle for self-respect and safety. Now rare trust has blossomed for Chyna into friendship with the woman whose family home she is visiting for the weekend: a farm in the Napa Valley surrounded by vineyards and hills, which Chyna can see from the guest-room window where she sits at one o'clock in the morning, fully dressed, unable to sleep.

Suspicions she learned in childhood still make her uneasy in unfamiliar houses--even this one, where her closest friend is sound asleep down the hall. And in this case her most disturbing instincts prove reliable. A man has entered the house, a man who lives for one purpose: to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits--to live with intensity.

His name is Edgler Foreman Vess. He likes to make words with the letters from his name--GOD, DEMON, SAVE, RAGE, ANGER, FEAR, FOREVER, are just a few of them--and then makes sentences with the words. One of his favorites, GOD FEARS ME, is sometimes the last thing he whispers to his victims. Edgler Vess is a self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer": On this night, his adventure--murdering everyone in the house--becomes Chyna's long nightmare.

Trapped in Vess's deadly orbit, Chyna thinks only of getting out alive. But when she inadvertently learns the identity of Vess's intended next victim, waiting for him far from Napa Valley, Chyna is gripped with concern for this other person, who is as innocent as Chyna, and as endangered. Driven now by a sense of responsibility for another, by a purpose and meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna rises to unexpected heights of courage and daring--her only hope as the threat of Edgler Foreman Vess closes in and grows more horrifying moment by moment.

Intensity unfolds over the course of just twenty-four hours, but within that brief time frame, Dean Koontz gives us what is perhaps his most inventive, emotionally intricate, and terrifyingly suspenseful novel yet. (From the Hardcover edition.)

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34 editions First published in 1995

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Publish date unknown, Ballantine books
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1995, BCA
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in English
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1995, Headline
Intensity.
in Undetermined
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1995, Franklin Library
Intensity
in English - 1st ed.
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1995, Random House
Intensity
in English
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1995, Alfred A. Knopf
Intensity
Hardcover in English - First Trade Edition
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1995, Headline Feature
Intensity
in English
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1995, headline book publishing ltd
intensity
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January 13, 1996, Random House Audio
Intensity
Audio Cassette in English - Abridged edition
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1996, Random House
Intensity
Hardcover
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August 1996, ISIS Publishing
Intensity (ISIS Large Print)
Unknown Binding
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1996, Emecé Editores
Intensidad
in Spanish - 1a ed.
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1996, Random House Large Print in association with Affred A. Knopf, Inc.
Intensity
in English - 1st large print ed.
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September 30, 1996, Ballantine Books
Intensity
Mass Market Paperback in English
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1996, Alfred A. Knopf, Distributed by Random House
Intensity
in English - 1st trade ed.
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August 1996, Ballantine Books
Intensity
Mass Market Paperback in English
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October 10, 1996, Feature
Intensity
Paperback - New Ed edition
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1996, Ballentine
Intensity
in English
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1997, Akademī Shuppan
Intenshiti
in Japanese
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October 15, 1997, Random House Value Publishing
Intensity
Hardcover in English
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January 1, 1997, Lübbe
Intensity
Hardcover in German
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November 1997, Ballantine Books (Mm)
Intensity
Paperback
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October 1999, Bt Bound
Intensity
Library Binding in English
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February 1, 1999, Lübbe
Intensity.
Paperback in German
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June 22, 1999, Random House Value Publishing
Intensity
Paperback in English
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October 1, 2000, Lübbe
Intensity.
Paperback
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October 31, 2000, Bantam
Intensity
Mass Market Paperback in English
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October 2000, Turtleback Books Distributed by Demco Media
Intensity
Unknown Binding
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2000, Bantam Books
Intensity.
Paperback
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October 2001, Tandem Library
Intensity
in English
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May 17, 2005, Random House Audio
Intensity
Audio CD in English - Unabridged edition
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June 27, 2006, RH Audio
Intensity
Audio CD in English - Unabridged edition
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2006, ĖKSMO
Ocharovannyĭ krovʹi︠u︡
in Russian
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2007, Random House Publishing Group
Intensity
eBook in English

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