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Publisher's Summary

Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, 26, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend's family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer", Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity. Chyna is trapped in his deadly orbit. Chyna is a survivor, toughened by a lifelong struggle for safety and self-respect. Now she will be tested as never before. At first her sole aim is to get out alive, until, by chance, she learns the identity of Vess' next intended victim, a faraway innocent only she can save. Driven by a newly discovered thirst for meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna musters every inner resource she has to save an endangered girl, as moment by moment, the terrifying threat Edgler Foreman Vess intensifies.
©1995 Dean Koontz; (P)1995 Random House, Inc. Random House AudioBooks, a division of Rnadom House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"The most viscerally exciting thriller of the year." (Publishers Weekly)
"Intensity chills the reader to the core and establishes Koontz as a master." (Associated Press)
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By Connie on 01-28-09

One of the best Koontz Books!

This book grabs you IMMEDIATELY and never lets go. Years ago, this was one of the first Koontz books I ever read. I was thrilled to pick it up on audible and listen to it, rather than read it. The narrator did a great job and again, it had me on the edge of my seat. If you want a great read that gets you in the first few minutes, this is one!

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By Markus on 10-16-08

Suspense from the first to the last page

After 5 minutes I was captured by this book - and this lasted until the end. Very "intense" book and highly recommendable.

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By Joseph on 02-10-08


Having read many of Dean's books I decided on an Audio book for a change and chose this at random.

I found that it is so different from the way he normally writes yet as exciting as ever.

Normally one is immersed in the supernatural with chilling happenings on each turn of the page. Here we have an intense murder story with the heroine trapped in an ever changing and increasingly exciting situation of her own altruistic choosing.

I highly recommend this book to anybody who loves the tension of a constantly twisting and turning tale.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

By Charlotte on 07-16-09

Very, very good.

I have read one other from this author and whilst that was great, it was a little too long winded for me. This however was perfect or just shy of it. The storyline, without going into any detail is a simple wrong place at the wrong time moment, but then one of the characters does some crazy things - which are very believeable and brings herself further into danger. It's a fast action paced book which will freak you out in times and really give you courage in others. The characters are complex but interesting. The narater was excellent, so much so I really thought this book was better listened to, then if I had of read it, because she brings the intensity of the authors works 'alive'. A must read if you want a tense thriller, which feels very real!

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