The Taking

The Taking

eBook - 2005
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On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Niel Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong. As hours pass and the rain continues to fall, Molly and Niel listen to disturbing news of extreme weather phenomena across the globe. Before evening, their little town loses television and radio reception. Then telephone and the Internet are gone. With the ceaseless rain now comes an obscuring fog that transforms the once-friendly village into a ghostly labyrinth. By nightfall the Sloans have gathered with some of their neighbors to deal with community damage ... but also because they feel the need to band together against some unknown threat, some enemy they cannot identify or even imagine. In the night, strange noises arise, and at a distance, in the rain and the mist, mysterious lights are seen drifting among the trees. The rain diminishes with the dawn, but a moody gray-purple twilight prevails. Soon Molly, Niel, and their small band of friends will be forced to draw on reserves of strength, courage, and humanity they never knew they had. For within the misty gloom they will encounter something that reveals in a terrifying instant what is happening to their world--something that is hunting them with ruthless efficiency. Epic in scope, searingly intimate and immediate in perspective, The Taking is an adventure story like no other, a relentless roller-coaster read that brings apocalypse to Main Street.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780307414281
Characteristics: 410 p. ; 18 cm


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DBRL_KrisA Apr 02, 2017

A decent book, with some scary, suspenseful elements - but, to be honest, not nearly as scary as I had expected. This is my first time reading Dean Koontz, so I don't know if his other books are scarier, or if I'm just jaded, or if Hollywood has burned from me the ability to be scared by something as pedestrian as aliens (even aliens with faces in their hands). Or maybe I lack the imagination necessary to fully comprehend the horrible scenes described here. To be honest, the things that scared me the most were those that were closer to the realm of possibility - walls full of bugs, fungus with worm-like innards, a woman trapped in a restroom with a psychopathic killer.
I don't think it's spoiling the surprise to say there's a definite religious undertone running through the book. I picked up on it fairly early on, when Neil's brother quotes scripture about the devil "having great wrath because he knoweth he hath but a short time." It was interesting to see this intersection of Revelation, alien invasion, psychopathic killer, and just general monster-type horror, all in one book.

Jun 21, 2016

Catholic propaganda thinly disguised as an SF story. Initially, I enjoyed reading how Molly and Neil tried to rationalize what was going on around them, even though it was totally surreal. But to come to the end and have it be . . . the devil???? WTF? I knew it was shlock when I checked it out at the library, but after reading the cover blurb, it sounded like a fun and silly read. Must have skimmed too much to catch all the religious crap throughout, but still was thoroughly disgusted by the ending. Sheesh. I've learned my lesson with Koontz.

May 21, 2016

Really enjoyed this, one of Koontz's better books [in the category with The Watchers and Twilight Eyes, but shorter in duration]. Great pacing.

Jun 28, 2015

I used to adore all Dean's books, but lately, some are great and some are just, well, meh. I found this one tedious.

Dec 11, 2014

I haven't read that much Koontz. This one was excellent. Sparkling writing, scary, suspenseful, with a satisfying ending.

Jun 04, 2014

Struggled to finish the book and thought it more suited to teens... however the ending paints a clearer picture - that the book has a basis in Biblical scripture

Jun 05, 2013

I'm not generally into sci fi but this one was great. Puts a mystery twist on it.

Feb 12, 2011

Losts of great suspense with a surprising twist at the end in typical Koontz fashion. I really enjoyed this book.

Apr 22, 2010

I read this in one sitting and at first it seemed to be a take on another author's plotline, but turned out completely different.

Not a bad book, but wasn't exactly what I was expecting.


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