The Taking

The Taking

Book - 2004
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On the morning that marks the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. A luminous silvery downpour is drenching their small California mountain town. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now, in the moody purple dawn, the young couple cannot shake the sense of something terribly wrong.

As the hours pass, Molly and Neil listen to disturbing news of extreme weather phenomena across the globe. By nightfall, their little town loses all contact with the outside world. A thick fog transforms the once-friendly village into a ghostly labyrinth. And soon the Sloans and their neighbors will be forced to draw on reserves of courage and humanity they never knew they had. For within the misty gloom they will encounter something that reveals in a shattering instant what is happening to their world--something that is hunting them with ruthless efficiency.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780553593501
Branch Call Number: KOON
Characteristics: 338 p.


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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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