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The Taking - Dean Koontz
The Taking
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In one of the most dazzling books of his celebrated career, Dean Koontz delivers a masterwork of page-turning suspense that surpasses even his own inimitable reputation as a chronicler of our worst fears—and best dreams. In The Taking he tells the story of a community cut off from a world under... show more
In one of the most dazzling books of his celebrated career, Dean Koontz delivers a masterwork of page-turning suspense that surpasses even his own inimitable reputation as a chronicler of our worst fears—and best dreams. In The Taking he tells the story of a community cut off from a world under siege, and the terrifying battle for survival waged by a young couple and their neighbors as familiar streets become fog-shrouded death traps. Gripping, heartbreaking, and triumphant in the face of mankind’s darkest hour, here is a small-town slice-of-doomsday thriller that strikes to the core of each of us to ask: What would you do in the midst of The Taking.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 and showcases the talents of one of our most original and mesmerizing novelists at the pinnacle of his powers.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780553584509 (0553584502)
Publisher: Bantam
Pages no: 410
Edition language: English
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Let's Talk About Books
Let's Talk About Books rated it
3.5 The Taking
This one was an interesting one. I'm very glad I decided to read it. It was creepy and really sucked me into the world it was creating. It wasn't perfect though. In fact, I was a little surprised by some of the complaints I had, just because I wasn't expecting to have them. But I'll get onto that la...
Cody's Bookshelf
Cody's Bookshelf rated it
5.0 THE TAKING Review
This is the third time in a row I have awarded a Dean Koontz novel five stars. What is going on?! The Taking, Dean Koontz's 2004 apocalyptic thriller, floored me. Before reading it I scoured the internet (specifically Amazon) for reviews to get a general impression of the story. I do this before s...
CarlAlves
CarlAlves rated it
3.0 The Taking
Set in a small town in California, Molly Sloan and her husband Neil wake up to strange, downpouring rain that animals are having extreme negative reactions toward, which is part of massive changes taking place in the world. All forms of communications, including the Internet, are down. The novel sta...
silverneurotic
silverneurotic rated it
Back in college I was a big Koontz fan, probably because Stephen King wasn’t really producing anything worthwhile and I’d read all his good stuff already…so Dean Koontz was a good second choice…especially as he writes like crazy so not only did he already have an insanely large back catelogue to cho...
Momster Bookworm
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4.0 The Taking
The last time I was so creeped out reading a book, it was Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary'. This one by Dean Koontz made my skin crawl with its lurid descriptions. Yet I was gripped, enthralled by the macabre buffet of words, insatiated through morbid curiosity. As for the story, it ends in such a way ...
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