The Taking by Dean Koontz Book Summary
This ebook edition contains a special preview of Dean Koontz’s The Silent Corner.
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.
The Taking (Dean Koontz) Book Reviews
ExcellentI bought this book on a whim for something to read on my lunch break. This is a seriously great book. I've read it many times since and always recommend it..Score: 5/5
The TakingThis book is typical Koontz in that it was scary, had dogs as a critical part of the story but he added a lot of his religious insite in the final chapter that made it exceptional for me. TS Elliot quotes were interesting as well..Score: 5/5
Awesome!Read this book in three days. One day I had called in sick to work because I just had to find out what happens. The ending blew my mind. I literally had brain matter hanging out one ear ;).Score: 5/5
What Happens in the End?Can Anyone Tell me in details what happened in the end I didn't quite understand it. THANX!.Score: 5/5
FantasticThis was the first book I read by dean koontz and I haven't stopped reading his books since..Score: 5/5
Not his bestI love Koontz's books, but I had a hard time buying this one - the story - and I was totally disappointed with the ending. I was hoping for something that would "make" the book and my time worthwhile. I didn't get it. It still entertains though.....it's Dean Koontz..Score: 2/5
A tour de force!This book is just amazing. Unlike other books, the excitement starts from the beginning and drives you to the end. It's scary and absolutely incredible. A must read!.Score: 5/5
Excessive Metaphors!Sometimes all you need to do is describe what's seen and go with it. When too many metaphors are made it takes from the story. I would get consumed by action and then feel I'm reading a thesaurus. I love Koontz but not this story..Score: 3/5
Not his bestI've read a few of koontz's books and generally found them entertaining. I had to struggle to get through the this one, though. I consider myself to be pretty well read with a decent vocabulary, but I sometimes felt like I should have a dictionary handy while reading it. Much of the story details were unnecessary. An allegory for the biblical flood and cleansing could have been much more tersely written. No real need for all the fungi, creatures, molds, and organic space vehicles: It rained for a long time, flooded everything, few survivors, end of story. Plus there was no explanation as to why the ETs just left and returned the Earth to its normal state. It just ended..Score: 1/5
The TakingI've read at least 5 of Mr. Koontz works and I have to say I was surprised and very disappointed as I read The Taking. It's as if he wrote it hoping to sell it for yet another alien invasion B movie. Wow what a load of crap. Could tolerate the whole book. Please don't do this again..Score: 2/5
The most thrilling ride of all!An avid reader of Mr. Koontz, I found this book to keep me on the edge of the couch! Scary, thought-provoking, and all too believable....what if it did happen? This tome ranks in my top three: Watchers, Intensity and The Taking. I enjoyed it so much, I shared it with my priest! Definitely a good read for a stormy, wet night! Enjoy..Score: 5/5
Not a Fan...Of this one. Not sure why the formatting of this book puts double spaces between the paragraphs but it’s most difficult to read. It’s more like stand alone thoughts—overly metaphoric even for Koontz (there is no modulation to the descriptive imagery, just over-done).Could not finish this story. Sorry for poor review. Characters are completely flat and unreachable..Score: 2/5
Dean is pure genius.This work has inspired me so much. He thinks outside the box in such a way that you find yourself never watching TV....again!.Score: 5/5
TerribleI have been a fan of Koonts since I read Whispers years ago. His books have not left me wanting more for a while,but this one maybe the last one I will read unless I go back and reread some of his earlier books. I’m not a word master by any means but this is the first book in a very long time that I was happy to have a dictionary on my reader. The story it’s self was way to long and I skipped many paragraphs of it. Wish I had gotten a sample before wasting my money..Score: 1/5
A must readThis book is great! Actually I don't think I've read one of his that isn't awesome !!!.Score: 5/5
Time crunchGood book but very sudden ending.. Almost as if Mr. Koontz was on a deadline for the book...Score: 3/5
One of Koontz’s creepiest in years!Dean Koontz doesn’t think of himself as a horror novelist. As a fan of both suspense novels and horror novels, I definitely see him as an author of both. The Taking is among his best! Extremely creepy and terrifying, overwhelmingly suspenseful, sometimes very funny, this exciting shocker features all of the ingredients of Koontz’s best work, including two likable protagonists and a strong message about morality. It even includes a VERY surprising ending, one that exudes hope in an unexpectedly spiritual way! Enjoy!.Score: 5/5
TakingBeautifully written, the words compose images that take the reader to a different world. the plot is fascinating, but only a backdrop for the words..Score: 5/5
The Taken, heaven and hell restructured, the centre cannot hold.Dean Koontz is also a sifter of wheat and his story The Taken gives hope in a world without much pure sunshine. The belief that science it stronger than religion is hell over heaven and in the end will not be. As William Butler Yeats wrote, "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.". However, the Bible will rule out and sift the world as wheat. The center cannot hold, but heaven will overcome, Christians will win out. Thank you Dean Koontz for writing your own story of hope..Score: 5/5
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