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 TakingOn 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 wrongAs 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 damagebut 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


10 thoughts on “The Taking

  1. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    This was a bubbling cesspool meandering mess The apocalypse has hit the world Unexplained phenomena crop up everywhere Coyotes that weren t quite coyotes, people coming back to the dead and a sudden invasion of creatures that were altogether unsettling Molly and her husband feel a pull to the city and set off to save their town or die trying.Enter the blandest main character I have met in a long, long while Molly Sloan I disliked her from start to finish I can t really pinpoint why I h This was a bubbling cesspool meandering mess The apocalypse has hit the world Unexplained phenomena crop up everywhere Coyotes that weren t quite coyotes, people coming back to the dead and a sudden invasion of creatures that were altogether unsettling Molly and her husband feel a pull to the city and set off to save their town or die trying.Enter the blandest main character I have met in a long, long while Molly Sloan I disliked her from start to finish I can t really pinpoint why I hated her with such a passion It didn t help that her voice in the audiobook was sing songy and nasally And she was a bit annoying and woe is me in the book I ll put it down to her Mary Sue ness.The apocalypse aspects were pretty good creepy talking dolls, the invading creatures but the characters kept ruining things for me The story had a quick pace but there s a difference between fast paced and just throwing inexplicable events at you The book either dragged or zipped by never a healthy balance No in between.The heavy handed religious twist deeply unsettled me It felt like a perversion on religious themes for shock value and changed this book from 2.5 stars to barely a 1 in my eyes.I adored Odd Thomas but now I realize that a series like that may be a once in an author s lifetime sort of thing.Audiobook CommentsI honestly can t distinguish whether I hated Mollyor her voice.YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading


  2. mark monday mark monday says:

    What will make a man despise all that is around him What has happened in his life that he would rejoice in the drowning of a world, that he sees precious little of good in his fellow adults What has happened that his love is now reserved only for children, animals, nature I found myself wondering this as I read Koontz s apocalyptic invasion of earth cum spiritual odyssey The Taking I also couldn t help but think of the protagonist of The Mosquito Coast and of Mel Gibson The Koontz I read wh What will make a man despise all that is around him What has happened in his life that he would rejoice in the drowning of a world, that he sees precious little of good in his fellow adults What has happened that his love is now reserved only for children, animals, nature I found myself wondering this as I read Koontz s apocalyptic invasion of earth cum spiritual odyssey The Taking I also couldn t help but think of the protagonist of The Mosquito Coast and of Mel Gibson The Koontz I read when much younger was a libertarian no doubt, and he filled his fast paced narratives with typically feisty heroines, stalwart heroes, inherently evil villains yet they all lived in a world that was not visibly a portrait of Sodom Gomorrah before its fall Clearly Koontz s world view has changed narrowed Soured Slowly transformed into something much darker What happened to Koontz After reading his bio on line, I couldn t see anything that would have changed a man so utterly and am left only with the vague notion that too much time in the hands of a very rich man is often not a widening experience Perhaps it is one where the man becomes so entrenched in his basic belief system that everything around him becomes a symbol or symptom of all that he loves and all that he despises Idle hands are the Devil s tools perhaps Although Koontz is far from idle, he is practically a novel writing machine Still I can t help but wonder what his thoughts would be if he were engaged in aordinary life, burdened by 9 5 work and by responsibilities and by simple things like saving money and making sure there s enough to pay bills and make mortgage payments if he didn t have the isolation that a life of extreme wealth can bring a life in which the everyday company of peers and the general flow of surrounding people have become diminished or even absent then perhaps he wouldn t have the time or even the inclination to brood so malevolently on the world and how sick to death it makes him How the world should be remade, to his liking It may be that the destiny of the rich and too well known is to eventually sink into a pit of their own making There are no real world responsibilities to act as signposts in viewing how the world operates at least from a realistic, complicated, ground level point of view.His targets remain the same, although here they have acquired asinister sheen He still hates Hollywood, the liberal prison system, the myth of global warming, the mainstream media odd, coming from one of the foremost supermarket paperback novelists living today , and he still enjoys defiling his own personal bugaboo the liberal professor In this novel, the liberal professor is actually an alien puppet of infinite malice Literally But now Koontz s targets arethan targets, they are the logical reason why the earth should suffer its second Deluge At one point the protagonist realizes that they are in a time of Sodom Gomorrah because murder is so easily allowed Strange It is the point of view of a person who only reads the paper and watches the news in order to seeandevidence of the barbarity of humanity Perhaps he doesn t live in a world that is filled with people who also hate murder now who do you know who is actually pro murder folks who make it obvious that not everyone is sick with greed and callousness A world where a drink does not automatically equal debauchery Or one where a liberal professor is not a figure of control and despair, but just a liberal professor A world that includes sickening evil but is not simply sick and evil You know a genuinely complicated world, the real world.This skewed perspective became stifling Fortunately there were plenty of his trademark Dogs Are Special People type scenes to distract me I love dogs See, Koontz, we have something in common after all Do you really want to destroy me The novel itself is interesting Koontz has replaced his no frills style with one that yearns for poetry and meaning It is successful perhaps half the time and the other half is eye rolling and even head scratching But The Taking does have its many moments of interest, of eerie horror and phantasmagoric tableau There was a sequence relaying the final, terror filled dialogue of a space station under unfathomable attack that was pretty riveting And the spirituality is rather absorbing to contemplate and, certainly, it is passionately expressed In a funny way, the story itself is the reverse of a Scooby Doo or Doctor Who plot in the end, silly reader, view spoiler it s not the so called rational science fiction answer, it is indeed the devil s work And the devil wants you and all your ilk because, well, nearly all humans suck and pretty much deserve to be swept from this earth hide spoiler Time to start fresh, on The Mosquito Coast, in Mel Gibson land.oh, onething a demonic storm with rain that feels and smells like sperm wow EVIL is literally seeding the earth sperm is EVIL


  3. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    Possibly the worst Koontz book I have ever read Poor character development, meandering plot line and an utterly nonsensical religious subtext completely demolish any sense of creepy atmosphere that the author manages to successfully employ.


  4. Amanda Amanda says:

    Some mild spoilers Well, I don t want to give too much away as a book such as this relies heavily upon suspense Simply put, it was okay The basic premise it begins raining one night, but this is no ordinary rain it s one bad mamma jamma torrential, luminous, and occurring at precisely the exact same time all over the world Defense satellites are out of commission, strange alien creatures run amok, and people begin to go insane And that s all before the crap really hits the proverbial f Some mild spoilers Well, I don t want to give too much away as a book such as this relies heavily upon suspense Simply put, it was okay The basic premise it begins raining one night, but this is no ordinary rain it s one bad mamma jamma torrential, luminous, and occurring at precisely the exact same time all over the world Defense satellites are out of commission, strange alien creatures run amok, and people begin to go insane And that s all before the crap really hits the proverbial fan Now the other thing about books such as this is that the most obvious explanation for whatever creepiness is going down is beaten like a dead horse to the point that you know it can t possibly be that explanation Instead, you have to pay attention to the theory that s being ruled out as a possibility, yet mentioned peripherally and in often subtle ways throughout the book Therein lies the problem with The Taking the clues weren t subtle enough and I pretty much had it all figured out from the very first one seriously, can you mention Legion and not be obvious I desperately hoped that Koontz was going to throw in a plot twist so craftily, well, crafted before the end that I would have to cede the victory to him Well played, Dean, I imagined myself saying by the book s end, but you shant cozen me next time with your verbal trickery Instead, all I can say is, Better luck next time, and play your cards a little closer to the vest don t name the freakin dog Virgil Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder


  5. Dustin Crazy little brown owl Dustin Crazy little brown owl says:

    A few minutes past one O clock in the morning, a hard rain fell without warning. opening sentence of THE TAKING.My favorite character in The Taking is a doll which just cracks me up I also like the T.S Eliot quotes shared throughout the story and Koontz finishes The Taking in a very beautiful thought provoking manner, giving the reader a feeling of hope.There are multiple Koontzisms to be found in The Taking, including the mentioning of key phrases Koontz titles A few minutes past one O clock in the morning, a hard rain fell without warning. opening sentence of THE TAKING.My favorite character in The Taking is a doll which just cracks me up I also like the T.S Eliot quotes shared throughout the story and Koontz finishes The Taking in a very beautiful thought provoking manner, giving the reader a feeling of hope.There are multiple Koontzisms to be found in The Taking, including the mentioning of key phrases Koontz titles


  6. Melinda Melinda says:

    That s it My last Dean Koontz Koontz, like Stephen King, wrote some truly good books Scary, thrilling, page turners that had great plots and likeable, believeable, and horrible characters Many of Dean Koontz s books had noble themes, and endings that gave one a sense of justice and purpose after the chaos of the story Stephen King has written undisputable horror classics Then, both Stephen and Dean began to write hundreds of books Hundreds Cha ching And did it affect the quality Yes, i That s it My last Dean Koontz Koontz, like Stephen King, wrote some truly good books Scary, thrilling, page turners that had great plots and likeable, believeable, and horrible characters Many of Dean Koontz s books had noble themes, and endings that gave one a sense of justice and purpose after the chaos of the story Stephen King has written undisputable horror classics Then, both Stephen and Dean began to write hundreds of books Hundreds Cha ching And did it affect the quality Yes, it did I just must be a slow learner, because until today, I just kept buying them Some people may not agree with me, but then some people can read one Harlequin Romance after another for years and never get bored with them Like a drug, you just want to relive the experience of reading that first wonderful book again I ll never forget those first characters I couldn t get enough of, and how I fell in love with the noble, intelligent dogs, as in Watchers But book after book, will never match the thrill of the first one In the 80 s, every great movie had at least one crappy sequel Today we seem to be doing the same thing with books Well, I, for one am going to swear off sequels from now on


  7. Jaice Cooperrider Jaice Cooperrider says:

    This is easily one of Koontz s scariest novels, in that it is packed full of dark suspense In that regard, it is along the lines of Winter Moon and Phantoms two of my other Koontz favorites The action in the book picks up very early, which is unlike many of his novels, and continues to the very end Overall, I thought it was a very enjoyable read and I would highly recommend it, as it is one of my favorite books of his that I have read so far SPOILER ALERT My major qualm with the book l This is easily one of Koontz s scariest novels, in that it is packed full of dark suspense In that regard, it is along the lines of Winter Moon and Phantoms two of my other Koontz favorites The action in the book picks up very early, which is unlike many of his novels, and continues to the very end Overall, I thought it was a very enjoyable read and I would highly recommend it, as it is one of my favorite books of his that I have read so far SPOILER ALERT My major qualm with the book lies in its religious theme, which we discover at the end there is a pervasive religious undertone throughout the book, however, which is very common for Koontz and is one of the ways that his writing annoys me The book begins suggesting an invasion of Earth by malevolent aliens, but certain supernatural events throughout the book call that hypothesis into question At the end, the primary antagonist comes to the conclusion that the events were those of the traditional Christian rapture, with some humans going to Hell, others to Heaven, and still others remain on Earth to live out their lives in the new world Of course, we are expected to take the protagonist s conclusions as gospel, no matter how far fetched they might be, given the known facts presented thus far in the book this is another very common aspect of Koontz s writing that annoys me There is also a fairly confusing side story regarding the primary protagonist s evil father that seemed to add nothing to the plot of the novel, but did serve to flesh out the primary protagonist s character , so that she seemedreal and we could sympathizewith her Plus, Koontz just can t resist including a psycho killer in his novels This review is dedicated to my goodreads friend, Becky, who inspired me to write this review and perhaps others in the future


  8. Sarah Sarah says:

    Still the most terrifying book I ve ever read D This is one of my top four favorite Koontz books and I ve read it many times This is a book that makes me want to hide under something since putting it in the freezer is seriously insufficient It s the kind of book that makes me wan to read it out of the corner of my eye which doesn t actually work and jump right out of my skin at the slightest noise Surprisingly, it didn t make me totally paranoid about the basement.I had a friend with a pho Still the most terrifying book I ve ever read D This is one of my top four favorite Koontz books and I ve read it many times This is a book that makes me want to hide under something since putting it in the freezer is seriously insufficient It s the kind of book that makes me wan to read it out of the corner of my eye which doesn t actually work and jump right out of my skin at the slightest noise Surprisingly, it didn t make me totally paranoid about the basement.I had a friend with a phobia of spores and I told her to make sure to never read this book because there are some seriously spine chilling spores of an infinite variety It s creepy as hell.The protagonist in this one is a woman named Molly, who like many of Koontz s protagonists, was a part of terrible events as a child Because of these events Molly has a great deal of hope and in difficult circumstances this hope is the most essential part of who Molly is As the world is reverse terraformed for the invaders and alien species are introduced, especially the many variety of spores, it s only the hopeful who have a chance of surviving.Also like many of Koontz s later books, mysterious dogs, and eventually cats, play an integral part in the story It s also one of the books that shows his Jesuit beliefs the most strongly Sometimes this bothers me but in this case it didn t T.S Eliot is also very frequently quoted Koontz often quotes Eliot but in this case the quotes are a part of the story.After I finished this I found myself pondering how I even survived my first read of this book without having a heart attack Now I know what s coming, which basically makes the terror slightlydiluted but longer lasting, but back then I didn t have that advantage And it s a freaking terrifying book


  9. Barbara Barbara says:

    I forgot to take a book on vacation, and ended up having to walk down to a garage sale and take what they had I ve enjoyed some of Koonz s books, so I picked this one The first couple chapters showed a lot of promise a lot After that, every move made by the characters required excrutiating explanation and superhuman leaps of logic By the middle of the book, I was bored, but stayed until the end because I wanted to see how they supposedly solved the issue It really wasn t worth the effort.


  10. Devin Devin says:

    I m torn on what rating to give this book On one hand, I found the premise engaging, the pacing perfect for the most part , the underlying concept interesting, and the horror very well executed On the other hand, the ending felt a little bit rushed to me, and there were one or two details that I felt came across as a little too leading I can also see why the story may have a polarizing effect on its readers I quite liked it, but I see why some won t I don t count that as a point against th I m torn on what rating to give this book On one hand, I found the premise engaging, the pacing perfect for the most part , the underlying concept interesting, and the horror very well executed On the other hand, the ending felt a little bit rushed to me, and there were one or two details that I felt came across as a little too leading I can also see why the story may have a polarizing effect on its readers I quite liked it, but I see why some won t I don t count that as a point against the story, mind you.In the end, however, it is a book that I would recommend to fellow fans of horror I finished it in two evenings of reading at about four hours each sitting, I think it s a very compelling story, and Koontz knows how to build tension, horror, and shock, and how to end every brief chapter with a hook that makes you want to keep reading.As a final note, I was pleased to see that this story is set in my home region of the San Bernardino Mountains Though the town of Black Lake is fictional, it was very easy for me to see the majority of the story taking place in my hometown of Crestline This was my first book by Koontz, but it definitely won t be my last