The Taking

The Taking

Large Print - 2004
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Molly and Neil Sloan awake to see golden rain falling. In their remote California mountain town, they learn from their television of enormous waterspouts and blizzards around the globe; then, the television ceases, as do all other forms of communication with the outside world. The Sloans are left, together with their neighbors, in the midst of a purple fog, disturbed by a threat they cannot identify or understand. Together they discover that the world is being prepared for beings other than themselves--beings with vast technological powers at their disposal, who will stop at nothing to hunt them down and kill them all.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2004.
ISBN: 9780375433696
Characteristics: 511 p. (large print) ; 25 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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