The new thriller from Dean Koontz is a novel of stunning suspense and visceral terror as doomsday dawns. On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Niel Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain. It has haunted their dreams through the night, and now they find an eerily luminous and silver downpour that drenches ...
The new thriller from Dean Koontz is a novel of stunning suspense and visceral terror as doomsday dawns. On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Niel Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain. It has haunted their dreams through the night, and now they find an eerily luminous and silver downpour that drenches their small Californian mountain town. As hours pass they hear news of extreme weather phenomena across the globe. An obscuring fog turns once familiar streets into a ghostly labyrinth. By evening, the town has lost all communication with the outside world. First TV and radio go dead, then the Internet and phone lines. The young couple gathers together with some neighbours, sensing a threat they cannot identify or even imagine. The night brings strange noises, and mysterious lights drift among the trees. The rain diminishes with the dawn but a moody grey-purple twilight prevails. Within the misty gloom the small band will encounter something that reveals in a terrifying instant what is happening to the world -- something that is hunting them with ruthless efficiency. Epic in scope, searingly intimate and immediate in its perspective, The Taking is a story of a strangely changed and changing world as apocalypse comes to Main Street.
I loved this book. I started reading it on a very rainy spring night which really added to the mood of the book. I finished reading it that same week and it rained every night and day (we had a flood). The book was hard to put down and I during the times I wasn't reading it I found myself thinking about it, questioning, wondering 'what will happen next?' I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a little scare.
Jan 9, 2009
Positively A Must Read
This book was exceptional. From the moment I began reading I could not put it down. Every twist and turn in the story keeps you wanting to read on. The storyline keeps the pages turning with only the mystery and suspense that Dean Koontz can provide. If you like the writings of Steven King then I highly recommend this book and others by Dean Koontz.
Sep 13, 2008
This is a great Koontz book. His story telling is detailed, yet not bogged down in them. It rolls along so quickly you will find that you can't put it down.
It has a level of mysticism that could almost be religion, but not quite. It does not require you to believe in God or any other religious figure. It is simply a great story.
Imagine the world ending, but not knowing what caused it. You are just 'left'. That is what this book is about.
My only beef with it is that it was not longer. I wanted more of 'what happened next.'
Apr 4, 2007
I could not put this book down and read it all weekend long. It was so intense and mysterious with a wholesome ending. Basically, there is something perculiar in the air, something unknown and frighting going on everywhere in the world, children are untouched my the presense yet are still in danger by the adults being affected by the presense. I really like the idea that there were some adults that were attempting to protect the children and because of this those adults also seemed to be untouchable by the presense. This book is reglious in ways, but not according to normal beliefs, but the children and the child protectors were the only ones that could be safe during this horrific event that took place in approx 24 hours. Souls were being captured from a dark force in the unknown. Very intense and suspenseful.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-05-10 In 1975, the now defunct Laser Books issued Invasion by Aaron Wolfe, aka Koontz (who later expanded that novel into Winter Moon, 1994), a breakneck tale of alien invasion centered on an isolated farm. Koontz's new novel also concerns alien invasion, and a comparison of the two books offers insight into the evolution of this megaselling author's work. Invasion was mostly speed and suspense-a brilliant if superficial exercise in terror. The new novel also features abundant suspense, as a couple in an isolated California home endure a phosphorescent rain and learn that, around the world, something is attacking humans and laying waste to communications. It's only when they drive to a nearby town that they learn of a global alien invasion; the tension ratchets as a weird fog descends and the aliens not only manifest physically but animate the dead. For years, however, Koontz has aimed at more than just thrills; today he is a novelist of metaphysics and moral reflection. His aliens are inherently evil as well as scary; standing against them are the human capacity for hope and the forces of goodness and innocence (here, as elsewhere, embodied in dogs), and near novel's end Koontz puts an overtly religious spin on his tale. Koontz's language has changed over the years, too, and not always for the better. While his care with words engenders admiration, his love of metaphor and alliteration can slow down the reading ("the luminous nature of the torrents that tinseled the forest and silvered the ground"). Also missing here is the wonderful humor that elevated his last novel, Odd Thomas, and some other recent work. Koontz remains one of the most fascinating of contemporary popular novelists, and this stands as an important effort, but not his best, though its sincerity and passion can't be denied. Agent, Robert Gottlieb at Trident Media. (May 25) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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