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The Taking: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – August 31, 2010
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The only thing I didn't enjoy was the ending. As the culprits of this destruction are unveiled, it loses some momentum. While the answer makes sense, you start to lose that sense of "something's out there waiting for me". Instead, you sort of keep watching from a sense of macabre interest--sort of like driving by a car wreck slowly. Don't get me wrong, there are still plenty of surprises and suspense thrown in, but I think the book would have been much more powerful if we'd been left in the dark just a little longer. The feeling of defeat and utter hopelessness doesn't let up, but the overall fear and dread die away as the revelations come in.
All in all, I'm very satisfied with this story though. Highly recommended.
As for myself, I loved this book. I'm a Koontz fan, so you might expect me to like another of his excellent novels, but there really is a great deal to like about this story. The story itself is an alein invasion story, but not your average, overdone nasty outerspace invaders type of tale. This one is done with a twist that I haven't seen done this way before, although I'll admit to not having read a great deal of Sci-Fi. Koontz admits in a podcast that I've listened to that his inspiration for the story came from Arthur C. Clarke, who suggested that alein technology from an advanced civilization might seem somehow supernatural to us. Koontz wondered about turning ACC's idea on it's head and suggesting that a supernatural invasion might seem like advanced technology to people in a society who don't believe in magic anymore. To people who only believe in science and the material world. I found this concept fascinating and Koontz's execution of it very well done.
I appreciate his use of metaphor and simile. His prose is vivid and often poetic and evokes such strong visual and auditory images in your mind as you read that you feel as if you are experiencing his created world first hand. His description of sights, sounds and smells become so real that one can feel the dark portent in the oppressive, driving rain, the bizarre behavior of the animals and the emotional response of his human characters.Read more ›
I read it through over 2 days(something I never do) I did have the added advantage of reading
it during bad weather which reinforced the books atmosphere.
This is a story more than a book or plot orientation. It moves and keeps moving. In some ways the opposite of the Odd Thomas series which feature
characters & dialogue more than action.
DK evoked a wider range of thought & feeling from me than with his other books. The story does raise many interesting religious/philisophical questions about survival choices,aliens,death and heaven & hell.
The story starts off with powerful mood-building imagery and with echoes of Koontz's "Strangers" and Stephen King's "The Stand" and "The Mist." Koontz then cranks up the suspense and horror as alien vegetation begins to invade the town, the residents are dispatched in gruesome and mysterious ways, and the dead come to life. Now the story segues into a Twilight Zone screenplay, as the supernatural and otherworldly occurrences increase. By the halfway point, Molly and Neil are now on a crusade to save the children at any cost, even though they wonder how anyone, adult or child, could survive this hellish new world order. When there are only 50 pages left to go in the story, I am wondering how Koontz could ever resolve the plot instead of leaving the reader hanging until a sequel. Then comes a disappointing ending that plays strongly on Koontz's increasing trend to use religion and hope in his books. Dogs feature prominently in this story, as they do in many of Koontz's books.Read more ›
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"One rainy night the end of the world begin..." Is the caption on the front of the paperback - and what a hook it was. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Rick C
Doomsday dawns for all sorts of reasons. Nuclear War. Viral infection. Social and economic collapse. Asteroid or comet blasts. Alien interventions. Read morePublished 1 day ago by R. P. Cotta Jr.
Read in two days time (took this long because I have 5 kids) and was enthralled from the beginning. A definite must read and highly recommended.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
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