- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (May 25, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739301780
- ISBN-13: 978-0739301784
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 2.6 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 758 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,165,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Koontz remains one of the most fascinating of contemporary popular novelists ... he is a novelist of metaphysics and moral reflection."—Publishers Weekly
"A thrill ride."—Daily News (NY)
From the Hardcover edition.
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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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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I am the type of person who gets an adrenaline rush from nightmares. Once they are over, I am relieved, but I would not change the dreams I had. This was one of those sort of experiences. I felt like it was one of those long, scary, end-of-the-world type of dreams that is brilliant in its own right.
After this book, I will always look at rain and the San Bernardino mountains in a different light and with a memory of one of my favorite stories.
Some people are giving one star ratings, and I've noticed many of them failed to finish the book. This tells me that simple minds may not be intrigued by the complex and implausible situation in the plot. If you like simple, one-track books, you may not like this one, but if you like an intriguing and other worldly experience, I highly recommend it.
I saw such beauty in most of the story, even in the horror of it all. I began reading with an open mind, and I felt like a better person somehow after finishing it. I felt closer to God, whether or not that's what Koontz intended.
Molly and her husband Neil have but only one crusade , to rescue the children everywhere , flowers with no malice completely pure that are actually protecting them without really understanding that is HOPE what makes them reigned over this unspeakable evil. The triumph of the spirit.
Starting out as an alien invasion thriller, the descriptions of the cataclysmic ecological changes engulfing the world are truly frightening. The unknown aliens that are seemingly able to plunge the world into chaos and strike fear into the hearts of man certainly give the reader pause. The descriptive imagery of the author was truly superlative throughout the book. I was riveted!
When a young married couple, Molly and Neil Sloan, wake up one night, in their remote mountain top house in California, there is an incessant, relentless, luminescent rain that is falling. It is unlike any other rain they have ever experienced. News reports on their television tell of weather disturbances around the globe. Moreover, a group of astronauts have had a close encounter of the third kind that has not gone well. So, Molly and Neil decide to leave their home and find others in the town below. After all, isn't there safety in numbers? When they reach it, all is not what it seems. What they discover will change their lives forever.
Definitely Koontz is in top form for most of this haunting and scary book that starts out as an alien invasion book and segues into an allegorical age old tale of the battle between good and evil. Though I wish it had been just a good old fashioned alien invasion thriller, I cannot fault the author for taking the story where his heart led him. The themes in the book are those that have appeared in many of the author's other books and are obviously themes close to his heart.