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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 ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 410 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Bantam (first published 2004)
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mark monday
Apr 01, 2013 mark monday rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horrortime
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 ...more
Jeremy
Oct 29, 2007 Jeremy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one...
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.
Amanda
Jun 04, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Suspense Lovers
Recommended to Amanda by: Brittney Duncan
Shelves: meh, blog
**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
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Melinda
Apr 17, 2011 Melinda rated it did not like it
Shelves: wall-of-shame
That's it. My last Dean Koontz. Dean, 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 ...more
Jason Cooperrider
Apr 29, 2010 Jason Cooperrider rated it it was amazing
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
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Devin
Aug 21, 2008 Devin rated it really liked it
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
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Barbara
Jul 15, 2008 Barbara rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, horror
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.
Felina
Jul 09, 2011 Felina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, star-5, 2010
"An extraterrestrial species hundreds or thousands of years more advanced than us, would posses technology that would appear to us to be not the result of applied science but entirely supernatural, pure magic."

This is my first Koontz book which might explain my high rating of it compared with the reviews I saw for it.

I can see how this book would be unappealing to a lot of people. It has a religious tone to it that could be off putting to some but that I enjoyed very much. Although absolutely no
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Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 16, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Another more recent book by Mr. Koontz. I enjoyed this book. It's one of those reads that kept bringing up in my mind what the writer was thinking. The what was in in his mind, where's he coming from thought process followed me through this book. It's one of those reads that makes me regret how much I don't like the last several books by Mr. Koontz. This one I enjoy and found very interesting.

This is a "sort of" end of the world read or maybe "end of current world/society" read. This one has a m
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Jason
Mar 26, 2008 Jason rated it liked it
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Dustin Crazy little brown owl
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.
Drebbles
Oct 07, 2009 Drebbles rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2006
"The Taking" is Dean Koontz's version of the end of the world. It focuses on a young couple, Molly and Neil Sloan, who wake up early one morning to a strange rainfall. Turning on their television, they soon realize that the whole world is under attack and they head into town to find other survivors. Along the way they encounter zombies, unnaturally large bugs, other unknown creatures lurking in trees, dolls that self-mutilate, UFO's, and a fungus that threatens to overtake everything. Molly dete ...more
Lea
Feb 14, 2013 Lea rated it really liked it
I rate this a four because it kept my attention and didn’t bore me, though there were times I did have to put the book down because of the creep factor with reading it mostly at night.

I have come to acknowledge that all of Dean Koontz books are weird and his imagination can be sometimes scary. This book was quite good…and definitely had the creep factor, from inanimate objects such as dolls moving on their own accord, and talking to creatures with the many faces of their prey in its hands. The f
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Nicholas Beck
Mar 27, 2011 Nicholas Beck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: koontz
Dean Koontz shows his tremendous writing ability throughout this book. The first time I read this book, all I was concerned about was what was happening in this apocalyptic story, but reading it this time I was able to concentrate on how incredible the writing is throughout this book. Dean Koontz excels in this genre between thriller and horror with expertise and dramatic plot surprises. This is another one of Koontz' many books which are nearly impossible to put down until you have finished rea ...more
RunRachelRun
Apr 08, 2011 RunRachelRun rated it did not like it
Shelves: yuck, gross
I'm not sure what "shelf" to put this book on. I grabbed it from our employee lending library this week out of desperation. I think I need to create a "Yuck" or "Eeep... gross!" or "Scenes will reappear in a nightmare sometime in the very near future". ''

You know, fellow readers, you really have to be careful of what you put in your head. It's like that book "Event Horizon" that I also borrowed from work. I'll start reading a passage and realize that this is not at all stuff, images, that you wa
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Terence
Jan 26, 2009 Terence rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
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Jennifer Snarr
Jan 22, 2013 Jennifer Snarr rated it it was ok
It has been many years since I have read anything by Koontz. I do not remember being as irritated by his writing style as I was by this book. It reminds me of a child learning a curse word for the first time and over-using it to make himself seem more mature... but is is precisely the overuse of the word that demonstrates just how immature the child is. His intriguing concept was butchered into short staccato pieces by his overuse of obscure vocabulary. It was distracting and I found myself so a ...more
Michelle
Jul 25, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: koontz
Definitely not one of his greatest works but it was an interesting story. Honestly I bought the book thinking it was about a kidnapping for some reason (I must have had it confused with another book), imagine my surprise when war of the worlds breaks loose in the first few pages. I liked this book because it was different, it has a decent twist and it does leave you wanting more. . . to keep reading and know what in the world is going on. The reason I didn't rate it higher is because the ending ...more
Kevin
Jun 18, 2008 Kevin rated it really liked it
After being awoken by an uncharacteristically powerful, oddly fragrant, and eerily luminescent rainfall, Molly and Neil Sloan discover that some kind of alien takeover of the Earth is in progress. Scared beyond wit's end but knowing that they are not going to give up without a fight, the couple pack up supplies and venture out into the darkness to discover if any of their neighbors are still alive and who would be willing to take up arms against an enemy who has yet to show himself. As time trud ...more
Heidi
Feb 13, 2014 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, creepy
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Rachel
Jan 19, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It is difficult to write about it without giving too much away, and I think the book will be better with the element of surprise. I, unfortunately, listened to a podcast by Dean Koontz in which he discussed his idea for this book, so I had a pretty good idea of the direction it was going to go. Still, I found it immensely enjoyable.

This book starts with an uncharacteristic rain storm in California, in which the rain has mysterious properties. It soon becomes apparent
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Javi
Dec 21, 2015 Javi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dean Koontz's fans
Eh...I don't know what to expect from Dean Koontz anymore. He has spent all of his life as a recluse talking to his dogs so maybe that's taken a toll at his state of mind :) But okay, seriously, this was an interesting read that will probably have Koontz's fans torn and won't be likely to get him new ones.

"The Taking" is Koontz's take on the apolycapse. The premise is simple but I have to admit that the beginning of the book was probably the scariest part: one night it starts raining and it doe
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BookMarc
Apr 20, 2010 BookMarc rated it did not like it
Writing about this novel is a challenge on a couple of levels. For one, I've been reading this book for nearly three years and still have a quarter of the book remaining...a feat I don't think I will ever accomplish. Also, the author has a double entendre of a surname that has me thinking of untold inappropriate comments that I will endeavor to keep to myself.
Many had recommended that I give Koontz a try (no Marc...keep that cheap shot to yourself) as I had exhausted the works of King, Laymon an
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Natalie
Sep 17, 2009 Natalie rated it liked it
Ok, this one has to be the scariest I've read by Dean Koontz so far. I didn't like a lot of the scary parts (it was too graphic really). A book that gives me the willies when I go down to my basement is to be avoided. I listened to this one on CD again (once again, that's a pattern I've developed for Koontz's books. It's fun to listen to something while hanging laundry, cooking dinner, etc.).

Many of Koontz's books have a light-hearted tone that makes up for the frightening parts. This one, of n
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Bandit
May 01, 2013 Bandit rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Leave it up to the literary equivalent of Wonderbread that Koontz is to mess up even something as fun an an alien invasion story. Actually I don't know if comparing him to Wonderbread might not be misleading due the word wonder in the brand name, something that is always in deficit in Koontz' work. But to pick up Koontz' book with all the great books that are out there would be like passing by a freshly baked baguette for a loaf of Wonderbread and for the sake of this analogy let's assume the pr ...more
Liz
This was a surprisingly good read for what I thought would be a pulp fiction horror. Koonzt is actually a really talented author, his descriptions are like the Thomas Hardy of horror....ok maybe not as talented, but close.

Zoontz builds an atmosphere in the first two pages and he continues to build tension and suspense through his descriptions of the surroundings and his characters. If it had rained whilst I read this book, I probably would have felt a little freaked out myself.

My only complaint
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Lauren-Jane
Nov 08, 2011 Lauren-Jane rated it did not like it
Just awful. I gave up reading it because I found the plot so unconvincing and ridiculous. I am no newcomer to this genre; apocalypses are my favourite types of books but I couldnt be drawn in to a book which begins by having bad weather which leads the characters to not only assume they are in immediate mortal danger but that they're being attacked by none other than some space aliens. Where is the link here? I've nothing against alien plots but I remain inconvinced by the sudden leap to this co ...more
Richard Jacoby
Jul 15, 2010 Richard Jacoby rated it it was ok
I love end of the world books. Dean Koontz has been one of my favorite writers for years. My expectations were probably kind of high. I think Dean needs to stop limiting his stories to 24 hour time limits. What may have helped him keep up the tension in his pacing is now limiting him horribly. I can't think of anything he has written in recent years in which the story takes place over more than a couple of days.

This is nothing to equal "The Stand" or Robert McCammon's "Swan Song."
Erin
Jan 16, 2008 Erin rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
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moonshinemurphy
Jan 10, 2016 moonshinemurphy rated it did not like it
it makes me ponder the prevalence of prolific authors like Koontz, this book clearly is one of those books if the author had not been such a prolific author i doubt that this would have been published. poorly written, a mix of many different ideas that are woven together that in the end just don't quite come together as a cohesive story. enter characters that are so two dimensional that a gust of wind would blow them down. an unlikable book in many regards. to say this was a struggle to get thro ...more
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