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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 May 2004)
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Mary Wallace It's fairly obvious, plus Koontz limns disturbing imagery of children being threatened and/or taken by very weird and awful aliens.…moreIt's fairly obvious, plus Koontz limns disturbing imagery of children being threatened and/or taken by very weird and awful aliens. (less)
M No, I don't think so. There is a psychopath who talks about getting sexually aroused by killing children.…moreNo, I don't think so. There is a psychopath who talks about getting sexually aroused by killing children. (less)

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Miranda Reads
This was a bubbling cesspool meandering mess.

The apocalypse has hit the world. Unexplained phenomena crop up everywhere. Coyotes-that-weren't-quite-coyotes, people coming back to the dead and a sudden invasion of creatures that were altogether unsettling. Molly and her husband feel a pull to the city and set off - to save their town or die trying.

Enter the blandest main character I have met in a long, long while: Molly Sloan. I disliked her from start to finish. I can't really pinpoint why I
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mark monday
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 Koontzs apocalyptic invasion of earth-cum-spiritual odyssey The Taking. I also couldnt help but think of the protagonist of The Mosquito Coast and of Mel Gibson. The Koontz I read when ...more
Jeremy
Oct 26, 2007 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
Sep 02, 2008 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
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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.

There are multiple Koontzisms to be found in The Taking, including the mentioning of key phrases & Koontz titles.
Melinda
Apr 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: wall-of-shame
That's it. My last Dean Koontz. Koontz, 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, ...more
Jaice Cooperrider
Feb 15, 2009 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
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Sarah
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still the most terrifying book I've ever read :D This is one of my top four favorite Koontz books and I've read it many times. This is a book that makes me want to hide under something since putting it in the freezer is seriously insufficient. It's the kind of book that makes me wan to read it out of the corner of my eye (which doesn't actually work) and jump right out of my skin at the slightest noise. Surprisingly, it didn't make me totally paranoid about the basement.

I had a friend with a
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Barbara
Jul 15, 2008 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.
Devin
Aug 17, 2008 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
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Felina
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, star-5, 2010, 2020
"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
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Pam Baddeley
Sep 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Many years ago I read and enjoyed several of this author's books although I can't recall much about them now. So it was with a pleasant anticipation that I picked up this book and at first I found it interesting and creepy.

Molly wakes in the middle of the night due to very heavy rain that has not managed to wake her husband, and she goes downstairs. She sees that the rain is luminous and it has driven a lot of coyotes onto her porch. The animals look terrified of something out in the rain which
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Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 27, 2009 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
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Drebbles
Oct 07, 2009 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 ...more
Lea
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I rate this a four because it kept my attention and didnt 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 goodand 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
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Nicholas Beck
May 15, 2010 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 ...more
Jennifer Snarr
Jan 11, 2013 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 ...more
RunRachelRun
Apr 08, 2011 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
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Mary
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best Koontz book I have read-while ,yes the suspense is there, but the descriptions are too long--really good but too detailed and LONG. So good that you find yourself being suffocated by the humidity and plants, mold, etc growing all around. Unfortunately, this is one of Koontz books where he just decides to end the book and it is over just like that. It is as though he has nothing more to say so just stops.

Add on to former review

This was my second reading of The Taking. After reading
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Michelle
Jul 25, 2011 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
Jason
Mar 26, 2008 rated it liked it
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Heidi
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, creepy
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Terence
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
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Baba
A global cataclysmic event, possibly climate related sees eerie luminescent rain dowse the planet, and Molly Sloan and her family's lives are changed forever in their fight for survival, and just as important understanding.
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This scifi-horror-suspense novel (sweetly shelved as 'speculative fiction' by me) is yet another non Odd Thomas read that promises a lot more than it delivers, to be honest, just read Stephen King's The mist and don't bother with this.
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Harsh? Probably, it's not that bad, just
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Javi
Jul 12, 2015 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
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Bandit
May 01, 2013 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 ...more
Kevin
Jun 18, 2008 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 ...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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Rachel
Jan 13, 2010 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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Richard Jacoby
Jul 15, 2010 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."
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