The Taking by Dean Koontz

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's The City.

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.

About Dean Koontz

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Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.
Published June 29, 2007 by Bantam. 434 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, War. Fiction

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One night a thunderous Niagara of rain hits their roof, rain so heavy that it drives coyotes onto their porch.

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Executed with a kind of curt, crisp precision, her portrayal of the main character, Molly Sloan, is unexceptional and doesn't encourage the proper empathy from the listener, which is unfortunate because Molly and her ex-priest husband Neil are up against steep odds.

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Book Reporter

Unlike earlier Koontz books, THE TAKING left me with goose bumps of the good kind and pondering the ending long after I closed it for the last time.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Not even the readers (in this case, listener) of Dean Koontz's latest work, THE TAKING.

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Gather Books

In all honesty, if I had read this review, it would not have kept me from reading the book because of my enjoyment of previous Dean Koontz books and different people like different books.

Oct 02 2006 | Read Full Review of The Taking

The Best Reviews

Special dogs congregate around the beleaguered couple as Molly and Neil search the nearby town for children of parents who disappeared.

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The Taking, by Dean Koontz, is an interesting book to read on a rainy day, because the first sign that things are awry in this suspense novel is an odd downpour.

Feb 04 2007 | Read Full Review of The Taking

California Literary Review

Anderson Odd Hours by Dean Koontz The Child Thief by Brom A Dark Matter by Peter Straub Book Review: The Passage by Justin Cronin Although I found The Taking utterly vile, Koontz has written enough very good thrillers that I believe he deserves more carefully written, and less mindlessly ido...

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Break Point

In his 2001 novel, “One Door Away From Heaven,” the villain is a serial killer who fully practices what people like Peter Singer, whom Koontz mentions in the novel, and other utilitarian ethicists only preach.

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