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The Taking
The Taking
Author: Dean Koontz
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 coup...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553584509
ISBN-10: 0553584502
Publication Date: 4/26/2005
Pages: 448
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 730 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Circe avatar reviewed The Taking on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 16
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is amazing, spine-tingling and thought provoking at once. I never wanted it to end & I recommend it to anyone who will listen!
reviewed The Taking on + 58 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 16
Great SiFi read. Koontz strange as usual. You'll love it. I couldn't put
it down. Read it in two days
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Helpful Score: 16
I've read many books by Koontz before, but this was the first one that I just could not quit reading, and the first one that kept me up all night listening for strange noises. Wonderful creepy apocalyptic novel.
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Helpful Score: 12
High suspense. Apocalyptic fiction which I enjoy. Good book.
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Helpful Score: 12
A real page turner I was having a hard time putting this book down!
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curledupwithabook avatar reviewed The Taking on + 169 more book reviews
I am a Dean Koontz fan. I feel that he consistently writes great horror stories that tap into everyone's more primal fears. This book is no different in that respect. It had me so scared that I had to keep looking over my shoulder as I read it. In the book, the world is being taken over by an unbeatable "alien" force that is as sadistic as it is purely evil.

I'd heard that, at some point, Mr. Koontz had a deeply religious experience or conversion and that, as a result, his more recent books had a definite religious or spiritual bent to them. I guess it must be true, because this book began to get that "feel" to me about two thirds of the way through and, sure enough, the last chapter confirmed my suspicions. He tied the whole thing up very neatly through biblical references.

I wouldn't let that turn you off of Mr. Koontz, though, if that's not your bag. Believe me, the book was SCARY and the horrible things that happened to people were just as horrible as they were in his "pre-religious experience" books. He's still one of the best in the business as far as I'm concerned and I'll continue to enjoy the chills down my spine that he so wonderfully produces.
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Started good then by the middle it got repetitious and draggy and preachy.

I went to Amazon to read reviews and had to laugh--150+ one stars, more than 5 stars! Pay attention to some reviews and this is one of them.
tyrhondasaurus avatar reviewed The Taking on + 2 more book reviews
A fantastic read. It was yet another book by Koontz that I absolutely could not put down!


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