The Taking - Dean Koontz

The Taking

By Dean Koontz

  • Release Date: 2004-05-25
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 315 Ratings)


This ebook edition contains a special preview of Dean Koontz’s The Silent Corner.

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.


  • The Taking

    By NoBrainerToMe
    This book is typical Koontz in that it was scary, had dogs as a critical part of the story but he added a lot of his religious insite in the final chapter that made it exceptional for me. TS Elliot quotes were interesting as well.
  • Not a Fan...

    By Belliemay
    Of this one. Not sure why the formatting of this book puts double spaces between the paragraphs but it’s most difficult to read. It’s more like stand alone thoughts—overly metaphoric even for Koontz (there is no modulation to the descriptive imagery, just over-done).Could not finish this story. Sorry for poor review. Characters are completely flat and unreachable.
  • One of Koontz’s creepiest in years!

    By ES the horror fan
    Dean Koontz doesn’t think of himself as a horror novelist. As a fan of both suspense novels and horror novels, I definitely see him as an author of both. The Taking is among his best! Extremely creepy and terrifying, overwhelmingly suspenseful, sometimes very funny, this exciting shocker features all of the ingredients of Koontz’s best work, including two likable protagonists and a strong message about morality. It even includes a VERY surprising ending, one that exudes hope in an unexpectedly spiritual way! Enjoy!
  • taking

    By Whim1954
    beautifully written, the words compose images that take the reader to a different world. the plot is fascinating, but only a backdrop for the words.
  • Not his best

    By diogenese
    I've read a few of koontz's books and generally found them entertaining. I had to struggle to get through the this one, though. I consider myself to be pretty well read with a decent vocabulary, but I sometimes felt like I should have a dictionary handy while reading it. Much of the story details were unnecessary. An allegory for the biblical flood and cleansing could have been much more tersely written. No real need for all the fungi, creatures, molds, and organic space vehicles: It rained for a long time, flooded everything, few survivors, end of story. Plus there was no explanation as to why the ETs just left and returned the Earth to its normal state. It just ended.
  • Dean is pure genius.

    By Katiepaws
    This work has inspired me so much. He thinks outside the box in such a way that you find yourself never watching TV....again!
  • A must read

    By Varrassokvarrasso
    This book is great! Actually I don't think I've read one of his that isn't awesome !!!
  • Not his best

    By SnakeCharmer613
    I love Koontz's books, but I had a hard time buying this one - the story - and I was totally disappointed with the ending. I was hoping for something that would "make" the book and my time worthwhile. I didn't get it. It still entertains's Dean Koontz.
  • Awesome!

    By Xanir1776
    Read this book in three days. One day I had called in sick to work because I just had to find out what happens. The ending blew my mind. I literally had brain matter hanging out one ear ;)
  • What Happens in the End?

    By Bilal1237877
    Can Anyone Tell me in details what happened in the end I didn't quite understand it. THANX!