The Taking

The Taking

Book - 2004
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Epic in scope, searingly intimate and immediate in its perspective, "The Taking" delivers a novel of surpassing suspense and visceral terror, telling the story of a small town's encounter with doomsday.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780553802504
055380250X
9780553584509
0553584502
9780553593501
Branch Call Number: KOO
Characteristics: 338 p. ;,25 cm

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DBRL_KrisA Apr 02, 2017

A decent book, with some scary, suspenseful elements - but, to be honest, not nearly as scary as I had expected. This is my first time reading Dean Koontz, so I don't know if his other books are scarier, or if I'm just jaded, or if Hollywood has burned from me the ability to be scared by something as pedestrian as aliens (even aliens with faces in their hands). Or maybe I lack the imagination necessary to fully comprehend the horrible scenes described here. To be honest, the things that scared me the most were those that were closer to the realm of possibility - walls full of bugs, fungus with worm-like innards, a woman trapped in a restroom with a psychopathic killer.
I don't think it's spoiling the surprise to say there's a definite religious undertone running through the book. I picked up on it fairly early on, when Neil's brother quotes scripture about the devil "having great wrath because he knoweth he hath but a short time." It was interesting to see this intersection of Revelation, alien invasion, psychopathic killer, and just general monster-type horror, all in one book.

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BWilsoned
Jun 21, 2016

Catholic propaganda thinly disguised as an SF story. Initially, I enjoyed reading how Molly and Neil tried to rationalize what was going on around them, even though it was totally surreal. But to come to the end and have it be . . . the devil???? WTF? I knew it was shlock when I checked it out at the library, but after reading the cover blurb, it sounded like a fun and silly read. Must have skimmed too much to catch all the religious crap throughout, but still was thoroughly disgusted by the ending. Sheesh. I've learned my lesson with Koontz.

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StarGladiator
May 21, 2016

Really enjoyed this, one of Koontz's better books [in the category with The Watchers and Twilight Eyes, but shorter in duration]. Great pacing.

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LadyJaneBrais
Jun 28, 2015

I used to adore all Dean's books, but lately, some are great and some are just, well, meh. I found this one tedious.

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Albscott17
Dec 11, 2014

I haven't read that much Koontz. This one was excellent. Sparkling writing, scary, suspenseful, with a satisfying ending.

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MaryMaryJ
Jun 04, 2014

Struggled to finish the book and thought it more suited to teens... however the ending paints a clearer picture - that the book has a basis in Biblical scripture

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NatashaStickel
Jun 05, 2013

I'm not generally into sci fi but this one was great. Puts a mystery twist on it.

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Whisty
Feb 12, 2011

Losts of great suspense with a surprising twist at the end in typical Koontz fashion. I really enjoyed this book.

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kelliet
Apr 22, 2010

I read this in one sitting and at first it seemed to be a take on another author's plotline, but turned out completely different.

Not a bad book, but wasn't exactly what I was expecting.

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