The Taking review

The Taking

Goodreads: 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

If you go completely by what Goodreads says about the plot of the book – it sounds like it would be the perfect cold winter night read.  It sounds scary, suspenseful and intriguing.  What aliens is Koontz bringing us this time? What will they do to mankind? What is their motive?  Sounds good, right?

WRONG.  This has to be one of the worst Koontz books I have ever read.  It was published in 2007 and, in my opinion, escalated the fall of a previously wonderful author.  Koontz introduced me to the world of horror fiction – King added to it but Koontz was my favorite.  Why he ever strayed from the good stuff, I will never understand though I did hear one person say that when an author tries to cash in on their popularity, they write more books and to do that, the quality has to go down plus they start to run out of ideas.

This book had very poor character development – a plot that couldn’t seem to find it’s way through the maze and ridiculous religious overtones that did nothing for the religious world.  The writing just plainly sucked.

Oh the two main characters were likable enough and I could empathize with their circumstances but by mid book I was so bored that I didn’t give two hoots whether they survived or not.  Really found it hard to finish the book – there were so many plot holes and untidy strings that I even asked myself if maybe the book was one Koontz wrote in high school and decided to see if his fans would notice.

People spending their hard-earned money to buy this book must have buoyed his confidence that his fans would buy anything he bothered putting out so why go for quality?

Very disappointed in the book and quit reading Koontz some time ago.  I was given this book so figured I’d give it a second try but hated it just as much the second time around.  It won’t find a home in my bookcase.  I hated it and give the book a big, fat D-.  Have to say, that is the first “D-” I have ever given a book.


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