The Taking, by Dean Koontz

Taking by Dean Koontz: Book CoverFinished 10-8-09, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 2004

Nevertheless, though this cross-section of humanity had shared the same experiences and had drawn the same conclusions – that their species was no longer the most intelligent on the planet and their dominion of Earth had been usurped – they could not come together to devise a mutually agreeable response to the threat.  Four philosophies divided the occupants of the tavern into four camps.

Chapter 19

Molly and Neil live in a small mountain town, secluded from the big cities and vacations spots.  One night it starts raining, only the rain is not rain and it is raining everywhere in the world at once.  Molly and Neil decide they need to join with others for safety and head to town, where they find four groups of people.  At the meeting place in the tavern they are cut off from the world, no television, internet, phones and there are those who think the world is ending and they plan to meet their maker drunk and happy, those who say to wait to talk to the invaders, those who want to stock up on gun power and take the fight to the occupiers, and those on the fence, undecided between three bad choices.

Molly, with some prodding by a dog named Virgil, decides she and Neil need to round up all the children and get them to safety, although they have no idea where that may be.  The world is being consumed by a fungus and ghostlike entities that can walk though walls.  As Molly and Neil head around town there is peril at every turn and the Earth’s final days seem like a foregone conclusion.

This book is a spooky nightmare full of despair and surprising faith.  It is an alien film come to life on the page and seen through the eyes of a young woman trying to do the right thing even if she doesn’t know what that is.  This book will scare you and it may depress you, but it will also make you think.  I wish I could tell you about the unexpected ending, because there is a lot to discuss, but I can’t without ruining the book. 

I really enjoyed it and it is perfect if you are in the mood for some spooky Halloween reading. 

This book was from my personal library.

8 thoughts on “The Taking, by Dean Koontz

  1. Belle says:

    This sounds like a nice, spooky read. It’s been a while since I last read Dean Koontz – I’m starting on the Odd Thomas series right now. I’ll have to keep a note of this one for when I finish with Odd Thomas.

    I have Odd Thomas on my shelf somewhere. I’ve heard it’s excellent.

  2. Alice Teh says:

    I’ve only read one book by Koontz and didn’t like. The one I read was THE FACE. This one sounds good, though.

    I listen to the audiobook of The Face and thought it was okay, but not his best book.

  3. Violet says:

    My dad loves this author. He has read only The hiding by him and still he keeps on telling everyone what a great author he is 🙂 I’ll remember to get this for him.

    Koontz has lots of good ones. When we travel by car I know I can always get a Koontz or Deaver audio book because my husband and I enjoy them.

  4. Jo-Jo says:

    Sounds like one that I would need to have all the lights on while I was reading it! Thanks for the review.

    I must admit it was a bit depressing and yet I couldn’t stop reading!

  5. Carol says:

    Sounds a little creepy for me. I’m not a big Koontz reader in general.

    Not all Koontz books are spooky, but this one definitely was!

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