wnyreader, May 12, 2008 (view all comments by wnyreader)
It's hard to categorize this book: Horror, mystery, inspirational. It's all 3.
You can't put it down. The question is 'WHY is this happening' at the beginning of the book. By the middle, you're wondering 'HOW will they live through this'. At the end, you're demanding to know 'WHEN is this going to happen to us!!'.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"In 1975, the now defunct Laser Books issued Invasion by Aaron Wolfe, aka Koontz (who later expanded that novel into Winter Moon, 1994), a breakneck tale of alien invasion centered on an isolated farm. Koontz's new novel also concerns alien invasion, and a comparison of the two books offers insight into the evolution of this megaselling author's work. Invasion was mostly speed and suspense — a brilliant if superficial exercise in terror. The new novel also features abundant suspense, as a couple in an isolated California home endure a phosphorescent rain and learn that, around the world, something is attacking humans and laying waste to communications. It's only when they drive to a nearby town that they learn of a global alien invasion; the tension ratchets as a weird fog descends and the aliens not only manifest physically but animate the dead. For years, however, Koontz has aimed at more than just thrills; today he is a novelist of metaphysics and moral reflection. His aliens are inherently evil as well as scary; standing against them are the human capacity for hope and the forces of goodness and innocence (here, as elsewhere, embodied in dogs), and near novel's end Koontz puts an overtly religious spin on his tale. Koontz's language has changed over the years, too, and not always for the better. While his care with words engenders admiration, his love of metaphor and alliteration can slow down the reading ('the luminous nature of the torrents that tinseled the forest and silvered the ground'). Also missing here is the wonderful humor that elevated his last novel, Odd Thomas, and some other recent work. Koontz remains one of the most fascinating of contemporary popular novelists, and this stands as an important effort, but not his best, though its sincerity and passion can't be denied. Agent, Robert Gottlieb at Trident Media." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Ray Olson, Booklist (Starred Review),
"Opening sequences come no creepier than this one, and the rest of Koontz's version of the extraterrestrial attack scenario...lives up to it....[A] gripping, blood-curdling, thought-provoking parable."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"[T]he amazing Koontz hits some brilliantly stylish pages...those among his best since 1995's Intensity."
by Library Journal,
"In The Taking, Koontz continues his ongoing exploration of the capacity of human nature for hope, goodness, and innocence in the face of evil....Recommended..."
by Boston Herald,
"[A] narrative more audacious in intent than anything he's attempted to date. The plot is gripping, the pace nonstop and the prose, at times, poetic."
by Denver Post,
"Koontz has shown his ability to write solid, entertaining and thoughtful fiction in the past....But The Taking seems like two steps back and one step down."
"The Taking draws one in, revealing itself as a novel not so much of horror as of revelations.....A definite must-read for Koontz fans."
In Koontz's latest epic adventure, people in a small California mountain town find themselves being hunted by an apocalyptic force.
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.
In his latest "New York Times" bestseller, Koontz 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.
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