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The Taking

by Dean Koontz

eBooks of the Month Horror

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In true Koontz style, this is a novel of stunning suspense and visceral terror as doomsday dawns; a night of freak weather which brings disaster to a small Californian town

The Taking Synopsis

On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Niel Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain. It has haunted their dreams through the night, and now they find an eerily luminous and silver downpour that drenches their small Californian mountain town.


As hours pass they hear news of extreme weather phenomena across the globe. An obscuring fog turns once familiar streets into a ghostly labyrinth. By evening, the town has lost all communication with the outside world. First TV and radio go dead, then the Internet and phone lines. The young couple gathers together with some neighbours, sensing a threat they cannot identify or even imagine.

The night brings strange noises, and mysterious lights drift among the trees. The rain diminishes with the dawn but a moody grey-purple twilight prevails. Within the misty gloom the small band will encounter something that reveals in a terrifying instant what is happening to the world – something that is hunting them with ruthless efficiency.


Epic in scope, searingly intimate and immediate in its perspective, The Taking is a story of a strangely changed and changing world as apocalypse comes to Main Street.

The Taking Press Reviews

'Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler' The Times

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ISBN: 9780007368242
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Publisher: HCP
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007368242
Publication date: 3rd January 2005
Author: Dean Koontz
Publisher: HCP
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 688 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Horror,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Adventure,

About Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When he was a senior in college, Dean Koontz won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where he was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. His first day on the job, he discovered that the previous occupier of his position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for ...

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