Opening Sentence:A few minutes past one o’clock in the morning, a hard rain fell without warning.
Synopsis:On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known…
Molly and Neil Sloan wake to find an eerily luminous downpour drenching their small Californian mountain town. As the rain continues to fall, TV pictures relay disturbing news of extreme weather phenomena across the globe.
With the evening comes a ghostly fog. Their sense of isolation is complete when first TV and radio, then the internet and phone lines go dead. Molly and Neil gather with the neighbours, sensing an awful danger approaching with the night…It’s like a scary movie made real. But what is really happening? Is it science gone wrong or technology beyond human understanding?
Or something deeper, more fundamental. Something to do with fate and purpose.
Something that won’t have a Hollywood ending.
Comments:If you can accept or ignore the premise at the end, The Taking is an excellent book. A very clever take on what armageddon could be like, it starts out with a creepy, eerie quality that leaves us a little uncomfortable. After a while, the truly weird terrors begin. In an era where we have been fed a steady diet of alien invasion movies, this book seems all too feasible, making it all the more terrifying. In my opinion, this one of Koontz‘s best works. Not a book to be read at night or during a thunderstorm, The Taking should, nevertheless, be on everyone’s reading list.
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