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The Taking - A Novel

Dean Koontz

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 e

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 e
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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 e

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ariadne Meyers

Length:

9h 31m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:40


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:04


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:49


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:28


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:24


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:34


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:41


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:59


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:03


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:38


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:47


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:49


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:49


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:43


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:53


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:05


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:33


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:33


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:25


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:56


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:09


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:02


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:42


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:11


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:27


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:20


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:08


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:47


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:40


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:32


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:46


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:25


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:56


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:27


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:19


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:13


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:42


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:43


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:55


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:56


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:48


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:09


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:09


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:03


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:29


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:06


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:14


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:44