We know that in the past, when superstition ruled, things that were too technologically advanced would be considered "magic". But what about a supernatural event of worldwide proportions occurring in the scientifical modern day? Wouldn't we consider it coming from some uncanny and incredibly advanced technology?
This is the premise of this Koontz's book, from 2004. Altought not as good as Phantoms (the only other Koontz book I read and to which shares some similarities), this is still a very good read. Genuinely chilling at times, like when the two protagonists listen to the radio transmission from the space station and when they witness the doll speech in the tavern.
Some would argue that in the end this is a very moralistic book, with Christian values well in mind, but that Koontz is a Christian is a well documented fact, so you know what you should expect. And this said, The Taking is still a damn good read. Maybe the end is a bit rushed in and disppointing, but when the good has kept me glued to it from page 1 to page 300+, who cares if the end isn't spectacular? I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Shame that, despite being an end-of-the-world story, some people, in fact, survive....Continua
Though a decent read he failed to keep me captivated, he is a good but slow writer some details don't always need to be in print, though now I would have to read again to remind myself it's been so long.
To quote an age old football cliche... "A book of two halves!"
First 200 pages; superb. Chilling, eerie with a sort of claustrophobic feel. Last 200; dire, Koontz seemed to have lost it halfway through, spinning a yarn about face-stealing aliens and saving children which just didn't fit in with the first half of the book.
Had I stopped reading halfway through, I'd probably be calling it the best book I've ever read....Continua