Tuesday, June 4, 2013

One Rainy Night, the End of the World Began . . . and It Was B-O-R-I-N-G

The Taking

by Dean Koontz

Published by Bantam

2 Out of 5 Stars

Well, I don't want to give too much away as a book such as this relies heavily upon suspense. Simply put, it was okay. The basic premise: it begins raining one night, but this is no ordinary rain--it's one bad mamma-jamma: torrential, luminous, and occurring at precisely the exact same time all over the world. Defense satellites are out of commission, strange alien creatures run amok, and people begin to go insane. And that's all before the crap really hits the proverbial fan.

Now the other thing about books such as this is that the most obvious explanation for whatever creepiness is going down is beaten like a dead horse to the point that you know it can't possibly be that explanation. Instead, you have to pay attention to the theory that's being ruled out as a possibility, yet mentioned peripherally and in often subtle ways throughout the book. Therein lies the problem with The Taking--the clues weren't subtle enough and I pretty much had it all figured out from the very first one (seriously, can you mention "Legion" and not be obvious?) I desperately hoped that Koontz was going to throw in a plot twist so craftily, well, crafted before the end that I would have to cede the victory to him ("Well played, Dean," I imagined myself saying by the book's end, "but you shant cozen me next time with your verbal trickery.") Instead, all I can say is, "Better luck next time, and play your cards a little closer to the vest--don't name the freakin' dog Virgil."


  1. Koontz is an odd read, always coming in at one end of the love it/loathe it spectrum. When he's good, he's REALLY good, but when he's bad, he's just awful and boring.

    1. I couldn't agree more. I've read and really enjoyed some of Koontz's work, so I actually went into this with high expectations. Alas, I was underwhelmed. However, it won't prevent me from reading more of his work.