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The Taking
By Dean R. Koontz and Ari Meyers (narrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House
Publication date May 1, 2004
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780739312124
ISBN-10 073931212X
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.25 by 6 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $44.95
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Summary
Molly and Niel Sloan and their neighbors in a small California mountain town encounter a terrifying threat that transforms their peaceful and familiar streets into a ghostly labyrinth as they discover the horrifying reality of what is happening around them. Simultaneous. 525,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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 encounter something that reveals in a terrifying instant what is happening to their world—something that is hunting them with ruthless efficiency. Epic in scope, searingly intimate and immediate in perspective, The Taking is an adventure story like no other, a relentless roller-coaster read that brings apocalypse to Main Street and showcases the talents of one of our most original and mesmerizing novelists at the pinnacle of his powers.


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Hardcover
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Large print edition from Random House Large Print (May 1, 2004)
9780375433696 | details & prices | 511 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.75 lbs | List price $29.00
About: Molly and Neil Sloan and their neighbors in a small California mountain town encounter a threat that transforms their peaceful streets into a ghostly labyrinth, as they discover the horrifying reality of what is happening around them.
from Bantam Dell Pub Group (May 1, 2004)
9780553802504 | details & prices | 464 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 1.50 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $27.00
About: Molly and Neil Sloan and their neighbors in a small California mountain town encounter a threat that transforms their peaceful streets into a ghostly labyrinth as they discover the horrifying reality of what is happening around them.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780007130771 Book cover for 9780553584509
 
Reprint edition from Bantam Books (April 26, 2005)
9780553584509 | details & prices | 410 pages | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $7.99
About: Molly and Neil Sloan and their neighbors in a small California mountain town encounter a threat that transforms their peaceful streets into a ghostly labyrinth as they discover the horrifying reality of what is happening around them.
With Dean R. Koontz | from Harpercollins Pub Ltd (January 3, 2005)
9780007130771 | details & prices | 432 pages | 4.50 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $12.35
This edition also contains The Taking
About: This thriller from Dean Koontz is a novel of suspense and visceral terror, as doomsday dawns.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780739312124
 
The price comparison is for this edition
With Ari Meyers (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Random House (May 1, 2004)
9780739312124 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $44.95
About: Molly and Niel Sloan and their neighbors in a small California mountain town encounter a threat that transforms their peaceful streets into a ghostly labyrinth as they discover the horrifying reality of what is happening around them.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780739301784
 
With Ari Meyers (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Random House (May 1, 2004)
9780739301784 | details & prices | 3.25 × 7.25 × 2.25 in. | 0.58 lbs | List price $39.95
About: Molly and Niel Sloan and their neighbors in a small California mountain town encounter a threat that transforms their peaceful streets into a ghostly labyrinth as they discover the horrifying reality of what is happening around them.
Prebinding
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With Dean R. Koontz | Reprint edition from Paw Prints (October 20, 2008)
9781439565766 | details & prices | 410 pages | List price $16.99
About: The new thriller from Dean Koontz is a novel of stunning suspense and visceral terror as doomsday dawns.
With Dean R. Koontz | from Turtleback Books (April 1, 2005); titled "Taking"
9781417804221 | details & prices | List price $18.45
About: The new thriller from Dean Koontz is a novel of stunning suspense and visceral terror as doomsday dawns.

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