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Milt Gross Book Review: "The Taking" by Dean Koontz
By Milt Gross
Jul 26, 2015 - 8:54:45 AM

This Dean Koonz horror story, The Taking, didn't fill me with horror. I felt the repetition made it sort of boring. Milt Gross photo.
Now I realize Dean Koontz is well enough known that I should have been thrilled or frightened by the plot of The Taking. But I found it boring.

Too much of the same ugly critters crawling through the pages. While it thoroughly frightened the characters in the story, I found the gooey, slimy, critters that kept showing up on the ground, in the trees, under the floor, a bit boring.

But then I've never met one of those critters in my experience with the ground, in the woods, or under floors where I was walking. Not that I haven't been disturbed by night critters, but it was when I was camping somewhere. And none were like the ones about which Koontz writes.

My impression of The Taking is that the story keeps repeating itself, the lead characters go to different places where the same gooey critters show up. This continues for most of the book, when, presto, the sun is out and the critters are gone.

The final line of the story reads, "She put her head upon his shoulder, and with her face against his throat, she whispered, 'Hope.'"

I've read a number of Koontz's books (for example Intensity which I reviewed in December 2012), but this one did not make the grade. I've had more frightening adventures out in the tent at the old tenting ground, which when I was a kid was out in the back yard.

If you insist on reading it, the book was published in 2005 by Bantam Dell, New York and priced at $7.99 in the U.S. prices it at $9.01 for the mass market paperback and $7.99 for the Kindle edition.

But wait, don't buy your copy. E-mail me with your mailing address, and you can have mine.

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