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The Troop

by Nick Cutter

Pocket Books | July 22, 2014 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Troop is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
Now in mass-market paperback! “The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best.” —Stephen King

Once a year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. A horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival with no escape from the elements, the infected…or each other. Part Lord of the Flies, part 28 Days Later—and all-consuming—this tightly written edge-of-your-seat thriller takes you deep into the heart of darkness, where fear feeds on sanity…and terror hungers for more.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 528 pages, 6.75 × 4.12 × 1.2 in

Published: July 22, 2014

Publisher: Pocket Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476717729

ISBN - 13: 9781476717722

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Canadian Horror! Nick Cutter's debut novel 'The Troop' was an amazing read full of suspense, terror, characters, ambience and yes lots of Canada! After seeing Stephen King's endorsement of this book on the front jacket. I knew that I had to read this book. And it does not dissappoint! I am looking forward to Mr. Cutter's next novel. Do not take this book on a camping trip.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A creepy good read! I got this book as ARC and loved it! Although there were more than a few stomach churning moments while reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a creepifing read.
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Homegrown horror Right off the top, I have to say - I had this review written and then discovered they had changed the cover from the original - which was much better in my opinion. But what's inside is good, no matter what the cover looks like. Nick Cutter is a pseudonym for a Canadian author Craig Davidson. His latest novel is The Troop. Remember last week I said I liked scary stories? Well, this one filled the bill - and more. Five Scouts from Troop Fifty Two set off with Scoutmaster Tim for a weekend camp on isolated Falstaff Island, Prince Edward Island. Their first night there, a gaunt, skeletal man appears and begs to be fed - he's so very, very hungry. The reader alone is privy to his thoughts..."Would they come for him? He was their failure - a human blooper reel - but also the keeper of their secret. And he was so. so toxic. At least, that's what he overheard them say." Okay, great set-up eh? Isolated island, scary, weird guy showing up and five fourteen year old boys left to face whatever has come to camp on Falstaff Island with them. "And so when adults find themselves in a situation where that nimbleness (of mind) is needed ..well they can't summon it. So they fall to pieces: go insane, panic, suffer heart attacks and aneurysms brought on by fright. Why?" They simply don't believe it could be happening. That's what's different about kids: they believe everything can happen, and fully expect it to." But, there's dissension among the troop as well. Cutter has given us five protagonists - all with their own strengths and weakness. A bit predictable - there is a smart one, a fat one, a psycho one, etc. But Cutter does an excellent job at fleshing them all out and making them quite believable. The infection process is squeamishly nasty - I found myself doing the book version of covering your eyes with a pillow whilst watching a scary move - I started skimming the visceral, detailed descriptions. It's not something I usually do, but Cutter had me squirming. While the boys are trying to figure what's going on, Cutter employs a good tactic to let us, the reader, know the truth. Newspaper articles, police reports and classified documents are interspersed throughout the scenes on the island. (As I noted the locations used in the book, I realized I had visited many of them!) The Troop is classified as a horror book - not my usual genre. But it was undeniably addicting. The cause of the contagion/virus/mutation is revealed by the final page. I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry - it's an excellent social comment on human behaviour. Fans of Stephen King would love this book. (And King himself says The Troop scared the he** out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best." Think Lord of the Flies paired with Scott Smith's The Ruins.
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I received the Troop by Nick Cutter in a giveaway from Goodreads First Reads. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I read the back cover since the back described it as a “terrifying thriller”. I do not do well when it comes to scary so I was a bit worried about reading this novel, wondering if I would be able to get through it. However, this novel was scary, not in the “boo” way, but more in the gory and this-could-happen-to-me way. This novel tells a story of a group of teenage boys, just like many of the people you may know. There is the jock, the nerd, the daredevil, and the best friends. Overall, this novel tells a story that is very believable and could happen to anyone, even you. That is why it is so scary. They started out as average people, like those you may have in your classes at school, and their lives are flipped upside-down. Because of this, I was unable to stop reading. The Troop was full of non-stop action and had you on edge the entire time. In addition to this, every chapter, or natural break in the book begins with a suspenseful statement. Therefore, if you peek and read the first sentence of the next chapter, you are hooked! Unable to stop when you had previously planned. In addition to this, this novel was very well written. Even though it spoke of serious events, it still had some humour. One minute, I found myself shaking with fear, wondering what would happen next. Then, I would find myself laughing hysterically. This book easily induced both fear and laughter to keep the reader interested. I would recommend this novel to anyone who is interested in scary novels as well as anyone who is looking for a break from the ordinary. It will surely not disappoint! For those of you who are interested, this book will be available on February 25, 2014. Be sure to keep an eye out for it!
Date published: 2013-10-13

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The Troop

by Nick Cutter

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 528 pages, 6.75 × 4.12 × 1.2 in

Published: July 22, 2014

Publisher: Pocket Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476717729

ISBN - 13: 9781476717722

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The Troop 1 EAT EAT EAT EAT The boat skipped over the waves, the drone of its motor trailing across the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The moon was a bone fishhook in the clear October sky. The man was wet from the spray that kicked over the gunwale. The outline of his body was visible under his drenched clothes. He easily could have been mistaken for a scarecrow left carelessly unattended in a farmer’s field, stuffing torn out by scavenging animals. He’d stolen the boat from a dock at North Point, at the farthest tip of Prince Edward Island, reaching the dock in a truck he’d hotwired in a diner parking lot. Christ, he was hungry. He’d eaten so much at that roadside diner that he’d ruptured his stomach lining—the contents of his guts were right now leaking through the split tissue, into the crevices between his organs. He wasn’t aware of that fact, though, and wouldn’t care much anyway in his current state. It’d felt so good to fill the empty space inside of him . . . but it was like dumping dirt down a bottomless hole: you could throw shovelful after shovelful, yet it made not the slightest difference. Fifty miles back, he’d stopped at the side of the road, having spotted a raccoon carcass in the ditch. Torn open, spine gleaming through its fur. It had taken great effort to not jam the transmission collar into park, go crawling into the ditch, and . . . He hadn’t done that. He was still
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Now in mass-market paperback! “The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best.” —Stephen King

Once a year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. A horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival with no escape from the elements, the infected…or each other. Part Lord of the Flies, part 28 Days Later—and all-consuming—this tightly written edge-of-your-seat thriller takes you deep into the heart of darkness, where fear feeds on sanity…and terror hungers for more.

Editorial Reviews

"Lean and crisp and delightfully over-the-top. Think Tales From the Crypt, think early Crichton, think King on coke….Disquieting, disturbing, and it''s also great fun to read."