The Troop

Mass Market Paperback | July 22, 2014

byNick Cutter

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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.

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WINNER OF THE JAMES HERBERT AWARD FOR HORROR WRITING “The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best.” —Stephen KingOnce 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 gho...

Nick Cutter is the pen name of Canadian author Craig Davidson. Cutter has won the inaugural James Herbert Award for Horror Writing for his title The Troop. The award carries a monetary attachment of $3800.

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 6.75 × 4.12 × 1.2 inPublished:July 22, 2014Publisher:Pocket BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super creepy Lots of body horror in this one. Really interesting premise, very gruesome. Great mix of gross-out, plot, and quality writing. I'll definitely be looking forward to more from this author. Would recommend only to people who I know have an interest in this type of writing.
Date published: 2016-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from looking for kinda gross? Great book. Keeps you reading to see what's next. Original premise. Would make a great companion read to Lord of the Flies or Maze Runner. NOT dystopian, but rather "disturbian". And, yes, gross.
Date published: 2016-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down!!! I LOVED this book. Even Stephen King gave it a commendation, and in my opinion it was well deserved. The author did a great job of describing all of the gory details while at the same time showing you the psychological impact of the situation on each character. It was an easy to read book with a complex storyline. I can't wait to read more books from this author!
Date published: 2015-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The troop Great read, had me on the edge of my seat. Interesting setting, takes place on a little island off the north coast of PEI, which is actually an island in nunavut. I definitelyrecommend it.
Date published: 2015-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Edge of your seat reading. Highly entertaining. I had trouble putting the book down. If you like Stephen King you'll enjoy this book
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting Disturbingly realistic! Best read in a long while! Will stay with me for some time to come. To even think about being in the position of those young boys....., unimaginable!
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Troup Couldn't put this book down. Disturbing parts but I couldn't stop myself from reading, very descriptive.
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Could Not Finish I like spooky, scary, and even gory--but this book only had the gore and crossed a few lines I can't abide. Basically, there's 2 extended and VERY graphically-described scenes of animal torture, one of them involving a household pet. I've read some reviews that indicate there are more animal torture scenes later as well. I wish I had been warned about this as I would not have read the book at all. Aside from that, the writing is decent, although a bit florid, but the characters are walking stereotypes and thus quite dull to read about.
Date published: 2015-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Troop Different treatment of a familiar horror-scifi theme. Intrigued by PEI setting and group dynamic of scout troop.
Date published: 2015-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Troop Kept me awake for nights. Started slow pulling you in ever so skillfully. Will e looking for more books from this authour.
Date published: 2015-03-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Skip unless More gross than scary, with trope characters. Readable, but only really recommended for readers who are into gross fiction. Not as scary as I'd hoped.
Date published: 2015-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beware the conquerer worm Read this and get the skin crawling. Its been years since I marathon read a book. I found it hard to put down and when I did I'd get antsy because the story would not slow down. Loved it and really recommend you pick this up.
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The troop Reminiscent of early Stephen King, creepy enough to make your skin crawl. Unnervingly realistic. Great read.
Date published: 2014-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy as heck This was a fun read if you enjoy a good scare. Great for fans of old school Stephen King and The Walking Dead. Probably best avoided while camping on a remote island.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Troop Won't think about worms the same again. Decent read.
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disturbing, not in a good way. Terrible! The premise of the story is great, however the story was ruined because of the graphic, unnecessary, details that added nothing to the plot. The only reason I finished this book is because I'm one of those people who has hope that no matter how bad a book may be it has to get better. Reading something like this makes me question the authors mental stability.
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Troop It's a very gory book and well written but I did not find it scary at all.
Date published: 2014-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tge Troop Stopped reading when the boy went for the kitten. Not interested in reading about that.
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Troop An old fashioned scary tale. Lots of gross stuff, fast paced and very frightening.
Date published: 2014-08-24
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 4 out of 5 by from The troop Creepy..boy scouts on an island are visited by an infected man..subject of a science test..worms.!
Date published: 2014-07-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Troop Storyline was OK but the descriptive cruelty and gore was beyond disgusting. I would not read another Novel with this author's name behind it.... Too bad as I used to really enjoy a good Stephen King story....
Date published: 2014-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Troop Fabulous... intelligent, funny, and frightening... a real fun read.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The troop Holy crap what a read . It freaked me out . My heart was beating fast and I was screaming in my head when Max went back into the cavern.
Date published: 2014-05-08
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 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 human, after all. The hunger pangs would stop, he assured himself. His stomach could only hold so much—wasn’t that, like, a scientific fact? But this was unlike anything he’d ever known. Images zipped through his head, slideshow style: his favorite foods lovingly presented, glistening and overplumped and too perfect, ripped from the glossy pages of Bon Appétit—a leering parody of food, freakishly sexual, hyperstylized, and lewd. He saw cherries spilling from a wedge of flaky pie, each one nursed to a giddy plumpness, looking like a mess of avulsed bloodshot eyeballs dolloped with a towering cone of whipped cream . . . Flash. A porterhouse thick as a dictionary, shank bone winking from fat-marbled meat charred to crackly doneness, a pat of herbed butter melting overtop; the meat almost sighs as the knife hacks through it, cooked flesh parting with the deference of smoothly oiled doors . . . Flash. Flash. Flash. What wouldn’t he eat now? He yearned for that raccoon. If it were here now, he’d rip the hardened rags of sinew off its tattered fur; he’d crush its skull and sift through the splinters for its brain, which would be as delicious as the nut-meat of a walnut. Why hadn’t he just eaten the fucking thing? Would they come for him? He figured so. 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. He didn’t wish to hurt anyone. The possibility that he may already have done so left him heartsick. What was it that Edgerton had said? If this gets out, it’ll make Typhoid Mary look like Mary Poppins. He was not an evil man. He’d simply been trapped and had done what any man in his position might do: he’d run. And they were coming for him. Would they try to capture him, return him to Edgerton? He wondered if they’d dare do that now. He wasn’t going back. He’d hide and stay hidden. He doubled over, nearly spilling over the side, hunger pangs gnawing into his gut. He blinked stinging tears out of his eyes and saw a dot of light dancing on the horizon. An island? A fire?

Editorial Reviews

"Nick Cutter pulls out all the stops in The Troop. This is a brilliant and deeply disturbing novel that you absolutely cannot put down. Highly recommended."