The Troop

The Troop

eBook - 2014
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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 King

Once every 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 one another.

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.
Publisher: New York :, Gallery Books,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781476717753
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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KateHillier Jul 24, 2014

The dust jacket says it's 28 Days Later meets Lord of the Flies and while that is an apt description this is just nightmarish. Five Scouts and their Scoutmaster head off to an isolated island off the coast of Prince Edward Island for a camping trip and some merit badge earning. The first night an... Read More »


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lokasa
Oct 02, 2018

This book was touted as an excellent old-fashion horror story. I couldn't wait to read it. However, I found it rather boring. It also appeared to borrow the Lord of the Flies theme.

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lbeast
Oct 02, 2018

This seemed like some kind of Lord of the Flies imitation. But with the addition of very unpleasant lethal internal worms. I like the works of Stephen King and others, but I didn't bother to finish this book because it just seemed intent on being disgusting without being a very good mystery/thriller.

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WoodneathReads
Sep 21, 2018

Nick Cutter is a talented writer and this was a great read- slower parts in some areas but overall really intense. I’ve never felt such a visceral feeling of dread while reading a book. This really hit the home run- I can typically be affected by horror novels for the general emotions like fear but this one hit the gambit with fear, nausea, and utter devastation. --Taylor (see more of my picks by following WoodneathTaylor)

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WoodneathTaylor
Jun 24, 2018

Nick Cutter is a talented writer and this was a great read- slower parts in some areas but overall really intense. I’ve never felt such a visceral feeling of dread while reading a book. This really hit the home run- I can typically be affected by horror novels for the general emotions like fear but this one hit the gambit with fear, nausea, and utter devastation.

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Kona9988
Feb 12, 2018

I had just finished Dan Simmon's The Terror and was looking for more horror books to get into. I almost mistook this for YA (especially after reading the 900+ pages of The Terror) and almost didn't continue, but it definitely is not for the young. The story get's very graphic/gory a few chapters in. The story is not original, but the author still does a good job conveying the emotions these boys feel. I like how the chapters rotate between the story being told, clippings from articles, transcribed audio from science experiments, and post-event interviews during the "investigation."

I couldn't help thinking all throughout the book that it would make a good gory horror movie ala The Evil Dead remake. Definitely a quick read!

JCLLauraH Nov 20, 2017

When I think of "The Troop," the word that comes to mind is "eww." Five boys and their scoutmaster are on a small Canadian island when a man arrives by boat. There is something very wrong with him. He is so hungry, he eats everything he can get his hands on (dirt, bugs, his own hair). I had a sense of the fate of the six characters fairly early on (spoiler: none of it is good), but there was something about this book that kept me engaged even when I had to put it down because eww. I think it was the boys in the story, who aren't totally fleshed out but do have enough meat on them (hardy har har) to make me care. If you like horror and are not easily grossed out, give this a read.

BookReviewer2015 Aug 05, 2017

Perhaps the most scariest, primally horrific horror book I have ever read. True to it's description of "a novel of terror". Read this book at your own discretion. It is a true novel of primordial horror.

Much like a mix between Lord of the Flies, Stand By Me, Dreamcatcher, and an episode of The X-Files set in Canada.

My favourite character: Newt

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dresdenfan
Jun 12, 2017

This is the very definition of the 'body horror' genre. David Cronenberg would be proud. Very creepy in its isolation of the characters, and the troop members are well drawn. I don't see this getting made into a movie anytime soon. SPLAT!!!

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lindseyanderson
Apr 28, 2017

I picked this up because Stephen King said it scared the hell out of him. It's definitely for horror fans with a strong stomach. I was disgusted but I couldn't stop reading!

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rnorris2929
Jan 29, 2017

This book is about a scout troop that encounters worm like creatures that nest in human stomachs. Probably inspired by Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, it goes heavy on the gore and gross out descriptions. Cutter has intercut news articles and government documents with his narratives to give the reader a sense of reality in every book of his I've read, and that continues here. It's a technique that grounds the sci fi and horror in reality in order to help the reader suspend their disbelief. And mostly it works, however, you could probably skip those interludes and still experience the story in full. Stephen King has recommended this book and Cutter's Little Heaven. I personally recommend Little Heaven over this. Maybe it was just because I didn't find the Boy Scout characters all that interesting.

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Sep 05, 2014

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