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The Troop [Paperback]

Nick Cutter
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25 Feb 2014

He felt something touch his hand. Which is when he looked down.

For the scouts of Troop 52, three days of camping, hiking and survival lessons on Falstaff Island is as close as they'll get to a proper holiday.

Which was when he saw it.

But when an emaciated figure stumbles into their camp asking for food, the trip takes a horrifying turn. The man is not just hungry, he's sick. Sick in a way they have never seen before.

Which was when he screamed.

Cut off from the mainland, the troop face a terror far worse than anything they could have made up around a campfire. To survive they will have to fight their fears, the elements ... and eventually each other.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (25 Feb 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1472206223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472206220
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 765,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Not for the faint-hearted, but for the rest of us sick puppies, it's a perfect gift for a winter night. (Stephen King)

Lean and crisp ... Disquieting, disturbing (Scott Smith, author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan)

Disturbing, disgusting, and bone-chilling. I am delighted (Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author)

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 (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Code Zero and Dead of Night)

A grim microcosm of terror and desperation ... haunting (Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author)

Nick Cutter brings a bone-chilling spin to a classic horror scenario in The Troop. It's Lord of the Flies meets Night of the Creeps, and I enjoyed it immensely (Mira Grant, New York Times bestselling author)

Suspenseful ... sinister ... horrifying' (Library Journal)

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The Thing meets Lord of the Flies in this fast-paced, addictive novel that will really get under your skin.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars but With Reservations 4 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
I don't know what I can say about a novel that left me nauseous, skimming a lot of pages, bored at times, horrified at other times, hating some of the characters, yet unable to put it down until I knew who lived and how this all happened!

This book is going to appeal to several specific audiences. Teen boys are going to love this mixture of Stephen King and Lord of the Flies. Sociopaths and serial killers in training will adore parts of this novel. In addition, anyone who likes novels about tapeworms or any kind of worm being used for vanity drugs, then running amok will defiantly find this book to be right up their alley! This is not the first book of its kind lately, for example - Parasite (Parasitology), just the most horrific.

The story is a solid one. A mad scientist creates a worm as a vanity drug (and something just a little more we come to find out later in the novel). Loose weight and eat everything anytime you want, cure baldness and look younger over night! Hey, who wouldn't try something like this? The only thing it didn't claim to do was cure erectile dysfunction! However, the creation soon overtakes the test case and the test case gets loose and runs - straight into a Scouting camp filled with one adult and five 14-year-old boys who have many personal issues. This is taking place on a very small island off Prince Edward Island, Canada.
The author can be a little arcane, somewhat pedantic at times, and over-emotional at other times and that gets annoying quickly.

This book is going to appeal to many and enjoyed by even more!
Happy Reading! *ARC provided by publisher for review*
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A horror novel that will devour you... 31 Mar 2014
By Chris Hall TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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First published back in February of 2014, 'The Troop' formed the tenth novel by Canadian author Craig Davidson (under the pseudonym of Nick Cutter).

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He was so very very hungry. Thirty-five-year-old Thomas Padgett was on the run, but oh how he had to eat...and keep on eating. He knew he had something inside of him, but his instincts still told him to get away. To keep running. To find somewhere where he could hide. And the tiny jut of rock that formed Falstaff Island, located eleven miles off the northern coast of Prince Edward Island, seemed just the place.

But Padgett wasn't the only one on Falstaff Island that night. Forty-two-year-old Scoutmaster Tim Riggs had brought his scout troop to the island for three days of survival training. Troop Fifty-Two, the Eagle Scout Troop, which consisted of five fourteen-year-old boys all of which were under his charge. Five boys he had known since they were just five. Five boys he would look after and protect at all costs.

But when Padgett appears from out of nowhere, looking desperately malnourished and suffering from some critical illness, Riggs feels torn between his duty to his scout troop and his obligation as Prince Edward's only medical practitioner.

Compromising, Riggs brings the severely ill man into the cabin where they are staying; purposefully segregating the man from his young troop. However, the man seems ferociously hungry. Consuming whatever he can, the arrival of this near-crazed newcomer is deeply worrying for Riggs. The horrifically emaciated figure seems sick in a way he has never seen before. A sickness that could well prove to be contagious. But he has to do what he could for him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Body Horror Book! 27 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I like gooey, disturbing horror. I like all sorts of horror, as long as it's done right and as long as it does the things it's supposed to do for the genre or even the sub genre. So this one was a mashup of The Thing and The Ruins and boy's adventure novels. It was a trip. Highly recommended. Lovers of David Cronenberg and people who are icked out by things happening to the human body will love (or I guess hate) this book. Looking forward to reading more of this guy's work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars There's something spooky in the woods... 15 May 2014
By G. J. Oxley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A boy scout troop and some sinister/horrific/frightening things going on.

Well-written and not bad at all, m'lud - plus it comes with the obligatory hyperbolic blurb from the master, Stephen King.

For horror fans everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Sci-Fi horror 15 May 2014
By Beansmummy TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Horribly excellent story. A scout troop visits an uninhabited island just as the dying carrier of a horrific disease also arrives. Isolated with no contact with the mainland, the scouts must try to survive until they can escape the island; but their escape is being prevented by those they thought would be trying to rescue them.

Brilliantly creepy story, with a truly horrific "monster" designed to play on your fears and sure to give you nightmares. Loved it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The Troop is a very well written thriller that combines stomach-churning (quite literally!) horror with more psychological thrills, as the façade of civilisation melts away when our isolated protagonists are faced with the deadly threat of a mysterious contagion.

Nick Cutter gets into the skin of all the main players very effectively and I found the individual characters and the brutal camaraderie of the scouts were particularly well depicted. Their conversations, often centring around the adolescent staples of girls and scatological humour, felt utterly convincing and generated a few welcome blackly comic moments between the elements of grand guignol excess. For make no mistake, this is pretty strong material, including plenty of wince-making anatomical horror and other nasty stuff, which I should warn, includes cruelty to animals.

Cutter's use of language throughout is worthy of note, with many an inventive and entertaining use of simile and metaphor. There are plenty of hat-tips to the Internet-savvy to enjoy along the way too.

Only criticism? Well perhaps that I felt the main theme was exposed too early and things may have worked better by building the tension slowly and then hitting the reader with a nasty surprise. Furthermore, none of the characters come over as particularly sympathetic so, if you like a story with clearly demarcated heroes, you may struggle here. But what do I know?

No big deal though. If you enjoy the survivalist and/or horror genre of novel, then The Troop rattles along at a helluva pace, is a compelling page-turner and is certainly well worth adding to your reading list.

It would also make a great horror movie! *

* Provided no animals were harmed during the making of.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly unpleasant
While the writing and the characterisation are excellent, some of the characters and their actions are so unpleasant I didn't finish the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CG1
1.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointing
I very rarely read a book that I don't give at least 3 stars to, normally because I know the kind of books I like and I tend to stick to them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MissGummyBear16
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD REASON TO BECOME A SCOUT???
If you excuse the corneyism of this opening sentence, this book reads like a teenage horror fan's dream. Which as everyone knows, is a nighmare. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Greggorio!
4.0 out of 5 stars Gory! :)
One of the most visceral and disturbing books I have read in a long time. I both loved,and was creeped out by it in equal measures! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kirsty
4.0 out of 5 stars Gives me the creeps...
There's no doubt about it, this is scary. For me it was 'skin crawling and creepy' type of scary but it's there nonetheless. Very well written and doesn't pull it's punches. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Me read
3.0 out of 5 stars Ripe and Fleshy
The worse thing that ever happened to me on cub camp was the time I stepped on a nail, or the time I stood on glass. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sam Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror with the gloves off
The Troop is a horror tale that is by turns genuinely scary and incredibly gory. I think it has the potential to become a modern horror classic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. A. Tams
3.0 out of 5 stars Hungry?
A small group of scouts, and their leader, go on a short expedition to a remote island. Their trip is interrupted by a man who is in distress and who is very, very, hungry. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nick Brett
3.0 out of 5 stars A good first effort
'The Troop' is Nick Cutter's first novel, and given that I think it is well written and easy enough to read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Big Bad Bill
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