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A good first effort,
This review is from: The Troop (Paperback)
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'The Troop' is Nick Cutter's first novel, and given that I think it is well written and easy enough to read. It was really only after about 80% of the book that I started to wish I was finished, which is testament to the quality of writing as really the story becomes rather predictable and very unrealistic. This is a horror/thriller about what happens when a group of five fourteen year old boy scouts become isolated on a small island as a deadly contagion takes first their adult troop leader and then threatens them. The reason I do not score this higher than 3 stars is that each of the troop members are very one dimensional. We have the large athletic jock with not too much going on between his ears, the fat intelligent nerd that everyone picks on, the weirdo, the kid with emotional issues because of his father and one relatively middle of the road kid. How this group interacts and respond to the biological threat is all to obvious from the moment that the Scout Master defines each of them as I list above.
The other star is lost because the rate at which the 'biological' threat both reproduces, spreads and adopts to its circumstances is just completely ridiculous, as is how the authorities respond to it.
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Initial post: 8 May 2014 19:27:17 BDT
Good review, though Nick Cutter has actually written before but under another name. He is also 'Craig Davidson' author of a Rust and Bone and two other works of fiction. The Troop was intended as a homage to early Stephen King horror stories - including typical stereotypes found in these works.
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