The Troop

The Troop

Paperback - 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 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.
Publisher: New York : Pocket, 2014
ISBN: 9781476717722
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A group of Boy Scouts and their leader are on an annual camping trip in the Canadian mountains. Everything is going according to plan until an odd man shows up at their campsite. Whatever is boiling inside the stranger, will unleash a plague of nightmares the boys could never imagine.


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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.

cmlibrary_lmansfield Nov 10, 2016

This book was pretty gross and very scary! The writer did a great job with vivid descriptions, making the reading experience almost visual for me. I definitely recommend it for fans of horror, but you can't be too squeamish if you're going to make it through this one.

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stellabay
Oct 05, 2016

What a terrible book. I couldn't even finish it. Too much gore and disgusting detail in it but not a lot of story.

dawnaleger Oct 20, 2015

I truly enjoyed this book from the first words to the last. I had trouble putting the book down. And it was happening in P.E.I.! I even had a nightmare about it last night. This book was creepy as hell! :p

Radharc Sep 02, 2015

Easily one of the more unsettling horror novels I have read in a long time. In a nutshell, the troop is a tale about a small scout troop (Number 52) that crosses paths with the unfortunate subject of a biological experiment (was it a new weight-loss "drug", a biological weapon - or both?) on a remote island. Cutter's use of interviews and periodical clippings interspersed through the book are Cutter's homage to Steven King (ala "Carrie") King himself offers high praise for the book. If you are squeemish, you'll probably want to give this a pass. IF you are brave enough to explore the horrors of genetically modified hytadids, then this book is for you!

Cynthia_N Aug 16, 2015

So scary I considered skipping pages to get past certain parts! Great book!!

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fmaack
Jun 08, 2015

Really bad. You could just go watch John Carpenter's movie "The Thing" and have a better time. Or read "Lord of the Flies" which is way more nuanced. If you're into really bad gory novels you could also try "Dreamcatcher" which was obviously the inspiration for this book. A lot of gore, stereotypical characters and the type of story that's been told around campfires for ages. No fun.

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