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It begins like a campfire story: Five boys and a grownup went into the woods...

It ends in madness and murder. And worse...

Once a year, scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a three-day camping trip — a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story and 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. An inexplicable horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival that will pit the troop against the elements, the infected… and one another.

Part Lord of the Flies, part 28 Days Later — and all-consuming — this tightly written, edge-of-your-seat thriller will take readers deep into the heart of darkness and close to the edge of sanity.

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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

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"Some thrillers produce shivers, others trigger goose bumps; Cutter's graphic offering will have readers jumping out of their skin...intense...packs a powerful punch....Readers may wish to tackle this heart-pounding novel in highly-populated, well-lit areas — snacks optional." Kirkus Reviews

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"Suspenseful....sinister....horrifying." Library Journal

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Lord of the Flies meets The Ruins in this frightening novel written in the bestselling traditions of Stephen King and Scott Smith.

Boy Scouts live by the motto "Be Prepared." However, nothing can prepare this group of young boys and their scoutmaster for what they encounter on a small, deserted island, as they settle down for a weekend of campfires, merit badges, and survival lessons.

Everything changes when a haggard stranger in tattered clothing appears out of nowhere and collapses on the campers' doorstep. Before the night is through, this stranger will end up infecting one of the troop's own with a bioengineered horror that's straight out of their worst nightmares. Now stranded on the island with no communication to the outside world, the troop learns to battle much more than the elements, as they are pitted against something nature never intended... and eventually each other.

About the Author

Nick Cutter is a pseudonym for an acclaimed author of novels and short stories. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Michelle Olson, August 27, 2013 (view all comments by Michelle Olson)
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*eARC Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

The Troop was a deeply disturbing psychological thriller, pairing the absolute terror of biological weaponry with the deviancy of human nature.

I'm a horror fan, and I didn't love The Ruins, I'll be honest. While The Troop is touted as being similar, it is, only in the sense that something MORE than natural in nature becomes the evil that our characters must face. With that said, where The Ruins let me down, The Troop most certainly did not; it's as frightful, ghastly, disturbing and macabre as I had hoped it would be.

The brilliance of the tale was its storyline simplicity - an older Boy Scout troop on a retreat get stranded on their deserted island when patient 0 from a biological research project escapes from his laboratory confines and ends up on shore. The tight box that it was all confined in allowed Cutter to focus the reader's mind on the true meat of the story - the basest instinct of human nature when faced with something so awful that most everything you've been taught flies out the window, and the psychology behind the choices we would make when forced with such a decision.

Oh yes, in-your-face death and destruction (in horrific fashion) is rampant throughout the tale, and the basis of the evil is enough to give you the willies even without the added element of necrosis, but the more disturbing parts of the story were actually the subtleties that Cutter used, and the seamless and gradual devolution and ultimate breakdown of each of the characters as the epidemic progressed.

So, from a horror junkies perspective, I have to say that I was impressed by Cutter's debut novel. It's been awhile since I read a horror that evoked a truly visceral reaction, weirded me out, and yet kept me utterly enthralled. My only complaint was that it was a bit slow. With everything that I just said above you'd think it was an epic page-turner that was over much too fast. Unfortunately it wasn't. It was timidly paced, but written well enough, and with enough induction of anticipation, that you never think to give up.

I would definitely recommend it for true horror fans who like both the revolting horror and the disturbing psychology of macabre thrillers.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781476717715
Author:
Cutter, Nick
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Horror
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140225
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 368 pages Gallery Books - English 9781476717715 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best."
"Review" by , "Some thrillers produce shivers, others trigger goose bumps; Cutter's graphic offering will have readers jumping out of their skin...intense...packs a powerful punch....Readers may wish to tackle this heart-pounding novel in highly-populated, well-lit areas — snacks optional."
"Review" by , "Suspenseful....sinister....horrifying."
"Synopsis" by , Lord of the Flies meets The Ruins in this frightening novel written in the bestselling traditions of Stephen King and Scott Smith.

Boy Scouts live by the motto "Be Prepared." However, nothing can prepare this group of young boys and their scoutmaster for what they encounter on a small, deserted island, as they settle down for a weekend of campfires, merit badges, and survival lessons.

Everything changes when a haggard stranger in tattered clothing appears out of nowhere and collapses on the campers' doorstep. Before the night is through, this stranger will end up infecting one of the troop's own with a bioengineered horror that's straight out of their worst nightmares. Now stranded on the island with no communication to the outside world, the troop learns to battle much more than the elements, as they are pitted against something nature never intended... and eventually each other.

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