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"Lean and crisp and delightfully over-the-top. Think Tales From the Crypt, think early Crichton, think King on coke….Disquieting, disturbing, and it's also great fun to read." (Scott Smith, author of The Ruins)

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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (July 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476717729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476717722
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello All,

It is I, Nicholas J Cutter Esq! I'm the writer of The Troop, The Deep, The Acolyte (May 2015), and the upcoming Little Heaven (2016, probs). I write horror and I love doing it. If the books sell, I'll keep writing them. If they don't, I'll go dig a ditch--not for the money, but because that's what I like to do when I'm not writing.

You can visit me at:
www.craigdavidson.net (that's the name of my alter ego)

Or check out my author page at:
http://authors.simonandschuster.ca/Nick-Cutter/408931263

Yrs most sincerely,
Nick.

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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By tpolen on February 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I was immediately intrigued by the description of this book and was looking forward to a good read. On that note, some parts were good, some not so much.

What I liked: The setting was perfect - boy scouts on a secluded island, a stranger shows up, chaos ensues, and they have no one to rely on but themselves. But can they trust each other? The bioengineered horror (I don't want to give anything away) was a new approach and added a scientific element to the plot. I also enjoyed the rotation between what was currently happening and the court transcripts and reports during the aftermath of the island occurrences and the varying POV's between the boys and the scoutmaster. The backstory on each boy was also helpful in explaining their personalities.

What I didn't like: This book isn't for the faint of heart. Give me gore, blood, guts, murders, etc. of people in any story - not an issue. But when it involves animals, it can be a problem for me. There were a few incidents of graphic animal abuse in this story and I just had to skim through those parts. The boys seemed pretty stereotypical - the jock, the nerd, the psychologically disturbed one, etc. The scoutmaster, Tim, supposedly a responsible, upstanding doctor in a small community who had worked with these boys for years, made some incredibly bad choices that seemed a little unbelievable for his character.

I've been a horror fan since the 3rd grade and if you're into horror books and have no problem with animal abuse, this novel is enjoyable. Although the majority of characters in this book are 14, this is most definitely an adult book, so I don't recommend this for younger readers.

This review is based on a digital copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By TheBookNut on March 3, 2014
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As a part-time online book reviewer and fulltime editor, I am constantly on the search for talented new faces in the literature world. After hearing about two up-and-coming novels, I am Murphy's Law by C. E. Scott and "The Troop" by Nick Cutter, I decided to check them out, and I instantly understood what all the buzz was about.

"The Troop" is classic pulp and gore horror at its very finest. Take an isolated island, five incoherent boy scouts and their somewhat inapt leader, a stranger who suddenly appears out of nowhere with a deadly parasite consuming his body, and you have yourself an unmerciful tale that takes hold of your fear and doesn't let go

"The Troop" doesn't read like a book from a new author at all. It was more like a novel written by a seasoned veteran in the field, and I was taken back to the first time I read Carrie as I raced through its pages. I swear, if one of the boys possessed psychic abilities, I would have bet my salary that it was written by Stephen King under a pseudonym. But nope, no Richard Bachman here.

The bioengineered tapeworm in this novel is the perfect killing machine. It not only wastes away a person in a matter of hours, but it also alters their thinking process, making the person make rash and tactless decisions (which leads the characters into a horrible downward spiral). It also spreads like no other contagion, through blood, saliva, other bodily fluids, and coughing, and if I was on the island, I would not touch anything that had even been near one of the contaminated. I would have taken my chances and swam through the icy waters surrounding the island, just to be as far away from it as I could.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bob Milne on February 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
What could be worse than being stranded on an uninhabited island? How about being stranded there with a deranged lunatic who is infected with highly-infectious parasitic worms. Not enough? Well, how about not just being stranded, but physically trapped there by shadowy military forces who won't let so much as a bird or fish escape its shores. Still not enough? Well, how about being trapped there, fighting the parasitic worms inside you, with an adolescent sociopath who is only too happy to exploit the situation. Still not enough? Well, how about we add a thin layer of conspiracy, with the very tangible suggestion that those military forces are deliberately allowing the horror to play out. Gotcha.

Yes, in a book that's been described as part Lord of the Flies and part 28 Days Later (which isn't a bad comparison, even if it only tells half of the story), The Troop proves to be a throwback to old-fashioned, late 80s, pulp horror, with a little 90s cynicism mixed in. Nick Cutter has crafted a grisly tale here that pulls no punches, and which wastes absolutely no time in getting to the good stuff.

At first, the story structure seems a little odd, especially since it spoils its own ending early on. The bulk of the story takes place in real time, exploring the Boy Scout troop's struggle to survive a situation they barely even understand. Spaced in between chapters, however, is a series of newspaper articles, scholarly pieces, and courtroom transcripts of the inquiry that is destined to follow. Ultimately, however, that second layer of storytelling really enhances the story, adding additional weight to the situation, and creating new doubts and questions for the reader.
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