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The Troop Mass Market Paperback – July 22, 2014
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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)
"Lean and crisp and over-the-top....Disquieting, disturbing." (SCOTT SMITH, 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)
"A grim microcosm of terror and desperation…haunting." (Christopher Golden, 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)
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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I did have some issues with the book, but they're spoilers and I'll address them below. My overarching criticism is that so many of the things that happened were extremely unlikely. I found it hard to suspend disbelief, and that got annoying after a while. Still, it's a good read and I recommend it.
Now for the **SPOILERS**
--The end - I totally didn't get that. It's as though the author wanted to end on a cliffhanger, but given what we know of the worms there was no way the survivor was infected. So... huh?
--We're supposed to believe the island was just a big experiment, and that the Admiral let patient zero out on purpose. Well, let's think that through. There's no way he could know zero was going to steal a boat or end up on an island with just a few other people. So... are we supposed to believe he was willing to risk a massive outbreak in his own country? For what? I don't buy it, and I think it was totally unnecessary to throw it in.
--The bad guy - the scene at the end where the kids confront him was really scary and good. But... why was he "pregnant"? That didn't happen to anyone else. How could he have possibly stolen the spark plugs when he was so slow and the light was so painful to him? His eyes were so bad he could barely see, much less to spy on the other boys.
It's things like that that annoyed me, because they were supposed to be big and/or shocking parts of the book.
So I started reading this book expecting creepy. I can handle creepy. But this was more than that. When I wasn't reading I was thinking about the book, and itching my skin and looking for worms.
it messed with me.
When Tim (The Scout leader) let the man into the cabin I knew everyone was toast. That's the thing about creepy skeletal strangers in the woods... YOU DON'T INVITE THEM IN. At least I don't, because I've seen enough horror movies to know better.
But I digress. The book is excellent! It gave me the creepy crawlies, had me looking at other people in case they were too hungry and trying to see if I could feel worms in my skin.
If you are looking for something that's icky, makes you want to keep reading and creeps you out - this is the book.
With that being said, I thought this book was fresh and addicting. Once I began reading, I was hooked! The terror that came with this book was not your average spook. It was not the slasher, criminal, beastly, scyfy, otherworldly or what you'd expect out of your regular haunts. Without going into spoilers, it slightly reminded me of a mix of Stephen King's 'Dreamcatcher' meets Ridley Scott's 'Alien' meets boyscouts on an island. The protagonist in this novel made my skin crawl. I don't think I've ever felt so queasy and creeped out by a novel as much as I did while reading Nick Cutter's 'The Troop.' And what made it so real for me was that this sort of thing could totally happen. The creature which the protagonist in the book was derived gives me the creeps anyways! Have you ever seen the TV show 'The Monsters Inside of Me?' End of story.