- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (Aug. 16 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501144820
- ISBN-13: 978-1501144820
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Troop: A Novel Paperback – Aug 16 2016
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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. Not for the faint-hearted, but for the rest of us sick puppies, it's a perfect gift for a winter night."--STEPHEN KING
"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 of Code Zero and Dead of Night
""The Troop" scared the hell out of me, and I couldn't put it down. This is old-school horror at its best. Not for the faint-hearted, but for the rest of us sick puppies, it's a perfect gift for a winter night."--Stephen King
"Lean and crisp and over-the-top....Disquieting, disturbing."--Scott Smith, author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan
"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
"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 of Code Zero and Dead of Night
"A grim microcosm of terror and desperation haunting."--Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author"
"Brilliant, and dialed to eleven on the creepy meter an absolute blast."--Robert Pobi, author of Eye of the Storm"
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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The Troop has to be the most sensory stimulating book that I’ve read: sight, sound, smell, even taste and touch. Nick Cutter brought all of them to life within the pages of the book. I could see the thunder clouds building, hear the waves crashing on the shore, smell the rotting flesh, taste the blood in my mouth and feel the “bioengineered nightmare” crawling underneath my skin. It truly takes an extremely talented author to bring all of this to life.
At many points while reading The Troop my stomach squirmed, I covered my eyes, I was disgusted and repulsed. The story made me feel like I was watching a gruesome horror movie. I loved it.
What a fantastic cast of characters! Cutter really went all out here. It had been a while since I read a good coming of age story, in fact, I had gotten quite tired of them. Cutter has really brought back the good old fashioned coming of age story. The boys all seemed so normal at first, but as time went on, their true natures were revealed.
I think that The Troop is one of the best books I’ve read. It should definitely be on every horror fan’s TBR list. Nick Cutter is a master of the genre.
Of course one of the boys is grossly mentally unstable and the book goes into detail about him torturing animals I had to skip past several pages which featured a kitten being tortured. Almost made me stop reading flat out.
The descriptions are a bit much and lean towards repetitive. Wouldn’t recommend to a friend I don’t think, happy I bought a kindle copy instead of paper...
I'm extraordinarily particular about horror stories. This one was exceptional. A taste of The Stand, a taste of Lord of the Flies... Some scenes that were so specific and grisly that they were hard to read, but not at all "slasher" fare. I always wonder about the internal workings of a mind that can create these sorts of scenes though--in the same school, but further advanced than Thomas Harris' psychopaths' actions.
Good characterisation (except for the Admiral). One villain (well, two), and a broad sampling of characters with very heroic, but real, traits. I felt I knew these kids, by the time the book ended--and that's something.
Really horrific, but very well done, Mr. Cutter, whoever you are.
The plot begins with simple ingenuity: a troop of boy scouts are trapped on an island where something is going terribly wrong and they must battle an unspeakable horror. And then it is ratcheted up: one of the scouts is a budding sadistic psychopath. Think Lord of the Flies meets The Thing meets World War Z meets I Am Legend meets Alien meets Hot Twink Boy Scout Measuring Contest or Scouting for Wood, with a reference to Anne of Green Gables to push it over the top.
The combination is delicious, tense and, as I said, disgusting. The plight of the scouts is horrible and rendered in purple but precise prose that reveals author Nick Cutter's day job as literary writer Craig Davidson (though who gets to decide that definition is beyond me). There are pages - particularly concerning a monkey and a kitten in my case - that made me want to shield my eyes. There will be different pages for other people with individual sensibilities: there are lots of horrors and gollops of gore to choose from.
There is a thread of homoeroticism that runs throughout The Troop that is just more than subliminal. It is, alas, also confused, as if Cutter was - unbelievably considering what he does splay on the pages - afraid to go there. The only expressed sexuality is arousal by extreme sadism and the phallic nature of the worms give a disturbing contradiction to what Cutter seems to be trying to express. He is far more successful in drawing a direct but subtle line between the callousness of governments and power and the mind of a nascent serial killer. It all comes to fruition with a masterfully done macguffin built into the very structure that is emotionally devastating.
But most intriguing is Cutter's repeated theory that there is an innocence in childhood that allows one to withstand terror because one can believe in the unbelievable. He posits that as we reach adulthood we are no longer able to cope with horror or tragedy because we no longer have the ability to imagine it could happen.
It is an idea that resonates, gives a melancholy tinge and speaks to Cutter's intentions with what is already a very efficient and great genre novel, and makes the scouts' descent into adulthood and horror all the more affecting and brutal. Any horror fan child, or adult, will enjoy The Troop.
Full review at: http://drewrowsome.blogspot.ca/2015/09/the-troop.html
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Viscerally scary stuff!
Gotta like it. Best I've read in a very long time. Well done, son!