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"Brilliant, and dialed to eleven on the creepy meter an absolute blast."--Robert Pobi, author of Eye of the Storm"
"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"
"Suspenseful .sinister .horrifying."--Library Journal"
"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
""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 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 --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00EEBDG98
- Publisher : Headline (25 February 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 4708 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 370 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 35,953 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The plot is great and I enjoy strange creatures in horror novels, however I felt this was overrun by the feeling of helplessness.
If you’ve ever read The Ruins by Scott Smith, this book gives you the same feeling.
I don’t recommend this if you don’t like reading about animal cruelty, those parts were tough to get through. It was an okay read, but I know I’ll never read it again because I really dislike the feeling this book gave me. (Same as The Ruins).
A battalion of boy scouts are given the luxury of a trip to an isolated island for a heightened "learning experience" but what they get out of the trip is way beyond everyone's expectations, including those of the reader.
The horror starts to unfold when the leader hears noises after sunset when the scouts are put to bed, knowing that they should be alone on the island. It turns out that the noises are caused by an emancipated looking individual who approaches the scouts dwelling as if he is about to expire from starvation. (Or he already has?) The leader takes pity on the "thing" given his humanitarian beliefs, and allows it to enter and eat at the hut.
What happens you will need to find out for yourself. *grins*
The writing from the author of thus work (Nick Cutter, which is not his real name) is perfectly balanced. It is not too wordy and the story moves along at a decent pace. Not too fast, and not too slow. Characterisation is excellent. Tension is set right up to maximum. Horror scenes are beautifully drawn and overall the tale itself is very frightening. Given the calibre of people who have supported this book, I am not surprised.
Four stars for this effort from me. Looking forward to reading more scary stuff from this author.
If you're not easily creeped out or offended then I recommend this as a rather fast entertaining read. But if you scare easy, are very sqeemish or easily offended by explicit violence amd/or evil you may want to pass this one. You've been warned.
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I am not sure why it has taken me so long to read this book, which centers on a group of scouts who swiftly find themselves havign to grow up and take charge after a mysterious stranger lands in their encampment. As the adults fall foul to a monster which devours them from the inside out,they have harsh and mature decisions to make in this twisted take on a creature feature story.
It’s a tale of science gone wrong a la ‘Frankenstein’,-the whole notion of ‘just because we can , doesn’t mean we should’ takes on a whole new meaning in the way that a government created parasite is accidentally set loose.
Stomach churning (no pun intended) scenes pepper the story of these boys who are the last bastion between them and us. You are hereby warned not to read this if you are faint of heart or queasy of stomach. The themes of being consumed could be seen as metaphorical, as well as literal body horror as the old seek to con sume the strength and flesh of the young, whilst the boys , rushing to grow up are thrust into a situation they are not emotionally euqipped to deal with.
This is borne out in the psychiatric reports as well as the hysterical media headlines which in a panic driven state seek not only to make money from a scandalous trip gone wrong, but also trying to make some kind of sense of the survivors tales.
Is the fate of the world left in the hands of 14 year old boys?
In this case I would absolutely award them the following badges-
Anatomy and Physiology
It’s a great companion piece to novels like ‘The Rats’, and is a proper ‘old school’ horror of the kind that was produced in the early 80’s. Be warned, and take a Swiss Army knife with you as well as at least one flare if you fancy an outward bound trip with these lads and remember, every good scout is ‘always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty’
Until a mysterious stranger appears on the island who is somewhat hungry. Things take a turn a for the worse. (Now you would be forgiven of thinking a zombie story but cutter eschews that trap rather well) During the course the story we see how this event impacts the group and pulls them apart and what do they do to survive the things the scout hand book doesn't cover.
Cutter's style is reminiscent of early Stephen King and he crafts the story well with his descriptions and building of the story. The trouble is it becomes run of the mill, a cross between Slither and Lord of the Flies the book struggles to take off and only really becomes interesting around page 330, the problem with this the book is only around 400 pages long.
Cutter presents the familiar characters any gang of teenage boys would amount to through the book with the Scout troop being a fairly obnoxious bunch :
Kent the Jock and the son of the police chief
Eef the alpha male
Max the nice guy
Newton the nerd
Shelly the weird one
Scoutmaster Tim who couldn't run a bath let alone a scout troop.
A cast of supporting characters and out of all the characters the only interesting character is Admiral Stonewall who only turns up twice.
In the end Cutter doesn’t engage the reader to root for or like his characters. Which is shame as all the elements are there. It just falls flat.
The troop does ask some interesting questions. The few versus the many, how far would you go to survive, could a 14 year old be that twisted and even the morals of war. The questions are never answered and with the last part of the book being the best, I think the trick was last to make a fine horror novel in the vain of King, Koontz et-al
eat eat eat!
You can tell by the way things are stacked in this story precisely how it’s going to end. And then you have an interminably long wade through a mechanical procession of deaths to get to that sign-posted ending.
When you have to make a ludicrous premise work by having the scientist who started it all being a genius psycopath then you know the plot is a tad wonky. Similarly the death procession on the Island only works because one of the kids turns out to be a genius level manipulating psycopath..what are the odds eh ?
Miserable unentertaining chore.
I was not disappointed.
I have 5 year old twins who hate sleep and like to get up VERY early EVERY day and I stayed up into the wee hours to finish The Troop by Nick Cutter. That says it all! I simply couldn't put it down. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Cutter's writing really is "old school horror at its best", as Stephen King himself said. I do not scare or get creeped out easily, believe me, and I found this book pretty disturbing. It was truly spine tingling. I actually got goosebumps! I found it utterly fascinating and equally terrifying. Definitely not for the squeamish or faint of heart... this book will stay with you long after you've read the last page!
It makes me a bit mad and feel rather incredulous, to see poor reviews left for this book for being "too gruesome, graphic and/or disgusting"... Uhh, hello!?!? This is old school horror people! You're reading the wrong stuff if you don't like to read anything gruesome haha!
I was still buzzing after I finished The Troop, and couldn't sleep... So I bought and started Nick Cutter's second book, The Deep! It's excellent so far and was hard to put down. I can't wait to read more tonight, I'm anticipating another night of lost sleep... But I don't mind one damn bit!
If you're a TRUE horror fan... You're in for a real treat. Nick Cutter is horrifically, brilliantly, excellent. Enjoy, fellow horror enthusiasts!