Cutter Provides the Creeps with The Troop (#bookreview)

The Troop by Nick Cutter
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Gallery Books


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.

“Lean and crisp and over-the-top....Disquieting, disturbing,” says Scott Smith, author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan, The Troop is a visceral burn of a read that combines boldly drawn characters with a fantastically rendered narrative—a terrifying story you’ll never forget.


The Troop is vivid - it will give you the creeps, and never again will you think the same of a tapeworm.

With the last name Cutter its only right that Nick should write a horror story that crawls up your fingers right from the page one, in a Dreamcatcher meets Stand by Me kind of way, but as Scouts.

When a group of scouts and their Scout Master go to an island for some badge earning and camping fun, all hell breaks loose. A man comes out of nowhere, hungry and bailey alive, but his hunger is feeding something else. What he is feeding spreads like wildfire. The now quarantined island is turning into a camping trip of horror.

The author explains the details of death vividly. I won't bet a million that this will soon be on the big screen. Thank you Netgalley and publishers for giving me a chance to read this.

(as posted by Donald on Goodreads & NetGalley)