Book Review: The Troop by: Nick Cutter

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication Date: February 25, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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.

Review: THE TROOP features a group a Boy Scouts on a deserted island honing their skills with their Scoutmaster. What they don’t know is they are ground zero for an out-of-control experiment of a sociopathic genius. When the nasty smelling stranger comes to their camp house looking for food…their nightmare is just beginning. THE TROOP is viscerally gruesome story of genetic manipulation at its worst. The amount of graphic violence may be too much for a lot of readers to stomach. The psychological breakdown of the scouts was interesting to watch, but as with any military operation, there wasn’t a satisfactory conclusion - which actually works for this book. THE TROOP is a horror story in the truest sense of the word and makes you wonder who the real monster is…

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