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Scoutmaster Tim and his scouts of Troop 52 relish their yearly trip coinciding with the pioneering badge. Falstaff Island, a government-owned dwelling that hosts as an emergency shelter, as well as home to marine and insect life, has been chosen for this year’s site. Absent of full-time human occupation it is the perfect location for the five boys’ last hurrah, as they are getting older and ready to exit the Scout life. Once settled in, an unidentified man arrives with abnormal physical attributes and is in obvious need of medical attention. An unusual sickness radiates from the stranger as the young men notice the devastation of his body. Not knowing that secret agencies were pursuing, sanctuary and medical treatment are given to the foreigner. Forced to perform a minor procedure, a disturbing discovery is made. A white thick tube inside the man’s stomach begins flexing, constricting and eventually emerging from the body to morph itself into something appalling that couldn't be identified. As the horror unfolds before the onlookers, a disease begins to spread. What begins as a routine three day camping trip now becomes a horrifying extreme need for survival for each individual. As the Scout handbook says: always be prepared.
Nick Cutter paints a terrifying picture by using his main characters as a brush in his novel The Troop. With a limited amount of people on a confined isle, the tone is a bit claustrophobic, as is the fear of the unknown. Moments of transformations become pure horror and will cause unavoidable queasiness for the reader. These transmutations are directly related to worms, the oldest species on earth that become nightmare houseguests within the human body. With the ability to lay eggs in their own skin and detachable segments, the worm is capable of having endless self-creation. The concept of human kind attempting to save others they love and care about only to acquire the contagious infection themselves becomes a social obstacle that the inhabitants must conquer. From the mind deteriorating to physical strength no longer existing, the progression of the metamorphosis is described with a ghastly edge and a chilling flair. It's a pleasure to know Nick Cutter is not only an obviously talented author in the horror field; he is also a self-proclaimed fan of the genre.

— Mike, Albuquerque


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

Once a year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. A horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival with no escape from the elements, the infected…or each other. Part Lord of the Flies, part 28 Days Later—and all-consuming—this tightly written edge-of-your-seat thriller takes you deep into the heart of darkness, where fear feeds on sanity…and terror hungers for more.

About the Author

Nick Cutter is a pseudonym for an acclaimed author of novels and short stories. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Praise For…

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781476717722
ISBN-10: 1476717729
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: July 22nd, 2014
Pages: 528
Language: English