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The Troop by Nick Cutter
  

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On an isolated island a troop of boy scouts encounter a strange man with a terrifying infection. The hunger of this man is unstoppable. Once the Scout Master is infected the boys lock him up and from there it is a short step to Lord of the Flies. If you are unaware of that classic you can simply enjoy the thrilling fear as you read a gory horror story. If you know it the parallels between the characters here and in that book are unmistakable. The narrative is interspersed with newspaper articles, official reports and psychiatric confessions which round out the picture and colour in the background. It is certainly not a pleasant read but it is an enjoyable one.

If you like Nick Cutter you might also like to read books by Anna North, Alden Bell and Scott Smith.

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Synopsis

The Troop by Nick Cutter

He felt something touch his hand...which is when he looked down...For the scouts of Troop 52, three days of camping, hiking and survival lessons on the remote shores of Falstaff Island will be the closest thing they'll get to a proper holiday this year. Which was when he saw it...But when an emaciated figure unexpectedly stumbles into their camp begging for food, the trip takes a horrifying turn. The man is not just hungry, he's sick. Sick in a way they have never seen before. Which was when he screamed...Cut off from the mainland, the scouts of Troop 52 face a nightmare far worse than anything they could have made up around a campfire. To survive they will have to fight their fears, the elements...and eventually each other.

Reviews

This is more than a stunning debut. It reminds me how vacuous, banal and insipid most highly-touted fiction is. [He] asks - and answers - some big, uncomfortable questions about the nature of our humanity -- Irvine Welsh

Smudges the line between comedy and horror, cruelty and mercy. His remarkable stories are challenging and upsetting, but never boring -- Chuck Palahniuk

Big, riveting stories about tough guys in trouble...the best I've read in a long time from a young writer -- Bret Easton Ellis

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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Book Info

Publication date

5th June 2014

Author

Nick Cutter

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Publisher

Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Horror
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ISBN

9781472206244

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