“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
This “grim microcosm of terror and desperation haunting” (Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author) follows a scout troop on a terrifying fight for survival when they come across a mysterious—and deadly—stranger in the Canadian wilderness.
Once every 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 one another.
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.
This book will make your skin crawl
The Troop is the scariest, creepiest book I've ever heard. Nick Cutter's writing and creative storytelling is outstanding. The narrator, Corey Brill, does a great job of building and releasing tension to match Cutter's story. One part "Lord of the Flies," one part "Thr Ruins," one part "The Stand," this is a great horror story! Can't wait to listen to more of Nick Cutter!
Three Major Issues
I wanted to like this book but it proved to be too challenging. There are three things that ruined it for me.
1. The narrator. Throughout much of the audiobook he reads too fast. Seems he barely takes a pause or breath between most sentences. I kept wishing the producers would’ve given him a dose of Ritalin.
2. The author, like many of Stephen Kings recent works, seems out of touch with language and phrases used by adolescents.
3. It seems Kings style is something the author attempted to duplicate. Not just bizarre turns of phrase that most people never use, but also unnecessary and drawn out descriptions. I find it annoying when a writer takes several minutes to explain something that could have been detailed within a few sentences. I get the need to setup scenes, but sometimes less is more. Leave something to the imagination.
All that said, I can’t recommend this. There’s not enough to the story to justify the pain involved in tolerating it to the end.
A bit gross but good story
Narration was pretty good. I thought the story was well put together and kept you from figuring out what the end would be and what was really going on. I agree with other reviewers that the long drawn out descriptions of gross things were a bit much. I found myself skipping past them just to get on with the actual story.