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Cracked Spine Book Club: The Troop

June 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm by  

The TroopHere, Now – I’ve read a lot of books since I last posted a Cracked Spine recommendation, but I just haven’t had time to post anything about them aside for some quick blurbs on our Facebook Page or our forums.

One of these books was The Troop, by Nick Cutter. A nasty, effective horror book I posted about awhile back on Facebook. After numerous responses since, from people who say they loved The Troop and never would have heard of it had I not mentioned it, I decided to give it some front page lovin’.

Hopefully this will turn some more of you horror lovers on to this horrific read. Here’s the official synopsis:

Once a year, scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a three-day camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story and a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder — shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry — stumbles upon their campsite, Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. An inexplicable horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival that will pit the troop against the elements, the infected…and one another.”

Simon and Schuster describe it as part Lord of the Flies, part 28 Days Later. But I think a much better description would be part Lord of the Flies, part Monsters Inside Me. I say this because I don’t want anyone tired of the zombie genre (raises hand) turned off of reading The Troop because they think it’s a flesh-eating zombie book – because it isn’t. At all.

What The Troop is, is disturbing as hell. Not just because of the level of violence (Cutter reaches for the stars in the gross-out department), but because of what’s causing it and the fact that it’s happening to a group of young boys.

Take my word for it and read the damn thing. It’s one of my favorites this year and one of the only books I know of that caused Jaded to gag. And, from the rumors I hear down at the local liquor store, that woman’s gag-reflex is damn near non-existent.

[rating:4/5]

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