The Troop

Nick Cutter. S&S/Gallery, $26 (368p) ISBN 978-1-4767-1771-5
This predictable, carnage-filled thriller from the pseudonymous Cutter will appeal mainly to horror fans. On Falstaff Island, off Prince Edward Island, a troop of boy scouts encounters Thomas Henry Padgett, aka “the Hungry Man,” a victim of military research gone terribly wrong. An act of charity toward Padgett, who carries a deadly contagion, turns out to be a big mistake that leaves the scouts with no choice but to rely on their limited tools and rudimentary survival skills. Meanwhile, an alarmed military has quarantined Falstaff Island to protect the world from the evil released there. While the boys have many options, escape is not among them. Competent prose makes up in part for stock characters—the nerd, the popular kid, the quiet psychotic. Cutter’s appeal to modern-day disquiet over the ethical lapses of the military-industrial complex will strike many as pro forma rather than based in any authentic outrage over abuses real or imagined. Agent: Kirby Kim, William Morris Endeavor. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 10/28/2013
Release date: 02/25/2014
Open Ebook - 352 pages - 978-1-4767-1775-3
Paperback - 384 pages - 978-1-5011-4482-0
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4423-6958-0
Paperback - 358 pages - 978-1-4767-6737-6
Mass Market Paperbound - 510 pages - 978-1-4767-1772-2
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