The Troop by Nick Cutter


Book Description

Publication Date:February 25, 2014
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 bonfre. Te boys are a tight-knit crew. Tere’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there—which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier. But for some reason, he can’t shake the feeling that something strange is in the air this year. Something waiting in the darkness. Something wicked . . .
It comes to them in the night. An unexpected intruder, stumbling upon their campsite like a wild animal.  He is shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—a man in unspeakable torment who exposes Tim and the boys to something far more frightening than any ghost story. Within his body is a bioengineered nightmare, a horror that spreads faster than fear. One by one, the boys will do things no person could ever imagine.
And so it begins. An agonizing weekend in the wilderness. A harrowing struggle for survival. No possible 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.
Review –
I thought I would like this book because of its description BUT it failed to mention the GROSSNESS of it. I have read other gross book, The Rotters, for example, and it was pretty gross in that it deals with grave robbing but Nick Cutter has gone far and above the definition of GROSS.  It ruined the book for me.  A bit or even a lot of gross is a good thing but DO NOT read this book if a boatload of gross bothers you.

The Mist by Stephen King

Product Description

It’s a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds.  Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun.  Then comes the mist…creeping slowly, inexorably into town, where it settles and waits, trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world.  The mist is alive, seething with unearthly sounds and movements.  What unleashed this terror?  Was it the Arrowhead Project—the top secret government operation that everyone has noticed but no one quite understands?  And what happens when the provisions have run out and you’re forced to make your escape, edging blindly through the dim light?

Review –

This is the umpteenth time that I’ve listened to this story by Stephen King.  It is one of my favorite stories by one of my favorite authors.    The book/audiobook is sooo much better than the movie so if you haven’t read or listened to it you need to run out right now and buy it.

I have the audio version and it’s not read by a narrator, but acted out like a stage play which makes it sooo real.  I simply love it.