Stephen King has given a hardy endorsement of Nick Cutter's The Troop. Robert J. Wiersema notes that it is fitting for King to like the novel on a number of levels,
In the acknowledgments, Cutter credits King’s debut novel, Carrie, as an “inspiration” for the structure of The Troop, which, like King’s book, features extratextual materials, including newspaper articles, interviews and the like, to supplement the narrative.Wiersema himself writes, "The Troop demands to be judged as a novel of horror, and by that metric, among others, it’s a winner. It highlights the organic inevitability of the best horror fiction while never being predictable. It surprises at every turn, though it wears its genre antecedents proudly."
From Good Reads:
Boy Scouts live by the motto “Be Prepared.” However, nothing can prepare this group of young boys and their scoutmaster for what they encounter on a small, deserted island, as they settle down for a weekend of campfires, merit badges, and survival lessons.
Everything changes when a haggard stranger in tattered clothing appears out of nowhere and collapses on the campers’ doorstep. Before the night is through, this stranger will end up infecting one of the troop’s own with a bioengineered horror that’s straight out of their worst nightmares. Now stranded on the island with no communication to the outside world, the troop learns to battle much more than the elements, as they are pitted against something nature never intended…and eventually each other.