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407 pages, Hardcover
First published February 25, 2014
A quivering string of drool spooled over his lip, hung, snapped. His skin was stretched thin as crepe paper over his skull. Capillaries wormed across his nose, over his cheeks, and down his neck like river routes on a topographical map…The skin was shrink-wrapped around the radius and ulna bones, giving his elbows the appearance of knots in a rope.
"This is old-school horror at its best. Not for the faint-hearted, but for the rest of us sick puppies, it's a perfect gift for a winter night."I'm a sick puppy! Right away, I perk up like one of those Pointer dogs on the scent. Secondly, the book description refers to The Troop as Lord of the Flies meets The Ruins. Oh yeah! You just pressed two of my book buttons right there. I'm lighting up and going off all over the damn place.
It's October and Scoutmaster (Dr.) Tim and his five Eagle Scouts from Troop 52 have been dropped off in the Canadian wilderness at terror (my word) island for three days of fun and hiking. The boys are a mixed bag of tall & intimidating (Kent), calm & collected (Max), brave & strong (Ephraim), fat & nerdy (Newton...my favorite) and cruel & weird (Kelley).
All is going well with campfires and ghost stories until the stranger from hell appears.....delirious, obviously sick and obviously starving with the look of a walking skeleton. Of course, Dr. Tim tries to help him which leads to disaster, the beginning of the end, and a terrifying fight for survival.
......readers beware, besides the descriptively disturbing visual effects of the parasite, our cruel & weird boy flashes back memories of his wickedness toward animals (which I admit skimming through)......Thankfully though, other scouts were actually kind to animals or felt remorse for what they felt they had to do, but there was a bit of tough going for us animal lovers......
Anyway, this super creepy, super disgusting, FREAKFEST of a sci-fi/horror read with a super ominous ending would be a perfect frightening October read....if you can take the tickling from inside and don't mind the deadly insatiable hunger. My advice.....stay away from Them and......Run!