Melodie Muses On A Modern Shipwreck

(this is NOT a children’s book)

Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel
Published in
3 min readJul 30, 2022

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Image: Sipa, Pixabay

An Excess Of… by Stuart Aken is an eco-thriller with adult themes and strong language.

Shipwreck has to be scary

The book starts in the dead of night, with one of the characters woken suddenly in their cramped cabin, the floor already wet with seawater. Shipwreck has to be scary, especially when it happens without warning at night.

This wasn’t a luxury cruise liner, or indeed a very large ship, and things generally seemed rather ramshackle. It was carrying a few passengers but must have been making its money from its cargo — but what was that cargo? Something illicit for sure, but not live animals.

Book cover reproduced with permission from Fantastic Books Publishing

The only living beings aboard that ship were people — except that a ship is too large, too much its own world, not to have been colonised by other creatures. The antics of the humans in this book keep the plot full to bursting, but my remit is to ask an animal question, so I did.

Here’s what I asked Stuart Aken:

Did any of the animals on board the original ship make it — perhaps survive and create…

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Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel

An award-winning crime novelist & long-time amateur poultry keeper, who specialised in teaching methods, healthcare & software engineering as an academic.