Had another couple of reviews of ‘An Excess Of…’ so far this month. As writers and readers will know, reviews are never easy to get, unless you’re willing to spend a fortune on them, but paid for reviews have never struck me as a genuine way to discover the true value of a book.
I’ve copied the latest 2 from Goodreads readers here:
March 6, 2022 4*
An adventure novel with a strong cast whose chapters often play out like episodes of a weekly TV series (at least they did in my head). The exciting initial chapters detailing the escape of a small band of survivors from a hijacked ship give way to something more contemplative, morally challenging and humanistic as six very different characters go head to head on everything from love to gender roles to the fragile position of human beings in a post-pandemic world. In this sense it reminded me of the Douglas Coupland novel Player One: What Is to Become of Us, albeit with more tropical storms, William-Friedkin-Sorcerer-style survival scenarios and emaciated religious fundamentalists. It’s more brutal than I thought it’d be, and it becomes clear as the narrative progresses that there’s no guarantee of anyone making it to the end alive, which was quite refreshing. I’m withholding one star only because some of the conversations are quite on the nose. Nothing wrong with getting a message across, but I feel it could have been more organic.
March 12, 2022 4*
In the not-so-distant future, three men and three women, all strangers except two, become shipwrecked on a deserted island in the Pacific. Their differences come to the fore as they struggle to come to terms with each other’s opposing lifestyles and beliefs. Nevertheless, while the reader becomes increasingly lured into believing that things will somehow work out, Author Stuart Aken throws in the nastiest possible surprise. The pace quickens and it becomes impossible to stop reading. What turns into a relentless dystopian thriller is well written, convincing and thought provoking. It would make a terrific movie, for adults.
If these have made you want to know more, or maybe even read the book, you can get it in paperback and digital format here. Enjoy the read!