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{November 25, 2011}   {Review} The Accidental Activist by Alon Shalev

From Goodreads:  David meets Goliath in the law courts of England in the 1990’s. The advent of the Internet is leveling the playing field as a multinational corporation tries to silence two young political activists in a riveting court case that captivates the political and business world’s attention.


Set in the 1990s when the internet is just emerging, Shalev has created a really interesting, fictional novel based on the events of a McDonald’s libel trial in England during the same time period.  Focusing on a multinational corporation dealing in oil, the novel revolves around two young activists, Suzie and Bill, who find themselves sued for libel.  The novel quickly heats up as the narrator, Matt, decides to use the internet to raise awareness and help for Suzie, the woman of his dreams, after he meets her one evening, starting a whirlwind romance neither of them expected.  I found this to be a very well written novel dealing with the court systems in England and, being an American, it was quite interesting to see the differences between the two systems. 

Shalev has created thought-provoking characters that are quite deep, though they seem a bit shallow in the beginning of the novel.  I have to admit, in the beginning I was a little concerned that this novel might not be for me, especially as there was a sexual encounter and the characters seemed a bit trite.  However, Shalev quickly bypasses the introductions of the characters to the reader and begins to round them out as they fight for their beliefs.  This is one of those novels where you can’t help but route for the underdog.  I have never thought about it before, but multinational corporations have an extreme amount of power and ability to cover their tracks.  Watching Suzie and Bill take on the court system and represent themselves was riveting; I was reminded of John Grisham novels as the proceeding wore on—the attention to detail and readability/explanations helped put the reader right there in the courtroom alongside the cast of characters that Shalev has created.  This was a great read, and anyone interested in court proceedings and the underdog really needs to read this book.  Four stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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[…] Book Vacation gave a very complimentary review. Anyone who writes my name in the same article as John Grisham is a BFF candidate for me. I particularly appreciate her review because she had an issue with the explicit sex scenes. I know this is a problem for many people and am glad when they can pass over and continue with the story. […]

Teddy says:

I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I couldn’t help but root for Matt and Suzie.

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