The Accidental Activist

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Rated 4.50/5 based on 3 reviews
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.

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Review by: Suanne Kiges on Jan. 06, 2012 :
The Accidental Activist is loosely based on the Mc Libel case in London that took place in the 1990's. Like the real case, the character, Suzie and other protesters took on a big corporation distributing leaflets about their poor environmental practise and poor working conditions. The corporation sued for libel. Back then, people who were sued for libel were not given a public defender but this eventually changed because of this case.

This is a story of courtroom drama with a bit of romance thrown in. Matt was a computer geek who happened to meet Suzie by chance. It was instant love. When she got sued for Libel from a big oil corporation he found a way to help her with the assistance of his co-workers/ friends. Back then, websites were very new but they developed a website to get the word out. This was the first political website as far as it was known. Matt and his co-workers were basically fired from their jobs for setting it up.

I couldn't help but root for Matt and Suzie throughout the book and the courtroom drama was gripping. It even had a bit of sardonic humor in it. I would have liked to have seen a bit more character development but the story itself was great. Alon Shalev has explained that he likes to write "transformational fiction where ordinary people are drawn into fighting a social injustice and in doing so experience a life-shifting internal change." He succeeded using Matt as his transformational character.

If you're looking for a John Grisham like thriller that puts the main character in peril, this book is not for you. However, if you want a well written courtroom drama with British humor and style, I highly recommend this book
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: IngaSilberg on Nov. 01, 2011 :
My review:

I was contacted by Premier Virtual Author Blog Tour for reviewing The Accidental Activist by Alon Shalev. I liked the blurb of the book and decided to read it. I did not have to be disappointed, even though I did not know anything about the author or his works. I rarely read court room suspense. I do like to watch movies, but many of the court room books get boring because of the missing or bad dialogue. The Accidental Activist was really good: the story was interesting, dialogue captivating, lots of good British humor and believable characters.

Regarding the plot:

The story is based on McDonalds libel case from 1990’s, so it is based on a real court case. The real case is turned into an interesting fiction about Matt who wants to help Suzie to fight against a big multinational corporation. She has been dealing out leaflets which assumedly were damaging corporation’s image and she is accused for libel. Matt uses one of the most powerful tools – Internet – to aid her.

What was especially interesting was to read about how the legal system worked in England. There were many descriptive scenes in The Accidental Activist which gave engaging picture of the court and the legal system itself. The second aspect which I was little worried about before starting to read the book, was the dialogue. It was in my opinion brilliantly managed and the humor was sophisticated. The dialogue supported the narrative in a way that it kept you reading, wanting to know what will happen next.

It was easy to read, the language which was used was colorful, professional and not too difficult for a courtroom story.

Regarding the characters:

When I finished the book, I realized that the characters were tools to creating an interesting story and supporting the narrative and the author did it really professionally. I am not saying the characters were unnecessary, but in order to bring this case alive and readable as fiction, Matt and Suzie were needed. The main character for me was the McDondald’s court case itself. And it was good and well described!

Generally:

The Accidental Activist was one of the best courtroom novel’s I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it – the narrative, characters, the court case, the usage of Internet in the 1990s. the author bring McDonald case alive and that is the best part of the book – you feel the anger, the frustration, the injustice, the happiness. This is what I mean by saying that this book was alive!
5 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: IngaSilberg on Nov. 01, 2011 : (no rating)
My review:

I was contacted by Premier Virtual Author Blog Tour for reviewing The Accidental Activist by Alon Shalev. I liked the blurb of the book and decided to read it. I did not have to be disappointed, even though I did not know anything about the author or his works. I rarely read court room suspense. I do like to watch movies, but many of the court room books get boring because of the missing or bad dialogue. The Accidental Activist was really good: the story was interesting, dialogue captivating, lots of good British humor and believable characters.

Regarding the plot:

The story is based on McDonalds libel case from 1990’s, so it is based on a real court case. The real case is turned into an interesting fiction about Matt who wants to help Suzie to fight against a big multinational corporation. She has been dealing out leaflets which assumedly were damaging corporation’s image and she is accused for libel. Matt uses one of the most powerful tools – Internet – to aid her.

What was especially interesting was to read about how the legal system worked in England. There were many descriptive scenes in The Accidental Activist which gave engaging picture of the court and the legal system itself. The second aspect which I was little worried about before starting to read the book, was the dialogue. It was in my opinion brilliantly managed and the humor was sophisticated. The dialogue supported the narrative in a way that it kept you reading, wanting to know what will happen next.

It was easy to read, the language which was used was colorful, professional and not too difficult for a courtroom story.

Regarding the characters:

When I finished the book, I realized that the characters were tools to creating an interesting story and supporting the narrative and the author did it really professionally. I am not saying the characters were unnecessary, but in order to bring this case alive and readable as fiction, Matt and Suzie were needed. The main character for me was the McDondald’s court case itself. And it was good and well described!

Generally:

The Accidental Activist was one of the best courtroom novel’s I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it – the narrative, characters, the court case, the usage of Internet in the 1990s. the author bring McDonald case alive and that is the best part of the book – you feel the anger, the frustration, the injustice, the happiness. This is what I mean by saying that this book was alive!

5 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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