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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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Published November 19th 2010 by Lloyd Lofthouse (first published January 1st 2009)
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Inga
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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 capti...more
Heavensent1
The Accidental Activist is a Literary Legal/Political Fiction based on the McDonald's libel case of the 1990's.

Matthew is a computer programmer working on a program deal with an Oil conglomerate that could make or break his career. His friends and colleagues are a tight knit group and the five of them always have each others backs.

On the night that Matthew and Paul attend a party, Matthew doesn't realize how much his life is about to change. A woman approaches Matt and asks him to whisk her away...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
The Accidental Activist by Alon Shalev is a novel based upon the McDonald’s libel trial that took place in England in the 1990’s. In the novel two young activists, with nothing but raw determination, take on a multinational corporation that tries to silence them. At the same time a young computer programmer discovers the power of the internet after he sets up a website to support the cause of the woman he wants to have a relationship with.

I'm torn on this one. On one hand I really was engrossed...more
Laurel-Rain
If you have ever been a part of an "underdog" kind of group, firmly believing in your cause and desperate to win out over the "establishment," The Accidental Activist will definitely appeal to you.

When a small group of protestors are served with a libel suit in 1990s Great Britain, our protagonist, Matt Fielding, steps forward to help. He has just connected with Suzie, the woman of his dreams, and he becomes involved because of her. As a computer programmer, he has assisted in the cause by creat...more
A Book Vacation
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...more
Richard (Bound & Determined...)
I read the description of The Accidental Activist and felt it would be an amazing read. I had no idea how right I would be!

You will quickly love the characters. Matt is certainly idealistic, naïve, and a nice guy. Suzie is spunky, driven, and passionate. Combined they form an awesome team of activists! You will love the prologue—it is so funny!

The Accidental Activist is humorous, fun, and exciting to read. It took me quite by surprise how entertaining this was to read. I would easily read 40 pa...more
David King
Review originally posted on my blog: http://killie-booktalk.blogspot.com

The Accidental Activist by Alon Shalev is a novel that has been based on the so called "McLibel" case that took place in England in the 1990's. I was looking forward to reading this as I love legal TV dramas and I was hoping that a novel could interest and entertain me just as well. On the whole I have to say that this book did manage this; of course as it is based in part on reality and is set in England there is less flamb...more
PopcornReads
When I was approached to be part of the blog tour for Alon Shalev’s novel, The Accidental Activist, it didn’t sound like the kind of novel we normally review but the concept and the quote below from the bio I was sent convinced me to take part.

“Alon Shalev has been a political activist since his early teens and believes that fiction can help create a better world. Shalev strives through his writing to highlight social and political injustice and to inspire action for change. A consistent theme...more
Louisa
Really great book, weird to read about the internet when it wasn't used like I've been my whole life. But it was a fresh prospective, and I really enjoyed it!
JoAnn Ainsworth
Well written courtroom drama about environmentalists taking on a mega-sized oil company using information gathering via the Internet.
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Alon Shalev lives and writes in two worlds. He is the author of three social justice-themed novels and a series of Young Adult Epic Fantasy. He swears there is a connection.

In 2009, while on a family camping trip in Northern California, Shalev began writing an epic fantasy novel to read to his sons around the campfire. Over the next three years, both sons and the ancient redwood forests bore witne...more
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