Welcome to another Friday Potpourri event, in which we spotlight Book Beginnings, hosted by A Few More Pages; and excerpt from another portion of the book in The Friday 56, led by Freda’s Voice.

How does it work?  Just share a few opening lines in the book you’re reading (or about to read), and then add your thoughts, if you like.  Turn to p. 56 and excerpt anything on that page.  Then link up!

Visit as many participants as you can, in order to add a lot of new books to your wish list.

Today I’m sharing a book that will be on blog tour this month.  I’ll be starting to read it next week, but my review and a guest post will be featured on 11/28 and 11/29.  The Accidental Activist, by Alon Shalev, is a David and Goliath kind of story:  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. The company will try anything (sex, espionage, bribery and coercion) to stop or win this case. In fighting the corporation, a self-absorbed computer programmer discovers romance and a way to change the world one mega-pixel at a time.


Beginning:  I looked at myself in the mirror—for only the eighth or ninth time that hour.  A smooth-shaven, pathetically optimistic Romeo peered back, reassuring me that, should the Juliet of my dreams turn up at tonight’s party, I was surely in with a chance.  I slapped more aftershave onto my already saturated face and glanced at the bottle.  The label promised to fulfill my dream and the woman in the picture would certainly achieve my ambitions—quite the bargain for less than a fiver from Boots the Chemist.

Ah, I can certainly sense the level of anxiety here.  Now I’m curious as to what will happen, and if the evening will live up to his hopes and dreams.


P. 56:  “Are you all crazy?  Matt, you even put your name on the e-mail.  You f…ing idiot!  Do you know what damage this can do to your future?  This could destroy all of you.  My boys, my Dream Team, have become f…ing political revolutionaries overnight!”


Now I can’t wait to see what will happen in this legal thriller.

What exciting excerpts are you sharing today?  Come on by and leave your links.


  1. I like the beginning but I have a feeling the evening is not going to go well.
    This sounds interesting and I love the title. I’m going to have to look for this one, as if I needed one more book in my TBR stack.
    Happy Weekend!


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