The Tourist Trial: A Novel

The recent arrests of Greenpeace campaigners in the Arctic by Russia after two activists tried to climb onto an offshore platform reminded me of “The Tourist Trial: A Novel”.

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John Yunker’s novel is many things a thriller, romance and ecological campaign. Yunker manages to combine these elements with a confident writing style to create a compelling novel.  The characters are well drawn and convincing. Angela particularly struck a chord with me as did Diesel the penguin.

The theme of environmental damage is skilfully woven throughout the book; facts and emotions are mixed together and the character’s reactions are believable. One choice in particular that Angela makes, could have in a less competent author’s hands been a gendered cliche. But Yunker portray’s Angela’s sense of loss and building rage in a way that consumes you and pulls you into her struggle.

Highly recommend ****

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