Paging through the front matter of American Subversive by David Goodwille I found the unusual pairing of two historical personages; Che Guevara, the hero of the Cuban revolution, and our 26th president Theodore Roosevelt, the hero of the battle of Manila Bay, are each quoted in the author’s epigraph, and somehow this seems both ironic and appropriate. They both shaped Cuban history, but in different ways and in different eras.
The novel is on the NY Times’ list of 100 notable books for 2010 and has been amply reviewed by the professional press. I read it because of one of those reviews and was not disappointed.
American Subversive is a quick moving novel told in the voices of the subversives and their supporters as chronicled by the novel’s two protagonists, Paige and Aidan. Page chronicles the events leading up to a post 9/11 bombing of a New York building and Aidan chronicles the after effects of the bombing from his ringside seat in a studio near the bombed out building. How the author manages to connect their lives and stories is the heart of the novel and is what makes it memorable.
I was interested in how Paige and Aidan used the instruments of modern technology: cell phones, portable computers, and internet connections all play a major role in the plot as does the electronic surveillance activities by government, the press and terrorist organizations. These are the tools that post 9/11 fiction writers must employ to make their characters believable.
This novel is only one of the many new novels that explore terrorism themes, but it does it from a new angle—the subversives are Americans and no foreigners are exploited in making this novel. Check it out at the Apple iBookStore.
Day 14: American Subversive (David Goodwille) (2010).