- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Posted March 22, 2014
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Tax Break by Jay Williams is the story of one man’s stand against the US government. Jim Greenwald, a retired Vietnam vet, is running a bar with his partner when the IRS seizes it in lieu of non-payment of taxes. Jim fights back in the only way he knows how. The government trained him how to fight and so he goes on a spree of false bomb threats before setting off a real one, carefully designed not to hurt anyone. Then he goes on the run. What follows next is a race across America and into Canada, with the Austin Police and the FBI on his tail. But, someone else has joined the chase, someone who knows more about Jim’s background than anyone else does, someone he has faced up to before. Jim also finds himself as a political pawn in the race for the Whitehouse but who comes out on top? Find out by reading Tax Break for yourself.
Tax Break by Jay Williams is brilliantly clever, funny, sad, and heart-warming all at the same time. It has to be one of the most original stories I have read in a long time. I found it to be written in a manner that was easy to read, the plot was easy to follow but you didn’t see the twists coming until they were right on top of you. Excellent book, well worthy of the time it took to read and I really hope there is more where that came from.
Posted January 4, 2014
If You Like the IRS - You Won't Want to Read this Book. . . . . Tax Break, by Jay Williams, is set in the 1980s – the story of an alienated Vietnam vet, Jim Greenwald, who rebels after being jerked around by the IRS. Williams places a caveat in the beginning of his book – “Don’t try this at home.” In the post-9/11, post Oklahoma City bombing world, the things Greenwald is able to do would be nearly impossible to pull off.
When the IRS takes Greenwald and his partner Lenny Manning, a fellow vet, to court to seize their bar for nonpayment of back taxes, Greenwald is driven to the point of desperation. “How,” he asks, “Can the government that sent them to the hell of Vietnam, now that they are rehabilitated and off the streets, throw them back out on the streets?” The answer, as Greenwald discovers, is that the government – or the minions who make up the government – is not looking at the individual, and in missing this, takes actions that end up hurting the individuals it is supposed to help. Greenwald vows to give a little payback.
What will resonate with today’s reader, though, is the sense of government bureaucrats who care little about the people they were hired to serve, and self-serving politicians who are willing to sacrifice the greater good for short-term political advantage.
Williams paints a compellingly realistic picture of the individual against the system, and the alienation of people from their government. Gritty dialogue and believable characters march across the page, dripping real sweat and crying real tears. This is a genre-defying novel that you’ll find impossible to put down.
Posted June 5, 2013
The characters make this book really enjoyable. There's the ex-military captain, former POW, who had been held in tiger cages in Nam and now must live in wide-open places to remain sane; the deep CIA plant in Canada (yes, one of our allies); the young movie-addicted detective with the Irish name who hates it when he's linked to anything Irish and the other main character who was a bomb expert for the Green Berets but has overcome his demons by running a bar in Austin. The action isn't too bad either. Give it a try.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.