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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Live Free or Die by Dave Ives is told from the point of view of young Sam Higgins, and a good deal of it is in vivid flashbacks that reveal his relationship with his father. Don-the-Digger, Mr Kenny – the neighbour who doesn’t pay his taxes - is the recurring and very dramatic, meaningful scenario, but there are others. The law as it applies to abortion, to slavery, drafting young men to fight in Vietnam… The basis of “live free” is laid out in a confrontation between Mr Kenny, his neighbors, and the representatives of civic law, including the police, and it has a profound effect on Sam’s father. It changes his ideas of what freedom actually is and his influence leads Sam to take the step into crime. Is he guilty of murder?
Live Free or Die is a story that will leave readers questioning the fair-mindedness, justice and logic behind every law that governs the society in which we live, which is a powerful moral issue to find in a fictional political thriller. For example, if it is legal to kill an unborn child – abortion – why is it a crime to murder a toddler, or indeed offspring of any age? Has slavery been abolished, or does it exist under another name? Zac Higgins – Sam’s father – is a major character in this mainly slow-paced story, and Donald Kenny is another, and the FBI are out to get them. In Live Free or Die, Dave Ives has written a book that is demanding and different.