have to say, I was very surprised by this book. From the first
word to the last, I wanted to see what happened to Rafael,
and I felt like I was living his life with him along the way.
of an Innocent Man is written in a very unique way, very
different from any other book that I have ever read, as it
is written in first person. You feel like you are looking
at, hearing, smelling and experiencing everything that Rafael
is looking at, hearing, smelling and experiencing, making
it genuinely a very immersive experience.
I have never been arrested or been
to jail. I understand now how someone feels being arrested
for something that they didn't do and then going to jail for
that very crime. Trying to tell everyone that you are innocent,
yet no one but your lawyer believing you. Now let's take that
even a step further, being sentence to death for something
that you did not do and are innocent. The authorities couldn’t
find a motive, you had an alibi, and you had witnesses testifying
that you could never have done what you were accused of doing,
yet you were still sentenced to death.
I know that our legal system is flawed
and needs some improvements, but what ever happened to that
saying, "you are innocent until proven guilty!"
In this book, the flawed legal system didn't prove that he
was guilty. What they did prove is that if the color of your
skin is different or you aren't as well off as some, you really
aren’t treated the way that you should be treated. Throughout,
the book touches on this topic again and again.
All and all, I would say that this
was a book definitely worth reading. It opened my eyes to
another form or literature that I haven't read in a very long
time, and I was mesmerized by the words on the page. Well
done, Mr. Dow, thanks for providing a book done in a way that
was enjoyable to read, and you took me back to a place that
I know so very well, Texas. I lived in Texas for over 14 years,
and the places mentioned in the book were well known to me.
While I don't miss Texas, it was nice to go back for a short
Reviewer’s Notes: Violence and