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Publisher's Summary

The true story behind the major motion picture from Amazon Studios.

Childhood friends from Trinidad, Colin Warner and Carl King grew into men on opposite sides of prison bars after Colin was arrested for murder in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. With no evidence against him, Colin was wrongfully convicted and wrongfully imprisoned for more than two decades. But time and walls could not break the friends' bond. Carl's extraordinary resolve, sacrifice, and courage were Colin's last rays of hope in a harrowing struggle for freedom and justice. Whatever it took, Carl was not going to leave his best friend behind.

©2017 Colin Warner and Carl King (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • J. Atchinson
  • 29-11-2017

Eye opener

This book was well written about a subject that needed writing about. While the narrators didn't speak with the Rastafarian accents of the characters, this worked fine for those of us that aren't exposed to the accent on a regular basis and we could concentrate on the facts involved in this case. This tragedy could have happened to nearly anyone, and even I, a white middle class woman, have found myself afraid enough of our legal system to sincerely worry that this could actually happen to myself or someone that I love. Thank heavens for those who believe in innocence.

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  • KC
  • 12-11-2020

Sad but true

This was such a good book. What a wonderful world this would be if everyone had these types of friendships! I work in the Criminal Justice system and unfortunately and have seen firsthand that there are innocent individuals doing time for crimes they didn't commit. The system isn't perfect, and there should be a more timely process for righting the wrong convictions. Stories like this one should be the entire basis for abolishing the Death Penalty. If that isn't reason enough, the cost that goes into the automatic appeal process on death case convictions should be another good reason. Maybe if there weren't so many appeals working through the system the wrongfully convicted appellate process could work more smoothly.

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  • Firstsister9
  • 23-12-2017

Good example of forgiveness and making a difference

I liked the fortitude of all the characters. How they never gave up. Relying on their faith of what they been taught throughout their life. It’s amazing Colin, had no bitterness. Was grateful for everything, no matter his cost. Grateful to his friend Carl. What a blessing and example of true friendship. Very few people live with the blessing of such a friend. He gave a lot for his friend. Best heart ever. “The more he gives, the more he lives.” If only more in this world could live by this motto. He is an inspiration to me to be better, serve more and sacrifice for those I love or the injustices and suffering of others.

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  • Love2readamazon
  • 05-12-2020

amazing

i'm a prosecutor for the state, and this book reinforces the way I think and work. What an incredible tragedy and miracle. it's better for 100 guilty men to go free than 1 innocent man go to jail

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  • GenXtinction
  • 13-11-2020

Incredible. Each of us has the power to act.

There are so many concerns today, protests, lawsuits, about losing our freedoms AND BEING FORCED TO WEAR A MASK. Imagine losing all freedoms and being forced to fight for your life on a regular basis because of something you never did, and because of the selfishness of those who actually did the act. Thank you for lighting the fire in me that I thought had burned out. Your words reminded me that I have something to offer- and much to do!

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  • Dave Ironhorse
  • 28-10-2020

Amazing story!

Spellbinding. It’s amazing how one man spent 21 years working to free his wrongly accused and convicted friend. Well narrated!

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  • Ronald Altbach
  • 30-09-2020

A moving and important true story

Everything about this book is terribly important especially in the context of current events in the US and the upcoming presidential election

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  • J. Churchill
  • 20-01-2018

Faith goes a long way!

This is not a type of book I would choose, but I'm thankful I did. It opened my eyes to the sad reality of the system and the true love of friends who believe in you and the strength it is needed to persevere to see the right becomes reality. Wow, this could happen in my life and how would I have handled it? Thank you!

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  • Bell
  • 09-01-2018

Wow!!!

Wow! if each of us has at least 1 friend like Carl in our lives, we are truly blessed! This true friendship that crosses over into family status! The injustice that befell Colin was past the point of ridiculous, but the love of that ne true friend that just wouldn't give up, truly made a difference.

And to think, through all the injustice, Colin nor Carl are not bitter, but better because of it! Wow!!!

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  • Tracie L Folger
  • 12-03-2021

Timely, important and captivating

A really compelling and interesting truth. I learned much, beyond the story of an innocent man wrongly convicted. The authors included important information about the Rasta culture and social inequities in the prison and judicial appeal system. The performers were perfect in their presentation. I’m really grateful for this experience.

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  • LisaAlo
  • 20-04-2018

Just don’t quit

I really enjoyed this book , it brought tears to my eyes on a few occasions. I like stories about prisons and although this is a true story it didn’t disappoint

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