Protect the Guilty by Pablo Omar Zaragoza – Susan Giffin, Co-Author

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Sam Westmore killed several people before committing suicide. That, in and of itself, makes for an interesting read, but Protect the Guilty becomes a compelling story when it portrays Sam as a ghost, reliving and relating the events of his life that led to his acts of violence, hoping against the bitter realities of life to clear himself as a mindless, out-of-control human.

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Written by Pablo Omar Zaragoza and Susan Giffin, Co-Author
Publisher Wasteland Press
ISBN-13 978-1-68111-188-9
Book Dimensions 6x9
Format Paperback
Pages 166

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Sam Westmore killed several people before committing suicide. That, in and of itself, makes for an interesting read, but Protect the Guilty becomes a compelling story when it portrays Sam as a ghost, reliving and relating the events of his life that led to his acts of violence, hoping against the bitter realities of life to clear himself as a mindless, out-of-control human.

From his invisible vantage, Sam first observes the crime scene while learning how to navigate his new form, learning from the inside out what makes people think – and tick. To relate his pre-suicide life, he spends time with two law enforcement investigators as they play a thumb drive they had retrieved from Sam’s cold fist to learn the truth behind the multiple deaths.

When Sam is not reliving his life, he wanders about the city, observing people and doing good deeds mysteriously. Every night, he sees the same homeless man sleeping near a historic monument. But is this an ordinary homeless man or someone far more special? What message will he eventually give Sam to make his after-life mission meaningful?

Pablo Omar Zaragoza emigrated from Cuba to the United States in 1959. As exiles, his parents had trouble making a living, and they moved to California, New York, and Las Vegas. Pablo graduated from medical school and did his residency in pathology, which he practiced for many years. Now semi-retired, he pursues his other passion: writing.

Susan Giffin, his co-author and creative partner, is an award-winning author, ghostwriter, and editor of more than 200 books. Protect the Guilty is one of several of their novels slated for publishing in 2017. The team also writes screenplays.

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Romuald Dzemo 09/06/2017

5 Stars from Readers Favorite Literary Contest

Protect the Guilty by Pablo Omar Zaragoza and Susan Giffin is an inspiring story that features a unique protagonist, Sam the Ghost. Sam Westmore has been a murderer in his pre-suicide life and has taken the lives of many people, the last of which was his own. As the story opens, he says, "I'm floating above what used to be me, yet I'm still here." After committing suicide, he wanders about observing what goes on in the city and narrating the circumstances leading to his multiple murders. Follow him as he narrates his stories and as he selflessly does some good for people of his city, unseen.

This is an interesting story and I enjoyed the fact that it is told from the perspective of a ghost who enjoys a great sense of freedom. The narrative voice is powerful, clear, and irresistible, and the use of the first person narrative pulls the reader into the world of the protagonist. Character development is stellar and there is a bleakness that permeates the entire narrative, a darkness that haunts the human spirit, and the narrator captures it very beautifully. Each chapter begins with a powerful expression, an image that portrays the emotional and psychological state of the protagonist, like "I blur into a small office," or "I have been drifting."

The prose is powerful, at times evocative, and readers will enjoy the colorful descriptions and the stream of consciousness that permeate the work. Protect the Guilty raises powerful moral questions, features great commentaries, and takes readers into the mind of a killer, exploring the depth of human nature in ways one could never have expected. Pablo Omar Zaragoza and Susan Giffin have crafted an entertaining and inspiring story that will captivate readers from the beginning till the end.

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Susan G 06/08/2017

To Tell the Truth

The uniqueness of a crime-solving story told from a ghost’s POV, for me, makes it a page-turner. Who hasn’t wondered what it would be like to be a ghost and go where no human can go – into another person’s body or mind? Sam Westmore is a believable character who learns how to slip into places forbidden to his former physical body. His MO is to convince the world, by way of a prerecorded video he left on a thumb-nail drive, that he was not crazy when he killed others and committed suicide. It’s the process of learning what drove him to the brink that held my attention; that, and following his good deeds and wondering who the homeless man is who keeps an eye on him and, in the end, brings meaning to Sam’s afterlife mission.

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Protect the Guilty by Pablo Omar Zaragoza – Susan Giffin, Co-Author

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Sam Westmore killed several people before committing suicide. That, in and of itself, makes for an interesting read, but Protect the Guilty becomes a compelling story when it portrays Sam as a ghost, reliving and relating the events of his life that led to his acts of violence, hoping against the bitter realities of life to clear himself as a mindless, out-of-control human.

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