The Boy Who Said No by Patti Sheehy
An Escape To Freedom

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...Sheehy's execution never fully meets its potential. The story is flattened by an overly simple plot, leaving readers longing for the richness that evokes thrill.
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As a boy Frank Mederos’s grandfather teaches him to fish, to navigate the seas, and to think for himself, much needed skills under the new Castro regime. When Frank is drafted into the army, he is soon promoted to the Special Forces, where he is privy to top military secrets. But young Frank has no sympathy for Fidel. He thirsts for freedom and longs to join his girlfriend who has left Cuba for America.
Frank yearns to defect, but his timing couldn’t be worse. After two unsuccessful escape attempts, Frank learns that the departure of the next available boat conflicts with upcoming military exercises. If he stays, he will miss the boat. If he doesn’t, he will be the object of a massive manhunt.
Problems abound: How will Frank escape the army base without being seen? Where will he hide until the boat comes? How can he outwit his commanding officer? And how can he elude hundreds of soldiers ordered to bring him back “dead or alive”?
Frank’s true story, a tale of love, loss and courage that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page is turned.
 

About Patti Sheehy

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Patti Sheehy is a graduate of Rider University and has spent her career in public relations and marketing as an executive in marketing and communications, primarily in the health care industry. She lives with her husband, Robert Hunter, in Haddon Heights, New Jersey. The Boy Who Said No is her first novel and while writing it, she worked closely with the real-life protagonist, Frank Mederos.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Oceanview Publishing. 339 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Sep 23 2013

...Sheehy's execution never fully meets its potential. The story is flattened by an overly simple plot, leaving readers longing for the richness that evokes thrill.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Jenny Hilborne on Jul 31 2013

The Boy Who Said No is a powerful fictionalized version of a true story and one that stays with the reader for a long time.

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