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.
"In The Boy Who Said No, Frank Mederos exhibits uncommon courage in making his way to freedom. Against great odds he manages an escape worthy of the best fictional hero, only he pulled it off in real life! In telling the story, Patti Sheehy keeps the reader on chair’s, rooting for him all the way." —M Ann Jacoby, author of Life After Genius
"The Boy Who Said No will grab you by the lapels and won’t let you go until you finish the last sentence. Your pulse will race as Frank Mederos battles to escape Cuba—amid treachery, suspicion and suspense. Bravo Patti Sheehy!" —Todd Buchholz, author of The Castro Gene