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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (June 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1469277522
- ISBN-13: 978-1469277523
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 335 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,388,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Boy Who Said No: An Escape To Freedom
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"The Boy Who Said No is a beautifully written story of love, friendship and adventure. The descriptions of Cuban life under Fidel Castro, as seen through the eyes of a maturing young man, are vivid and paint a clear picture of the beauty of the country, and the desperation of her people. The drama of the challenges Frank Mederos faced in his attempts to escape Cuba resonates with an underlying theme of human experience that transcends culture, country and politics. Patti Sheehy captures the passion and spirit of the times and brings it to life."
-- Jonathan L. Lewis
“This mix of thriller and history offers a fascinating but depressing look at life under Castro's totalitarian regime... a tense and exhilarating read.”
“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. The book concludes with the veiled promise of a sequel. Let’s hope so.”
―New York Journal of Books
"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 of The Castro Gene --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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.
Top customer reviews
I feel sometimes we are easily conditioned to loud and action stylized dialogue in our media and novels. Often writers will force action and drama in words that occupy only that "shock sensory nerve" that after a time, becomes more an annoyance than clarity to a story. The Boy Who Said No is different because it takes you back to the way we used to read...the way we WANT to hear a story...It's the 1950' and 60's and Cuba begins to shape and change its history. The young people are struggling to understand the cultural/military changes in their landscape all the while Castro is loudly proclaiming his is the only truth to be heard and obeyed. Raised to be a loving, honorable and decent young man, Frank does not feel there is a struggle between what is right and wrong, even when death is clearly maybe the only escape from the madness. This is what makes it exciting, that one mans journey can affect a multitude of cultures and people. This is why it is a book to be read by our youth and by those whose freedom is challenged daily.
This is riveting story telling, a book you won't want to put down.
Among other things, this book illustrates the commonality of regular citizens around the world, even the Russian military adviser training Frank's unit who was homesick for his wife and three children.
Besides writing a suspense-laden escape story, Patti Sheehy has given us a book that reveals, step by step, how Fidel Castro changed the lives of average Cuban citizens. I think I discovered for the first time why Che Guevara grew disenchanted with the revolution and went elsewhere to ply his trade.
This book is about one man's escape from Cuba. It also shines a light on how communism changed the lives of decent Cuban people (and not for the better). It shows how ordinary people are pretty much the same wherever they are born in this world. They love their country, they love their families and friends. And if things get bad enough, they will flee the home they love and they people they love, just so they can be free.
This is a great book to read. I can't wait to read the sequel!
I found this “true-life novel” not only exciting to read, but very informative. Prior to reading my knowledge of Cuba was limited to the Bay of Pigs and the Missile Crisis. But there was and still is another side of the story and that is daily life under communism.