The Boy Who Said No

  • by Patti Sheehy
  • Narrated by Henry Leyva
  • 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Love, loss, and courage
As a boy, Frank Mederos’ 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, he learns that the departure of the next available boat conflicts with upcoming military exercises. If Frank 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, will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

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Masterful and riveting!

By myself I left you about when I was nine years old in 1969 and I barely remember anything. This book gave me a glimpse into the Cuba set an adult would have experienced. Give me new appreciation for the curds my parents had when they decided to leave Cuba with me, my sister and brother. I to end of living in mostly growing up in Union City New Jersey.Who knows? Maybe I inadvertently bumped into FRANKIE one day on Bergenline Avenue! I hope they make this into a movie!
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- Eusebio G. Hernandez

Compelling, riveting story with fascinating Cuban perspective

As the USA opens our door to Cuba, I am delighted by this personal, uncensored insight into the heart of Cuba. I found Frank's warm, gripping story come to life with the lyrical descriptions of people, Cuban locales, and feelings, woven with an intelligent analysis. Recommend as a terrific, inspiring story for all ages and you learn about our Cuban neighbors from a true source too. Looking forward to reading Stalked!
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- Jean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio