The Boy Who Said No: An Escape to Freedom #2020

The Boy Who Said No: An Escape to Freedom Patti Sheehy The Boy Who Said No An Escape to Freedom 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

  • Title: The Boy Who Said No: An Escape to Freedom
  • Author: Patti Sheehy
  • ISBN: 9781608090808
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Boy Who Said No: An Escape to Freedom Patti Sheehy 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 girlfriendAs 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.
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    1. My book group recently read this book and I was of two minds on it On the plus side I was very impressed with how clearly the author depicted the rise of Castro as the new leader of Cuba Like Batista before him, he was an absolute dictator I shuddered at the descriptions of the immediate immersion of Cuba under a very Russian interpretation of Communism Within months, schools were closed, businesses appropriated by the government but then shut down so unemployment soared, food scarcity became co [...]

    2. I can t remember the last time I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning to finish a book I could NOT put this one down and would not have been able to sleep until I knew what had happened to Frank Mederos The writing is smooth the narration is beyond compare the descriptions blend seamlessly with the story and truly paint a picture for the reader and the characterization is, well, out of this world I want to meet the real life Frank The story is so absolutely compelling, inspirational, and AM [...]

    3. This story is fascinating I had no idea that the Cuban families in the stories had plans to move to NJ and Frank Mederos lives in Haddon Heights The story doesn t end in this book though which I was unaware of when I started This book is only about Frank s young life and his fight to escape Fidel s regime in Cuba I am dying to know about what happens once he gets to America I was surprised that the U.S so openly accepted and welcomed refugees during this time This book was full of interesting th [...]

    4. This is an amazing story detailing the journey of one young man, Frank Mederos, who escaped Cuba in the early years of the Castro regime What an incredible adventure The author, Patti Sheehy, paints a vivid picture of Cuban life during and following the overthrow of Batista, and takeover by the communist regime, led by Fidel Castro You can envision the beauty of Cuba, and the deterioration of the lives of her people, as the country goes from one dictatorship to the military run communist dictato [...]

    5. Though some of the dialogue is constructed from assumed conversations, the meat of the story is not a story a all s a memoir told to the author by the person who actually lived it This book captured and held my attention from beginning to end, and left me wanting You may like the history, the romance, the adventure, the intrigue or the biographical nature of the book There s a little bit of everything because it s one man s true story of growing up in Cuba as Castro s power grew If you were a c [...]

    6. The Boy Who Said NoAn Escape to Freedomby Patti SheehyI requested to review this book due to my love for history.It was with shock and dismay that I discovered how very little I know about this history in particular.This is despite me watching hours of documentaries on Fidel Castro and his brother.How Cuba was taken by them via a revolution and how they wished to become the major Russian Communist backed country in Latin America.This book addressed no lofty ideals, never answered the WHY but gav [...]

    7. I had the pleasure to read this book in manuscript form and am looking forward to seeing it in print in June, 2013 Based on a true story, The Boy Who Said No An Escape to Freedom engages the reader from beginning to end It tells the tale of a young man who grows up under the Castro regime and comes to hate what the repression has done to his friends, family and country When he is drafted into the army and promoted to Special Forces, he faces a stark choice continue to serve a tyrannical regime o [...]

    8. This inspirational story is appropriate for middle school through adulthood The author weaves beautiful imagery and fast pacing to tell the true story of 12 year old Frank Mederos, whose world is thrown into upheaval when Fidel Castro takes over Cuba The themes of friendship and standing up for what you believe in will resonate with all readers, and as soon as you put it down, you will want to hear of Frank s amazing survival story Luckily, you can I went to a book signing and met this charming [...]

    9. The author is a former colleague of mine and I read this book in its early stages It tells the true life tale of a man who escaped from the Communist regime in Cuba to reconnect with his true love in the United States This story is exciting, sad, funny and offers a slice of history As soon as I finished it, I told the author I could easily imagine it as a movie with a young Andy Garcia as the protagonist I heartily endorse this book and look forward to its sequel.

    10. Wow After you read this you ll understand why immigration makes America stronger We get the toughest and grittiest, the fighters, the survivors, the strongest men and women from all over the world, and they come here with a love and appreciation of freedom and opportunity that many Americans take for granted What a powerful story I would give it 6 stars if I could.

    11. A wonderfully written story based on the true life experience of Frank Mederos, as he comes of age in Cuba during the turbulent communist revolution I could not put this book down It is exciting and suspenseful from start to finish.

    12. picked this book up just because it looked interesting.WOW not only do you get a real life account of how Frank escaped Cuba, you get the background history of Fidel s rise to powerr a true life novel it read like a work of fiction i could not stop turning the pages.

    13. The Boy Who Said No is a novelised version of the true story of a young man s escape from Cuba to the USA Frankie is a young teen when Castro comes to power in Cuba and the story details the harsh reality of life under the dictator s policies The prior regime may have been corrupt, but Fidel s policies bring greater suffering for the majority of people, at least from Frankie s point of view As time progresses it become and clear that things are not going to get better Some think the Americans [...]

    14. Once in awhile you come across a book that defines the term page turner, or in which you realize the truth to the idea of a book that you simply can t put down This is one of those books.This is, as the book cover proclaims, a true life novel Let s be clear about that It s a true story of young man, Frank Mederos , escape from Cuba under the leadership of Fidel Castro The story is told by the boy himself now a much older man , to Patti Sheehy who tells the story with grace and charm and page tur [...]

    15. Frank Mederos finally made it out of Cuba and successfully escaped the dictatorship of Castro When he landed in Florida he was as much a fish out of water as any refugee with one huge asset, his elite military career that the CIA was eager to learn about But Frank only had one goal and that was to reunite with his true love Magda who immigrated months earlier and who had actually precipitated Frank s decision to defect when he did leaving his family and everything he knew behind Frank follows M [...]

    16. Book Description 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 [...]

    17. Frank Mederos was just a boy when the Batista reign ended and Fidel Castro took control of Cuba He learned at the knee of his grandfather and his father and mother what was right and wrong and he could see with his own eyes and by his own experiences what was happening to his country and his people was not a good thing He was a solider in Castro s army as a young man without many choices until it became clear that there was only one clear choice to make In a time when dissenting Cubans were disa [...]

    18. The author lists this wonderful story as a true life novel of Frank Mederos as he escapes from Cuba during the beginning of Castro s reign This is an incredible story of a young man with unbelievable courage and leadership skills whose mettle is truly tested Frank is intelligent, driven by a force comprised of love, determination and sheer guts to build a life in the United States of freedom unlike the cloak of communism in Cuba under tyrant Fidel Castro Ms Sheehy does a marvelous job sharing Fr [...]

    19. This story shows how it was for the youth of Cuba as their world changed under them after the Revolution had taken hold Children disappeared from school regularly, because they left the country, or were drafted to travel the county to teach or work A number of men who were drafted into the obligatory military service were unhappy Many were imprisoned or also trying to escape Besides the uncertainty and discontent itself, Frank, the main character, like many others, has a love interest, which com [...]

    20. This is a page turner I was home sick with a migraine and when I felt better at 11 30am, I decided to pick up my copy of The Boy Who Said No, in manuscript form then, I was done reading by 8pm that evening I called Patti Sheehy, the author, immediately the next day and told her how much I love the story, how it reads like a movie, and that she should publish it The Boy Who Said No, and its depiction of Cuban Life through Frank Medero s eyes provides a cinema like view of Cuba, its people and the [...]

    21. This book is a compelling story about a boy, born in Cuba, shortly before Fidel Castro overthrew Battista Frank Mederos lived an idyllic life when he was a young boy, with a close family to support him and equally close friends.The story tells of the changes that transpired to his family and friends, and their quality of life Frank is pulled away from his family to teach reading to illiterate Cubans living in the mountains, and eventually his education brings him to the military.He is an excepti [...]

    22. Ok, so I realize this book is labeled true life fiction Reading the fly leaf explains this confusing term although the story is based on factual events and people, fiction has been blended into the mix so as to fill in the gaps of time and peoples recollection And yet, I was so mesmerized by Frank Mederos story of growing up in Cuba, his tight relationship with his grandfather, a precious account of first love, and years in the army that I could not put this book down What would inspire a young [...]

    23. This is an amazing story of Frank, a young man who wants to escape the tyranny of Cuba in the 1960 s when Fidel comes into power Frank is drafted as a young man into an elite army, trained and becomes one of their best armed missile operators He meets a young woman Magda whose family is leaving Cuba with visa s to Florida Since Frank is in the army for 3years he can t go with them, so starts his journey to escape through the ocean as a refugee Living through the highs and lows of trying to find [...]

    24. This story truly resonated with me as I too left Cuba after the Castro regime took over Frankie s story brought back many memories, but having left in 1961, I was totally absorbed in the story of what happened to my country after I left It is truly amazing that Frankie persisted in his desire to leave for freedom, especially after several setbacks The fact that his love for Magda is what propelled his moves makes it a story of true love and courage The question of what would happen to Frankie ne [...]

    25. We live in South Jersey and have a neighborly Book Club This week we invited author Patti Sheehy and George Mederos Some of us were attending Philadelphia schools at the same time that Frank was in Cuba, and his story affected us Castro removed Havana students and sent them away from their families to work for the government 7th and 8th graders, boys and girls As Frank answered our questions about his life in Cuba and his escape, we could feel his courage and love and worry Patti explained how s [...]

    26. One of the most fabulous books I have ever had the pleasure to read It captures your attention from the start.I am not usually attracted to any type of biography but wanted to start reading a genre outside of my comfort zone The author wrote this book in story format and made it exciting and captivating with a history lesson in each sentence that she wrote.This is a tale of a young boy who grew up fast but with a good sense or moral being He oozed loved and compassion out of every pore in his bo [...]

    27. The Boy Who Said No was one of the best books I have read in a very long time The first half was interesting, but the second half was so compelling that I couldn t put it down The way the author wove Cuban history and culture through the book was very interesting and made the material easy to digest I think this book would appeal to a wide audience and would be escpecially interesting to the Cuban community It is action packed and brought a tear to my eye on than one occasion Great story great [...]

    28. Leaving Cuba during the Castro regime all on its own is an incredible act of valor Frank is one of those people that you will be rooting for every step of the way in a story that marries not only love, but politics, freedom and the unexpected life turns of moving to a new country An incredible read, you won t want to put the book down Patti Sheehy carefully crafts the images of Cuba, Frank and the events that occupy his life, you d think you were there with him Enjoy

    29. I had recently read books about the rise of communism in both Russia and China and was sent this title from via a recommendation I am so glad they did I was completely ignorant of the effect of communism in Cuba to the ordinary citizens This first hand account gives so much detail into the of the people impacted It was thrilling and hard to put down I can t wait to read the rest of Frank s story Extremely well written and easy to follow I would highly recommend

    30. Thanks to netgalley for allowing me early access to this title.At first I thought the writing was choppy and rather mechanical But as I got into the book the story was so exciting it didn t matter I was really captivated by it This story needed to be told I am grateful for books such as this as they make me appreciative of the freedoms that we enjoy I would recommend this book to anyone.

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