An Escape to Freedom

The Boy Who Said No: An Escape to Freedom is a riveting tale of love, friendship and adventure. Based on a true story, it chronicles the life of Frank Mederos, who grows up under the Castro regime, is drafted into the army, is promoted to special forces and defects to join his girlfriend who has left with her family for America. This fast-paced thriller keeps your attention until the last page is turned.


The Boy Who Said No continues Frank Mederos's true-life story of romance, suspense, and intrigue. After making a harrowing escape from Cuba, Frank sets out to achieve the American dream with the love of his life, Magda.  But sinister forces in Cuba plan to avenge Frank's escape.  Can Frank outwit Cuban operatives bent on killing him?  Will he again overcome the forces of evil?   A tale of tender love, devastating loss, and the life-saving power of friendship.


Amazon #1 Best Seller in three categories: Historical Biographical Fiction; Action and Adventure; and Cultural and Heritage Fiction

 WINNER: The Benjamin Franklin Gold Award

FINALIST: 2013 USA Best Book Award

FINALIST: ForeWord 2013 Best Book

of the Year Award

Listed #3 Most Wished For book on
Amazon in Historical Biographical Fiction. 11/18/2014

STALKED-WINNER: 2015 USA Best Book Award


The Boy Who Said No is a beautifully written story of love, friendship and adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of Cuban...
Read More

“In The Boy Who Said No Frank Mederos exhibits uncommon courage in making his way to freedom. Against great odds he manages...
Read More

Author Interview

Q. When did you start writing?

A. When I got out of college, I took a job as assistant to the president of a small Manhattan public relations firm.  Our clients included many of the nation’s top magazines. I nagged the president for the opportunity to write press releases, but he refused saying, “Everybody thinks they can write, but very few people can.”

Once, when he was out sick, I took it upon myself to write a press release on a breaking political story.  It was picked up by all major media outlets...

Read More

About the Author

Ask Patti to:

  • Speak to your group
  • Attend your Book Club Meeting

Read More