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Chasing the Cyclone: A Father's Unending Love for His Son

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  • Hardcover: 390 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975912348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975912348
  • Shipping Weight: 789 g
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0438d14) out of 5 stars A Thriller and a Call to Arms Aug. 22 2010
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The unspeakable horror of child abduction in every form that this deplorable crime exists is rarely touched upon by the media. Granted there have been some books and some important films about the subject, but this fine book by Peter Thomas now opens the windows on the magnitude of these tragedies in his excellent CHASING THE CYCLONE - a book which is `inspired by a true story' and the proximity of the novel to the writer appears to come from the heart as well as the skill demonstrated by his craftsmanship as a storyteller.

What makes this story so unique is the aspect that the child abduction sequence in this novel is by one of the two parents of a seven-year-old boy named Alex. The story opens in medias res with the narrator Paul Francesco (the father of Alex) in a compassionate scene with one of his friends who is undergoing therapy for cancer. Gradually Thomas unfolds the background of Paul's plight to recover his beloved son from the restrictions imposed upon his visitation rights by the child's mother D. And here unfolds yet another aspect of the complexity of this thriller: Paul met D while undergoing treatment for neurofibromatosis and D's `attention' to him created a too brief association that resulted in a hasty marriage and the birth of Alex soon after. After his `recovery' Paul's faux marriage collapses and D takes her infant Alex from Paul's presence, demanding payments from Paul's ample finances not only for child support but also for multiple questionably valid reasons. Paul discovers that D has abducted Alex to Canada and here begins a drama of Paul's focused and committed attempts to regain his son, a journey that takes him to such places as New Zealand and other points of terror along the way, struggling with emotional, financial and physical attempts to thwart his success in regaining the son he loves so dearly.

As if the fast paced energy of this story weren't enough to satisfy the reader, Peter Thomas demonstrates his quality as a writer of distinction on many levels. For example, the court proceedings at the beginning of the book -a launching pad for the remainder of the story - are related in as tense and realistic way as any author has written, and all this by telephone between California and Canada! But in addition to his narrative, Thomas pauses here and there for sharing some bits of philosophy that bears special attention. In a section about how we all have allowed reading books to be drowned by the other available sources of information Thomas writes: `In essence, we surf or skim for data. This behavior has changed the way our society thinks. Fundamental to this change is the inability or lack of desire for a person to spike for details. The `why' and `how' - the reasoning behind the information is typically barely glimpsed over. Unfortunately, our imaginations are nurtured and prodded when we understand the `why's' and `how's'. And nothing provides us with a depth of understanding more than reading and books. But so long as society views reading and books as a third class activity, we will continue to lose our competitive global economic advantage by not grasping reasoning, which is the core of our imagination. Ingenuity will further become a word associated with countries like India and China.'

Perhaps this aside was not intended by the author to set the tone of his book as much as it does, but after reading this impossible to put down book, readers will likely return to these moments of intelligence Peter Thomas shares. Another aspect of CHASING THE CYCLONE is a glossary of information about the crime of international child abduction, complete with immediate resources should the reader or friends of the reader need further guidance through the tragedy depicted in this fine novel. A very satisfying novel as a thriller story, and an even more important sounding of the alarm about a crime we understand so vaguely. Grady Harp, August 10
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa02cd894) out of 5 stars A MUST READ!!! THE BEST Oct. 12 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I recently read this, all I can say is WOW... As a parent of a potential child abduction case, I will have to say that this has been the BEST thing that I have gotten a hold of!.. Very Informative and helped me to put in place a plan of action to protect my children. If you or some one that you know would potentially be going through this, I would highly recommend them taking the time to read this. It is Absolutly amazing the time that the author has put into this book to help out parents that have concerns. A+++++
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0364ac8) out of 5 stars Chasing the Cyclone Jan. 19 2012
By jlynn - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is an amazing legal thriller. Signing papers, collecting documents, phone and in-person court attendances, hiring private investigators in two or more countries at a time. Flying back and forth from Los Angeles to New York. Across the sea to Australia, and then back to the United States, all on a moments' notice . . . !! Tired yet? Can't breathe??

I could not put Chasing the Cyclone down unless I had to breathe. That is how Paul Francessco, the main character of this book, felt all of the time. Unfortunately, this is based on a true story about parent-child abduction. A loving father chasing his son, who was abducted by his mother, all over the world. Months and months of constant stress, anxiety, and hurry-to-wait games, a slew of false accusations from his ex-wife and her attorneys, and a failed justice system threw this man's life into a cyclone of nightmares.

Peter Thomas Senese has captured the essence of this state-of-being through his character development and very talented story writing. He has written a fast, exciting novel, which grips you right away. I cannot count the subway stops missed while reading this book.

What was most poignant about this story is the power of love between a father and his son. Peter Thomas Senese not only writes a story that is great to read, but shows us what it is when a bond of love is created and cultivated. That bond is impossible to break or hide from. It becomes bigger than all of us. It is also about forgiving, no matter how bad the situation is, which Paul Francessco does out of love for his son. Love is a gift that should never be taken for granted but rather treated with respect and cherished.

Thank you, Mr. Senese, for sharing your enlightenment and gift of story telling.

Your loyal and faithful reader,
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0434ca8) out of 5 stars An inspiring tale Jan. 6 2012
By Paul Cortapasso - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
WOW where to start? Peter Thomas Senese does a masterful job telling this story about a parent willing to do anything possible in order to get back his internationally kidnapped son. Readers are hooked from the very beginning of Chasing The Cyclone. Throughout this entire story, you can feel an array of emotions transcend through Senese's characters: the pain in his words and the undying love for his son grip and hold you with every turning page.

When a parent has the prospect of loosing there child dangled in front of them there are only two reactions that you can have fight or flight.

Someone without the resolve that the author has could have and would have just given up, but Peter Thomas Senese did not do that as his unending love for his son would not let him do that. He did the only thing in his heart that he could do, and that was to fight for his son. And if fiction in the form of the this novel meets truth, as I know it has, then Chasing The Cyclone's inspirational protagonist Paul Francesco is a reflection of the author's own courage.

Please don't forget that Chasing The Cyclone is inspired by the author's unexpected race into the storms of international child abduction. I have known Peter Thomas Senese for nearly 30 years: there are not words that can describe what kind of man he is.

Please don't miss the chance to read this book I am so glad that I read it because before this, I had no idea what kind of a plague international child abduction really is, and what is really going on in the world, including the United States. And I say this as a ranking law enforcement
officer working in New York. Peter Thomas Senese' continues to help others either protect against having their child abducted or tries to help them get back there children, while trying to implement new laws regarding international laws.

Chasing The Cyclone keeps you locked in at all times there was never a moment that I said to myself that I will get back to that book later there was no later there was only now. It is more than a highly entertaining, emotional book that readers will find gripping, but it is a novel that educates society and draws attention to a growing and widespread issue that impacts so many. On top of the entertainment and education value of Chasing The Cyclone, Peter Thomas Senese has dedicated his royalty earnings generated from the sales of Chasing The Cyclone to the I CARE Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping stop child abduction and human trafficking. Overall, the reader gets entertained, as Senese is a gifted writer, becomes educated on various important issues, and helps make a stand against child abduction.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa02ca72c) out of 5 stars Inspired by a true story that will shake the audience Nov. 16 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Following a visit with a dying friend in Northern California, Paul tries to reach Alex but fails to make contact. He soon learns of a court date in British Columbia in which he failed to attend because he was unaware of it. D perjured herself to gain full custody. He begins an effort to regain access to his seven years old son only to find the Canadian court and police systems at best are indifferent. Instead of D being the criminal, they prefer to continue to label Paul as a dead beat absentee father.

He soon meets other parents suffering from international apathy after the illegal abduction of an offspring left them legally with rights, morally with rights, and parentally with rights; but realistically with no rights. Paul is a hunter hunting the predators who took his child for he will never give up until he catches the cyclone he chases internationally even as he is made further to look like the insane criminal by the abducting party who actually are the one's who committed an assortment of crimes against both Paul and his victimized child.

Inspired by a true story that will shake the audience further, this is an exciting cautionary thriller that grips readers from the onset with the call Paul makes to the Vancouver Registry. From there, Paul's falls apart as he has a new issue to contend with, the international abduction of his child by the kid's mom. Overall fast-paced, there are some related advocating that somewhat slows down the incredible pace yet enhances the moral fiber of Paul's quest. With tips to avoid such a calamity, readers will be stunned by Peter Thomas' powerful condemnation of governments who ignore the global child abduction lucrative market.