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Chasing The Cyclone [Kindle Edition]

Peter Thomas Senese
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Book Description

Paul Francesco is an independent, successful single man in his late thirties who has everything in the world going for him: financial stability with the real possibility of obtaining significant wealth, a dedicated and loyal group of family and friends, and a challenging, exciting, and rewarding career. Except Paul has one problem: he lives with a deep, dark secret that torments him: he is a ghost living in purgatory despite his relative success.

Unknown to Paul, there is an evil plan to extort his hard-earned assets from him and in the process deny him the one thing that is more important to him than anything else in the world: to be an active part of his son Alex's life. Unfortunately, his innocent and trusting seven-year old son is at the center of this vicious and diabolical plot directed at him.

When things go from bad to worse to unbelievably insane - when judges choose not to uphold the laws of their nations, when law enforcement turns a blind eye, and when one government after another's hands are tied due to bureaucratic issues of jurisdiction or non-participation of the international treaty on child abduction, the only thing that could prevent Alex from becoming another sad and sorry statistic on a report that nobody wants to read or think about is his father's vow to never abandon him no matter what. As a result, Paul is forced to become a hunter, chasing the predators who have taken his son to the other side of the world. With the situation becoming more and more desperate, he is forced to find other resources to help him.

As the hunt moves across international borders, taking Francesco to the other side of the world, he gathers together an extraordinary group of individuals, each with their own powerful stories, to help him. The story moves from The United States and Canada, to the island nations of Oceania, and culminates in the horrifying black-markets of Asia.

Chasing The Cyclone by Peter Thomas Senese is written as a first-hand account of the growing epidemic that is international parental child abduction, and the extreme difficulties all parents whose child has been abducted must face in order to protect the welfare of their victimized child or children. This story makes clear what needs to be done both here in The United States and throughout the world in order to protect children from being abducted and taken across international borders.


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The New York Journal Of Books
Chasing the Cyclone is a well-written thriller. Senese shares myriad emotions as he weaves through the action in this suspense-filled story. This novel might also be considered a treatise on international child abduction. Cyclone, full of actual strategies and resources to assist parents in international abductions, is above all else a love story about a father and son. From Los Angeles to Canada to New Zealand and eventually China, Cyclone is rife with international intrigue and suspense. Filled with a plethora of powerful characters, puzzling predicaments, and dead ends, the story moves quickly . . . you will be reluctant to put it down.

The Examiner
Peter Thomas Senese is a gifted storyteller who takes readers on a heart pounding global journey through the eyes of a father whose 7-year old son is abducted by his mother. The writing is raw and the emotions are real. The story is filled with twists and turns that will leave readers scratching their heads, seething in anger, and hugging their children a little tighter. I highly recommend Chasing the Cyclone as a must-read. You will not be able to put it down. It may very well change the way you look at life, child custody, and interactions with your child's other parent. I cannot endorse this book strongly enough.

Guilty Pleasures Book Review,
If I had to use one word to describe Chasing the Cyclone by Peter Thomas Senese it would be phenomenal. As in remarkable. Extraordinary.  I cannot think of any other book that comes close to making me feel as I did when I read this book. I believe these feelings will stick with me forever. This story, inspired by horrific events, is about the love between a father and a son. And that love is beautiful.

From the Author

Chasing The Cyclone is a thriller evolving around the international abduction of a young child and the court's initial failure to protect him from such a cruel fate. From my vantage point, this story is first and foremost a love story between a father and his child.  The story that is shared in Chasing The Cyclone is symbolically representative of the love tens of thousands of parents who search each year across international borders have for their kidnapped children.

International parental child abduction (IPCA) is a growing pandemic that impacts the lives of millions of targeted children and their parents each year. What was once mistakenly viewed as a child custody dispute is now correctly being embraced and viewed by our global society including governments, policy makers, courts, law enforcement, therapist, child advocates, and targeted parents for what it truly is: criminal kidnapping.

For the hundreds of thousands of parents who are targeted for child abduction, the vast majority of them do not suspect that a horrific crime against their child is being planned. In fact, in the United States alone, it is expected that there will be between 100,000 and 125,000 actual criminal international parental child abductions of American children (between reported and unreported cases) between 2010 and 2020. In Canada, it is estimated that there may be between 15,000 and 20,000 cases during the same period, while abductions from Mexico are expected to reach between 40,000 and 55,000. Tragically, studies indicate that approximately 10% - 15% of internationally abducted children are ever returned home. This is absurd.  Globally, the statistics are equally horrific. Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia are also in a free-fall, with international child abduction growth occurring estimated to be similar to the rate in the United States, which is put conservatively at 20% per year.

Chasing The Cyclone is what each parent does when their child is criminally abducted to or illegally detained in a foreign country.  The obstacles for a successful reunification are severe, and in many cases, almost impossible.In writing Chasing The Cyclone it is my hope that by educating others of this extraordinarily and cruel cyclone targets innocence, social mobilization aimed at assisting child victims will occur, which will lead to new state and federal laws that will protect defenseless children.

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  • Print Length: 428 pages
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  • Publisher: Pacifica Publishing (December 23, 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LRXVQM
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thriller and a Call to Arms August 22, 2010
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!!! THE BEST October 12, 2011
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+++++
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thriller and a Call to Arms May 20, 2010
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Itense read you won't be able to put down! March 1, 2012
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The story revolves around the main character, Paul Francesco, and his loving relationship with his son, Alex. The outrageous predicaments that the ex-wife forces upon Paul creates a patchwork of suspense that encircles half the globe. The story is laid out well, and the main and many of the secondary characters are well described and fleshed out. The fact that this story is based on true events make it easy for the reader to empathize with the main character and what every loving parent would attempt to do to retrieve an abducted child.

This thrill ride will have you run the gamut of emotions. Prepare to be taken from outright rage when certain court rulings and actions by the ex-wife are described, to elation when even the little battles are won, and misery and despair at the thought of never seeing your child again. Despite all of the emotions that will be present, this book focuses mostly on the idea of hope. For without the hope of the father and son, both lives would be ruined forever.

You will not be able to put this book down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best father on the face of gods green earth!
What an amazing story! NEVER GIVE UP!!!! What a fighter.
Published 6 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book ... Certainly worth a read.
Amazing book ... A must read ... keeps you gripped as you feel his emotions as he travels the rollercoaster ride fighting to be reunited with his abducted child.
Published 9 months ago by Ms. C. Sloan
1.0 out of 5 stars These reviews are fake!!!
This book is self-piblished, full of grammatical errors, and written by a con artist. google his name and see what comes up, then reconsider whether or not you want to buy his... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kathy MacDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real-Life Shocker! The Reality of Parental Child Abuduction Brought...
I discovered Chasing the Cyclone while starting some research on the subject of Parental Child Abduction, and shortly after I had stumbled upon author Peter T. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Alex Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A Riveting True Narrative of International Child Abduction
Several months ago I was approached to review a book called Chasing The Cyclone, by Peter Thomas Senese. It's a book I almost passed on because of the subject matter. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing The Cyclone
This book was completely eye opening and a wealth of resources into the world of child abduction. I had a hard time putting it down because I needed to know what would happen next. Read more
Published on August 9, 2012 by Janice
3.0 out of 5 stars Chasing the Cyclone: A Passionate Semi-Biographical/Fictional Account...
Disclaimer: Peter Thomas Senese provided the book Chasing the Cyclone to me, free of charge, in exchange for review. Read more
Published on August 9, 2012 by AbstractUtopia
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK. An Emotional Roller Coaster No One Should Even Have To...
First and foremost Thank You Peter for writing such an amazing book. This book will take anyone who reads it on an emotional roller coaster. Read more
Published on August 8, 2012 by Ramona Cramer
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This novel blew me away. It is intense, and breath-taking. I had a hard time putting this book down because I just simply HAD to know what was going to happen next, and if... Read more
Published on August 8, 2012 by bassgiraffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
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More About the Author

I love to write and really enjoy good storytelling. As a working author, I find it important to write about topics that are current to today's society and interests that surround our lives. I also recognize and embrace that the world is becoming more closely connected, and that we truly are becoming global citizens. Having a keen interest in issues that impact the world, a great deal of my fiction writing evolves around global issues. In this context, I am a historical fiction writer focusing primarily on geopolitical issues.


In 'The Den of the Assassin' my writing efforts focus on international finance and terrorism. I believe it is one of the best written, accurate, and current post 911 espionage thrillers written. From the current resurgence of former-KGB hard-liners in Russia and the corrupt oligarchs who control the black-market of the weapons trade, from the isolationist mountains of North Korea to the sweeping deserts of the Middle East, from the hidden agendas behind the Forbidden City, from the looming specter of biological warfare to the ways in which terrorists hide and wash their money, from the arcane methods by which corporate America funds itself to the inner workings of Wall Street's war rooms, to democratic nations' use of sophisticated computer systems such as PROMIS and PISCES, 'Den Of The Assassin' is an informative, compelling, spin-tingling international espionage thriller that will keep readers turning through the pages. And if you are a New Yorker or love New York, you will then quickly realize just how much I love my hometown, too! The paperback version of The Den of the Assassin will be re-released (second edition) on E-book in September of 2011. Previously, this thriller was released right before I was unexpectedly forced to chase the cyclones of international child abduction. It is only now that I have the ability of releasing this novel in the manner to which it should have been released.


'Chasing The Cyclone' is perhaps the most meaningful book I have or will ever write. It was both the hardest and easiest story to share. 'Chasing The Cyclone' is a story of international parental child abduction and a father's unending desire to find, protect, and unite with his abducted, defenseless son. I mention that it was the 'hardest' story because the story is drawn from my experiences as a Chasing Parent who was unexpectedly forced to race to the other side of the world in search of my own child. And surely it was the easiest story to write because this novel is based upon my experiences and familiarity of having to attempt to find and bring home a child who was criminally abducted Which I did. Safely. I am certain that readers will find this story the quintessential page-turning legal thriller while never losing sight that 'Chasing The Cyclone' is a love story.

My recent E-book release that I co-authored with Carolyn Ann Vlk titled 'The World Turned Upside Down' is the most current resource guide on international parental child abduction. Much of the material contained in this extensive resource guide is based upon groundbreaking research that Carolyn and I conducted. By using the E-book format, we intend to update the guide as new and relevant information becomes available. Having gone through this terrible ordeal that is hard for any parent that has not experienced having a child taken abroad to understand, I found it important to become a voice, in my own way, to the cause of child abduction prevention. My activities in this arena have been extensive and geared toward having new abduction prevention laws passed and implemented. 'The World Turned Upside Down' is available for purchase on E-commerce sites; however, it is also available for free download on my official website.


'Cloning Christ' was conceptulized during the time I spent in New York's 'Ground Zero' during 911. During one particular night, I lost my faith in God and did not understand how HE could and would allow for such a disaster to occur. While spending the evening inside a church, essentially speaking my anger-filled mind at God, I soon realized that HE did not abandon us. And so, at sometime in the middle of the night and into the early part of the morning, I wrote a very detailed outline and synopsis of 'Cloning Christ'. And for those of you who may want to know where the title originates from - well it was inside Trinity Church - that sits high on Wall Street, where this all took place.

'War On Wall Street' was written during the time my son was getting ready to enter the world. At that time, I had come down with a serious form of cancer, and I did not know if I was going to survive. So, regardless of the material objects I would have been able to leave my son, if I passed, he would only know me through pictures. So I wrote this story for him. And in it, unquestionably, I do speak to Tyler.

In addition to these published works, I am pleased to announce that in the near future I will release the sequel of 'The Den Of The Assassin' in the global thriller titled 'Predators Games'. I also will release my first satire titled 'The Production', which is a witty story of the zany worlds of film production and publishing. And finally, I am excited about the release of 'Cloning Christ's' sequel, 'Quest'.

Speaking of writing and reading, I am a strong supporter of literacy programs and public libraries everywhere.

Lastly, if you read any of my books, and if you listen carefully, you very well may hear the voice of a father telling his son how much he loves him.

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