CHASING THE CYCLONE: Catalyst Behind Helping Over 100 Children Of International Child Abduction

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The Critics Are Raving About Peter Thomas Senese’s

CHASING THE CYCLONE 

For nearly every author, myself included, the desired outcome of writing a book is to have some type of influence on others, including raising the bar on awareness of issues presented in the written story.

Chasing The Cyclone is a deeply inspired story reflective of my own personal journey dealing with international child abduction.  I wrote this story in hope to help raise awareness on the growing pandemic of international parental child abduction that could see as many as 100,000 innocent children kidnapped from the United States alone over the next ten years.

Sadly, the vast majority of children do not ever come home. And for the targeted parents of abduction, their lives are permanently destroyed.

After my family’s ordeal, I decided to do something about it. This included writing a book based upon my knowledge of child abduction.

But there was more to be done.  Afterall, children’s lives were at stake – and anyone who may think that a child abducted by one parent from another is not at risk, please take note that several hundred children are murdered each year by their parents in the United States alone – and statistically, filicide knows no boundary.

So in a rather short time, I formed the not-for-profit I CARE Foundation, which has helped protect over 100 children targeted for abduction or helped legally reunite kidnapped children.  In fact, the I CARE Foundation has created more than a few miracles, helping safely reunite kidnapped children taken to every continent on the planet, including multiple children abducted to Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

The I CARE Foundation’s work in legally rescuing children does not only follow the needs of children of parental abduction.  With a great sense of pride, I am proud of the work we have done in assisting free young children, particularly young girls, who have been trafficked and imprisoned into the world of human sexual slavery.

Along the way, the I CARE Foundation has built a large attorney network of lawyers dedicated to assisting children at risk of abduction.  We have helped create new laws and policies geared toward protecting children at risk of kidnapping.

Yes, the power of a book is alive and well.  I am both humbled and proud of how Chasing The Cyclone has made a sizeable and measurable difference for so many children.  Unquestionably, many miracles have been built from the publication of Chasing The Cyclone.

I am pleased to share some of the testimonials about Chasing The Cyclone.

Here are a sampling of critics reviews:

Click here to purchase an e-book copy of Chasing the Cyclone (hardcover due out this Spring, 2013).

CHASING THE CYCLONE

“Chasing The Cyclone is a well-written thriller . . . Senese shares myriad emotions by writing in the first-person as he weaves through the action in this suspense-filled story . . . Filled with a plethora of powerful characters and puzzling predicaments and dead ends, the story moves quickly . . . Cyclone will leave you informed and satisfied . . . you will be reluctant to put down.” – New York Journal Of Books

“Peter Thomas Senese is a gifted storyteller who takes readers on a heart pounding journey around the globe . . . The writing is raw and the emotions are real . . . The story is filled with twists and turns . . . 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.” – The Examiner

“Suspenseful! Nail-Biting! Engaging! These are just the outer layers of Peter Thomas Senese’s emotionally charged … Chasing The Cyclone [is] an intricately woven web outlined in 400-pages that includes lawyers, lies, international laws and politics, betrayal, court appearances, and how one parent can shrewdly use the innocence of a child as a pawn to exact revenge, to spew hate and to extort funds from the financially able parent. Senese’s Chasing the Cyclone_ is powerful because it is borne from experience. It is richly detailed and emotionally wrought with an accuracy that can only be known by those who endured such traumas. Well-written and expertedly executed: A must read!” – V Stevenson, Reviewer at Kirkus

“Peter Thomas Senese now opens the windows on the magnitude of these tragedies in his excellent “Chasing The Cyclone”… As if the fast paced energy of this story weren’t enough to satisfy the reader, Peter Thomas Senese demonstrates his quality as a writer of distinction on many levels… this impossible to put down book.” – Dr. Grady Harp: Amazon Hall Of Fame Reviewer

“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 have read many books over the years, for enjoyment, for education, because I had to, because I wanted to. 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.” – Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Click here to purchase Chasing The Cyclone.
Click here to visit the official website of Chasing The Cyclone.
Click here to visit the I CARE Foundation.
Click here to read more about my charitable donations and work with children.

~ Peter Thomas Senese

Critics Praise Peter Thomas Senese’s ‘Chasing The Cyclone’

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Critics Are Praising

Peter Thomas Senese: After Facing Down Storms Of International Child Abduction, Best-Selling Author's CHASING THE CYCLONE Mesmerizes Critics

 Chasing The Cyclone

Below is a sampling of some of the wonderful book reviews of Chasing The Cyclone.  On a personal level, I sure do appreciate the fact that so many other readers appreciate my writing; however, the true measure of Chasing The Cyclone comes in how many individuals this story has impacted and how many children have been protected.  On this note, Chasing The Cyclone has been a tremendous hit because a rather large and growing number of children and families in crisis from all around the world have been aided directly and indirectly from the publication of this novel.  And that is pretty cool.

“Chasing The Cyclone is a well-written thriller . . . Senese shares myriad emotions by writing in the first-person as he weaves through the action in this suspense-filled story . . . Filled with a plethora of powerful characters and puzzling predicaments and dead ends, the story moves quickly . . . Cyclone will leave you informed and satisfied . . . you will be reluctant to put down.” – New York Journal Of Books

“Peter Thomas Senese is a gifted storyteller who takes readers on a heart pounding journey around the globe . . . The writing is raw and the emotions are real . . . The story is filled with twists and turns . . . 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.” – The Examiner

“Suspenseful! Nail-Biting! Engaging! These are just the outer layers of Peter Thomas Senese’s emotionally charged … Chasing The Cyclone [is] an intricately woven web outlined in 400-pages that includes lawyers, lies, international laws and politics, betrayal, court appearances, and how one parent can shrewdly use the innocence of a child as a pawn to exact revenge, to spew hate and to extort funds from the financially able parent. Senese’s Chasing the Cyclone_ is powerful because it is borne from experience. It is richly detailed and emotionally wrought with an accuracy that can only be known by those who endured such traumas. Well-written and expertedly executed: A must read!” – V Stevenson, Reviewer at Kirkus

“Peter Thomas Senese now opens the windows on the magnitude of these tragedies in his excellent “Chasing The Cyclone”… As if the fast paced energy of this story weren’t enough to satisfy the reader, Peter Thomas Senese demonstrates his quality as a writer of distinction on many levels… this impossible to put down book.” – Dr. Grady Harp: Amazon Hall Of Fame Reviewer

“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 have read many books over the years, for enjoyment, for education, because I had to, because I wanted to. 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.” – Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

To purchase a copy of Chasing The Cyclone in e-book or any of my other international thrillers, please visit: Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Thanks For Your Support – and remember 100% of my proceeds are donated to the I CARE Foundation.

– Peter Thomas Senese –

Peter Thomas Senese and The I CARE Foundation To Release New Film: 150,000 Internationally Kidnapped Children

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On behalf of the I CARE Foundation and Pacifica, I am very pleased to confirm that I will be producing an upcoming feature documentary film: 150,000 Internationally Kidnapped Children which focuses on the cataclysmic growth of international parental child kidnapping in the United States, Canada and abroad.  The film will dissect why the hideous crimes against innocent children has reached pandemic levels that have claimed so many lives and what can be done to prevent abduction, while also offering solutions that should be implemented that can help current child-victims of cross-border kidnapping.

The film’s title 150,000 Internationally Kidnapped Children originates from a widely distributed and cited study titled Crisis In America written by renown child advocate Carolyn Vlk (a member of the Board of Directors of the I CARE Foundation, and a member of the Special Advisory Board of the Amber Watch Foundation) and myself.  150,000 Internationally Kidnapped Children is the average weighted forecast of that takes into consideration how many children living in The United States, Canada, and Mexico are anticipated to actually be internationally parentally kidnapped over the next ten years.

The film will bring viewers into several intriguing parental child abduction cases, through the legal system available to targeted parents and children, the psychological trauma of kidnapping and its effects, and eventually above a microscope looking at the government agencies and their existing policies responsible for protecting children. Paramount to the film’s direction is the intent to offer new solutions to a serious social problem that in the United States alone is expected to cost the American economy over six billion dollars over the next decade.

150,000 Internationally Kidnapped Children will also focus on how children of both parental and stranger-abductions are easily removed from one nation’s border to another under existing policies in North America, and particularly in Europe.

The I CARE Foundation and several of its Board of Director members have been studying key aspects of international parental child abduction for some time.  150,000 Internationally Kidnapped Children will include substantial data and information based upon these unique and groundbreaking studies. Studies and information, I might add, that I fully expect will change the landscape of abduction prevention. Which is, by virtue, the mission of the I CARE Foundation.

And of course, I am thrilled to once again be working and writing with Carolyn Vlk, who is one of the brightest and most knowledgeable persons concerning abduction that I know.  In the past, Carolyn Vlk and I produced the important educational documentary film series Chasing Parents: Racing Into The Storms of Child Abduction that has come to benefit many targeted parents from around the world, as well as our publication of the most up-to-date resource guide on child abduction prevention and reunification titled The World Turned Upside Down.

As a storyteller deeply familiar with the world of child abduction, it is my personal hope that this film will not only raise awareness of parental abduction so targeted parents may act to protect their families, but it is my aspiration to also provide keen social insight into the horrors that exist so our lawmakers will move on new laws and policies that will help protect children in a similar manner that we accomplished through passage of Senate Resolution 543, the State of Florida’s Child Abduction Prevention Law, the State of New York’s and the State of California’s criminal Cyber-Impersonation and Cyber-bullying laws, and the implementation of the highly effective abduction prevention tool – the federal Prevent Departure Program by the Department State in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security.

150,000 Internationally Kidnapped Children  will be released during the late Spring – early Summer, 2013.

Similar to all projects associated with my work as a child advocate and steward raising awareness of child abduction, the 150,000 Internationally Kidnapped Children film is personally funded through charitable donations from my business holdings.

For those of you interested in learning more about abduction and my writing, may I suggest you read my critically acclaimed novel Chasing The Cyclone – and remember, 100% of all my proceeds from sales of all my books are presently donated to the I CARE Foundation, which sure has created more than a few miracles for children.

Attorney Joel Walter, who is a member of the I CARE Foundation’s board of directors and one of the best litigators I know, and who, over the course of many years, has represented many professional athletes and entertainers, and who is intimately involved in the upcoming production recently wrote, “The research on abduction the I CARE Foundation has and continues to conduct is critical to the fight to save children of kidnapping’s lives.  In Mr. Senese’s upcoming 150,000 Internationally Kidnapped Children film, the work of the I CARE Foundation will act as the story’s rudder, guiding the narrative into a solution-oriented universal message. On a personal note, I continue to be flawed at the deep commitment of Mr. Senese, including using a tremendous amount of his personal resources, in our fight to help families in crisis.  As a critically acclaimed storyteller and one of the most committed and published child advocates around, combined with the data drawn from the I CARE Foundation’s research, we expect 150,000 Internationally Kidnapped Children to become a socially important and influential film.

Peter Thomas Senese: Discussing The I CARE Foundation’s First Year

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It has been a little over a year that the I CARE Foundation began our formal operations working toward trying to dramatically reduce the number of children who are fallen victims of the crimes of international parental child abduction or child trafficking.

The I CARE Foundation has had success on many levels, including reuniting numerous internationally kidnapped children with their parents while also preventing an even greater number of abductions from occurring.   Due to the nature and sensitivity of many of the cases we are involved in, we are mindful not to discuss any role we play or our involvement even after a child is returned because children of abduction, sadly, are considered high-risk targets for an attempted second abduction.

Nevertheless, I know I speak on behalf of the I CARE Foundation’s entire board of directors when I say that we always keep in mind the wonderful words shared with us by many of the parents who we have assisted.  Their words of thanks and appreciation move us deeply while reminding each of us how important our work is.

But our work protecting children is not simply found in successfully assisting the many dozens of families we have over this past year.  And before I go any further, I will be the first to say that reuniting children of abduction or preventing a child’s international abduction is not easy: the laws are not helpful, the scheming parents seem to have a hidden playbook on how to abduct, countries often do not uphold international law, and the financial costs of recovery or prevention is incredible: thus, there are times when despite our capabilities, our efforts may not result in a recovery or prevention of abduction.

Fortunately, there have been many successes, while remaining committed to those we seek to help.

However, our primary mission is to conduct research in the area of international parental child abduction and child trafficking, publish and widely disperse our findings, and then use our data to help drive new policies and laws that will help protect children.  Considering the I CARE Foundation is a non-profit organization fueled by the financing made available by our board of directors, it is encouraging at this point just how far we have come in a year.

You know, one person’s voice really can make a difference.  And humbly, it was during the time that I was ‘Chasing The Cyclone’ of international parental child abduction that I thought one day I would use my skills and capability as a best-selling author to help other parents and children facing a world of abduction that does not make any sense: the world of international parental child abduction. Fortunately, I had a starting point that would allow me to set the wheels of advocacy in motion because I had a platform to stand on: you see, it took a great deal of everything, but I was able to reunite with my child despite unthinkable hardships and challenges, and in doing so, I also learned a great deal about child abduction.

Using my skills as a writer, I then wrote the deeply personal fiction novel ‘Chasing The Cyclone’ that was overwhelmingly inspired by my life’s experiences that book critics have praised.  I am very proud of ‘Chasing The Cyclone’ because, as it has been properly stated in the press, it is a book that creates miracles.

Now you might be asking yourself how does a book create miracles?  To begin, the knowledge shared with other targeted parents has helped many reunite with their children or helped them protect their kids.

In addition, I have donated 100% of all of my various books proceeds and ancillary income to the I CARE Foundation, including 100% of my revenue generated from all e-book sales of ‘Chasing The Cyclone’ (hardcover will be released in early 2013: 4.8 Star Rating: 40+ Reviews) to the I CARE Foundation.  Fortunately, I have been blessed to be able to make several important donations to the foundation that has unquestionably rescued and protected many children.

As for the I CARE Foundation, some of our successes include but are not limited to:

  1. Reuniting numerous abducted children with their families.
  2. Assisting in the prevention of the international kidnapping of many targeted children.
  3. Conducting and publishing important research in the area of child abduction.
  4. Using our research findings to either drive or initiate new laws and policies geared to protect children and their families.
  5. Creating a nation-wide attorney network of lawyers capable of assisting families in crisis due to actual or potential abduction.
  6. Launching a successful campaign seeking attorneys to join the U.S. Department of State’s Hague Convention Attorney Network.

There are no words that I could ever use to explain the heart-felt joy I feel knowing that so many children have been assisted because of the I CARE Foundation’s work.   Nor could there ever been words that could mirror the hurt I feel when I come to learn of a parent and child’s suffering due to abduction.  It is what drives all of us to make a difference.

In little over a year, the I CARE Foundation’s accomplishments have had a positive social impact.  It was an honor to participate in the United States Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program at the United Nations.  It was an honor to accept a magnificent American Flag that was flown over the United States Capitol in my honor, and I sure am looking forward to traveling to the Hague and visiting the Peace Palace in the early part of 2013.

When I look out at the number of lives the I CARE Foundation has knowingly touched, and consider the number of individuals we will have a positive impact for that we will never know or meet, the writer inside of me smiles because I know without my desire to write ‘Chasing The Cyclone’ the I would not have sought to create the foundation.  Clearly, the power of books and writing are alive and well.  And I am thrilled to know that the foundation’s operations, board of directors, advisory board, and international reach and presence will be expanding in 2013.

On a personal note, and outside of the joy I feel knowing of the children we have helped, it has been richly rewarding to develop friendships with some truly remarkable, loving parents who it is my honor to call ‘friend’.

In the spirit of friendship, I know that 2013 is really going to be the Year of the Child.

On a final note, please remember, Christmas is Child Abduction Season.  Educate yourself so that you and your family can have a Happy Christmas.  And as for me: I will continue to stand up to kidnappers of children . . .

Peter Thomas Senese

Founding Director
I CARE Foundation

A Love Letter From A Child Abductor

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Christmas: Oh What Fun It Is To Have Child Abductors Make Threats…

 

No threat should ever be taken lightly, especially when a threat is made by a person who is so out of touch with reality, such as a parent who criminally internationally kidnaps a child.  When a threat comes from a kidnapper, it is important to remember that the person is a delusional psychopath who has placed their own child at grave risk because of their own narcissistic behavior.

Now I must admit, I enjoy receiving letters, particularly from readers from all around the world who have contacted me about my various novels such as Chasing The CycloneCloning Christ, and The Den of the Assassin, or my non-fiction historical works including In Their Own Words or The World Turned Upside Down.

On a near-daily basis I also receive at least one new email from a parent somewhere in the world thanking me for my and the I CARE Foundation’s team’s work in helping protect children from abduction.

So, as part of the course, and because of the increased activity of the foundation’s success in helping others, par for the course is that on occasion I will receive ‘Love Letters from child kidnappers or would-be child abductors offering all sorts of pleasantries.

Today was one of those days when I received more lovely fan mail.

And so, I do try to write back to everyone who writes to me.  So here is my message to my most recent admirer:

My Dear Secret Admirer,
Thank you for taking the time to write and offer some suggestions on things you are willing to do on my behalf.  It is very thoughtful of you to keep me in mind.  It is also very considerate of you to remind me of just how important my and the I CARE Foundation’s work is, especially when it comes to standing up to monsters who make threats like you recently have. In being reminded of the lunatics that steal children – you included – I recommit myself to standing in the face of the heinous act of child kidnapping.  And as I re-emit myself, I know that there are more than simply a few good men who really care.   

I hope you enjoy your day.  As for me – I am going to go cower under my bed, worry about you, and move to Mars.  Oh wait, instead I think I’m going to take a deep breath, and have a fruit salad … one filled with oranges, apples, bananas, kiwi, peaches, plums, pears, grapes, melons, strawberries and the likes.  

Thank you for reminding me that there are idiots and bullies in the world who must be stood up to.

So here I am ….

Oh one last thing … I now know who you are.  Enjoy the rest of the day.

Peter Thomas Senese
Founding Director
The I CARE Foundation

Peter Thomas Senese and the I CARE Foundation Release ‘Chasing Parents’ Documentary

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In his capacity as a best-selling author producerchild advocate, and founding director of the I CARE FoundationPeter Thomas Senese has shared that in order to stop international parental child abduction, raising awareness and providing accurate information to others is critical.

In order to help other parents protect targeted children Mr. Senese has created the ‘Chasing Parents’ educational documentary film series that is shared here.

With 125,000 American and 20,000 Canadian children anticipated to be internationally abducted over the next decade, parents must realize that they are only three degrees of separation from having this impact their life.

Peter Thomas Senese is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Chasing The Cyclone that shares a story of a parent’s dedication to his child.  Along with Mr. Senese’s ongoing financial support to help targeted children of abduction, Peter Thomas Senese continues to donate 100% of his book proceeds to the I CARE Foundation.

International parental child abduction is a serious issue that we all need to be aware of.  Please take the time to educate yourself.

CHASING PARENTS 

Educational Documentary Series Produced and Narrated by Peter Thomas Senese

Part I – International Parental Child Abduction Overview by Peter Thomas Senese

Part II – Warning Signs Of International Parental Child Abduction

Part III – International Parental Child Abduction In Progress

Part IV – Reunification and International Parental Child Abduction

Part V – International Parental Child Abduction Overview

Part VI – New Laws, Policy Modification & Reforms Needed To Protect Children From
International Parental Child Abduction

Part VII – The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and
International Parental Child Abduction and Human Trafficking

Please visit the I CARE Foundation’s website to learn more about the foundation’s work.

Please check on the official website of Chasing The Cyclone or the official website of Peter Thomas Senese for more information.

I Am One of The Luckiest Men On The Planet!

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I make my living through an assortment of investments in businesses that I have an interest in, as well as being a best-selling author who has had every hardcover book release put into publication get listed on a noteworthy best-seller list – thought my income from my book earnings for more than a year has been completely donated to the I CARE Foundation that was established to help stop international parental child abduction.

As the Founding Director of the I CARE Foundation, I am very proud of the tremendous work the organization’s esteemed Board of Directors and Advisory Board has done thus far in helping reunite or prevent the abduction of dozens of children.  Our ongoing research in this are combined with out outreach initiatives to help build a large national pro bono network of attorneys has been very important in the war against abduction.  So too has been our legislative and policy initiatives.

Fortunately, I have been blessed with the ability of managing my extensive professional obligations and commitments in a way that allows me to also dedicate significant time to the I CARE Foundation and the children and parents we serve.

And I have to say, I would not have it any other way.  Why?

Because there is so much genuine love that floats around the foundation.

Seriously.  And it is not just with the families we have helped, but equally, this love is shared (and so valued) with other advocates who have stepped up to help these at-risk families.

I can’t say how blessed I have become to be part of something so special.  In the depths of hell that is international parental child abduction was cast a small but growing family connected by an acute sense of compassion, understanding, and commitment to one another.

I never expected seven years ago for my family to expand the way it has.  I never expected to have as many amazing – amazing – nieces and nephews – but I do . . . and knowing that they are safe . . . and knowing that they will never be abducted again is so incredibly rewarding.

Life provides each of us with many blessings.   And there is no question I feel as if I am one of the luckiest men on the planet.