Today's review is on Chasing The Cyclone: A Father's Unending Love For His Son by Peter Thomas
In all of my reading over the past two years I have never come
across a more poignant book than Chasing The Cyclone. There were times
where I had to stop reading and shake my head at the horrible things
that were happening to the young child in this story, and times where I
was brought to sopping tears.
It is apparent through the exceptional detail and knowledge of the
various laws pertaining to child abduction that the author has had
personal experience dealing with this. And as I continued to read this
amazing book, I felt my heart go out to him and the many other "Chasing
Parents" that are out there.
Paul Francesco is the father of seven-year-old Alex. Though Paul
has faced cancer and has survived, nothing had prepared him for the
struggle he would undergo at the hands of his ex-wife D.
Unknown to Paul, D takes Alex to her home country of Canada and
begins court proceedings to prevent Paul from having any contact with
their son. She is able to weave what seems to be a unparalleled web of
lies and false accusations against him. Thankfully however, Paul has
the help and support of his friends.
When D then gets permission to take Alex to New Zealand to live with
her new "fiance", Paul becomes even more frightened that he may never
again be a part of his son's life. And though he is doing everything
possible in his power to make sure that that doesn't in fact happen;
even flying out there and spending a "covert" day of soccer with him, he
is hit with the worst possible news he could ever hear. Those working
for him and keeping watch over D, her so called fiance, and Alex, inform
Paul that they have all gone missing.
With his niece in the hospital suffering from cancer, his business
affairs at a standstill, and his funds almost fully depleted, Paul still
does not give up his search for the son he loves so deeply.
Though most of Chasing The Cyclone is fast paced, I did find that
the parts about Paul's business dealings weren't all that necessary to
keep me reading. And though there were some editing misses, I just can
not deduct any points. Yes, it is that good of a book, and I know that
this is one that will stay with me for a very long time.
A day does not go by where I do not tell both of my children that I
love them, now; after reading Chasing The Cyclone, I have another reason
to tell them. I, as I am sure the author feels, am very blessed to
have my children in my life. I don't know what I would do without them.
5 of 5 stars
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