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A man desperate to know his true identity struggles to solve the infamous kidnapping that nearly destroyed his family - and find his twin sister, who has been missing for more than 50 years.

When he was 10 years old, Paul Fronczak was snooping around for Christmas presents in a crawl space in his family’s Chicago home. There, he found hundreds of old newspaper clippings about the kidnapping of a one-day-old infant in a hospital in 1964. He also learned that, two years later, the boy was found and returned to his family - and that the boy was him.

Nearly 50 years later, Paul, acting on long-held suspicions, took a DNA test that proved he was not the kidnapped boy. In an instant, he found himself at the center of two half-century-old mysteries - who was he, and where was the real Paul?

True Identity is about three separate major investigations - the hunt for the real Paul Fronczak; the search for the author’s missing twin sister, Jill; and finally, the investigation into his true identity, his heart and soul and the demons inside him - inherited and created - that still need to be confronted.

©2021 by Paul Joseph Fronczak and Alex Tresniowski (P)2021 by Blackstone Publishing

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Amazing Quest

There is so much to say about this follow up book to "The Foundling," but so much that cannot be said to avoid spoilers. First, Paul, (born Jack), is a remarkable man. The hardships endured during those crucial, formative first few years in his life have impacted him in ways that he is open and honest about. His insights as he learns more about the trauma he went through are profound and resonate deeply with others who have experienced estrangement during their formative years and have unanswered questions about their past. I commend him for willing to be vulnerable and find the missing pieces of this puzzle, and for his enduring spirit given how many doors have been slammed in his face.

I see so much of the Jungian Seeker and Hero archetype in his story. I am also so impressed by his strong, beautiful relationship with his daughter. People with far less trauma, or none at all in their past often fail miserably to have such a bond with their children. I believe his journey has given him many healing gifts, as well as the amazing gift he was able to give to his mother. I applaud him for trusting his instincts, knowing what he had to do, and for having the courage to do it. So many ignore the inner calls from their soul and end up stagnant, bitter and miserable having missed opportunities to learn, heal and grow. I have no doubt that though there have been losses, the wisdom and knowledge gained is what will allow him to bridge his past to his present and continue to grow. Sometimes things are found that someone didn't even know they were looking for on these types of paths. I look forward to hearing what he discovers next about his past, his family, as well as his discoveries and insights about himself. Bravo, this is a 5 star read!

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Poignant

This story is well written and well read. I felt the author’s hope that the right approach, the best investigative work might yield answers…and the pain and grappling with acceptance when that doesn’t happen. I appreciated the author’s realization that there are no answers in this life to some painful questions.
This book also helped me realize there’s a time to stop the relentless quest for more and find peace with what I have been given.
To those of you who are critical of this book: just be thankful you have had a different life. There is nothing more cruel than to strip a person of their very identity. There is an identity that you’re always missing until you know who your biological family is. No matter how loving the adoptive family, for the majority of adoptees, knowing and coming to terms with biological family and finding out as much as possible about the circumstances surrounding your birth/abandonment/adoption is vital to healing and acceptance of who you are as a person. No, i am not adopted, but my father and husband are and I have witnessed and been part of their journey for decades.

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busy work of a fool

This book was very difficult to listen to. The author himself says "trying to change the past was the busy work of a fool." Yet despite saying that, he deliberately keeps poking in dark corners trying to solve puzzles about his origins. He was a foundling who ended up replacing a kidnapped child.
He finds he is the son of alcoholic parents who mistreated him and his twin sister (who is still unfound at the conclusion of this book) so much so that they abandoned him in front of a store in NJ and did 'god knows what' to their daughter.
His biological siblings decline to help. His biological brother in fact says he doesn't believe the DNA tests (yet another flat earth believer!). So there is no help getting answers there.
Another person 'the old man' gives answers to questions that seem like story lines out of an X Files episode invoking the Chicago mob's involvement in this sordid tale.
What a bunch of dreck. Sometimes its best to let sleeping dogs lie. His biological sister gave the best line of in both of these books when she tells the author that he got out of the bad life that his biological parents gave the other siblings.
The author should spend his time trying to find out where Jimmy Hoffa is buried than beating this dead horse anymore.

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So relatable.

Watching the doc and listening to the story, I got the impression Paul (fka Jack) felt he was alone in his drive to find the truth and learn his own story. So many adoptees, however, understand this. It is not courage or obsession, it is just natural to want to know the first chapter of your own story. All the best to you, Paul, in your search for your truth.

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Fragmented & Unfulfilling

I listened to the first book the author wrote. It was ok, but it had some cliffhangers that clearly were used to get readers to buy the second book.
It was a slow & sometimes painful drag to get through this book. Too many minor characters/people involved that did not need to be included to tell the story. At times, it was difficult to keep track of who all they were, and how the author knew them.
The author loves to hear his own voice, but he read his own story as if someone else wrote it for him. Choppy cadence, oddly placed pauses and fake sounding inquisitive tone all seemed very unnatural.
Overall, only a few questions from the first book were resolved in the sequel. A push to promote his future endeavors in the story cheapened it all for me, too. Did he write this for the money, or for the purpose of telling his story?

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worth it

Ypu don't need to read first book to enjoy this one. The raw emotionality is incredible.

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The story is interesting but …

The writing needed to be tighter. There was so much redundancy: repetition of ideas, definitions, events. It seems to have been written in segments and then just joined without edit.

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great continuation from Foundling

Naturally, I wish there were more updates. As an NPE I can relate to having questions about my identity and share in the emotional aspect of uncovering a secret via DNA. Paul/Jacks story is like no other. Praying other questions get answered ♡ Great book! I love how he reads the book, it brings an extra quality to the book.

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Amazing Story

I couldn’t get enough! Such an interesting story so well told by the author including the emotional roller coaster that is his and his family’s life. Truth can be so much stranger than fiction. I was fascinated to learn about genealogy too, it is so complex in what is involved and what it can reveal. This was a great read and I find myself continuing to think about Paul and his entire family. His mother is a beautiful woman who has endured so much, yet is so strong and unfaltering in her own truth and her faith. A very wise woman.

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Fabulous True Mystery

I found this audiobook by chance and I have been hooked on it throughout the entire book. Great writing and fantastic narration. I highly recommend this audiobook for anyone who enjoys true stories that read and unfold like fiction. My hat’s off to the author and I thank him for sharing his amazing life. One thing is that this story unfolds like layers of an onion. The persistence to find who abandoned him at age two. Ultimately, this is a well organized book and is a great read or listen. I think I found it in the Plus Catalog. Enjoy!

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  • Jackie
  • 07-21-22

Truth is stranger than fiction!

...an amazing journey of self-discovery and hard work with the bonus of finding what really matters in our too short stay on this planet...

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  • Heather
  • 06-07-22

Heartfelt True Story

I really enjoyed learning about Paul's journey in his search of the truth, I wish him well in his search for his twin sister Jill

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  • Julie
  • 06-02-22

AMAZING, Some things are so sad

Another brilliant but sad story of real life & the way people have to live sometimes. Life circumstances shape & mould our lives. I hope & pray that Paul Finds Jill. I find the hope story like dominoes. Not just affecting his & Dora's lives, but all of those around them. I wish them all the best.

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  • Linda T
  • 05-11-22

Good

But don’t expect a conclusion. Because there’s none. Listened all the way through to find it was the exact same as the beginning

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  • Sue Black
  • 01-04-22

Wow! What a story!

The incredible story of Paul Fronczak, well, the 2 Paul Fronczaks. I first learnt of Paul’s story when we connected through our DNA match several years ago, we are only distantly related and I’m not sure the exact relationship, but something like 5th cousins. I’ve followed Paul’s story sporadically over the years with interest and when I saw this book on Audible just had to listen. Such an incredible story so well told. Utterly gripping from start to finish, and still more to come I’m sure. Very highly recommended listen.

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  • Judith Ann Henderson
  • 12-23-21

I was eager to find out more of Paul's story,

Loved it and sincerely hope he finds Jill, can't believe his own siblings won't help. He was the lucky one in this story.