Seth Chanowitz


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Mr. Chanowitz is the author of the internationally selling spy thriller novel, "Russia Rising", which is available on Amazon and was featured in Finland's largest newspaper "Helsingin Sanomat." His novels are also stocked in libraries in the United States and throughout Finland. He is a former intelligence analyst and journalist, who has worked at the Terrorist Threat Integration Center and the National Counter Terrorism Center. As an analyst, Mr. Chanowitz authored numerous analytical assessments for policy makers within the United States government.

Mr Chanowitz also authored numerous feature articles for“Monitoring Times Magazine” and “Satellite Times Magazine” relating to international radio and satellite broadcasting issues. For two years, he wrote and produced radio commercials for Senatorial and Congressional campaigns in Washington DC for a congressional committee. He also possess a decade of experience working for the United States government through out the US and in 14 countries in Africa and Eastern/Western Europe. His books have been spotlighted in and Finland's newspaper Helsinkin Sanomat.

Mr. Chanowitz lives in the United States and Nordic countries, where he engages in consulting and authoring spy-related thriller novels. He has lived and worked in Helsinki, Finland. He has also worked for the United States government in refugee camps in Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, and at United States Consulates and Embassies in Russia, Germany, and Serbia. He has completed 40 marathons, half-marathons, and ten-milers in the United States, Kenya, and the Nordic Countries. He speaks with degrees of fluency in Spanish, Finnish, Hebrew, and Russian.

Smashwords Interview

What made you want to write Return to Little Russia?
"Return to Little Russia" is the story of a young man's journey from Finland to the United States and what he learns about his family who lived in Soviet occupied Estonia. It is also about what the main character learns about four dead Finnish peacekeepers in Yugoslavia, his future with his Finnish girlfriend Sofia, and fate of his start-up IT company. Maksim Feldblyum Issacovich reflects one example of the Soviet Jewish experience in the United States.

This story is inspired by true events that I experienced in NYC, Finland, Estonia, is also based on my own Soviet jewish background, my life in Finland, living in Brighton Beach, NY, and association with Estonia. I also thought that corruption in New York City has not been examined much so wanted to tackle that issue also in a thriller format. I became aware of INS's reputation of being corrupt when I worked for it in New York City . For more information, read the Preface at the beginning of the novel.
Why did you write about Finland?
Finland was a neutral party during he cold war and also played a key role during the collapse of Communism in Estonia. The TV broadcasts from Finland played a key role in the weakening of the Soviet dictatorship, according to an interview with the former head of the Communist Party of Estonia. I don't think this relationship has been examined much in the Western media and is relevant today in view of the renewed Cold War. Further, I know of no American-based novel that has used Finnish street language, such as "niin", "mmm", and "joo" and has examined the differences between the countries using a fictional novel format. Also, I lived in Finland and this novel reflects that country at the time. Sofia Valtonen is a strong female character in the novel and reflects many of the good and bad issues associated with the country.
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Return to Little Russia
Price: Free! Words: 51,580. Language: American English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
“Return to Little Russia” is an international, mystery thriller inspired by true events that takes readers on a suspense-filled journey from Helsinki, Finland to the ethnic neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx in New York City, and drags them into the murky world of spies, immigration, and corruption during the late 1990s.

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brighton beach    crime    espionage    finland    immigration    jewish    new york city    refugee    russian    soviet jews