The Abduction by Jonathan Holt

imageI would like to read The Abduction by Jonathan Holt, the exciting, heart-pounding, adrenaline-fuelled follow up to The highly acclaimed international thriller The Abomination. The Abduction is a modern tale of mystery, treachery, and intrigue that moves between the physical and virtual worlds of Venice, Italy, blurring the boundary between dark fantasy and terrifying reality.

It features Second Lieutenant Holly Boland,an intelligence analyst trained to look for clues ordinary investigators miss. Who is sent to investigate the disappearance of a U.S. army officer’s daughter who has been kidnapped from an American base in Venice, And is sure that the mysterious abductors want more than a ransom.

Aiding Boland is Venetian Police Captain Kat Tapo, who has found a webcam feed embedded in the encrypted website, a virtual Venice. It streams video of a terrified teenage girl, hooded and tied to a chair. A strand of text scrolls across the screen: “Sensory deprivation is not torture.” Could this girl be the missing daughter of the American military officer and Who is behind the cryptic message?

Meanwhile Genius Webmaster Daniele Barbo the creator of Carnivia, who has never before let the government access his servers, also finds himself drawn into the investigation when secrets from Italy’s dark wartime past begin to surface and he has to comply in order to save his own skin and prevent other people being put in danger. Soon Boland, Tapo and Barbo face a race against time to find the missing girl and end up discovering a nefarious plot that reaches back decades…


Auguste Rodin

French sculptor-Auguste-René Rodin was born 12th November 1840. Although Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, he did not set out to rebel against the past. He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like approach to his work, and desired academic recognition, but was never accepted into Paris’s foremost school of art.

From the unexpected realism of his first major figure ( inspired by his 1875 trip to Italy) to his unconventional memorials, Rodin possessed a unique ability to model a complex, turbulent, deeply pocketed surface in clay. However, at first many of his most notable sculptures and original works were roundly criticized during his lifetime, because they modeled the human body with realism, and celebrated individual character and physicality, rather than using the traditional themes of mythology and allegory, where figure sculptures were decorative, formulaic, or highly thematic.

Rodin was sensitive to the controversy surrounding his work, but refused to change his style. Gradually though, successive his works began to be appreciated by the government and the artistic community and his reputation grew until he became the pre-eminent French sculptor of his time. By 1900, he was a world-renowned artist. Wealthy private clients sought Rodin’s work after his World’s Fair exhibit, and he kept company with a variety of high-profile intellectuals and artists. He married his lifelong companion, Rose Beuret, in the last year of both their lives.

Rodin sadly passed away on 17th November 1917. His sculptures suffered a decline in popularity after his death in 1917, but within a few decades, his legacy solidified and he remains one of the few sculptors widely known outside the visual arts community.

Neil Young (Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse, Crosby Stills Nash and Young)

Canadian singer-songwriter and musician Neil Percival Young OC,OM was born November 12, 1945. He began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, later joining Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969. He forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, releasing his first album in 1968; his career has since spanned over 40 years and 35 studio albums, with a continual and uncompromising exploration of musical styles.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as “one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers” He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice: first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1999

Young’s work is characterized by his distinctive guitar work, deeply personal lyric and signature alto or high tenor singing voice. Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica, his idiosyncratic electric and clawhammer acoustic guitar playing are the defining characteristics of a varyingly ragged and melodic sound. While Young has experimented with differing music styles, including swing and electronic musicthroughout a varied career, his best known work usually falls into two primary styles:acoustic (folk and country rock) and electric (amplified hard rock, very often in collaboration with the band Crazy Horse). Young has also adopted elements from newer styles such as alternative rock and grunge. His influence on the latter caused some to dub him the “Godfather of Grunge”

Young has directed (or co-directed) a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past (1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Human Highway (1982), Greendale (2003), and CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). He is currently working on a documentary about electric car technology, tentatively titled Linc/Volt. The project involves a 1959 Lincoln Continental converted to hybrid technology, which Young plans to drive to Washington, D.C. as an environmentalist example to lawmakers there. Young is an outspoken advocate for environmental issues and the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in 1985 the benefit concert Farm Aid.

In 1986, Young helped found The Bridge School an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical disabilities, and its annual supporting Bridge School Benefit concerts, together with his wife Pegi Young (née Morton). Young has three children: sons Zeke (born during his relationship with actress Carrie Snodgress) and Ben, who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and daughter Amber Jean who, like Young himself, has epilepsy. Young lives on his ranch in La Honda, California.Although he has lived in northern California since the 1970s and sings as frequently about U.S. themes and subjects as he does about his native country, he has retained his Canadian citizenship. On July 14, 2006, Young was awarded the Order of Manitoba and on December 30, 2009, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada

Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience)

jimi_hendrix (1)best known for his work in The Jimi Hendrix Experience English Drummer John Ronald “Mitch” Mitchell Sadly passed away 12 November 2008 . Born 9 July 1947 Mitchell first starred in a children’s television programme, Jennings and Derbyshire, when he was a teenager, and starred in a leading role in the 1960 British film Bottoms Up! with Jimmy Edwards. He became a musician through working at Jim Marshall’s drum shop on Saturdays while still at school. Early in his career, Mitchell gained considerable musical experience as a touring and session musician, working with Frankie Reid and the Casuals (1962), Johnny Harris and the Shades, The Pretty Things, Bill Knight & The Sceptres, The Riot Squad, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, and The Who as a session drummer while the band was in the process of replacing Doug Sandom with Keith Moon.

Mitchell auditioned for Hendrix’s band in October 1966, edging out drummer Aynsley Dunbar on the flip of a coin. His contribution to the music of Jimi Hendrix is widely and deeply appreciated. In the studio, Hendrix would often record alone with Mitchell. On stage, the two fed off each other to exciting effect. Mitchell’s ability to provide an inspiring rhythmic platform for Hendrix stands alongside Ringo Starr’s accomplishment of providing a vital, creative, but ultimately supportive role with the Beatles. Highly praised examples of his collaboration with Hendrix include the songs “Manic Depression”, “Stepping Stone”, “Little Miss Strange”, “Fire”, “Third Stone from the Sun”, and Hendrix’s signature “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”.

Mitchell came from a jazz background, and like many of his contemporaries in the London scene, was influenced by Elvin Jones, Max Roach, and Joe Morello.He played in Hendrix’s Experience trio from October 1966 to mid-1969, in the Woodstock band, (August 1969), and in the 1970 “Experience” version with Billy Cox on bass, known posthumously as the “Cry of Love band”.ln December 1968, Mitchell played with The Dirty Mac, an all-star band assembled for The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. Others included John Lennon as vocalist and rhythm guitarist “Winston Leg-Thigh”; Yoko Ono providing improvised primal screams; Eric Clapton as guitarist, and Keith Richards as bassist. The group recorded a cover of “Yer Blues” as well as a jam called “Whole Lotta Yoko”. While working with the Band of Gypsies from late 1969 until early 1970, Mitchell also collaborated with the Jack Bruce and Friends band along with ex-Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, keyboardist Mike Mandel and jazz-fusion guitarist and future The Eleventh House frontman Larry Coryell. Mitchell also took part in Miles Davis’ demo sessions for the 1969 album Bitches Brew, but did not appear on the final album.

After Hendrix’s death, Mitchell finished production work with engineer Eddie Kramer on incomplete Hendrix recordings, resulting in the releases The Cry of Love and Rainbow Bridge. In 1972, he teamed up with guitarists Mike Pinera and April Lawton to formRamatam. They recorded one album and were Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s opening act at a number of concerts. Mitchell and Hendrix had been offered spots in the band Keith Emerson and Greg Lake were forming, but Carl Palmer got the drum position instead. Ramatam never achieved commercial success and Mitchell left the act before their second LP was released. Mitchell also performed in concerts with Terry Reid, Jack Bruce, and Jeff Beck as a substitute for drummer Cozy Powell.Michael Jeffery, Hendrix’s manager, relegated Mitchell and Noel Redding to paid employees without an ownership share in future revenues. This limited their earnings and led to Mitchell and Redding being largely excluded from sharing in revenues generated from the Experience. Financial hardship pressured Mitchell in the mid-1970s to sell a prized Hendrix guitar. He also sold his small legal claim to future Hendrix record sales for a sum for about $200,000.

In 1974, he auditioned for Paul McCartney’s band Wings, but was turned down in favour of Geoff Britton.For the rest of the 1970s through to the 1990s, Mitchell, semi-retired and living in Europe, continued to perform and occasionally record. In 1986, Mitchell teamed up with jazz musician Greg Parker and made a music video session of Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog.He did session work on Junior Brown’s Long Walk Back album and participated in various Hendrix-related recordings, videos, and interviews. In 1999, Mitchell was part of the Gypsy Sun Experience, along with former Hendrix bassist Billy Cox and guitarist Gary Serkin. He also appeared on Bruce Cameron’s album Midnight Daydream that included Billy Cox, Buddy Miles and Jack Bruce.In 2005, he was named the 23rd greatest drummer of all time by Rolling Ston.In an interview with Police drummer Stewart Copeland in the late 2000s, Copeland listed the Jimi Hendrix Experience debut album Are You Experienced as his favorite drum album of all time, and relates that as a child in school, he would walk around with drum beats in his head and wonder how Mitch Mitchell would carve out a rhythm were he to play that song.

His last days were spent celebrating Hendrix’s music on the 2008 Experience Hendrix Tour. For nearly four weeks the tour travelled on an 18-city tour of the US, finishing in Portland, Oregon. The tour also featured Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Robby Krieger,Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Cesar Rosas, David Hidalgo, Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford, Hubert Sumlin, Chris Layton as well as Eric Gales and Mato Nanji. Five days after the tour ended Mitchell died in his sleep on 12 November, in his room at the Benson Hotel in Portland. of “natural causes”. Mitchell had been in ill health for many years due to alcohol-related problems. He was the last surviving member of the original Experience. Mitchell had planned to leave Portland that day to return to home in England. He was buried in Seattle.He is survived by his wife, Dee, a daughter and two grandchildren