Cross the Line: by James Patterson

I would like to read Cross the line by James Patterson. This fast paced detective thriller Is the twenty fourth book featuring Washington Detective Alex Cross Series. In this latest Alex Cross thriller, a baffling crime wave hits Washington, DC, However Alex has only just begun asking questions when he’s called across town to investigate a new murder, one that hits close to home: Washington’s own chief of detectives. And Alex’s former boss, beloved mentor of Alex’s wife, Bree, Is discovered shot dead during the Early Morning in the Rock Creek Park suburb of Washington D.C. So Detective Alex Cross investigates and soon finds that In all His years with Homicide, Washington, DC, has never been more dangerous and what looks at first like road rage might be something much more sinister.

Now there’s a killer on the loose, a long list of possible suspects, a city in panic, and nobody in charge of the besieged police force. Until Bree gets approached for the job. As Bree scrambles to find her footing and close two high-profile cases, new violence stuns the capital. What should be a time for her to rely on Alex for support and cooperation is instead a moment of crisis in their marriage as well as their city when their investigative instincts clash and their relationship reaches a breaking point when a vigilante group strikes with disastrous consequences,

Elsewhere the fiendish mind behind all the violence has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, with a terrifying master plan which he’s only begun to put in motion. Cross notices that The killer is only targeting victims who might have actually broken the law. So To beat him at his own game, Alex and Bree must take the law back into their own hands before he puts them both out of commission…permanently.

Abbey of Death by Steven A.McKay

Having read exciting historical fiction novels by Conn Iggulden, C.J.Sansom, Ellis and Ken Follett i would like to read The exciting Historical murder mystery Abbey of Death by Steven A.Mckay, which Is Available free gratis with Amazon Kindle Unlimited. It features Will Scaflock who wants only to live in peace. He had more than his share of adventure when he went by the name Will Scarlet and fought corrupt authority alongside Robin Hood. Now widowed and alone, and estranged from his adult daughter, he has taken holy orders and sought refuge in a remote Benedictine abbey.

However even there, trouble and violence follow him. He meets The abbot John de Wystow, who is basically a good man is a weak leader, and is easily undermined by a faction of dissident monks. Gradually the rebels, led by Brother Robert de Flexburgh, run riot in the local community—stealing, drinking, fornicating. However Scaflock’s old instincts return and Reluctantly Scaflock ends up taking charge of the abbey’s moral defence and finds himself embroiled in a series of fierce clashes with de Flexburgh’s rowdy gang. As the abbey’s tranquillity is shattered, its cloisters stained with blood, Scaflock is forced to reconsider the direction of his life. Has he left the violence of the past behind him and Can he stop Brother Robert de Flexburgh’s destructive antics?

Robert Plant-Carry Fire

I am also listeing to Carry Fire, the eleventh solo album by English singer, songwriter and musician Robert Plant, which was also released on 13 October 2017. It is Plant’s second studio album with the Sensational Space Shifters serving as his backing band, although the name of the band is not credited on the front cover. Here is the Track listing.

1. “The May Queen”
2. “New World…”
3. “Season’s Song”
4. “Dance with You Tonight”
5. “Carving up the World Again… A Wall and Not a Fence”
6. “A Way with Words”
7. “Carry Fire”
8. “Bones of Saints”
9. “Keep It Hid”
10. “Bluebirds over the Mountain” (feat. Chrissie Hynde
11. “Heaven Sent”

Liam Gallagher-As You Were

I am currently listening to Liam Gallagher’s debut solo album As You Were, which was released 13 October 2017, here is the track listing:

1. “Wall of Glass”
2. “Bold”
3. “Greedy Soul”
4. “Paper Crown”
5. “For What It’s Worth”
6. “When I’m in Need”
7. “You Better Run”
8. “I Get By”
9. “Chinatown”
10. “Come Back to Me”
11. “Universal Gleam”
12. “I’ve All I Need”
Deluxe edition bonus tracks include

13. “Doesn’t Have to Be That Way”
14. “All My People / All Mankind”
15. “I Never Wanna Be Like You”

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) takes place annually on 13 October. The aim of International Day for Disaster Reduction is to encourage every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nation. The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, following a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

The 2017 campaign is designed to raise global awareness about effective actions, policies and practices taken to reduce exposure to disaster risk at the community level, which contribute to saving homes and livelihoods. This is a considerable challenge which can be accomplished only through coordination, cooperation and collaboration among many stakeholders.

The “Sendai Seven” campaign was launched in 2016 by UNISDR, this centered on seven targets to reduce disaster mortality. The campaign seeks to create awareness concerning actions taken to reduce mortality around the world. The Sendai Seven Campaign is an opportunity for all, including governments, local governments, community groups, civil society organisations, the private sector, international organisations and the UN family, to promote best practices at the international, regional and national level across all sectors, to reduce disaster risk and disaster losses. This year’s target is focussed on prevention, protection and reducing the number of people affected by disasters.

The United Nations General Assembly designated 13 October as the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction as part of its proclamation of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. In 2002, in a further resolution, the General Assembly decided to maintain the annual observance to promote a global culture of natural disaster reduction, including prevention, mitigation and preparedness. In 2009, the UN General Assembly decided to designate October 13 as the official date and also changed the name to International Day for Disaster Reduction.

Sammy Hagar (Van Halen)

Sammy Hagar, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Van Halen, Chickenfoot, Montrose, and Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve) was born 13 October 1947. Van Halen, were originally called “Genesis” and included bass player Mark Stone, but changed their name to “Mammoth” when they discovered there was already a band with the name “Genesis”, with Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett. The band formed in Pasadena in 1972 and consisted of Eddie Van Halen on guitar and vocaLs, his brother, Alex on drums, and bassist Mark Stone. They had no P.A. system of their own, so they rented one from David Lee Roth. Eddie quickly became frustrated singing lead vocals, and decided to let Roth join the band. Michael Anthony replaced Mark Stone on bass. They changed the name of the band because David Lee Roth suggested that the last name of the two brothers “sounded cool.” The band originally began playing cover material, ranging from pop to disco, before settling on original material .

Van Halen released a total of six albums with David Lee Roth on Vocals, However the band had trouble working together as a cohesive unit and in 1982 Eddie Van Halen approached Simmons about possibly joining Kiss and replacing Ace Frehley. However Simmons & Alex persuaded Eddie to remain with Van Halen, and shortly afterwards the band released the album 1984; which yielded the band’s first Number 1 hit, “Jump“. Oher singles released from the album also sold well, particularly “Hot for Teacher”. The album peaked at Number 2 on the Billboard charts. Roth left the band and was replaced by former Montrose singer Sammy Hagar in July 1985, the band’s sound changed somewhat to adapt to the strengths of the new vocalist, as Eddie’s keyboard playing became a permanent fixture, heard in songs such as “Dreams”“Why Can’t this be Love“and “Love Walks In”. Even on the more rocking, guitar-driven songs, Eddie’s performances became looser, less aggressive, and some said more thoughtful, while others said more commercial.However, tensions within the band again arose over identity and artist direction, and Hagar, like Roth earlier, departed in June 1996. Hagar left behind him a portfolio of 4 studio albums with the band (5150, OU812, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, and Balance) as well as one live album (Live: Right Here, Right Now).

Following Hagar’s departure, the group briefly reunited with original singer David Lee Roth and released Best of Volume I, a greatest hits package, in October 1996. Two new songs were recorded for the album, with the single “Me Wise Magic” reaching #1 on the mainstream rock chart (“Can’t Get This Stuff No More” was the other new single). However, previous disagreements resurfaced and the reunion did not last, as Roth left in September 1996, after the MTV Video Music Awards.The band auditioned many prospective replacements for Hagar, finally settling on Gary Cherone, former front man for Extreme, a band also represented by Van Halen’s manager. Cherone predicted that the new line-up would last ‘ten years’.

The band also completed a world tour touting their new single “Without You” and did go back in the studio to start on a second record. However, Cherone soon had an amicable departure, and without a lead singer, Van Halen went on hiatus. However, In 2004, Van Halen returned with Hagar as their lead singer. A greatest hits package, The Best of Both Worlds, was released to coincide with the band’s reunion tour. The album included three new tracks recorded with Hagar (“Up For Breakfast”, “It’s About Time”, & “Learning to See”). Former vocalist David Lee Roth rejoined Van Halen for their summer tour With the new lineup from late 2007-mid 2008 across North America. Around this time Van Halen were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and VH1 ranked them 7th on their list of the top 100 hard rock artists of all time. Van Halen’s Latest album A Different kind of Truth was released in 2012, containing the tracks Tattoo, She’s The Woman, You and Your Blues, China Town, Blood and Fire, Bullethead, As Is, Honeybabysweetiedoll, The Trouble With Never, Outta Space, Stay Frosty, Big River and Beats Workin’.

Paul Simon

Award-winning American singer & Musician Paul Simon was born on October 13TH 1941. His fame, influence and commercial success began in 1964 as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel,. Simon wrote most of the pair’s songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: “The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson”, and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. In 1964 Simon and Garfunkel’s first LP, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M was released. Simon then moved to England to pursue a solo career by touring folk clubs and coffee houses. He recorded his solo LP The Paul Simon Songbook & also co-wrote several songs including “I Wish You Could Be Here,” “Cloudy”, ”Red Rubber Ball” & “The Sound of Silence” as well as the albums: Sounds of Silence; Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme; Bookends; and the hugely successful Bridge over Troubled Water and also contributed extensively to the soundtrack of the Mike Nichols film The Graduate , starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. Simon and Garfunkle parted ways, after which Simon continued his solo projects after Bridge over Troubled Water, reuniting occasionally with Garfunkel for various projects, such as their 1975 Top Ten single “My Little Town”. which was included on their respective solo albums: Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years; and Garfunkel’s Breakaway.

After Simon and Garfunkel split in 1970, Simon recorded three highly acclaimed albums. His eponymous album Paul Simon was released in January 1972 & spawned the hit with “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”. Simon’s then released a pop-folk album, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon which contained ”Kodachrome”, and “Loves Me Like a Rock” . Simon’s third album Still Crazy After All These Years, was Released in 1975 & contained the songs “Gone at Last” and “My Little Town” and was named the Album of the Year at The 18th Grammy Awards and Simon’s performance won the year’s Best Male Pop Vocal, a third single from the album, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” was also released. After three successful albums, Simon dabbled in various projects, including writing music for the film Shampoo and acting. He achieved another hit, with the song “Slip Slidin’ Away”. In 1980 he released the album One-Trick Pony, which contained the song ”Late in the Evening”. Later Simon also recorded Hearts and Bones which was eventually viewed as one of his best works

In 1986 He released the album Graceland, which had an eclectic mixture of musical styles including pop, a cappella, isicathamiya, rock, and mbaqanga and featured many South African musicians and groups, particularly Ladysmith Black Mambazo & also collaborated with Linda Ronstadt in “Under African Skies”, and Los Lobos in “All Around the World or The Myth of the Fingerprints”. The Album was praised by critics and public alike and became Simon’s most successful solo album. He received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1987 and also Grammy Award for Record of the Year for the title track one year later. the album Negotiations and Love Songs was released in 1988, and included a mixture of popular hits and personal favorites that covered Simon’s entire career. After Graceland, Simon decided to extend his roots with the Brazilian music-flavored The Rhythm of the Saints, featuring guitarist J. J. Cale and many Brazilian and African musicians including the Grupo Cultural Olodum. This received excellent reviews a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.In 1991 Simon staged another New York concert, in Central Park with both African and South American bands andIn 1992 he appeared on his own MTV Unplugged. T he album Paul Simon 1964/1993 was also released. Simon was also involved on The Capeman, a musical that finally opened on January 29, 1998 and tells the story of Salvador Agron, who wore a cape while committing two murders in 1959 New York, and who went on to become a writer in prison.

Simon then embarked on a North American tour with Bob Dylan which was generally well-received and also wrote and recorded a new album You’re the One, which consisted mostly of folk-pop writing combined with foreign musical sounds, particularly North Africa. On September 21, 2001, Simon sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” on “America: A Tribute to Heroes”, In 2002, he wrote and recorded “Father and Daughter”, the theme song for the animated children’s movie The Wild Thornberrys Movie, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. In 2003, he participated on another Simon & Garfunkel reunion. One year later, Simon’s studio albums were re-released both individually and together in a limited-edition nine-CD boxed set, Paul Simon: The Studio Recordings 1972–2000. Simon also released a new album called Surprise, which was inspired by the September 11 terrorist attacks, and was supported with the successful Surprise Tour. In 2009, Simon performed back-to-back shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York. and also toured with Art Garfunkel in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

In October 2009, Simon appeared alongside Art Garfunkel at the 25th Anniversary of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.Together, Simon and Garfunkel were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.They also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. In 2005, the pair sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina victims.The pair reunited six years later at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. So far Simon has earned 12 Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2006 was selected as one of the “100 People Who Shaped the World” by Time magazine. Among many other honors, Simon was the first recipient of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007.