Second Son by Lee Child

Second Son is another exciting short story Ebook by Lee Child featuring Jack Reacher which I would like to read. It starts in 1974 In Paris where a 90-year-old retired furniture restorer and World War I veteran named Laurent Moutier discovers that he is unable to get out of bed and realises he is about to die. He faces the approach of death stoically and unflinchingly, mainly concerned about letting his daughter Josephine know. This takes some effort since she is married to an American military officer who is a member of US Marine Corps and she is constantly moving around the world with her husband on his different assignments. Her married name is Josephine Reacher; she is Jack Reacher’s mother, and the dying Laurent Moutier is therefore his grandfather.

Meanwhile 13-year-old Reacher and his family, have recently arrived at a military Base in Okinawa where Jack Reacher’s father, Captain Stan Reacher, is due to take command of a unit which would take part in an invasion of China, should the US ever get into war with China.

The bad news from Paris concerning Laurent Moutier, prompts Josephine to leave everything and take the first available plane there. However The situation is made worse by a string of various Mishaps affecting other members of the family. Firstly Reacher and his 15-year-old brother Joe ran afoul of the neighbourhood bully, an earlier-arrived American boy who takes “a toll” of anyone going to swim in the sea. Reacher is not intimidated by him – but Helen, the girl from a neighbouring house to whom Reacher takes a liking, is terrified. Then, Joe is accused of stealing the text of entry examinations from the school where they are due to enroll, dimming his prospects in this school. And most seriously of all, the classified code book of Captain Stan Reacher’s unit goes astray and unless it can be recovered swiftly, Stan’s military career is in jeopardy.

So Thirteen year old Reacher decides to investigate in order to clear Joe’s name, assist the Military Police in Recovering the classified code book, exonerate Stan of any wrong-doing or mistakes and deal with the neighbourhood bully. Even at this age Reacher already displays both the sharp detective ability, self confidence, personallity and the fighting prowess which characterise him as a grown-up.

Deep Down by Lee Child

Deep Down is an exclusive eBook short story by Lee Child. The story begins when Jack reacher finds himself Summoned by Military Intelligence to Washington, D.C., Reacher is sent undercover. The assignment that awaits him: The army is meeting with its Capitol Hill paymasters for classified talks on a new, state-of-the-art sniper rifle for U.S. forces. But vital details about the weapon are leaking—straight from the Capitol and probably into the hands of unidentified foreign arms dealers. The prospect of any and every terrorist, mercenary, or dictator’s militia getting their hands on the latest superior firepower is unthinkable.

So Jack Reacher is sent to infiltrate the top-secret proceedings and smoke out the mole. His target: is a quartet of formidable high-powered Army political liaison officers—all of them fast-track women on their way to the top. Three are clean—but the fourth may prove fatal, Now Jack Reacher must track down a spy in soldier’s clothing.

According to his bosses, it’s a zero-danger mission. No need to draw a gun . . . just chat over drinks. However Reacher knows that things are rarely what they seem. And he’s learned the hard way never to underestimate an opponent. Or four. Lessons that will come in handy when he starts digging for the truth—and gets his hands a lot dirtier than he expected

Night Watch/ Good Omens

BBC Studios are currently developing a live-action six-part Discworld series Entitled The Watch, Fans have speculated that the show could be an adaptation of City Watch, which features the adventures of Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh Morpork city watch. The Ankh Morpork city watch feature in eight of the Discworld novels that the late great author Terry Pratchett wrote. There is also a Television adaptation based on the novel Good Omens by the late, great Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen, which is due to premiere on Amazon and BBC in 2018. The series will star David Tennant and Michael Sheen with Neil Gaiman as showrunner.

Strike Back and The Musketeers writer Simon Allen is handling the script for the new Discworld series, which will be co-produced by BBC and Narrativia, the production company founded by Pratchett. The BBC is said to be looking for an outside partner to help bring it to life So It’s likely that an American network or streaming service will also join this production.

Discworld frequently parodied the various tropes of high fantasy works by other authors, such as J. R. R. Tolkien and Robert E. Howard. So it’s more of a comedic fantasy than a standard tale. Terry Pratchett wrote his first Discworld novel The Colour of Magic in 1983, before going on to write approximately 40 additional books within the series before his death in 2015. This gives a lot of material to chose from, so it’s unclear which characters or settings that Allen will focus on. Although a series with Commander Vimes of the Ankh Morpork city watch, The Witches, Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegle or the misadventures of the hilariously daft wizard, Rincewind and his carnivorous luggage all sound equally entertaining to me.

So far The British television network Sky 1 has already adapted a number of Discworld Stories including The Colour of Magic, The Hogfather and Going Postal, and there is also an animated version of Wyrd Sisters featuring the witches Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax.

Self-injury Awareness Day

Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD) (also known as Self-Harm Awareness Day) is a grassroots annual global awareness event / campaign which takes place annually on March 1. On this day, and in the weeks leading up to it, some people choose to be more open about their own self-harm, and awareness organizations make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury. Some people wear an orange awareness ribbon, write “LOVE” on their arms, draw a butterfly on their wrists in awareness of “the Butterfly Project” wristband or beaded bracelet to encourage awareness of self-harm. The goal of the people who observe SIAD is to break down the common stereotypes surrounding self-harm and to educate medical professionals about the condition.

Depression and self-harm often go hand-in-hand, though there are many other reasons people self-harm. As many as two million Americans currently engage in self-harm, with methods like cutting, scratching, bruising, and hitting themselves, along with other more harmful methods. It’s said that these behaviors promote feelings of control and help relieve tension, while helping the person express their emotions and escape the numbness that accompanies depression. SIAD was created to spread awareness and understanding of self-injury, which is often misrepresented and misunderstood in the mainstream. Those who self-harm are often left feeling alone and afraid to reach out for help because they fear they’ll be seen as “crazy.”

Zero Discrimination Day

Zero Discrimination Day is an annual day celebrated annually on 1 March by the UN and other international organisations. The day aims to promote equality before the law and in practice throughout all of the member countries of the UN.

Discrimination refers to the practice of treating somebody more or less favourably based on the group, class, or category to which the person is perceived to belong rather than on individual attributes and merits. This includes treatment of an individual or group, based on their actual or perceived membership in a certain group or social category, “in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated”. It involves the group’s initial reaction or interaction going on to influence the individual’s actual behavior towards the group leader or the group, restricting members of one group from opportunities or privileges that are available to another group, leading to the exclusion of the individual or entities based on logical or irrational decision making.

Discriminatory traditions, policies, ideas, practices and laws exist in many countries and institutions in every part of the world, including in territories where discrimination is generally looked down upon. In some places, controversial attempts such as quotas have been used to benefit those who are believed to be current or past victims of discrimination—but they have sometimes been called reverse discrimination. In the US, a government policy known as affirmative action was instituted to encourage employers and universities to seek out and accept groups such as African Americans and women, who have been subject to discrimination for a long time.

The day was first celebrated on March 1, 2014, and was launched by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on 27 February of that year with a major event in Beijing. In 2015, Armenian Americans in California held a ‘die-in’ on Zero Discrimination Day to remember the victims of the Armenian Genocide. In February 2017, UNAIDS called on people to ‘make some noise around zero discrimination, to speak up and prevent discrimination from standing in the way of achieving ambitions, goals and dreams.’

The day is particularly noted by organisations like UNAIDS that combat discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. “HIV related stigma and discrimination is pervasive and exists in almost every part of the world including our Liberia”, according to Dr. Ivan F. Camanor, Chairman of the National AIDS Commission of Liberia. The UNDP also paid tribute in 2017 to LGBTI people with HIV/AIDS who face discrimination. Campaigners in India have used the occasion to speak out against laws that make discrimination against the LGBTI community more likely, especially Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexuality.

 

World Civil Defence Day

World Civil Defence day is a worldwide observance which takes place annually on 1st March. Civil defence or civil protection is described as an effort to protect the citizens of a state (generally non-combatants) from military attack by means of emergency operations, prevention, mitigation, preparation, response, or emergency evacuation and recovery, and World Civil Defence Day, was set up on March 1 to commemorate the implementation of the ICDO (International Civil Defence Organisation) constitution in 1972. Which was put in place As the threat of wars, aerial bombardment and Nuclear War grew. World Civil Defence Day has two main purposes:

  • To Raise awareness in the public of the importance of Civil Protection and inform people about the preventative and self protection measures in place in the event of accidents or disasters;
  • To pay tribute to the efforts, sacrifices and accomplishments made by all members of the national services who have worked to protect civilians in the event of accidents, war or disasters.

During the day a variety of national events: colloquies, conferences, radio and television debates, open days, disaster prevention and simulation exercises may be organised to raise awareness of the development of civil protection structures and of the technical facilities currently available. Since the end of the Cold War, the focus of civil defense has largely shifted from military attack to emergencies and disasters in general. Civil Defence includes things like crisis management, emergency management, emergency preparedness, contingency planning, emergency services, and civil protection.

In some countries, civil defense is seen as a key part of “total defense”. For example in Sweden, the Swedish word totalförsvar refers to the commitment of a wide range of resources of the nation to its defense – including to civil protection. Respectively, some countries (notably the Soviet Union) may have or have had military-organized civil defense units (Civil Defense Troops) as part of their armed forces or as a paramilitary service.

Purim

The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther(Megillat Esther). According to the Book of Esther, in the Hebrew Bible, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus (presumed to be Xerxes I of Persia), planned to kill all the Jews in the empire, but his plans were foiled by Mordecai and his adopted daughter Queen Esther. The day of deliverance became a day of feasting and rejoicing.

Purim is celebrated by giving mutual gifts of food and drink (mishloach manot), giving charity to the poor (mattanot la-evyonim), a celebratory meal (se’udat Purim), and public recitation of the Scroll of Esther (keriat ha-megillah), additions to the prayers and the grace after meals (al hannisim).Other customs include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration. Purim is celebrated annually according to the Hebrew calendar on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar (Adar II in leap years), the day following the victory of the Jews over their enemies. In cities that were protected by a surrounding wall at the time of Joshua, Purim is instead celebrated on the 15th of the month on what is known as Shushan Purim, since fighting in the walled city of Shushan continued through the 14th. Today, onlyJerusalem celebrates Purim on the 15th.