As you know from The Archivist, Matt Moretti was a decorated former Army Ranger who, injured in a helicopter crash, was forced to leave the job he loved. A mental wreck, he became an alcoholic and went to work only so that he could pay the bills and afford the enormous amount of scotch that he was determined to consume to forget what he’d lost. Han Li, in contrast, was a dedicated assassin who killed for the Chinese government without questioning the “why” of the assignment. They were complete opposites – the ideologue assassin and the alcoholic former Army Ranger. … Continue reading The relationship between Matt Moretti and Han Li
The Abductions is the sequel, and the second book in the Matt Moretti and Han Li series. This novel differs from its predecessor in that Matt Moretti and Han Li have been asked by their respective governments to work together to find out why Wang Lei, a Chinese defense contractor and die-hard nationalist, has built an enormous stockpile of cruise missiles, seemingly without the government’s knowledge. President Ballinger tells this to Matt Moretti as they’re on their way to Beijing to attend the gala celebrating the 600th anniversary of the Forbidden City. The president also tells him that he’s spoken … Continue reading The Abductions ~ Now in Print!
Hot off the press, The Archivist is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and approximately twenty other e-commerce sites in hardcover, paperback and e-book formats. Below is a preview of the first chapter. Enjoy! CHAPTER 1 The footsteps were getting closer. They weren’t the fast-paced tempo of someone running. Instead, the pursuer had a methodical pace, which echoed down the moist cobblestone streets. Yesterday she wouldn’t have given these footsteps a second thought. Yesterday her life had been different. She stopped and listened. A moment later, there was only silence. Then it dawned on her. If she could hear … Continue reading The Archivist ~ Now in Print!
China’s highest military officer, General Lin Bogang, has his eye on forcing the government into naming him the country’s new leader. And there’s a strong likelihood he might succeed, thanks to a museum worker’s discovery of never before seen documents … Continue reading The Archivist – a new fiction book by Alan Refkin
Many companies believe that their sales and marketing models, business management techniques, and organizational structure, which have proved successful outside of China, will also work in China with little or no modification. As a result, many companies enter the Chinese … Continue reading Marketing in China Requires a Unique Approach, Part I
Author Given Prestigious Rising Star Designation by Publisher iUniverse, a subsidiary of the Group Penguin, a trade publisher which is part of Penguin Random House, has given this author its prestigious Rising Star designation for his fourth business book, Piercing … Continue reading Piercing the Great Wall of Corporate China
People don’t normally think of China as a nation of beer drinkers. I think of Britain, the United States, and possibly a number of other countries as being beer aficionados, but not China. Most people place China in the category … Continue reading Having a Beer in China
Below is a January 20, 2016 editorial from The Standard, sent to me by Todd DeMatteo, a close friend and uber investment banker. Todd and I have traveled in China, conducting business and sampling various regional cuisines. When in season, … Continue reading Eating in China
Increasingly, foreign companies are realizing that their future is in China. Even though Chinese brands generally enjoy a 90+ percent awareness, the average Chinese citizen has a greater degree of trust in a foreign brand. Take automobiles, for example. All … Continue reading Marketing in China Requires a Unique Approach, Part II
On February 29, 2016, I spoke at an invitation-only conference hosted by my good friends at Creación De Capitales in San Jose, Costa Rica. My speech was titled The Chinese Economy and its Impact on Global Business, and was well … Continue reading Author Speaks at Costa Rican Conference