A reporter is killed before he can publish a story on arms smuggling; a geologist is murdered when he tries to hand over photographs that will reveal the person behind a secret terrorist network; a dirty bomb sits in a hotel room just blocks from the White House; and a wealthy industrialist implements a plan to harm the west in a way that will be remembered throughout history. These occurrences might have remained unconnected except for the discovery of an artifact – a three-by-three-inch piece of silver that was found at a victim’s residence. In this third novel of the … Continue reading The Artifact – coming in 2019
Mauro Bruno and Elia Donati, surviving numerous attempts on their lives while bringing Duke Rodolfo Rizzo to justice, decide to take a vacation to celebrate and relax. However, not long after they arrive in Paris both men are cleverly framed for murders they didn’t commit, but which they find hard to refute since the killings are captured on a hotel camera security system. With Donati in jail, Bruno is on the run and tries to discover why they’d been framed and who’s behind it. Helping him is a French investigator, Lisette Donais. Together they uncover a web of deceit that … Continue reading The Scion – coming in 2019
Milan’s chief prosecutor is killed when his car is pushed off a narrow mountain road; the city’s mayor is shot by an assassin on the steps of his office building; and an abbot and his librarian are killed in a monastery. These murders occurred on the same day and for the same reason: the victims discovered papers that the Vatican and the head of the wealthiest and most powerful family in Italy, who everyone referred to as the patriarch, wanted to keep secret. However, the patriarch has a big problem: the papers he thought were in the briefcase of one … Continue reading The Patriarch – coming in 2019
In this latest Matt Moretti-Han Li novel, the newly formed clandestine organization known as Nemesis is faced with its first challenge just minutes after it’s officially activated by the President of the United States. Their first assignment is to find and retrieve two nuclear weapons, stolen from a former Soviet nuclear arsenal, which have been smuggled into China with the intent of destroying two major cities. Behind this act of terror is a familiar face – Awalmir Afridi, the former leader of the Protectors of Islam, who the US and China assumed to be dead when they decimated the radical … Continue reading The Payback – coming in 2019
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
In performing our due diligence of smaller companies, we sometimes run across peer-to-peer lending (P2P lending). It’s a concept that wasn’t prevalent when we started in China in 2003, but it’s since become a significant source of financing for small companies who can’t obtain bank loans as banks tightened their credit policies and focused their lending efforts on larger companies and state-owned enterprises. Peer-to-peer lending is a fast growing financial segment that first began in China in 2006. In P2P lending an intermediary, or microfinance company, connects lenders and borrowers for a fee, ranging from 1% to 4%. Lenders, seeking … Continue reading Peer-to-Peer Lending in China