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