Escape from America combines one American expat’s experience living and working in the United States and China to give an unvarnished account of the world’s dominant superpowers. From a ground-level perspective, Vinnie Apicella finds surprising likenesses between these two seemingly vastly different nations. His bold insights reveal the real people of each country and emphasize the differences between their experiences and the ongoing political rhetoric.

As Escape from America shows, the opinions, achievements, and anxieties of working people in each country are relevant to us all. Apicella argues that much can be learned living among the locals and looking beyond false façades and fabricated truths. Using a balanced blend of praise and criticism toward both countries, he highlights the potential for upward mobility through mutual tolerance and trust.

Apicella sets out to educate and entertain through anecdotes, observations, and years of hard-earned experience. He points to lessons learned about family, education, business, and society inside China to help encourage cultural exchange of ideas and ideals so that we may all benefit. His inspirational story will change our perspective and persuade us to think critically, not just about America, not just about China, but also the place we call “home” and our place in it.

In Escape from America, Apicella provides a blueprint to overcome our biases, fears, and insecurities. He points us in the right direction to explore new trails. He challenges us to expand our horizons. He shows us that, through what he has learned from living abroad, we can improve our understanding of one another while better understanding ourselves.

Vinnie Apicella is a professional business writer with more than 30 years’ experience. He has written for Forbes, film and music companies, medical publishers, and e-commerce businesses. Originally from New York, he relocated to China in 2011 and currently operates Shanghai EDGE Consulting to assist students achieve greater success in academics or their professional career.  

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Meet Vinnie Apicella

Wow, I’m an “authorpreneur.” I could never conceive of that back when I first took an interest in writing so many years ago. It’s wonderful really, opening doors for us writers to become viable authors and share our work with the public. Quite the learning experience!

My writing career began by drafting press releases and artist bios for NYC music and film companies, then later producing financial articles for Forbes, travel and tourism pieces for a medical publisher, and more recently, marketing and sales copy for a Beijing-based e-commerce firm. I guess you could say I’ve run the gamut of writing on diverse subjects.

I am originally from New York and earned my BA from Columbia University where my guidance counselor had to “convince” me that choosing a major in Literature & Writing wasn’t a waste of time. In hindsight, he was right. Indeed there is much value in a Liberal Arts-based education where primary importance is placed on reading, writing, and critical thinking.

Several years later I relocated to Beijing to reinvent myself and pursue new opportunities for business.

Today, I oversee Shanghai EDGE Consulting, an online education company where I assist students at home and abroad to improve their interpersonal skills and guide them toward achieving greater success in academics or their professional career.

I sincerely hope that my new book, Escape from America, can help make a positive impact on society, and inspire others to improve their lives and pursue their passions.

Trump Dog: A Wild Tale of Lies, Hair Dye, and Dog Poop

“Trump Dog” is funny fast-paced political satire that takes place several years in the future when people come to believe Donald Trump was reincarnated as a dog. The main character is a struggling, down-on-his-luck freelance artist, named Jerry Kendall. One day Jerry goes to an animal shelter and adopts a big, rambunctious and unruly mutt named Mabel. Through a fluke accident, neighbors and the media come to mistakenly believe that Mabel is the reincarnation of Donald Trump. Even though Jerry knows this belief is untrue, he continues to perpetuate the reincarnation myth for the sake of fame and riches. However, all of the attention to Jerry and “Trump Dog” quickly becomes overwhelming as it wreaks havoc on Jerry’s life. He is confronted regularly with extortionists, attempted dog kidnappers, Trump haters, and Trump-loving fanatics. If you enjoy wacky political humor (especially liberal humor), Trump jokes, or dog humor, this short entertaining book is a must read.

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Uncommon Enemies Boxed Set

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Ready for Four International Action Adventures?

???From USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Fiona Quinn

WASP 

Zoe knows the secrets, now they’re coming for her. 

The enemy will stop at nothing to get to Zoe and the military secrets that could change everything. What Zoe knows is getting people killed. Is she next? 

Gage is a hardened special forces operative with only one soft spot: Zoe.

Her desperate screams echoing from inside her home switch his instincts from lover to guardian. To keep America safe, to protect the love of his life, Gage is coming full throttle. 

Fiona Quinn will take you on a thrill ride.

Weaving an intricate plot that puts Zoe’s scientific mind and Gage’s battle-hardened skills to the test. With the safety of the US at stake.

Relic

Digging For The Truth Can Be Deadly 

Brian Is Ex-Special Forces 

He’s working for a security group that only hires the best of the best. His job is fueled by danger and adrenaline, and he loves every minute of it. At least he did up until this minute. When Sophia walks into their briefing room, Brian’s heart stops. Sophia is the woman who spun his world and stole his heart then disappeared from his life. 

Now, She Needs Protection 

Sophia is fighting to safeguard Syrian relics from being stolen and sold into private collections by terrorists. Her colleagues are being kidnapped and killed. But the FBI doesn’t believe all is as it seems with Sophia. The Bureau thinks she’s helping to sell conflict relics, funding terror, and putting America and her allies at risk. 

This Case Will Test Brian’s Conviction, Honor, and Courage 

Deadlock

He’ll Risk It All To Keep Her Safe

Honey Honig is good at his job, infiltrating the most dangerous places on Earth and pulling the hostages away from their kidnappers. When the bad guys slips through Honey’s fingers, he hunts a lead to Tanzania. 

Honey Finds His Way Onto A Safari With Dr. Meg Finley, And Into Her Bed 

For him, this isn’t just a passing romance, though. Meg sparks something deep and binding in Honey’s heart. 

Out In The Bush, Terrorists Have Plotted Against Them 

Honey and Meg find themselves swept up in a deadly game of politics and international crime. From the inside, can Honey and Meg save themselves? The others? It’s one thing to be part of a rescue team, it’s a whole other deal, to be on the wrong side of the metal bars. Whatever else happens, Honey swears he’ll find a way to protect Meg, and get her home safe. Or he’ll die trying. 

Thorn

Thorn has met his match

Retired Navy Seal turned Iniquus special operative Thorn Iverson is heading home from Brussels when the call comes in. A military scientist, David DuBois, needs protection.

>>> Thorn’s mission? Get him safely home.

DuBois’s daughter has just been kidnapped, and he’s in immediate danger.

In an international game of cat and mouse, Thorn and his teammates are put to the test, both mentally and physically, as they unravel the mystery of why Juliette DuBois was snatched from the streets of France.

Join the team fighting to protect America’s safety.

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Even Odds (FBI Joint Task Force Book 3)

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Double crossed
Double agents 
Doubling down… 

…She’s putting her heart and her life on the line.

Raine Meyers is only alive today because of the heroic efforts of the Delta Force Echo Team. It’s time to pay that debt. 

As an undercover defense intelligence officer, Raine tracks a Russian threat to the Delta Force wives left vulnerable while their husbands are downrange protecting the U.S.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Damian Prescott, former Delta Force Operator – also Raine’s former fiancé, falls quite literally into the middle of her operation.

Since both the DIA and FBI have their teeth clamped onto the same crime, why not join forces? A plan is hatched to insert the two intelligence officers into the action—under the cover of a fake marriage—painting a target on Raine’s back, enticing the mole out into the open.

Damian wasn’t there when his Delta Force brothers saved Raine from the terrorists in Afghanistan…

…will he be there for her this time, when she’s in the sniper’s rifle sights?

Download your copy now and join the team for this second-chance military romance, women’s action adventure driven by spies, terrorists, and the intelligence communities who work to keep us safe.

Even Odds can be read as a standalone, as part of the FBI Joint Task Force series, or as part of the World of Iniquus.

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VENT

Controversial, groundbreaking, and highly acclaimed VENT is the first ever reader participation book. During the story about two totally diverse people accidentally meeting and subsequently forming a heartwarming relationship, the reader(in the print version) is asked to circle either YES or NO to questions that run the gauntlet from the pertinent, to the ridiculous, and at times scandalous topics we obsess and frustrate ourselves over. For the ebook you mentally answer either YES or NO to the questions. Following the questions are several blank lines to either write or verbalize your personal opinion on the topic without the fear of being interrupted by someone who wants to force their beliefs on you. VENT is funny, sarcastic, political, and also brings to light many topics the mainstream media ignores that everyone should be aware of.

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Individualist Manifesto

Are you tired of politics?

Are you tired of the constant left and right, with one or the other forced on you?

Are you tired of an ever-growing government? imposing increasingly strict and opinionated laws, raising taxes, and making decisions for you?

Are you tired of navigating through complex political beliefs, identity politics, and political faux pas?

Do you just want the room to be you? To express yourself, think for yourself, work with others and pursue your goals, without being thwarted, controlled, and violated? if I don’t harm other people, Do I need to be controlled?

Can’t there just be one simple way? Can’t there be one simple, natural, system underneath the mess of politics and opinions? Can’t there be a simple ideology that rejects war, violence, environmental destruction, racism, and deals with all of society’s problems with no strings attached??

YES.

The profoundly straightforward yet easily digestible manifesto of individualism as a political philosophy, this book defines, describes, and defends the beauty of the individual, the right to their mind, reason, and values in an increasingly collectivist world. Seeking to eliminate the idea of individualism and capitalism as irrational immorality, selfishness, and refusal to interact with others, the book paints a picture of individualism as undeniable human nature as well as the source of creativity, ingenuity, community, and social progress, pointing out that any belief, idea, organization, or action is fully individualist so long as it is done in free will.

The author’s debut as a political philosopher which he completed at the age of 15, and the declaration of his philosophy, this book outlines, structures, and defends Autarchism, the belief that individuals are the owners and governments of themselves and their property. The belief also commonly goes by the names of Anarcho-Capitalism, libertarianism, and voluntarism, which, in the book are described as a single belief: “individualism, pure and without exception”. This book is to be a “catechism” of these beliefs. The book defends Autarchism in various new, simple, and inventive ways, influenced most heavily by Murray Rothbard’s ideas on the state and property, Ayn Rand’s ideas on relative values and self interest, and Max Stirner’ ideas on the subjective spirit. This book also goes deep into the nature and anatomy of the state, and how it operates.

This book is a must-have for anyone who wants to learn of this ideology, defend or debate individualism and libertarianism, propagate libertarianism, have a deeper moral and philosophical understanding of individualism, libertarianism, Anarchism, or capitalism in general, or just to learn more about different political philosophies.

Blending In A Tale of Homegrown Terrorism

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Terrorists as we know them are social misfits. Undisciplined. Extremists seeking martyrdom.

But what if terrorists were well-trained, level-headed, and appeared innocuous? If they rejected martyrdom and valued escape to attack another day?

Enter Stickman and Maple. Your next-door neighbors. Trained, disciplined and blending in. Homegrown and hell-bent on bringing down the government.

Blending In follows these anti-heroes as they launch their murderous attacks on “soft” targets – a press conference in DC, an iconic mall in the Heartland. Hundreds die and fear grips the nation, while other extremists join their horrific crusade.

Can they be stopped?

Shattered Lives Broken Dreams: William Cooper and Australian Aborigines Protest Holocaust

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Can there be new facts about the holocaust? This is one of those rare holocaust stories of resistance to the holocaust by Australian Aborigines – a world away from the fray.
They were not even citizens in their own land but, after Kristallnacht, made a brave stand. William Cooper led the Australian Aborigines League in a protest against Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, which resulted in shattered lives and was recognised as the start of the Holocaust.
They protested the “cruel persecution of the Jews” by marching to the German Consulate in Melbourne on 6 December 1938 three weeks after the 9-10 November pogrom in Germany, Austria and Sudetenland that saw 91 Jews killed, Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues destroyed with shattered glass or fire. About 30,00 Jews were sent to concentration camps.
This book follows how the story was lost to history and then found with William Cooper being honoured in many ways by Jews in Australia and at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center in Israel. His family has carried on his legacy and the story covers his family’s trip to Israel and Berlin in 2017 to continue his work.
Of holocaust books, it has a twist. Aboriginal William Cooper was a noted civil rights leader for his people but the only protest march he led was for the Jews. Read this inspiriting story. This book has facts about the holocaust that will be new and startling to you but it adds to the history on Jews and the history of Australian Aborigines.

To My Immortal Love: The Seeker of Love’s Rhythm

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To My Immortal Love: The Seeker of Love’s Rythm
Author: Wilma Magastino
This work will help you reflect on the meaning of love, misconceptions, and the future consequences of present actions.
Love comes in many forms. Sometimes, the word is used in events like Valentines Day, but the real meaning is not highlighted.
Love exists since the beginning, and it is one of the strongest force. It yours to use it endlessly in your journey in this life.
Allow your mind to dig deeper from the words, for they contain meanings that were used since the centuries past, and will be used for more centuries to come.

Delusion Proof

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Do You Know Your Enemies? Have You Lost Your Credibility?

“I am only aware of fear. It so consumes me that every cell in my body screams for relief. My life goes on and there is nothing in it but fear, loss and terror.”

Retired Army Major and physician Sonia Amon, weak, brutalized and incapacitated from injuries received from her terrorist father, travels to Germany with CIA handler Jeff Hansen. As she struggles to deplane she wonders who ordered the assassination of her fiance, Colonel Paul Grayson. At Ramstein AFB, Sonia learns that things are not as they appear but residual damage from a flash-bang grenade and PTSD damage her credibility.

A continuing story of love, survival, vulnerability and grit from USA Today and WSJ best selling author, Judith Lucci.

If you like David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Tim Tigner and Danielle Girard, you’ll love Judith Lucci.