The American Crusade by Mark Spivak

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The American Crusade
by Mark Spivak

GENRE:   Political Thriller

A power-hungry vice president, a bad batch of shady intelligence, and a sinister plot to destroy Western civilization.

Just another day in America.

On May 1, 2001, a group of radical Islamic terrorists crash a Boeing 737 jet airliner into the Mall of America—and Vice President Robert Hornsby knows his moment is coming.

The attack kills three thousand American citizens and throws an entire nation into a panic, but all Hornsby sees is an opportunity, a chance to imprint his fanatical values on the soul of the country he loves and become the most powerful vice president in American history.

With the aid of his affable but ineffectual president; the reluctant, conscience-stricken secretary of defense; and a preening, foppish faith leader with more than a few skeletons in his closet; Hornsby declares war on terror—and anyone who stands in his way. But as media scrutiny of the administration’s actions overseas intensifies, Hornby’s one-man campaign against evil begins to unravel—with striking parallels to the thirteenth century’s doomed Fourth Crusade—and sends the nation spiraling toward another deadly tragedy.

The American Crusade paints a grim and often cynical picture of America’s recent past, reflecting the attitudes, politics, and fears that shaped our nation in the new millennium. By sampling the contemporaneous French text on the Fourth Crusade, On the Conquest of Constantinople, author Mark Spivak reminds us of that ever-vital adage: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Fans of The Castle by Jack Pinter, The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, House of Cards by Michael Dobbs, The Whistler by John Grisham, and the Aaron Sorkin–penned TV drama The West Wing will love this book.


To President George Cane, the assembled group represented “the full force and moral authority of the United States of America.”

To the Reverend Sanford J. Bayer, head of the White House Office of Faith and Reconciliation (known internally as the Woofers), they symbolized “the lawful arm of God’s righteous Kingdom … preparing to strike at the heart of our enemy.”

To Salman Al-Akbar, leader of the worldwide terrorist organization Husam al Din and the reason the dignitaries were gathered at this press conference, they were “the cancerous core of modern civilization, bleeding like an ulcer that must be removed.”

They included the heads of both houses of Congress, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Directors of the FBI and CIA, most of the Cabinet, and the Chief Justice of the United States.

And to the Vice President, who had assembled this improbable group, they were the usual suspects.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

In the realm of non-fiction, award-winning author Mark Spivak focuses on wine, spirits, food, restaurants and culinary travel. His first book, Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History, was published by Lyons Press in 2012. He followed this with Moonshine Nation (Lyons Press, 2014), hailed as the definitive book on illegal corn whiskey in America. From 1994-1999 he was the wine writer for the Palm Beach Post, and was honored for excellence in wine criticism “in a graceful and approachable style.” Since 2001 he has been the Wine & Spirits Editor for the Palm Beach Media Group, and contributes to a number of national magazines. He is also the holder of the Certificate and Advanced Diplomas from the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Mark’s first novel, Friend of the Devil, was published by Black Opal Books in May 2016. Set in Palm Beach in 1990, it tells the story of America’s most famous chef, who has sold his soul to the Devil for fame and fortune. 

Mark also has an endless fascination with the American political system and is an avid follower of Washington politics. His second novel, The American Crusade (a gripping political thriller set during the invasion of Iraq, which dips into the shadowy world of government conspiracy and political sabotage), will be released by TCK Publishing on April 4. He is currently at work on Impeachment, the sequel to The American Crusade.

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 Q&A With the Author

When and Why did you begin writing?

I started writing fiction when I was eleven years old. The lure was irresistible: you get to create an alternate universe, populate it with characters from your imagination, and control the outcome. What could be better than that?

What inspired this book or series?

I was doing some reading about the Crusades (don’t ask me why), and I suddenly realized the invasion of Iraq was the instant replay of the Fourth Crusade. It germinated in my head until it became this book. It’s a meditation on the follies of history, and asks the question: does history repeat itself, or are we the ones who repeat it?

Are you at all like your main characters?

Not at all. For the most part, they’re members of the political class, and I wouldn’t make a very good politician (I have a disturbing habit of telling the truth).

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

A great deal of the book is told through the eyes of Robert Barton Hornsby, the vice president and former CIA director. He’s a power broker with a formidable agenda and the iron will to implement it. I’m not sure if he’s my favorite, but he’s easily the most interesting. He represents a type of person who is very recognizable in Washington.

Who is your least favorite character in your book and why?

The book opens with a terrorist attack that kills several thousand people; the thoughts and activities of the terrorists are traced throughout the story. They’re not likeable, and not intended to be.


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  1. Thanks for hosting me today. I look forward to meeting your readers and answering any questions they might have.

  2. Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

  3. This sounds like a great read. This kind of thriller is intriguing.

  4. This sounds amazing!! I can't wait to read this!!

  5. This sounds like an interesting story.

  6. What was one of your favorite scenes to write for this book?

  7. I'd say the behind the scenes conversations between Hornsby and Cane (on the one had) and Hornsby and McCardle (on the other). I think those conversations mirrored each other in a way that hopefully illuminated the way power is wielded.

  8. Sounds like a compelling read. Love the cover art.

  9. Sounds like a great read. I like the cover.

  10. I like the cover and it sounds like a really interesting book.


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