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Cincinnatus - The Secret Plot to Save America [Kindle Edition]

Rusty McClure , David Stern
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Book Description

Washed-up pro golfer Matt Thurman hopes to return to the
PGA circuit. Instead, he sinks from caddy to fugitive.
Espy Harper, a Department of Justice attorney, wants to solve a
mystery involving fixed golf tournaments. Instead, she uncovers a Draconian plot with world-changing consequences.
Their quest leads them deep into America’s past, to a brotherhood of direct descendants of the Continental Army.
It also leads them to a private Bahamian island with a golf course … the supernatural realm and the discoveries of a Latvian immigrant named Edward Leedskalnin, who in the 1920s singlehandedly built what has come to be called America’s Stonehenge—Coral Castle.
In Cincinnatus, authors Rusty McClure and David Stern have woven a dramatic tale full of intrigue, golf tournament fixing, murder, and lost love that will leave reader’s
breathless—and craving for more.

Editorial Reviews


Mariemont native Rusty McClure points to the blue-and-white striped flag with an

eagle blowing in the wind on the Fountain Square flagpole.


"Nobody knows it's there. They never taught us about it," says McClure, a 1968

Mariemont High School graduate.


Anyone who reads McClure's new book will know a lot more about the flag of the

Washington-based Society of the Cincinnati, founded in 1783 by Continental Army

veterans. McClure's "National Treasure"-like novel, "Cincinnatus: The Secret Plot

to Save America" (Ternary Publishing; $24) is out now.


McClure is also the author of the 2006 "Crosley," a book about his grandfather and

great-uncle, Lewis and Powel Crosley Jr. He set much of his new thriller here.


In the book, assistant U.S. district attorney Esperanza Harper traces millions won

on fixed golf tournaments to the little-known Society of Cincinnati, the nation's

oldest patriotic organization.


With help from her father, an anti-terrorism expert in the Los Angeles FBI office,

she uncovers a right-wing conspiracy of international consequences that takes she

and her father to South Florida and the private Bahamas island of Cat Cay.


And all over Cincinnati. Fountain Square, One Lytle Place, Union Terminal, Camp

Washington Chili, Montgomery Inn Boathouse and the Sawyer Point statue of

Roman general Cincinnatus also figure into the story.


So do the Crosley brothers, the radio makers and WLW-AM owners, whose love of

electronics plays a plausible role in the fiction. Powel Crosley Jr. also built the Twin

Beaches mansion on Cat Cay, which figures in the book.


"I tell people about the Society of Cincinnati and Cat Cay. It's really cool stuff that

nobody in Washington or Cincinnati knows about. And I didn't make them up," says

McClure, who has a Harvard MBA and a divinity degree from Emory University.


For most of his adult life, McClure has lived in the Columbus suburb of Dublin. He's

an investor in a dozen companies and teaches an entrepreneurial course at Ohio

Wesleyan University.


McClure also has been a PGA scoring observer for the Memorial Golf Tournament

at Dublin's Muirfield Village Golf Club for 20 years. That experience inspired the

book's subplot about fixing golf rounds.


"I've been thinking of this plot for 20 years," says McClure, an avid reader of Tom

Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Ian Fleming and John Grisham mysteries.


But first, as one of the few surviving Crosley descendants, he wrote "Crosley: Two

Brothers and a Business Empire That Transformed the Nation" with David Stern

("Blair Witch Project: A Dossier") and Oxford author Michael A. Banks.


When "Crosley" hit the New York Times best-seller list, he told Stern about his idea

for a novel. It took them 18 months to assemble the 500-page story.


As with "Crosley," McClure will promote the book on billboards around town. One

will say, "Call Harper" with a phone number from the novel. Those who dial the

number will hear main character "Espy" Harper give clues on how someone could

win $5,000.


Another will promote "Cincinnatus" as a Christmas gift by showing Santa Claus

reading it.


Stern, who has written a dozen "Star Trek," "Blair Witch" and "Tomb Raider"

novels, already has envisioned how "Cincinnatus" could be converted into a

screenplay, McClure says.


"The first book I did as part of my stewardship. Now I'm doing this for fun and

profit," he says.


John Kiesewetter, Kentucky Enquirer, November 1, 2009

About the Author

Rusty McClure, is the New York Times bestselling author of Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire that Transformed The Nation. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University and a Harvard MBA. He teaches an entrepreneurial course at his undergraduate alma mater Ohio Wesleyan University. David Stern, author of over two dozen titles including the New York Times bestselling novelization Blair Witch Project: A Dossier and Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire that Transformed the Nation. He has worked on a wide range of titles during his twenty-year career in the publishing industry. He has edited numerous national bestsellers and worked with many award-winning authors. He lives with his wife and children in Massachusetts.

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  • Print Length: 523 pages
  • Publisher: Ternary Publishing; First edition (November 1, 2009)
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  • Language: English
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Mix of the Paranormal and Suspense January 29, 2010
I'm not a fan of golf and plots involving secret historical societies don't usually spark my interest, however I have to say that this book is a real page turner. I really enjoyed it! It is a very exciting read.
First there is the intriguing prologue involving the paranormal abilities of Ed Leedskalnin, this eccentric man who built this real mysterious place in South Florida called Coral Castle - a monument to unrequited love by the way. Then you are plunged straightaway into the life of Matt Thurman, a disgraced professional golfer who is framed for murder. Thurman meets up with a Department of Justice Attorney by the name of Espy Harper who is investigating the fixing of PGA Tournaments and together they delve deeper and deeper into a plot that twists and turns taking them all across the United States and to an exclusive island in the Bahamas.
I couldn't wait to find out what happened and stayed up three nights in a row to finish the book. If you are looking for a good thriller that weaves lots of interesting layers like golf, professional golf, the paranormal, lost love (which is a major underlying theme), and a secretive historical society made up of descendents of the Continental Army, then pick this book up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cincinnatus-A Masterpice February 3, 2010
By Doug B
Cincinnatus-The Plot to Save America is an absolute masterpiece. This is spine tingling suspense from beginning to end. The characters seem so real that they just jump off the pages and I felt a real empathy for them. The venues, however, are real. It is amazing how all of the events are tied together by the end. I couldn't put this book down from the start. I would rate this book as a 5-star.

I am looking forward to more books from Mr. McClure. It seems as though he has found his niche as a writer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cincinnatus is a great book. February 26, 2010
By Jan
I really enjoyed reading "Cincinnatus: The Secret Plot to Save America" by Rusty McClure and David Stern. It is a very interesting book filled with a variety of interesting characters, intrigue, action, history, mystery, and places of interest. The book is a blend of both real and fictional characters. It held my suspense throughout the whole book, and I could not wait to read the final chapter and outcome. I was so intrigued by it, I read the book in 3 days. I highly recommend this book. It is a very well written book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story February 17, 2010
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I grew up in College Hill, Cincinnati not far from the Crosley mansion and now live in Wilmington not far from the Holiday Inn at the Roberts Centre. I have worked in Ibor City and Burbank. I had a hard time putting the book down, constantly looking for the next description of a location I recognized. I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a great mystery adventure but especially to those living in the area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cincinnatus - The Secret Plot To Save America March 24, 2010
I have found that if I don't care about the characters in a book by the first 50 pages I move on to something else. This was not the case with this book! I was involved in the story from the beginning. While the plot was effective and the writing style clear, it was the characters, good guys and bad, that got me hooked. This was an entertaining and informative read. I will look forward to the next adventure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cincinnatus: The Secret Plot to Save America October 7, 2012
By tedp48
I became an instant fan of Rusty McClure, after reading his New York Times best-seller, "Crosley", when it was published in 2006. Next, I read his fascinating, "Coral Castle: The Story of Ed Leedskalnin and his American Stonehenge". So when I got my hands on "Cincinnatus", I could not put it down. It is a thriller that weaves facts and accurate history, actual scientific mystery, and real characters----- some from Rusty's previous books----- into this masterpiece. The action of this story involving scheming and stratagem, murder, and lost love, stretches across the USA and to a Bahamian Island, and goes back deep into America's past to the founding of the United States. It is the intrigue and many facets of the plot that kept my constant curiosity, and how cool to have the present and the past linked through famous characters and involving direct descendants of the Continental Army. The heart of the mystery uncovers a devastating conspiracy that could change the world, and the political climate today makes what is written, believable. Great book !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Suspense February 24, 2010
From the beginning,Rusty McClure's "Cincinnatus", takes readers on an adventure filled with suspense and intrigue.We travel from Cincinnati, to Los Angeles, to Florida and the Bahamas with fascinating villains and unlikly heroes and heroines. This would make a fine Hitchcockian film. Treat yourself to some fun mystery. David Gray, Ripley, Ohio
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertaining & Suspensful Read December 15, 2009
This book does exactly what a suspense novel is supposed to do -- it keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next.
When I first heard about this novel I was intrigued. How exactly do you mix fixing PGA tournaments, the secretive military society of the Cincinnatus, a plot of monumental proportions, middle eastern terrorists and the paranormal enigma of Ed Leedskalnin, the weird guy who built Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida (it is a 1100 ton structure supposedly built by this one guy all by himself--nobody knows how he did it) and his theories of magnetism/anti-gravity? Plus, let us not forget the major sub-plot of lost love which permeates the book. Seven lost loves to be exact and in addition, seven disguised plot references to lost love.
Well the author's Rusty McClure and David Stern didn't disappoint, telling an intriguing story which takes you from depression era Homestead, Florida and a meeting with the strange Ed Leedskalnin who secretly built a monument to lost love using mysterious powers to present day, California, Cincinnati, Florida and the Bahamas.
The novel opens with down and out ex-PGA golfer Matt Thurman being framed for murder. His escape from jail is arranged by a mysterious stranger. Along the way he meets Espy Harper, a Department of Justice attorney. Together they discover a plot of monumental proportions involving members of the Order of Cincinnatus, a society of descendents of officers of the Continental Army and the fixing of PGA golf tournaments to finance the plot. The book culminates at an exclusive Bahamas resort island in which the plot is revealed and it all connects: golf mixes with the paranormal discoveries of Ed Leedskalnin, the builder of Coral Castle as well as the plot which plays is of Clive Cussler like proportions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
The plot has many twists and turns and keeps you guessing until the very end. The well written book flows evenly so it makes a very good read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by carol langshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
Cincinnatus kept me on the edge of my seat through the entire story. It was impossible to put down; I finished the book in just a couple days. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lisa Jang
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, fast-paced, stimulating read
I will admit to being pleasantly surprised. It is a daunting task to craft a story that manages to tie together a variety of unrelated, though interesting, topics - the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mark Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This book does a very good job of establishing and building suspense, of hooking the reader initially and reeling from then relentlessly through the rest of the text, tugging at... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars This will exceed your expectations!!!
I started reading this book because my husband (who is interested in golf) suggested it to me. Although I do not have much interest for golf, he said I would like the book anyway... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Megan Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the cover fool you
I think it's always fun to read a fiction book whose setting is a city or locale in which you live or with which you are very familiar. Read more
Published on July 6, 2012 by Mark E. Lacy
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollercoaster ride; each chapter is a cliffhanger
This is a great book. It starts strong, and takes you through all sorts of plot twist and turns, and unexpected revelations. Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by Matthew F. Ferrari
5.0 out of 5 stars Cincinnatus
Well written suspense filled story. Sites and characters were well developed and plot kept you interested throughout. Would highly recommend for a vacation book reader like myself.
Published on July 3, 2011 by Mike M.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have read in a long time!
I am an avid reader of all different types of books. When this book was recommended to me, I originally read it soley because of the people who asked me to read it. Read more
Published on June 9, 2011 by kelleyswiney
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I was totally enthralled in this story from beginning to end. The characters really drew me in and I was right there with them the whole time. Read more
Published on March 20, 2011 by treeleya
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