Cincinnatus: The Secret Plot to Save America

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Washed-up golfer Matt Thurman dreams of returning to the PGA circuit. Instead, he finds himself framed for murder. 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. Together they race to find answers before it’s too late—for them and for the country. Their quest leads them deep into America’s past, to a brotherhood of direct descendents of the Continental Army. Cincinnatus weaves a ...
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Overview

Washed-up golfer Matt Thurman dreams of returning to the PGA circuit. Instead, he finds himself framed for murder. 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. Together they race to find answers before it’s too late—for them and for the country. Their quest leads them deep into America’s past, to a brotherhood of direct descendents of the Continental Army. Cincinnatus weaves a riveting dramatic tale full of intrigue, murder, and lost love that will leave readers breathless.
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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

Kentucky Enquirer
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.
—John Kiesewetter
John Kiesewetter
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984213207
  • Publisher: Ternary Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 523
  • Sales rank: 591,507
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    This is the best book I have read in 2009

    Cincinnatus is the most original book I have read in 2009. I go through a fiction book in 3 days. I have read everything from James Clavell to Sidney Sheldon and Wilbur Smith to John Grisham and of course Dan Brown. I was disappointed with the Lost Symbol and a librarian friend of mine gave me the Advance Reader copy of Cincinnatus. I normally do not read unknown authors and thought I would give the book a try. After the 1st 2 chapters I was hooked. The pace is so fast that you do not feel that you are reading a book. I finished the book in 3 days. The plot is original as no one has combined different elements like the authors have. The best part is the ending as I could not figure out why the secret society was fixing golf tournaments. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    Murder, espionage, intrigue, and adventure (...and several more murders.)

    I imagine it's a task for writers to keep readers involved and engaged in a book that's 500 pages long, but author Rusty McClure does it with ease in his new book Cincinnatus. What you think might be a simple murder mystery on a golf course turns into a many-leveled tale of espionage, intrigue, and adventure (and several more murders.)

    If you're a reader who enjoyed "The DaVinci Code" or a fan of "The Bourne Identity" (with a few James Bond moments thrown in for good measure) -- then you will enjoy "Cincinnatus" by Rusty McClure.

    Oh, and I fully expect a movie adaption within the next couple years, so I am going on record right now with my vote for Thandie Newton to play "Espy."

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

    Great for Cincinnati people

    Especially enjoyable for residents of mighty Cincinnati. Many people, family members of Cincinnati resident (me), are unaware of the background to the city name. This book can put you in the loop and also give you a great story along with the history. Very enjoyable for all.

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

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    A True Original

    A once-promising golfer, who became a caddy because of a bum shoulder and too much booze, stumbled on a meeting thst resulted in a pro golfer's murder. After being framed for the murder he found himself as part of an investigation of the murder and something bigger. I thought this book would be an antiquities thriller like The Lost Symbol, but the antiquities angle was only part of the story. Like The Lost Symbol, the historical references were important to the story and, I believe, done much better. I enjoyed the fast pace, the characters and the story itself. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

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    Buckle Your Seat Belt, You're in for a Lively Jaunt

    The authors help the readers with "up to the minute" date, place and time stamps so that we can keep up with the action in this fast-paced "who are these guys?" thriller.

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