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Goddess Fish Promotions has organizing a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for The American Crusade by Mark Spivak, a Political Thril...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organizing a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for The American Crusade by Mark Spivak, a Political Thriller available now from TCK Publishing.

Mark Spivak will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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The American Crusade
by Mark Spivak


GENRE:   American 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.



Sitting in the White House Situation Room that day, Vice President Hornsby thought he was witnessing the perfect storm. All those years we thought it would end with a nuclear launch from the Soviets, he thought bitterly. Now I have to watch a bunch of jokers in turbans destroy the world.

FBI Director Edward Gambelli entered the room and approached the head of the table.

“Most of the planes are out of the sky, sir. The airspace is almost secure.” 

“What do you mean, almost? For shit’s sake.” The Vice President gesture toward the electronic map on the wall, where aircraft were represented by red dots. “That’s a lot of dots, Eddie.”

“They’re mostly private planes, sir. Joyriders out for a spin. We’re contacting the ones that have radar. The fighters will intercept the others and escort them down.”

“What about the other plane?”

“It’s still heading for Washington, sir. Just passed Wilmington.”

“How long before it gets into rural airspace?”

“Five minutes, sir. Ten at the most.”

“What’s happening on board?”

“We’ve received radio and cell phone communications. The passengers are still fighting. They’ve overcome two of the hijackers, and they’re trying to get into the cockpit.”

Hornsby glanced to his right, to the chair occupied by his protégé, CIA Director Admiral Mike McCardle. McCardle nodded.

“When it gets over unoccupied land, I want you to shoot it down.”


“Eddie, we have the tapes, correct?”

“Yes, but—”

“These people are dead already. None of them can fly the plane. It’s the least we can do to bring comfort to their loved ones. The public will eat it up. The passengers will be heroes.”


“Eddie, that’s an order. Shoot it down once it gets over unoccupied land. I’ve got your back.”

“Yes, sir.”


AUTHOR Interview:

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

The intended audience is pretty broad: anyone who is interested in politics, government or history, for starters, although the reality is that the actions of political leaders affect the everyday lives of all citizens. We evaluate major events according to how much they change our life, but frequently we’re not aware that the same thing has occurred over and over again. The book attempts to answer an intriguing question: does history really repeat itself, or are we the ones who repeat it?

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

I was doing some reading about the Crusades (don’t ask me why) and it suddenly struck me that the invasion of Iraq was the instant replay of the Fourth Crusade. They were similar down to some very small details, but the grand theme of each event also resembled each other. In the book, the political leaders who oversee the invasion really believe they are engaged in a modern-day Crusade, a campaign to preserve their way of life.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I’m not sure if he’s my favorite, but much of the book is told through the eyes of Robert Barton Hornsby, the vice president and former CIA director. He’s definitely a guy with an agenda, and he’s ruthless about pursuing it to get the outcome he wants. Many people have told me he reminds them of a figure from recent history, but he’s actually a very common type of power broker that you find in Washington.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

The most interesting part was the research on the historical Crusades themselves—it was definitely a glimpse into another world, and the resemblance to the invasion of Iraq was eerie. My original concept was to tell parallel stories from the period of the Fourth Crusade (1200-1202) and the Iraq invasion almost exactly 700 years later. I gave up on that idea early on, when I realized the book would be so long that no one would print it. That’s when I stumbled on the idea of using excerpts from an eyewitness account of one of the Crusaders; I spliced in those excerpts at points where the historical events were nearly identical.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Go on my website, In addition to information about the books, I also maintain a political blog there. You can sign up for my free newsletter, and there’s a contact form if you’d like to ask a question. I love hearing from readers.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m currently finishing up the sequel to The American Crusade, tentatively titled Impeachment. I won’t give away any spoilers, but the plot revolves around two wealthy industrialists, billionaire brothers who delight in manipulating the system for their own ends. The device they use in the book is immigration, but it could be anything else that’s equally effective.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

The most valuable thing any reader can do today is put a review on Amazon when they’ve finished reading a book. Those reviews have an outsized impact on the algorithm of the site, and they also help determine how aggressively Amazon will promote your book.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Don’t give up—ever. Very often the people who succeed are not necessarily the most talented, but simply the ones who persevere. It takes years, and sometimes decades, to learn the craft of telling stories, and often you have to endure ongoing rejection. But if you stick with it, you’ll get there.


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

  2. Thanks for sharing and for the awesome giveaway!


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