Bob Taylor grew up on a dairy farm in Richmond County, Georgia, graduated from Hephzibah High School, and received a degree from Georgia Southern. He taught school for a year, became a Marine Corps infantry platoon leader, a Marine Pathfinder (airborne), a Marine Corps aviator, and began his career in the field of computers. He worked for some small companies as a programmer, a systems analyst, and a systems manager. Then Bob was employed by two major computer companies, serving in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Savannah, Columbia, Miami, and Chicago. Subsequently, he and a professional friend joined as principals in a software company in South Carolina, which they operated for several years until retirement. Now, in retirement he serves on a number of military forums, debating approaches to national defense, specifically relating to the strategic employment of drones.
Bob is a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a great-grandfather. In addition to books, he writes articles for magazine monthlies, columns in several newspapers, and articles, critiques, and commentaries in military and trade journals. Contact him for information about any of the below books at r o a r t a @ y a h o o . c o m .
A FEW GOOD MEMORIES, in paperback and ebook, is available now in its Second Edition. (Books purchased from the author will be autographed.) Bob Taylor considers himself fortunate to have been a Leatherneck, a Gyrene, a Jarhead, or any of those names synonymous with members of the United States Marine Corps. The mission of the Corps since it was born on 10 November 1775 has been to be ready on a moment's notice to fight the battles of our country. That they have done. Boot Camp is tough. Not all, fewer than you would expect, are even selected for Boot Camp. Of those selected, less than 85 of a hundred graduate. For good reason: The Corps only wants a few good men and women. Please click the image at the left to learn more from Marines who endured this training.
SO SWEET JUSTICE, a novel, is available now. Click book image at right. to learn more. (Copies purchased directly from the author will be autographed.)
A romance hatched in 1968 in war-torn Vietnam comes to a violent end when enemy guerrillas attack the U.S. Naval hospital at Da Nang, taking the life of Navy nurse Angela Robbins, and stealing her opal engagement ring, given by Marine pilot Warner Nichols in contemplation of marriage. Time and the war continue and Warner's focus remains on the missing ring and the identity of the perpetrator. It is only after Warner returns to the States and is later re-assigned to duty in Vietnam that a clue surfaces, renewing his vow to unravel the mystery. Click image to the right to learn more!
OPERATION HANNIBAL, a novel, complete with intrigue, conspiracy, and deception, is available for purchase now. (The book will be out soon in print -- Estimated June 15. Copies purchased directly from the author will be autographed.) The Cold War got up a head of steam during the Fifties. US agents inside the USSR report that two kidnapped Marines are imprisoned in a gulag in Siberia. They were part of a team investigating Soviet incursions into Alaska from across the Bering Strait. The two Marines crossed paths with the Soviets who captured the Marines, transported them to the Soviet mainland, and locked them in southern Siberian gulag for "safe-keeping." Click the image at left to learn more about OPERATION HANNIBAL.
Bob's latest, The GHOST OF HOMER LUSTA, is now available. Click image at left to learn more. (Copies purchased directly from the author will be autographed.)
Confederate soldier Homer Lusta returns to Earth 150 years after the War Between the States (or as Homer calls it, the War of Northern Aggression; certainly he wouldn't refer to it as the Civil War). He convinces Old Bob to write his side of the war story. Homer's adaptation is reasonably accurate and loaded with "Homer humor" as he endeavors to save the South and protect underage brother, Lack, who illicitly sneaks into the War. They are deceived by renegades into thinking the South has won the war. Finally, all is righted and they spill the beans to Rebel officers. Heroes, the boys return home to accolades few could ever imagine.
Ghosts is also available on Kindle. Download it. Take it to the beach. Not only does this story have a reasonable degree of history but you'll enjoy the boys as they worm out of bad situation after bad situation. Click the Kindle logo at left to view Ghost on your Kindle pages.
GETTING OUR WINGS, is now available. Click book image below to learn more. (Copies purchased directly from the author will be autographed.) It's a different kind of aviation book -- down-to-earth and historical. Every word dips to the 'people level' as it depicts real people in moments of horror, humor, nostalgia, fright, sadness, and honor. Many apply for Naval Flight School. Only the best are accepted. Of those who are accepted, only about 60 percent complete the demanding 18-24 months of training. "I wrote WINGS," says the former U.S. Marine Corps aviator, "No publication I have ever found gives adequate credit, across the board, to the officers, men, and women, AND STUDENTS, as they strive not only to elevate Naval Aviation, but to dive smack into the middle of it. I hope I've accomplished that!"
The book is packed with great stories. Each was contributed by students, pilots, mechanics, flight instructors, recruiters, moms and dads, and strangers whom the author met during his research and interviews. WINGS is The Naval Aviation Flight Training Story. In its unique way, it spans the first 100 years of Naval Aviation Training picturing brave men and women as they learn to fly the Navy way. True stories, submitted by those to whom they occurred, fill the book, sometimes down to the absurd level. It is the way we were. Click the book image at the left to learn more!