Former ROTC instructor pens first counter-terrorism thriller
A retired Special Forces officer who spent three years teaching cadets at The Citadel has published his first novel – a fictional tale of a clandestine operator named Pike Logan who must intercept an attack planned, not by a terrorist group or organization, but by two men operating independently and in possession of a powerful weapon.
Brad Taylor, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army’s elite Special Forces, will sign copies of “One Rough Man” from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday March 7 and 8 at The Citadel Bookstore inside Mark Clark Hall. The book will be released nationwide on Feb. 17. Taylor will hold a book launch party at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at The Windjammer on the Isle of Palms.
Taylor was born on Okinawa, Japan, but grew up on 40-acres in rural Texas. Graduating from the University of Texas, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. He served for more than 21 years, retiring as a Special Forces lieutenant colonel. During that time he held numerous Infantry and Special Forces positions, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta where he commanded multiple troops and a squadron. He has conducted operations in support of U.S. national interests in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other classified locations.
His final assignment was as an assistant professor of military science at The Citadel, where he was the executive officer of the Army ROTC battalion. Besides supervising the planning and execution of all battalion activities, he also taught all 400-level Army ROTC classes, instructing both contracted and non-contracted cadets on various facets of national security. Taylor’s family ties to The Citadel run deep. His twin brother graduated from The Citadel in 1988, and his father is a member of the Class of 1960.
Taylor holds a Master’s of Science in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, with a concentration in irregular warfare. When not writing, he serves as a security consultant on asymmetric threats for various agencies. He lives in Charleston with his family.