Richard Taylor

Richard H. Taylor

At Association of the U.S. Army Annual Conference in Oct. 2009.

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In "Eden Lost" Josh Armand, an American entrepreneur, is an eye-witness to history when Commodore Dewey storms into Manila Bay in 1898, sinking the Spanish fleet. He soon encounters the striking mestizo Isabella Germain in Manila and their conflicting worlds collide in a precarious romance as war threatens to devastate their dreams.

Josh, interested only in expanding commercial interests under Manifest Destiny, becomes entranced by the enigmatic Isabella. Then he becomes indebted to her when she organizes his rescue from Chinese kidnappers. However, her covert activities in support of Filipino rebels clashes with his loyalties and moral values. War between America and local guerrillas in quest of Philippine independence becomes one of national betrayals and conflicts, straining Josh and Isabella's special relationship to its limits. Their love is sharply tested by cultural divisions, divided allegiances and dangerous circumstances of war. Josh finally commits by helping her try to warn the guerrilla leader, Emilio Aguinaldo, of a raid to capture or kill him. They strive to overcome incalculable dangers and difficulties to find enduring love while Eden lies in peril.
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Joshua Armand left Manila in 1901 with only the haunting memory of the beautiful and mysterious Isabella (Eden Lost). When his son, Joe, unearthed long-buried secrets about her in 1940, her spirit moved.

Joe sailed to Manila on business in 1941 and met a red-headed nurse at the cemetery where Isabella was buried. As they fell in love, neither expected to be hurled into a world war, but Japanese struck Pearl Harbor and Luzon and they were trapped as defenses of Bataan and Corregidor collapsed and Manila became a brutally occupied city. To survive until MacArthur's return, they were driven at great risk into mountainous jungles to fight with rugged Philippine guerrillas--with Japanese soldiers and police hot on their trail. Four years of serving with guerrillas brought dangers, troubles, and in spite of everything--enduring love.

Joshua Armand broke his vow and returned to Eden for a rendezvous with his personal destiny where he also discovered that true love transcends time.

In Almost Eden the generational saga of the Armand family continues as Izzy, the guerilla girl born during World War II in Luzon, defies her parents wishes to go to Vietnam as a donut dollie. She meets Abe, a soldier, and they begin a life despite all the challenges a cruel world can summon.

"Berlin Connection" tells the compelling story of Victor Werner, Ilse Braun, and Kurt Meyer--all set on bringing down the Berlin Wall, even at the risk of their lives.


"The Raptor and the Mourning Dove" hits hard at the problems soldiers have in coming home from war. The novel is set in the Iraq war and the characters, an army sniper and a medic, face the most pressing issues confronting modern veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Homeward Bound" draws on the homecoming experiences described in "Prodigals" when a young officer returns from his first combat experiences as a Vietnam adviser with an ARVN battalion operating in the Vietnam Delta. Then when his life is changed as the war has also changed he returns again from a seemingly different war.

In "Homeward Bound" similar experiences are traced for veterans of the American Revolution, the Civil War for both northern and southern veterans, World Wars I and II, Korea - the forgotten war, and Vietnam - the unforgotten war, and for veterans of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Richard Taylor draws on years of military experience as a resource for his historical work, creative non-fiction, and historically-based fiction.

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Updated on November 1, 2014.

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Romance, Historical Fiction
Return to Eden is the second part of a generational saga of the Armand lineage. It answers the question in Eden Lost of "What happened to Joshua Armand?" Coming soon--Almost Eden--set in the Philippines and Vietnam.
Historical Romance
Josh Armand, an American entrepreneur, is an eye-witness to history when Commodore Dewey storms into Manila Bay in 1898, sinking the Spanish fleet. He soon encounters the striking mestizo Isabella Germain in Manila and their conflicting worlds collide in a precarious romance as war threatens to devastate their dreams. Josh, interested only in expanding commercial interests under Manifest Destiny, becomes entranced by the enigmatic Isabella. Then he becomes indebted to her when she organizes his rescue from Chinese kidnappers. However, her covert activities in support of Filipino rebels clashes with his loyalties and moral values. War between America and local guerrillas in quest of Philippine independence becomes one of national betrayals and conflicts, straining Josh and Isabella's special relationship to its limits. Their love is sharply tested by cultural divisions, divided allegiances and dangerous circumstances of war. Josh finally commits by helping her try to warn the guerrilla leader, Emilio Aguinaldo, of a raid to capture or kill him. They strive to overcome incalculable dangers and difficulties to find enduring love while Eden lies in peril.
Historical Mainstream Fiction
BERLIN CONNECTION is a gripping account of three “little people” profoundly affected by the Berlin Wall and the military standoff in Europe. Their paths intersect in Berlin just prior to the partition, but powerful adversaries scatter them, shattering their hopes. In time, a changing world draws each of them back to Berlin on different paths. Their steadfast refusal to accept tyranny and strong determination to tear down the intolerable walls dividing them makes a suspenseful, sympathetic narrative.
Mainstream/Literary Fiction
The former novel, "The Raptor and the Mourning Dove," was retired, edited, a new cover and title added, and republished as "The Falcon and the Dove." Historical problems soldiers have faced after leaving the battlefields are portrayed in a modern setting. Are our lives predestined, or are we masters of our fate?
Military History
Summary of the experiences of American Veterans upon returning from battle from the American Revolution to the present Global War onTerror.
Wartime Autobiography
This is the story of one soldier's experience in two Vietnam Wars: an advisor during Tet 1968 and a company commander with the 1st Cavalry Division's storied 7th Cavalry in the waning days of the conflict.
ChapterXII in Shadow Wars
A model of integrated planning for low intensity counterinsurgency campaigns.
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