Thomas A. Taylor's involvement in protective operations began in 1974, when he was assigned to the Governor's Security Division with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He served on the protective details of four different governors, eventually rising to the Commander of the Governor's Security Division for eight years. He has been part of the protective operations for the Pope, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Henry Kissinger, and every U.S. President since Gerald Ford, handling protective assignments in Russia, Japan, Korea, China, Ireland, India, Italy, Turkey, and Puerto Rico. After a nationwide search of protection experts, Taylor was selected to serve on the Development Team for the MOSAIC Threat Assessment System currently used by the U.S. Supreme Court, the CIA, the U.S. Marshals Service, and agencies protecting governors of twelve states. Thomas Taylor currently works as a Special Projects Advisor for Gavin de Becker and Associates, a firm that advises and protects high-risk public figures. Taylor authored Dodging Bullets: A Strategic Guide to World-Class Protection in 2000 and coauthored a groundbreaking book on public-figure protection, Just Two Seconds: Using Time and Space to Defeat Assassins. He is currently working on the sequel to Mortal Shield.