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Taylor Moore in conversation with Don Bentley

Taylor Moore discusses Down Range

Special Guest Host Don Bentley

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In this action-packed debut thriller for fans of C. J. Box and Jack Carr, DEA agent Garrett Kohl fights to protect his home on the Texas High Plains when a vicious criminal enterprise comes after his family.

As a decorated undercover DEA special agent, Garrett Kohl has traveled the world—and fought in most of it—but it’s the High Plains of northwest Texas he calls home and dreams of returning to one day. Kohl is in the middle of an assignment in Afghanistan when his commander orders him back to Texas on a short mission expected to take a week at most. But Kohl is unsettled to discover that he’s moving from one kind of war to another.

The once-peaceful ranching community he loves is under attack by a band of criminals who have infiltrated law enforcement and corrupted local businesses, and are now terrorizing Kohl’s own family. Hoping to prevent bloodshed, Kohl tries to resolve matters peacefully. But when the group strikes first, he has no choice but to go on the attack.

Unfortunately for the crew of criminals, Garrett Kohl, besides being an elite undercover officer for the DEA, is a battle-hardened Green Beret who spent the better part of his career hunting terrorists. Although outnumbered and outgunned, Kohl knows the wild and forsaken Llano Estacado region of Texas better than anyone. And like so many trespassers before them, these murderers will find out the hard way that the only thing tougher than this land is the people who call it home.


Former CIA intelligence officer Taylor Moore is a sixth-generation Texan who grew up on a farm and ranch northwest of Houston. He received a degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University, followed by a Master’s in Public Policy from Pepperdine University, where he studied International Relations and Economics.

After traveling extensively in Latin America and completing a graduate-level internship at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, Taylor went to work for the CIA. He began his career in the Directorate of Analysis, which included a rotation in its 24-hour Operations Center, and then moved on to the Directorate of Operations, the agency’s branch charged with collection of human intelligence and conducting covert action.

Upon leaving the agency, Taylor became a consultant for the Department of Defense, utilizing his intelligence expertise to assist the military in Theater Security Cooperation, Force Protection, and in Counter-illicit Trafficking.

He now resides in the Texas Panhandle with his wife and two children where he is a full-time author, screenwriter, and speaker. 


Don Bentley spent a decade as an Army Apache helicopter pilot during which time he was stationed in South Korea, Germany, and Texas.  While deployed to Afghanistan as a Troop Commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VI, Don was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal with “V” device for valor.  Following his time in the military Don worked as an FBI Special Agent and was a member of the Dallas Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.  Since leaving the FBI, Don has worked for a number of companies that develop technology for the U.S. Special Operations Community.  He holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Ohio State University, and an M.F.A in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. 

Don is the author of the Matt Drake thriller series including WITHOUT SANCTION, THE OUTSIDE MAN, and two forth coming titles, as well as TARGET ACQUIRED, a Tom Clancy Jack Ryan, Jr. novel.



August 02
6:00pm - 7:00pm
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