Anthony Tata is a retired US Army General and combat veteran. Since his retirement, Anthony Tata has worked in many public service and advisory positions, as well as being a media contributor, but his true passion lies in creating exciting thriller novels. He took the fiction world by storm with his first series, which contained the books Sudden Threat, Rogue Threat, Hidden Threat, and Mortal Threat. After the release of these novels, he was compared to renowned authors such as Tom Clancy and Lee Child.
With the buzz from these novels, he was motivated to continue writing. Kensington Books released Foreign and Domestic, which was a Barry Award nominee for Best Thriller. In April 2016, Kensington Books released Three Minutes to Midnight, which is the first novel in the exciting new Jake Mahegan series, which is set to be a four-part story. The next installment, Besieged, will be released in 2017, and Tata is thrilled to continue the story. He says, “I am excited about the release of Three Minutes to Midnight, and my next book comes out in six months, Besieged.” Writing is a true passion for him, and he is enjoying this new career transition and using his personal experiences to be creative.
Anthony Tata may seem like an unlikely novelist to some, but the fact that he transforms his own knowledge base into detailed stories actually is what makes him so successful. Many people believe that you have to be a trained writer in order to succeed in the fiction world, but it is actually motivation and drive that helps Tata succeed.
As a graduate of the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies graduate school, Anthony Tata dealt with peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations in the conflicts of Bosnia, Haiti and Somalia. The Global War on Terror has called upon SAMS graduates to plan and strategize military operations. The United States Air Force’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and the United States Marine Corp’s School of Advanced Warfighting were created along the same lines as the SAMS goals. SAMS students like Tata worked as planners in the invasion of Iraq preparations and in post-combat occupation strategies. Regarded today as game-changers in land warfare, Army leaders prize SAMS graduates for their critical thinking skills. It has been said that the School of Advanced Military Studies is “at the forefront of the effort to remake strategic military planning for the 21st century”.
To enter the School of Advanced Military Studies, Anthony Tata took an examination, went through an interview and was assessed by a supervisor. He also completed the United States Army’s Command and General Staff School, or an equivalent education course offered through another branch of the service. The students at SAMS are largely U.S. Army field grade officers who come to their studies from combat duties. However, the Air Force, Navy and Marines, as well as the Department of State, the FBI and the Agency for International Development have successful graduates from the school. Of late, the School has been attended by students from around the world, including graduates from Norway, Republic of Macedonia and the Netherlands.
Anthony Tata’s graduation from high school did not launch him into the unknown. Tata’s ambitions had aimed high for some time as the son of teachers who served their communities as educators, a school board member and as a long term representative on the Virginia General Assembly law-making body. Tata himself laid his plans early on, and was accepted upon graduation into the United States Military Academy. USMA is also referred to as West Point, Army, The Academy or simply The Point. Located in West Point, New York, this four-year federal service academy has overlooked the Hudson River since cadets were first trained in artillery and engineering in what was then a garrison in 1794. West Point was constructed as a defensive garrison post in 1778 by Polish engineer and hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko. The Hudson River Chain and the high ground above a narrow S curve in the river was an excellent position for the Continental Army to stop British ships from sailing further up the river, which would have divided the Colonies. Commander Benedict Arnold of West Point committed an act of treason by trying to sell the fort to the enemy. Arnold’s treason prompted the Army to change the garrison’s name to Fort Clinton.
Anthony Tata’s alma mater, the United States Military Academy at West Point, was idle in the years after the Revolution. It wasn’t until 1801 that the newly inaugurated President Thomas Jefferson directed the establishment of plans to establish the Military Academy at West Point, appointing the first superintendent.