Billy Battles is definitely not in Kansas anymore.
As Book 2 of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy opens, Billy is far from his Kansas roots and his improbable journeys are just starting.
The year is 1894 and Billy is aboard the S S China sailing to the inscrutable Far East. Trouble is not far behind. He has met a mysterious and possibly dangerous German Baroness. He has locked horns with malevolent agents of the German government and battled ferocious Chinese and Malay pirates in the South China Sea.
Later, he is embroiled in the bloody anti-French insurgency in Indochina–which quite possibly makes him the first American combatant in a country that eventually will become Vietnam. Then, in the Philippines, he is thrust into the Spanish-American War and the brutal anti-American insurgency that follows. But Billy’s troubles are only beginning.
As the 19th century ends and the 20th century begins, he finds himself entangled with political opportunists, spies, revolutionaries, and an assortment of vindictive and dubious characters of both sexes.
How will Billy handle those people and the challenges they present? The answers are just ahead.
- Winner, 2018 Book Excellence Award, Action/Adventure
- Grand Prize Winner, 2017 KCT International Literary Award
- John E. Weaver Excellent Reads Award, Historical Fiction 2017
- First Place: 2016 Chanticleer International Book Awards in the Literary Category
- 2016 New Apple Literary Award in the Action/Adventure category
- Finalist: 2017 Diamond Book Award in the United Kingdom
- ISBN-13 : 978-1535189538
- 406 pages
"Ronald E. Yates continues the robust adventures of a lawman, gunslinger, and journalist in The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles, the second volume in his trilogy about the title character. As in the first volume of the trilogy, William "Billy" Battles addresses the reader, but Ted Sayles, Billy's great-grandson, is the one who compiled Billy's life story through studying his great-grandfather's journals, letters, newspaper articles, tapes, and other materials. And what an adventurous life it is! Living a full one hundred years, William Fitzroy Raglan Battles was born in Kansas in 1860 but eventually travels the world. Readers familiar with the first volume will no doubt want to continue William's journey with the second book which begins in 1894. The Improbable Journeys, however, can function as a stand-alone volume because Yates takes great care to bring the reader up to speed with what has already taken place."
- Chanticleer Reviews