Ronald E. Yates

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The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles

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 beginning. He is aboard an ocean liner sailing to the Mysterious East (Hong Kong, French Indochina, and the Philippines), among other places.

The year is 1894 and aboard the S S China Billy meets a mysterious, dazzling, and possibly dangerous German Baroness, locked horns with malevolent agents of the German government, and battled ferocious Chinese and Malay pirates in the South China Sea. Later, he is inadvertently 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.

Later, in the Philippines, he is thrust into the Spanish-American War and the anti-American insurgency that follows. But Billy’s troubles are just beginning. As the 19th century ends and the 20th century begins, he finds himself entangled with political opportunists, spies, revolutionaries and an assortment of malevolent and dubious characters of both sexes. How will Billy handle those people and the challenges they present?

Selected Works

Fiction
Book #2 of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy.
Experience an extraordinary man's perilous and riveting journey from untamed 19th century Kansas to the mysterious Far East and elsewhere."
Nonfiction
The Compelling Saga of One of the World's Oldest Companies
Textbook
A guide to the Art and Craft of Journalism
A "how to" book for foreign correspondents
A primer on covering international business and finance