Ronald E. Yates

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The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles

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?

Finding Billy Battles
In his new book Finding Billy Battles Ronald E. Yates tells the sweeping story of a man whose deeds and misdeeds propel him on an extraordinary and perilous journey from the untamed American West to the inscrutable Far East. The story begins when Billy's great-grandson inherits two trunks filled with the detritus of a century-long life, including a number of meticulously detailed and shocking journals that reveal several violent confrontations and horrific incidents previously lost to history. Those events, as well as a heartrending personal tragedy, transform Billy Battles into a haunted and hunted man. Complying with Billy's last request, his great-grandson compiles the journals into a three-part trilogy, of which this book is the first.

The Kikkoman Chronicles
The Kikkoman Chronicles is the fascinating story of how Kikkoman changed the course of international marketing, shrewdly adapting to 21st Century realities while never turning its back on centuries of tradition.

The Reporter's Handbook
The Reporter's Handbook is a collection of ideas, techniques, examples of storytelling and a few secrets about the art and craft of doing excellent journalism.

International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents
The book explains how foreign correspondents work, how this fascinating job came into being, who some of the most successful and ground-breaking correspondents were and how the profession has changed in the past 200 years.

Business & Financial Reporting in a Global Economy
This book helps journalists understand the linkage that exists between domestic prosperity and foreign policy. It addresses the key issues facing business journalism in the new information economy:
(1) The rapidly expanding audience for business news.
(2) Business news in an era of globalization.
(3) The Internet's impact on business journalism in a global economy.

Selected Works

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."
The Compelling Saga of One of the World's Oldest Companies
A guide to the Art and Craft of Journalism
A "how to" book for foreign correspondents
A primer on covering international business and finance