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The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles: Book 2, Finding Billy Battles Trilogy based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This historical fiction novel has the most interesting life of Billy Battles broken into three books. I have not read the first, and yet I was able to keep up with the story just fine. I enjoyed the telling of the ocean crossing, the class distinction and the lower classes not appreciating the upper-class passengers slumming. I laughed at that and thought Good on ya! The historical sections of the book really brought the war home. It made me understand how hard it was for the families of the men that were fighting. The writing flowed so well and kept me locked into the book to see what else was about to happen. I appreciated the anecdotal writing, it made it come to life. This is a wonderful book about a special time in the world. New things were happening and Billy was witnessing them all.
The second volume in the Finding Billy Battles trilogy, The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles picks up right where its predecessor left off. This time, author Ronald Yates’ intrepid protagonist finds himself on a steamship en route to the Far East, trying to assuage the pain of losing his beloved wife. It isn’t long before Billy is immersed in a tumultuous world of action, adventure, and danger, all set against the backdrop of ever-unfolding cultural and political events. Featuring superb plot and character development, the most salient aspect of Yates’ tale is his inimitable storytelling style. Though he’s chosen late 19th century Asia as the subject of his latest offering, one gets the sense Yates could write about any number of different topics with the same compelling skill, and the result would be the same: a rich, eye-opening yarn that proves impossible to put down. In an era where the average attention span is as long as the next Snapchat video, this ability is a rare trait, and indicative of true literary talent. Rife with eye-opening action and engrossing details, The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles treats the reader to the highly intriguing travels of a seasoned journeyman. Highly recommended. Daniel Goodson Apex Reviews