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The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles (Finding Billy Battles #2)

4.66  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  44 reviews
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 ...more
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Published May 23rd 2016 by Xlibris
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Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marcha Fox
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned so much from this well-written and meticulously researched book. I'm not usually that much of a fan of historical fiction, but in this case it was a welcome educational experience. As Billy's journeys take him to Saigon, the Philippines, and even turn-of-the-20th-century Germany, this story is richly imbued with cultural and historical facts I previously did not know. This included something as simple as where white pepper comes from, most especially the dark history of colonialism. I ...more
Scott Skipper
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Fitzroy Raglan Battles lost his wife at the end of Volume I. In despair, he voyages to the Orient to meet an old friend who lives in Saigon. En route, a shady German, who claims to be a Pinkerton’s detective, threatens a recently widowed German baroness. Katherina, who hails from Chicago, killed her husband in defense of her brother, Manfred, as the baron was in the process of beating him to death with a poker. Her well-connected father managed to divert the responsibility from his daugh ...more
Apex Reviews
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Susanne Leist
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story takes you on a roller coaster ride through history. The author did his research, and more. There is plenty of adventure, history, and romance. I must read the first book. Billy knows how to find trouble.
Maretha Botha
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Thrilling Tale Of Action, Adventure, Romance And Intrigue!
The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles: Book 2, Finding Billy Battles Trilogy by Ronald Yates is an incredible and masterful yarn which kept me reading every time I had an opportunity to do so. This historical fiction novel is set against the tumultuous years from 1890 onwards when the colonisation race between Spain, France and Germany, with the Americans also joining this quest when they “free” the Philippines from a three-hundred y
Martin Eidhammer
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author, free of charge, with no expectations of a positive review

The improbable journeys of Billy Battles is the second book in the trilogy about the life of Billy Battles by Ronald Yates. This book is action packed, and can be read as a stand-alone book, but it is highly recommendable that you start with book number one.

I greatly enjoyed book number one, so I looked forward to read this book.

In book number one, "Finding Billy Battles" we got to know Billy and his
Leah M
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book through BookTasters in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. The tone was a little different than the last book, and the subject matter was definitely more serious. Billy is on a ship headed to French Indochina (currently known as Vietnam) and in true Billy Battles fashion runs into all sorts of trouble. This book has it all: romance, action, adventure, exotic and exciting destinations, humor, war, close calls, and unexpected military servi
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The adventures of Billy Battles continue in this sequel to the first book (this is part 2 of a planned trilogy). Supposedly written up from the journals of the author's great grandfather, this tells of the next stage in Billy's life, where he spends many years travelling. Dealing with a sadness in his own life, Billy takes the opportunity to sail to the Far East, to look up an old friend. However, his adventures begin before he gets there, when he meets a beautiful widow on the ship, with an int ...more
Larry Landgraf
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles, Book 2, by Ron Yates is about the globetrotting adventures of a Kansas lawman turned newspaper reporter. Billy is transformed from the hunter to the hunted in this wild ride which takes him to Indo-China and back, then to the Philippines with stops along the way in Japan and other exotic areas of the world.

During his travels, he meets a Baroness who involves him in murder, espionage, and a ruthless German agent by the name of Eichel. The story spans ove
D.L. Finn
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This is the second book of the “Finding Billy Battles” trilogy and begins where “An Account of Peril, Transgression, and Redemption” left off. While the first book centered on the wild west, this book opens with Billy taking a trip to the far east after his beloved wife dies. The journey on the SS China is one of my favorite parts of the series, so far. Seeing 1894 through his eyes is riveting. I could easily picture each place the ship stopped including Oahu before it was built up into the trop
Sheri Prielipp-Falzone
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles by Ronald E. Yates is the sequel to Finding Billy Battles. This work of “faction,” a story based partly on fact and fiction is the second book of the Billy Battles trilogy. The author tells a compelling story of Billy Battles and in this second book picks up in 1894 on board of the SS China headed for the Orient. It’s a wild ride on the sea and in the jungles, a vast difference than Billy’s beginnings in Kansas and the wild west, but no less thrilling. Bi ...more
Mary Nieberg-Berry
I love this story, is one of the best books I've read this year! Riveting introduction! Ted meets his great grandfather William "Billy" Battles for the first time when he was 12....during the next couple of years Billy tells him about his life, to Ted, some of his great grandads stories are fantastical, based on historical fact, Billy Battles' stories about the famous people he meets and rides with Wyatt Earp, and his brothers, and the great Bat Masterson, who didn't always write sports stories. ...more
M.J. Mallon
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel is part historical fiction, part based on fact and celebrates the fascinating life of Billy Battles. Who has a life like this? My goodness! What a guy... I have not read the first in the series but I didn't find that this hampered my enjoyment in any way. Billy's journeys take him to Saigon, the Philippines, and even to Germany. This story is packed full of exciting events. What a Smorgasbord of reading delight!
It is an well-researched and well-written novel with the benefit of pain-
Jennifer Stolzenburg
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love trilogies. The story isn’t crammed into one book. I usually find the second important to the story, but sometimes it can be used as filler until the climax in the third book. I read the second book before the first one, but Ronald E. Yates does an incredible job in making the book easy to follow. I find Roland to be descriptive, but doesn’t overdo it. He writes just enough to put the picture in your head with some wiggle room for your imagination. The character Billy Battles by himself is ...more
Ruth Turner
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved book 2 of this trilogy just as much as book 1. It retains the feel of reading the memoirs and history of a long lost somehow managed to feel really personal.

In book 2 of this trilogy it also struck me just how seamlessly this series moves through key critical points in history all over the world, involving so many real life people in what feels like a very real, natural non-contrived easy feat. Ronald E Yates has a real gift, and this trilogy feels very special as a
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Fatma Salim
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Billy Battles is no longer in Kansas. He is en route to Asia. On his journey there, he meets a dazzling and possibly dangerous German Baroness. Locked horns with agents of the German government, and battled Chinese and Malay pirates in the South China Sea. Later he finds himself involved in the anti-French insurgency in Indochina, making him the first American combatant in a country that eventually will become Vietnam.

In the Philippines, he is pushed into the Spanish-American war and the anti-Am
Bill Ward
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a simply fantastic book! I loved reading about the adventures of Billy Battles and have already purchased and read the next in the series without hardly drawing breath. It is an action packed adventure with romance and wide ranging emotions but is also full of interesting historical insights and facts. The storytelling is epic in scale with Battles engaging in various wars as well as fighting pirates and secret agents. It was like reading three novels packed into one and there was never ...more
Kim M
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Excellent continuation of the Billy Battles saga. 'The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles' picks up the story from 'Finding Billy Battles.' Could definitely be a stand alone, but I am enjoying reading the trilogy in order...either way, check them out! This book takes us oversea's as Billy works as a foreign correspondent sending stories back to the paper he had been working for in Denver, but also landing himself in more than a few "situations."
Just the descriptions of locations is amazing, v
Kelly Lenihan
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book of the “Finding Billy Battles” trilogy. While the first book centered on the wild west, this book opens with Billy taking a trip to the far east after his beloved wife dies. From the first page, I was caught up in the story and felt like I was right there alongside Billy on his adventures and escapades. This story has many twists and turns as Bill finds himself in various situations, some dangerous, some sad, some involving new love. Ronald Yates is an excellent storytel ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I accidentally read this book(2) before reading book 1. Luckily the author writes his trilogy where each book is a stand alone.

I really liked this book and how well written it was. You get a good historical background in the Philippines. Yates develops his characters well and his easy style is greatly appreciated by the reader. I did find the battles a little too long but that is probably because I am not too interested in battle descriptions in general.

I have some questio
Randall Krzak
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent continuation of Billie’s journeys. This time, we follow him from his roots in Kansas to faraway lands of what eventually becomes Vietnam and the Philippines. It seems no matter where Billie goes, trouble follows him like a magnet.

Once again Ronald has created a superb story, filled with excellent descriptions which put the reader in Billie’s location. With outstanding characters and a fast-moving plot, this was a great read. I look forward to reading the final novel in the t
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More of the amazing life of Billy Battles

Part two of the story of Billy Battles continues in this book with marriage, death, and many amazing stories of Billy’s military career in IndoChina as well as the Philippines. Billy and his amazing wife go to Germany and have serious trouble while they’re there. The amount of history contained in these pages is amazing. You will love reading about the continuing amazing Life of Billy Battles!
Heidi Mastrogiovanni
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I realize it's impolite to shout, but... WHEN IS BOOK 3 GOING TO BE RELEASED!

I loved Book 1, I loved Book 2, and I am missing my friend Billy Battles and his family and friends, and I want to know what happens to him next!

Exclamations all OVER the place about this wonderful trilogy!
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Storyline and Historical Narrative

I read 2-3 books each month, mostly historical.... so far, books one and two of Billy Battles have kept me wanting for more. I look forward to Book 3 and a complete review.
Dave Richards
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lost myself in this fascinating plot, pure action. Sequel to Finding Billy Battles book 1 which started this amazing story. Highly recommended.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner!

This book continues the story of Billy battles. In this one, his adventures take him to the Philippines. Another good yarn by Ronald Yates.
Cold  Coffee
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles is the sequel to Finding Billy Battles. I jumped right into this book without reading the first in this trilogy and found it to be a compelling story based on fact and expanded by narrative fiction.

Ted Sayles who is the great-grandson of Billy Battles inherits Billy’s journals and while writing this trilogy he stays very true to the language of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. While this book opens in 1894 with William (Billy) Battles head
Mar 14, 2017 added it
Our Author Ronald Yates know his stuff, he even worked as a journalist. I think that gives him the edge this kind of story needed.
Mystery and adventure don’t even begin to sum this story up. All the details of Billy’s adventures are so defined you feel like you are journeying to all these amazing places with him! Since the setting is 1884, you need all the details you can get to recreate the atmosphere.
You would never guess this is the second in the series, I had no idea it was a series when I
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Ronald E. Yates is an award-winning author of historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and award-winning Finding Billy Battles trilogy. His extraordinarily accurate books have captivated fans the world over who applaud his ability to blend fact and fiction.

Ron is a former award-winning foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Professor Emeritus of Journalism a

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