“About The Lost Years of Billy Battles (Book 3 in the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy):
ABOUT THE LOST YEARS OF BILLY BATTLES:
The year is 1914 and the world is in turmoil. In Europe, the Great War is raging. In Asia, fierce insurgencies are in progress against the colonial powers of Europe. In Mexico, a bloody revolution is ripping that nation to shreds and threatening to spill over into Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, Billy Battles and his wife, the former Baroness Katharina von Schreiber, have managed to live an uncommonly sedate life for almost ten years. But, with one telephone call their tranquil world is shattered.
Katharina and Billy set off on a succession of wild adventures that will alter their lives for all time. Their new and violent world is one brimming with miscreants, secret agents, treachery, and tragedy. But most importantly, it triggers Billy’s mysterious decades-long disappearance. Where is he? What happened? The answers are in The Lost Years of Billy Battles, Book 3of the award-winning Finding Billy Battles trilogy.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS FINAL CHAPTER IN THE AMAZING LIFE OF BILLY BATTLES:
“This well-written conclusion to the Billy Battles Trilogy is its crown jewel. The characters are so vivid and compelling it’s hard to believe that this is a work of fiction. Astounding imagery puts you right in the thick of things. In more ways than I can count, this book is a masterpiece.” Marcha Fox, author of the Star Trails Tetralogy Series.
“Ron Yates is a master of historical fiction. The Lost Years of Billy Battles is an epic finale to an incredible lifetime.” Scott Skipper, best-selling author of Artifact and many other titles.
“Exclamations all OVER the place about this wonderful trilogy…and this final book in it!” Heidi Mastrogiovanni, screenwriter and author of Lala Pettibone’s Act Two
“A perfect finish to a masterful series expertly written and researched as only award-winning author Ron Yates could do. The characters were terrific!” John Howell, author of Circumstances of childhood.
“This is a series of books that kept me thinking about the storyline even when I was not actively reading. I constantly looked forward to where the story took me and suffered a huge letdown when the story ended. I did not want the story to end but wanted it to go on. The characters were very easy to get to know and to picture in my mind. I also got a great history lesson as I read about all of the adventures of Billy Battles. Prior to reading the series, I was totally unaware of the US involvement in the Philippines and the ‘invasion’ of Veracruz.” Larry Plano
“A trilogy that will have your attention from book 1, Finding Billie Battles. Book 3, The Lost Years of Billy Battles, brings back so many characters you’ve come love and hate. I’m sorry it’s over but will have the chance to begin again. Thank you, Ron Yates, for sharing your gift.” Terry Bruton
Targeted Age Group: 17+
Written by: Ronald Yates
Ronald E. Yates is a former award-winning foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois where he was also the Dean of the College of Media. Today, he is an author of historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the multi-prize-winning Finding Billy Battles trilogy.
The first book in the trilogy, Finding Billy Battles, was published in 2014. “The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles,” the second in his Finding Billy Battles trilogy of novels, was published in June 2016. Book #3 in the trilogy (The Lost Years of Billy Battles) was published in June 2018. He is currently finishing a novel about foreign correspondents entitled Asia Hands: A Tale of Foreign Correspondents & Other Miscreants in the Orient.
Ron has been a presenting author at the Kansas Book Festival, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and the San Diego Festival of Books, among other venues. He is also the author of The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, published by McGraw-Hill. Other books include Aboard the Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent’s Journey through Japan, a collection of columns translated into Japanese, as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist’s Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, and Business and Financial Reporting in a Global Economy.
Before leaving the world of professional journalism where he toiled 27 years, Ron lived and worked in Japan, Southeast Asia, and both Central and South America. During his career he covered several history-making events including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia; the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing; and wars and revolutions in Afghanistan, the Philippines, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, among others.
His work as a war correspondent resulted in several awards, including the Inter-American Press Association’s Tom Wallace Award for coverage of Central and South America; the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; three Edward Scott Beck Awards for International Reporting, and three Pulitzer nominations.
Ron is a frequent speaker at seminars and symposiums dealing with the media, foreign correspondence, writing, and relations between Asia and the United States. He has spoken at seminars sponsored by Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the U.S. Automotive Export Council, the International Trade Association, the World Trade Center, the Council on Competitiveness, the Competitiveness Policy Council and the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, to name a few.
While at the University of Illinois he served on the advisory board of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies and was a board member of the European Union Center. He also held the Sleeman Professorship in Business and Financial Journalism—an endowed Professorship in the College of Media.
Ron is a native of Shawnee-Mission, Kansas. He is a proud honors graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas and a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served in the Army Security Agency as an intelligence analyst. He speaks several foreign languages, including German, Spanish and Japanese. He lives just north of San Diego in Murrieta, California.
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