I am pleased to share this 5-Star review of The Lost Years of Billy Battles from Artisan Book Reviews. Here is a little about Artisan from its website:
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Artisan Book Review
The Lost Years of Billy Battles by Ronald E. Yates is a remarkable, must-read story that has won some excellent notable awards (listed below). It is book 3 in the award-winning Finding Billy Battles Trilogy.
Finding Billy Battles trilogy, The Lost Years of Billy Battles by Ronald E. Yates is a moving account of one man’s remarkable later years that include his fascinating experiences and profound life lessons.
The year is 1914 and after a chaotic past, Billy has finally settled down into a quiet and peaceful life with his second wife, Baroness Katharina von Schreiber. Their laid-back lives are suddenly disrupted by a call from a brigadier general in the US Army whom Billy has served with before. In spite of their apprehension, Billy and Katharina leave for Mexico to serve as secret agents.
Life in Veracruz is marked with danger at every turn as Billy and Katharina navigate through the swarm of dangerous German agents, political insurgents, and pirates. Billy’s hair-raising adventures move from Mexico to the US-Mexico border where he encounters leaders of the Mexican Revolution. His escapades continue and for a long time, he disappears in the hope of keeping his family safe.
Proficiently written, The Lost Years of Billy Battles is a gripping novel that is told through detailed observations made from the perspective of the main character, Billy Battles. His petrifying adventures reveal parts of American history, especially those that occurred at the beginning of the 20th century. The work remains absorbing to the very end not settling too long on any of the events in the book.
The characters are vividly described and their unique personalities are brought out. Some have a sense of humor, others are cunning, while others stand out because of their loyalty. Billy’s keen scrutiny of the people around him offers an in-depth description of the characters. The story is also enhanced by the language that is used in the conversations which transports you back to the era in which the story is written. Amidst the palpable action in the work, an overall look into the story reveals well-established themes of friendship, family, loss, and love.
A heartfelt novel whose scenes continue to linger in the mind long after completing reading the book, The Lost Years of Billy Battles by Ronald E. Yates carefully incorporates the events of the time it is set in while telling a powerful story.
A remarkable must-read story and highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews. 5 Big Stars!
Amazon Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KHDVZI/-/e/B00KQAYMA8/
- Grand Prize Winner Overall Best Book of 2018, Chanticleer International Book Awards.
- Award for Excellence, Official Selection, New Apple Book Award, 2019
- 2018 Grand Prize Winner, Goethe Historical Fiction, Chanticleer International Book Awards.
- Book Excellence Award, 2019
- 2020 Winner of the New York City Big Book Award
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4 thoughts on “A remarkable must-read story and highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews. 5 Big Stars!”
Ron, Congratulations on this well-earned testimonial. My single quibble is with the reviewer’s use of the term “Proficiently written.” I’m sure he meant the adjective in the sense of “skillfully,” but some readers may interpret it as “competently,” which fails to do justice to your linguistic mastery. Readers are in for a treat as well as education.
Thanks, J.C. I’ll take any positive review I can get from those folks. 😎
Of course, I meant adverb. It’s getting late on the east coast.