PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ****
ON A REVIEW SITE:
I knew I was going to enjoy “Finding Billy Battles” as it is based on a true story…and I never pass up an opportunity to read a true story! What I didn’t know was how much I was going to absolutely LOVE IT!
There is something about this book that is almost impossible to explain, but it takes it from being a *good* book to a GREAT one.
In “Finding Billy Battles” we meet Billy through his great grandson. They take an instant liking to each other, and Billy tells Ted (the grandson) that he is going to give him his old journals.
Thus begins the long journey of turning Billy’s journals into this series.
I can’t begin to explain how happy I am to have stumbled upon this gem! What an amazing microscope into history.
There is some crazy lingo and insights into the past that would have been completely lost to me.
I think anyone and everyone should pick up a copy of this book and then tell all of your friends and family about it!
This is a true classic in the making and I hope it rises to the top and gets all the attention it truly deserves!
Kansas 1860. Billy Battles is born on a remote homestead just off the storied
Santa Fe Trail. More than one hundred years later a great-grandson inherits two
trunks filled with Billy’s personal effects. In those trunks are several secret
journals that reveal an astonishing life of adventure and violence that until
now was obscured by the haze of time and Billy’s desire for secrecy.
The journals tell of a man both haunted and hunted who, in a
desperate search for peace and redemption, journeys far from the untamed American
West to the Far East, South America, and Europe. In amazing detail they describe
Billy’s interaction with a wide assortment of men and women–some legendary, a
few iniquitous, and many lost to history. They also recount his participation in
such cataclysmic events as the Spanish-American War, turmoil in French
Indochina, and violent revolutions in Mexico and South America.
Complying with Billy’s last request the great-grandson assembles
the journals into a compelling trilogy that reveals a man often trapped and
overwhelmed by circumstances beyond his control, but who nevertheless manages to
persevere for ten decades.