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Doc Holliday's Road to Tombstone: The Life and Times of John Henry Holliday [Paperback]

Tom Barnes

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Aug. 29 2008
John Henry Holliday steps off the train at Atlanta's Union Station, fresh out of the Pennsylvania Dental College, and into Mattie's arms. But the storybook romance between the young dentist and his cousin is cut short by disease and family strife. Some close relatives are grousing at the couple to break off their relationship, but they are unwilling to bow to family pressures. However his financial reverses and physical health conspire to make that happen. John Henry is diagnosed with tuberculosis and doctors suggest a dryer climate in the West. Mattie pleads to go with him but John Henry says no and travels to Dallas alone. The dry climate stabilizes his condition, but he is unable to make a living from his dental practice. Dispirited and alone he is eventually attracted to saloon life where he takes a new name and calling -- Doc Holliday -- frontier gambler. Kate Elder, a spunky little saloon girl, sets her sights on Doc. And when trouble comes at Ft. Griffin and a noose is about to be tied around Doc's neck Kate executes a daring escape plan and the two ride north, through Indian territory, to Dodge City, Kansas. Doc sets up a dental practice in the cattle town and becomes acquainted with the likes of Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Luke Short and Eddie Foy. When a wild bunch of drunken cowboy's corner Wyatt Earp Doc hurries to his rescue with a 38 in one hand and a 44 in the other. That moment was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. Wyatt Earp would never forget that day at Dodge City when Doc Holliday using courage and grit saved his life. Doc's tenuous relationship with Kate dragged along simply because he was beholden to her for saving him from the hangman's noose at Ft. Griffin. Their tumultuous relationship continued though as they follow the migration of the Dodge City crowd south to Tombstone, Arizona. A corrupt political ring backs the cowboy-outlaw faction with the complicity of the Cochise County Sheriff. Doc has friends in both camps, but joins Wyatt and his brothers on the side of law and order, where his courage and loyalty are once again tested, when he stands with the Earps, in the shootout, at the Ok Corral. Doc survives the gunfight, but death from tuberculosis is never far away. Mattie, desperate in her loneliness, writes that she had become a nun, and with those vows has taken a new name -- Sister Mary Melanie. Doc is stung by the news, but he is quick to realize that it was his own neglect that had placed Mattie in the nunnery. He is fully aware that his days are numbered, but he never wavers in his love for the girl back home. Following Doc's death Wyatt Earp spoke of his friend and said, 'Doc was the most skillful gambler and the speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun I ever knew.'

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (Aug. 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141349496X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413494969
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.3 x 13.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,882,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but reads more like a script instead of a novel... May 8 2006
By Johnny Ringo - Published on Amazon.com
Ever since I saw the movie Tombstone I have taken a fancy to the legendary gambler Doc Holliday. I was very pleased to find that Tom Barnes based his stroy more around the historical facts instead of the western myth that surrounds this interesting character. I enjoyed this book, but found the writing style to be that of a television or motion picture script. The narrative focused mostly on the verbage of the characters or the action they took part in. The times when the author took us into the characters mind and thoughts were few and not very deep when they did occur. I kept wondering when I was reading the book if the author wrote this book with hopes of later seeing it turned into a show or movie. This book also suffered from some editing errors with a few typos that should have been caught before publishing (see page 20 & 178). While this is a bit of a critical review, I would recomend this book to anyone wants to enjoy a good story and learn a little more about Mr. Holliday. This was a good story I was just hoping for something a little more...
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read Jan. 30 2006
By D. L. Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
This was a great book, very well written, interesting, informative and a fast reading, some surprising facts come to light; didn't want to put it down and enjoyed it very much.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Feb. 2 2006
By L. McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
Author Tom Barnes has meticulously written this factual account of the life of Doc Holliday in such a way that you feel as though you are actually right there, experiencing all the excitement and ambience of the era in which Doc's life unfolded. Furthermore, the author provides surprising aspects which only make the story that much more interesting. A great read.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Feb. 1 2006
By MAC, Los Angeles, CA - Published on Amazon.com
Doc Holliday's Road To Tombstone is a page turner from beginning to end. From growing up in Griffin, becomming a Dentist his romance with Matti and his affair with the Firey Kate to the very interesting courtroom scene after the shooting.

Terrific book you will want to read it more then once.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible April 20 2008
By Whit Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
I got into a phase of reading Old West history and biographies. This is not only one of the worst Old West books I have read but this is probably the worst book I have ever read. Earlier I posted two negative reviews of this book but curiously Amazon.Com took them down.

This book claims to be a novel. What it really seems to be is a carelessly written, poorly researched history; I guess the logic is then to call it fiction (a novel) so it cannot be criticized as a carelessly written, poorly researched history. I believe that the book contains poor typography, poor grammar, and 'historical errors', but since it is called fiction, I guess the author is off the hook for historical or factual errors.

If you are interested in Old West history or biographies of Old West characters like Doc Holliday, do not waste money on this trash - get a book published by a university press.

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