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Doc Holliday's Road to Tombstone: The Life and Times of John Henry Holliday Paperback – Aug 29 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corp (Aug. 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141349496X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413494969
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,396,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Good story, but reads more like a script instead of a novel... May 8 2006
By Johnny Ringo - Published on
Format: Paperback
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
Terrific read Jan. 30 2006
By D. L. Weaver - Published on
Format: Paperback
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
Excellent! Feb. 2 2006
By L. McDonald - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Doc Holliday's Downward Spiral June 28 2007
By Lenora Smalley - Published on
Format: Paperback
Doc Holliday's Road to Tombstone
By Tom Barnes

Who would have thought the legend of Doc Holliday could be connected in any way to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind.
When Doc Holliday went west after he discovered he had tuberculosis, which caused the death of his mother, he left behind a sweetheart who thought he would return after his cure in the warm, dry climate of the west. During his incredible research for the life of Doc Holliday the author, Tom Barnes discovered that this sweetheart, besides being a cousin of Doc Holliday was a distant cousin of Margaret( Peggy) Mitchell. This beautiful, girl, Mattie Holliday, wrote letters to Doc for several years and then after his death became a nun in the order of Sisters of Mercy. Margaret Mitchell used to visit her in the decade before Gone With The Wind was published. If you read the letters which appear in Doc Holliday's Road To Tombstone, you will know almost immediately which of the main characters of GWTW was inspired by Mattie Holliday.

John Henry Holliday was born in Griffin, Georgia and as a young boy moved with his family to Valdosta, Georgia just before the end of the Civil War. In 1872, John Henry was graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery. Thus when he went west he became known as "Doc" Holliday. Starting his career as a dentist in Texas, Doc soon learned he could make a better living as a gambler.

The author, Tom Barnes, uses his talent and skill in scriptwriting to portray the downward spiral of John Henry Holliday, He brings to life Doc Holliday's escapades which involved outlaws as well as famous law officers like Wyatt Earp. Those interested in the O K Corral may be more fascinated by the trial which took place afterwards. This book is a great reference for that whole period of the Old West.

Lenora Smalley
California Writers Club
Director at Large
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Terrific Feb. 1 2006
By MAC, Los Angeles, CA - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.

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