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Holliday in Tombstone
     

Holliday in Tombstone

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by Susan M. Ballard
 

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John Henry "Doc" Holliday and Wyatt Earp embark on what will be the most tumultuous years of their lives, lives spent in and around "The Town Too Tough to Die," Tombstone, Arizona Territory. Together they face life and death situations, meet new demands and make life altering decisions. Doc Holliday, dentist, gambler and lawman will face these challenges with typical

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John Henry "Doc" Holliday and Wyatt Earp embark on what will be the most tumultuous years of their lives, lives spent in and around "The Town Too Tough to Die," Tombstone, Arizona Territory. Together they face life and death situations, meet new demands and make life altering decisions. Doc Holliday, dentist, gambler and lawman will face these challenges with typical Holliday aplomb. It will be the obstacles he faces in his personal life that will try his very soul. The gunfight near the O.K. Corral with the resulting deaths of three men, weigh heavily on a man already burdened with guilt and remorse. The subsequent murder of Morgan Earp is the last straw. Something has to give and it does. Doc Holliday is swept away into the darkest recesses of a man's soul. Even if he survives the ordeal, will life be worth the living?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940000133392
Publisher:
Treble Heart Books
Publication date:
03/23/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
222 KB

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August 13, 1881

The posse came across Clanton and his bunch a hundred and ten miles outside of Tombstone, only miles from the Mexican border, in a place named Guadalupe Canyon. These men were hard, hard as the land in which they lived: Bill Lang, Dick Gray, Jim Crane, the one believed to have been involved in, if not responsible for, the murder of Budd Philpot during the Benson stage robbery, Charlie Snow, William Beyers and Harry Ernshaw. In the canyon were also several hundred head of stolen beeves. At the first gunshot they bolted, making it difficult to separate man from beast, making a clear shot almost impossible. The rustlers were up onto their horses, scattering in all directions. It was no help that the battle was joined near dusk. Deepening shadows and uneven terrain, coupled with clumps of brush and stands of mesquite made the task at hand difficult. The battle became a free-for-all.

John Holliday lost sight of the posse members, but that was all right with him. He had Old Man Clanton in his sites. It was almost as if Holliday had developed tunnel vision for he saw nothing and no one save Clanton as he narrowed the gap between them. His horse labored for air, sweating and straining, but Holliday was relentless. He closed in.

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Holliday in Tombstone 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This much anticipated second book in Ballard's 'Doc' Holliday trilogy does not disappoint. This story picks up where Borrowed Time left off, as Doc, dentist turned gambler and gunman, follows his friend Wyatt Earp to the boomtown of Tombstone, Arizona Territory. From the moment Holliday sets foot on the dusty Tombstone streets, he risks life and safety for his friends. Although Doc backs Earp against the likes of Curly Bill Brocious, Johnny Ringo, and their gang of ruffians, the Georgia gentleman emerges in his own right, rather than the often portrayed shadowy appendage attached to Wyatt Earp's coat-tails. Ballard has thoroughly researched her subject 'she has written numerous non-fiction articles about Holliday for The Tombstone Times' and it shows. Seamlessly blending fact and fiction, Ballard delves into Doc's interpersonal relationships: Clementine, the love of his life his love-hate relationship with Kate 'Fisher' Elder his abiding friendship with Wyatt Earp and his antagonistic interactions with both Bat Masterson and Earp's brother Virgil. In this traditional Western, the action storyline is paralleled by Holliday's struggle to live as normal a life as possible while dealing with an illness that, in that time period, proved fatal more often than not. In one particularly poignant scene, Doc shows his humanness as he commiserates with Earp over his friend's loss of an unborn child through miscarriage before disclosing his own loss of a child through abortion. Holliday in Tombstone brings John Henry 'Doc' Holliday nearly full circle as he battles his personal demons while struggling to stay true to a friendship he values above all others. This is a good, fast read that will appeal to men and women alike.