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“If I had a six-shooter, I’d be firing it off in celebration of Doc . . . a deeply sympathetic, aggressively researched and wonderfully entertaining story.”—The Washington Post
“A magnificent read . . . filled with action and humor yet philosophically rich and deeply moving . . . more realistic yet more riveting than any movie or TV western . . . Doc Holliday is the tragic hero in this terrific bio-epic. . . . Losing their mythic, heroic sheen, figures like Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson become more captivating for their complexity.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Intense, individual characters, so fully realized that readers can almost physically touch them, fill the novel’s pages . . . Doc’s restrained but magnificent struggle to rise above the indignities of his disease and of life in Dodge . . . is one of the delights of this surprisingly luminous and elegant novel.”—The Oregonian
“Fascinating . . . Russell’s women are a match for any of the men in Dodge, and their presence at the center of Doc gives the novel an unforced verisimilitude.”—The Plain Dealer
“Intoxicating . . . Doc reads like a movie you can’t wait to watch.”—The Seattle Times
“Grabs us from the opening sentence . . . Russell makes the narrative hum and the characters come alive.”—Chicago Tribune
“Well-written and provocative, Doc is a book that will haunt you.”—Historical Novels Review
The story is a blast to read, the characters interesting, and overall the book has a very authentic feel to it.
Behind every legend there's a person, and it is the person, not the gunfighter, that Mary Doria Russell imagines in her story of Doc Holliday's time in Dodge City.
It is vividly descriptive as she sets the scenes, develops believable characters and sensuously draws the reader in.
It was with pleasure that I read this story about Doc,the Earp brothers, their ladies, their friends and enemies. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Diane
A sensitive, moving and vastly entertaining novel-history of the west. Ms Russell's writing is entertaining and her characterizations vivid. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Anthony Minstein
I am a lover of the old west so I assumed that I would like this book and I did indeed.Rather than being a shoot-em-up tale of good guys and bad guys it was a character study of... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Lanzel
This book gives a very different perspective of a renowned gunslinger. Doc Holliday is most famous as a deadly gun-fighter. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Thank you for writing this wonderful book. I did not expect a "western" to be this rich, insightful, warm & human story. Read more
Simply Beautiful! I'm a big Mary Doria Russell fan - I changed course and drove to the bookstore as I was listening to her talk about The Sparrow on NPR many years ago. Read morePublished 9 days ago by learned-the-hard-way
An interesting, if overly detailed human "take" on the life of a fabled western semi-hero. The real plus is a rare insight to what daily life was like at this time in our... Read morePublished 12 days ago by SEG
Beautifully written. Miticulously researched. Wonderful story. One of those books that I hoped would never end. Fortunately there is Epitaph to look forward to.Published 24 days ago by wayne f nelson
This is a beautifully written novelization of the life of real people. Can't wait for the sequel.Published 27 days ago by Cathy White