Holliday serves up a fascinating look into a man whose life earned him a spot in history.

5-STAR REVIEW: HOLLIDAY by Matthew Di Paoli

The Description

Publication Date: July 3, 2023

Holliday follows the infamous 1880s gambler, dentist, and gunslinger, Doc Holliday. From the outset, Doc has been diagnosed with tuberculosis and is told to head to dryer climates and imbibe to prolong his life. He has also heard of a spring located somewhere along the frontier that could cure him—what he believes to be the mythical Fountain of Youth. The novel portrays Holliday as a rock star, a living legend, increasingly hounded by paparazzi, enamored by death, cards, booze, and women. Doc is a mixture of Clint Eastwood and Jim Morrison, and though he is able to help his friend, Wyatt Earp, exact revenge, his condition worsens, traveling from Arizona to Denver, and finally dying in a sanatorium in Colorado with his boots off. A slow and unfitting end for such a bombastic outlaw.ExcerptPDF-imgThe Review

It’s rare to come across a traditional Western with rowdy cowboys these days, but author Matthew Di Paoli delivers a fascinating trip back to the days of famous gunslingers.

In Holliday, the author showcases the infamous Doc Holliday. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, he leaves Atlanta for a drier climate while searching for a healing spring.

Along the way, he picks up plenty of trouble, drinking and gambling. His exploits with the ladies illustrate his smooth-talking abilities. It’s an opportunity to learn more about a character often overshadowed by his contemporaries, such as Wyatt Earp.

The writing style is crisp, allowing readers to get a multi-faceted look at the life and times of the Wild West.

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About The AuthorMatthew Di Paoli has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times including 2020. He has won the Wilbur & Niso Smith Adventure Writing Prize, the Prism Review, 2 Elizabeth’s, and Momaya Review Short Story Contests. Matthew earned his MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. He has been published in Boulevard, Fjords, Post Road, and Cleaver, among others. He is the author of Killstanbul with El Balazo Press and a forthcoming novel, Holliday, with Sunbury Press.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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Holliday serves up a fascinating look into a man whose life earned him a spot in history.5-STAR REVIEW: HOLLIDAY by Matthew Di Paoli