The Red Gate [NOOK Book]

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Ireland, 1911. County Mayo. For a reclusive Irish sheep farming family, a chain of unexpected events leads them to uncover ancient secrets about themselves and their place in the greater world. As the greed and ambition of an unfolding, devious plan begins to threaten their land and very lives, what will become of their home and it’s hidden legacy? What will become of their sheep?

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Overview

Ireland, 1911. County Mayo. For a reclusive Irish sheep farming family, a chain of unexpected events leads them to uncover ancient secrets about themselves and their place in the greater world. As the greed and ambition of an unfolding, devious plan begins to threaten their land and very lives, what will become of their home and it’s hidden legacy? What will become of their sheep?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000720370
  • Publisher: Richard Sutton
  • Publication date: 10/18/2009
  • Series: Gatekeepers Saga , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 297 KB

Meet the Author

From San Rafael, California on a windy January in 1952, I've taken quite a few steps. My father told me how to walk in the woods when I was about 6, how to pilot a boat when I was 8, bought me a Kay guitar when I was 9 then told me not to ever join the army when I was about 13.University of Oregon 1969 -- Everything else, until I met my wife on Manhattan's Canal Street in 1973, is complicated filler. In short, I've worn lots of different hats and hung them all over the place. Now, I have the chance to concentrate on what I really love about being alive in this amazing Creation, and to read what I like, when I like; listen to and make the kind of music that gives me peace and to write.I learned my craft post-college, spending 20-plus years in the trenches of advertising and publicity as a graphic designer, marker-pen-jockey, art director and copy writer. I served the needs of a wide range of clients from corporate multinationals to non-profits and small retail businesses.Our family business, since 1985 has been trading and retail in the American Indian arts, primarily Southwestern cultures. Indigenous cultures world wide, have an amazing resilience and ability to endure despite the most repressive conditions imposed by more "advanced" occupiers.This has been the norm since our species emerged to find the ice melting! I try to reveal characters in whom this interplay and struggle is evident, in my work. Celtic/Irish themes are a specialty and a life-long interest, probably having something to do with my Irish-Anglo bloodlines and my Irish wife!
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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    We are so proud to announce that The Red Gate by Richard Sutton

    We are so proud to announce that The Red Gate by Richard Sutton is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This assures a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    The Red Gate begins with the body of a man being discovered. It

    The Red Gate begins with the body of a man being discovered. It then goes back in time a bit and starts to follow a simple Irish family. When a sinkhole appears in one of the pastures Finn is almost sucked in. He manages to survive long enough for his father to come find him and take him home. Upon arrival Finn discovers a strange bead that must have been from the mud around the hole.

    When Finn and his father make their normal trip to town to stock up on supplies they find out an archaeologist is around looking at some stone pillars. They show him the bead and he is so amazed by it he pockets it, telling Finn it's worthless. What follows is mystery and intrigue as the professor tries to use the bead to further his own ambitions and Finn and his father excavate the hole to find a very strange chamber.

    This is a great book for fans of historical fiction, but I found that parts of it drug a bit for me. The characters are pretty well done though, I really liked Finn and seriously disliked the professor who was trying to take advantage of him. I will say however that the end really picked up, there is a bit of mystery revealed and I'm very curious to see where the rest of the series ends up.

    Review copy provided by the author.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Original and charming story but with editorial oversights

    I'm afraid I did have some editing issues with this book, but nothing can alter the fact that this was an excellently conceived story set in the early 1900s in the harsh Irish wilderness.



    A young, honest, hardworking farmer's son, Finn, finds a little more than a fistful of mud when he slips and falls during inclement weather whilst tending his sheep - a curious little bead with strange markings. An encounter with a prominent professor of archaeology during a dig in a nearby town triggers a chain of events which entails ruthless greed and ambition, deceit and murder. This little bead, it seems, is the key to a much greater and significant ancestral history buried beneath the land owned by Finn and his father. Unscrupulous characters seeking fame and fortune underestimate the intelligence and quick-wittedness of those they perceive as simple, illiterate farmers. Greed has its price.


    This book was for the most part well-written: you could feel the hardship and simplicity of the farmers' lives, but the acceptance of their lot was almost endearing, no words of complaint ever left their lips; there was a smile-raising cosiness about the warmth of the family and their support of each other; the growing relationship of Finn and the innkeeper's daughter who was teaching him to read was heart-warming; the pompous professor's and his devious assistants' villainous intents were well crafted. Clearly, a tremendous amount of background research of Irish heritage was carried out and it was well integrated into the plot of this book.


    The author has an engaging style, and very deftly brought to life the essence of Ireland - the rugged countryside was almost tangible, the use of Irish dialect was charming (though not always clear!) and I swear I could hear the strains of a merry little Irish jig in the background! The plot is original and compelling.


    Although I can recommend this book, I do hope that it is put through a stringent editorial mill for the next reader(s).

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Highly Recommended - Rich in Character

    Richard Sutton's The Red Gate is a wonderful book that encompasses history, family, romance, and personal growth.

    Sutton's writing style transports you to another time and place.

    You'll quickly engage in this great story of survival and will look forward to the series!

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Excellent book set in Ireland

    'The Red Gate' by Richard Sutton is an intelligent, captivating and mysterious historical book set in Ireland. Readers interested in Irish history, academics and science fiction will fall in love with the prose and minute detail in 'The Red Gate'. The characters are detailed enough to make you care about their stories and the 'love story' that accompanies you along the journey in the book is essential and tender. 'The Red Gate' is a book that will entrance you and keep you gripped as you learn more about college tenure, competition and Irish history.

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