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Posted February 20, 2013
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2012
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.
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Posted October 18, 2011
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).
Posted February 4, 2011
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!
Posted February 4, 2011
'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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.