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The Red Gate (The O'Deirg Legacy #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  32 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
An unexplained drowning...a muddy fall. A chain of unexpected events, a discovery and an ancient secret threaten the future. The story begins with a rainy funeral in Dublin in 1912. It tells how a very traditional, Western Irish sheep raising family learn of a secret holding them to their land and to an ancient promise. In the process of unexpected discovery they must put ...more
Paperback, 417 pages
Published July 25th 2009 by CreateSpace (first published 2009)
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Robert Davidson
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Red Gate scores top marks with this reader. It does have its own voice, mature but not patronising, quietly confident and distinct. There's intrigue, & darkness, too, in the plot and the characters develop into fully rounded beings as the story progresses. One of the many outstanding virtues of this work is the descriptive power with which the atmosphere of the key scenes is imbued, especially those relating to the wildness of the Mayo landscape. There is no razzmatazz here; just a compe ...more
Richard Sutton
Jan 08, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Author's Note:
I've recently re-released this novel (2/2012) with the editing oversights corrected. It should read much better now. If you paid for your copy, and were unable to finish, please contact me for a free replacement copy. It all happened as a result of not renaming the edited filename, which was published inadvertently. Still, it's no excuse. Thanks everyone for your patience. More information on my blogsite:

The Red Gate was just honored by the Book Readers Appreci
Wendy Bertsch
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An Irish shepherd, early in the twentieth century, narrowly avoids a muddy death, and escapes with an ancient relic. A good luck charm? Not much. The academic world casts an acquisitive eye on the site, and isn’t too particular how they get it.

Amidst haunting, evocative descriptions of the Irish countryside, Sutton presents the Irish country folk with a remarkable dignity of character. They’re simple in their lifestyle, but they’re definitely no fools. And he contrasts these with villains you’ll
Cathy Speight
Sep 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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All that was good about this book was shattered by the countless errors: bad punctuation lack of commas, full-stops), inadvertent and inconsistent use of capitals, poor dialogue punctuation (missing quotation marks), the ubiquitous its instead of it's, lack of attention to continuity, POV and so many more. I will always finish a book, no matter how bad it is. This wasn’t a bad book, but the jarring poor quality of editing nearly presented me with a first.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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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 i
Red Haircrow
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those interested in family background searches and discoveries, especially of the Irish variety, The Red Gate would certainly be quite an enjoyable piece of reading. Obviously the result of much extensive and sincere research, the author’s literary effort is both passionate and intelligent with a writing style that flows with the lilting accent of its characters. The repeated habit of missed punctuation throughout was unfortunate, but for me it didn’t take away too much from the story itself ...more
Tony Duxbury
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Both the Red gate and The Gatekeepers are well written books. They easily evoke the era in which the stories are set. An Ireland struggling to emerge from British colonial rule. A simple family of farmers find themselves the guardians of an ancient secret and it is their destiny to keeep it safe until it can be revealed. The stories tell of how they manage to safeguard their livilihoods and guard their secret legacy during the turbulent polical times and against unscrupalous schemers. The charac ...more
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written historical fantasy set in the early years of the 20th century.

I think I love the writing in this book even more than the story. It's lyrical and descriptive and that alone made this book a joy to read. That being said: I also loved the story. It's intriguing and suspenseful with very likeable as well as despicable characters. The viewpoint switches from time to time to give you an overall picture of events and I felt myself fuming when seeing things from the viewpoint of on
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Shelving isn't juvenile... Gosh.
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From San Rafael, California on a windy January in 1952, it's been a wild ride. My folks never settled down until long after I'd moved to a cabin I built on a commune in Oregon, but I couldn't sit still -- the wanderlust was in my blood. I hitchhiked to New York City in 1973. There I met my wife on Canal Street and finally found a home.

I learned my craft post-college, spending 20-plus years in the
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