The Red Gate

Rated 4.33/5 based on 4 reviews
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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Words: 94,910
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452404097
About Richard Sutton

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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Review by: Steve Bartholomew on June 28, 2012 : (no rating)
There's not much I can add to the previous reviews. Sutton's writing style reminded me for some reason of Thomas Hardy. Or perhaps it was just the setting, the grim coast of Ireland a hundred years ago. However, Sutton's view is less pessimistic than Hardy's. Fate plays a major part in this tale, but that's not always a bad thing. Along the way the author makes some telling observations of academic tyranny, as well as the mysteries of ancient worlds. An engrossing and entertaining yarn.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Judy Cox on July 28, 2011 :
I enjoyed the book. Alot of mystery, characters were great, and the Irish influence I loved.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Wendy Bertsch on June 03, 2011 :
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 love to hate. The outcome is intriguing and mysterious, with a uniquely Irish touch of the paranormal.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Robert Davidson on May 15, 2011 :
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 competent artisan at work. Having known a couple of academics in my time I know the author has 'bottled' the essence of that walk of life and decants it in just the right measure. Highly recommended, as a sensitive, enduring and engrossing novel. Robert Davidson. The Tuzla Run
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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