The Red Man

Rated 4.57/5 based on 23 reviews
An archaeological dig unearths an ancient Celtic secret that should have stayed buried.
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Anna Reith lives behind a keyboard in the far south west of England. On the very rare occasions she is not writing, Anna enjoys taking long, muddy walks with her dogs, dabbling in her herb garden, and falling off horses. Not all at the same time, obviously.

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Scott R Wilson reviewed on Nov. 13, 2017

Great writing style and highly readable. Good plot, though end was bit disappointing.
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ReyRey reviewed on June 26, 2015

This is a well written and an interesting story. The author has written this to read like a diary or a journal and it works well.
For a short story it's a bit of a slow burn, but a good read for sure.
I enjoyed it.
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J.L. Aarne reviewed on July 14, 2014

This story started off great—good set-up, a compelling plotline that made me want to keep reading and interesting characters (although the latter could have been a bit more developed—and there was potential, had the story been longer). The writing is excellent, truly good stuff and I do want to read more by this author because of the clear talent she exhibits.

That said, I was very disappointed by the rushed feeling of the ending—there’s a lot of excellent, interesting set-up, but the ending is wholly unsatisfying. A story with this much set-up and back story deserves a better payoff. This story could have easily been drawn out into a longer piece of work, especially with all of the background/back story.

Therefore, the ending is not only a letdown (what I call a “brick wall story”—you come to the end so abruptly you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall face first at dead run… and that’s not fun) but it’s a real disservice to the story itself. I know that seems a strange thing to say, but the rushed quality of the ending suggests to me that either (A) the author didn’t know how to proceed (though I find that hard to believe given her writing ability in the first ninety seven percent of the story) or (B) the author got tired of writing the story and so wrapped it up in a rather haphazard fashion when she should’ve put it aside for a little while then came back to it when she was ready to go on.

All-in-all, I give this story three stars because of the truly lackluster and slapped together ending and yet, I’ve also found a new writer whose work I am eager to explore more of. Therefore, this piece falls into “middle of the road” territory for me overall.
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Book Beast reviewed on June 26, 2014

Great writing. I'd have liked to see this in a longer novella form rather than a short story, with a bit more of a climax, but overall quite a good read.
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Mikoto Tanaka reviewed on Nov. 27, 2013

Great descriptions - they really fit with the genre and storyline. It is good if you are looking for something short to read.
The ending was awesome and well worth the build up to it.
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Corrinne McMahon reviewed on Aug. 11, 2013

Good premise and overall an enjoyable read. I do wish it had been longer though. It seemed to get interesting and then abruptly ended. But that said I would recommend as a quick read.
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Ken reviewed on Aug. 6, 2013

An archaeological dig turns up a Celtic man buried centuries earlier. The intense study of the body that ensues brings more questions than answers. One thing is for sure though, he should have stayed buried.

This is a VERY well written short story. If you are looking for an action story, give this one a skip. It is a slower, more cranial type of story.

4 STARS
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Antonio Simon, Jr reviewed on July 30, 2013

Artfully written, The Red Man is a suspenseful tale that builds steadily up through its terrifying conclusion.
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Virginia Conlin reviewed on May 23, 2013

Really enjoyed it! Creepy enough for me too but not so much that I wanted my mother, thank goodness. Well written. I recommend it.
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Red Jackson reviewed on April 23, 2013

Good.
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