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The Gatekeepers

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The secret O’Deirg family legacy invites betrayal. Again.

Finn’s growing family has protected their ancient secret from the world for ten years. Soon, their peaceful life faces upheaval as lost family, now strangers, return to the remote Co. Mayo farm from America. The Irish Civil War, raging in the cities, is threatening to pull one of them into it’s violent grasp of reprisal. Whom can they trust to help them preserve their legacy, now that new threats are emerging from every quarter?

Blame it all on the local butcher, his clandestine past and his well-spiced sausages, on the O’Deirgs’ long history, on the new cousins from America, or on Claire’s father’s IRA loyalties. Finn, Claire, Maeve, Pat and those they love now face hard decisions and harder lessons. Nor will there be any comfort left in seclusion. The world is reaching for them. War is on their doorstep. Their past may bring some solace, but what lies ahead for the O’Deirgs? (Click on the cover image above to read an excerpt of the opening chapters on Amazon.)

  • The Gatekeepers, second book in the series, is available in print and for Kindle from Amazon.
  • It is available in print and in Nook format from Barnes & Noble
  • It is available in all eBook formats from Smashwords and from KoboBooks

A Sampling of Reviews:

“Gatekeepers” is filled with adventure, mystery, tragedy, love, emotion and human conscience. A historical novel rarely has the ability to make me understand things about my own awareness, and yet, Gatekeepers simply did. I was unable to lay this book aside; I was totally enraptured by the spellbinding story. I felt as if I were standing in the places he described. The character development is beyond any novel I have recently read. Richard Sutton has a true gift for understanding the human condition. He is skilled at translating emotions for the rest of us to comprehend.” Author C. J.Good, October, 2010

“You may prosper, but life has many surprises. “The Gatekeepers” tells the story of an Irish family facing the return of their cousins, and the dark secret that binds them all to their ancestral farm. A followup to ‘The Red Gate’, Richard Sutton’s previous novel in the series, he focuses the story on Finn and Claire, the two who have remained in Ireland all these years. “The Gatekeepers” is a riveting read, recommended.” Midwest Book Review November, 2010

A more than worthy successor to The Red Gate. The writing is yet again beautiful and poetic and the story rich and intriguing, although this time there’s a different overall mood. Where The Red Gate is a tale of mystery, discovery and finding your place in the world, The Gatekeepers is much more about family, sacrifice, love and hope. I like how Sutton uses the landscape and weather to set the mood for the story, almost as if they were part of the cast of characters.  Speaking of characters: I was happy to see my favourite character Finn return in a leading role and loved to see how he interacted with his family. He might seem to think you’re better born lucky than smart, but he’s got his own kind of wisdom that makes him a memorable character. Bersaba, July, 2011

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