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The Searcher

(Solomon Creed #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,211 ratings  ·  385 reviews
The author of the acclaimed Sanctus trilogy conjures an eerie epic of good and evil, retribution and redemption—the first novel in the mesmerizing Solomon Creed series in which a man with no memory of his past must save a lost soul in a small Arizona town

On a hilltop in the town of Redemption, Arizona, the townspeople gather at an old cemetery for the first time in decades
Hardcover, 474 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by William Morrow (first published September 10th 2015)
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Paul Nelson
A plane crashes on the outskirts of a town called Redemption in the Arizona desert, fire threatens and through the smoke comes a stranger. An albino with no memory and a town with a whirlwind of pain heading toward it.
All this white haired stranger possesses is a journal from the founder of the town, in the days of the wild west and written within, the name of a man, someone he needs to save.
The story alternates between past and present, with the majority spent in the present. Our stranger, So
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Returning to begin a new series, Simon Toyne offers readers an interesting story and a mysterious protagonist, free of significant backstory. A man wanders along a deserted road, shoeless and confused. He has little knowledge of where he is, who he might be, or where he's been. Arriving in Redemption, Arizona, the man soon realises that he is Solomon Creed and came from the direction of a plane crash, still smouldering on the outskirts of town. He has a book in his possession, a memoir of the to ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
A funeral is taking place in the small mining town of Redemption, Arizona. Just as the coffin descends to earth, a plane drops out of the sky to crash onto the highway. From the heart of the flames emerges an albino with amnesia...and a mission. Blood will spill in the days to come as corruption is thrust from the shadows into the harsh light of the Southwestern sun.

Toyne's novel owes a great deal to Eastwood's Pale Rider. Part western, part myth, and the remaining percentage modern-era crime -
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yes, it's long. And double yes, it is complicated. It's not just a 3 sided complexity either. It's 4 sided at the least and at other times 5 sided or possibly 6 sided. Is this town in a Civil War, or is it more that the town itself is "owned"? By whom, or by what? And what will the "title papers" to the town eventually look or act like? And is Creed human? Whose (if any) of these sides is he on? Or is he just a kind of universal prototype Earth bio-robot of a Reacher style formula base who has h ...more
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Want a fabulous new action hero, with a touch of the supernatural? Of course you do! Simon Toyne brings us his latest thriller featuring Solomon Creed, a man of mystery.

We meet a rather enigmatic Solomon Creed, emerging from the wreckage of a plane. A brilliant albino who makes his mark. The story takes place in the town of Redemption, a remote town in the middle of no-where, America. Solomon Creed is a man on a mission. The only problem is that Creed has lost his memory and the man he is seekin
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mysterious place crashes, drug cartels, corrupt small town officials, dreamlike/violent religious experiences in the desert, death. If there's a thriller check box that this book hasn't got ticked, I don't know what it is. It's sublimely ridiculous and brilliant and perfect for those times when you want to put real life far to the side and switch off your incessantly whirring brain. The story was predictable but in a comforting way; knowing where a rollercoaster ends up doesn't make the ride any ...more
Simon Toyne is a supremely talented thriller writer and with Solomon Creed he has achieved something marvellous. Creepy and menacing with a fabulous wild west mood, it combines a clever and chilling plot with an intriguing, unusual and memorable main character. I was wondering how Simon would follow the Sanctus trilogy and he's done it with all guns blazing - tremendous. Loved it.

Liz Barnsley
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure magic. Full review to follow during the blog tour in September.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ha-tbr-2019
Not bad for a summer read, entertaining with a hint of the supernatural.
Reeda Booke
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I've heard plenty about this author's Sanctus trilogy, but have never read it. When I saw this, it sounded intriguing, so I took a chance and entered the giveaway. I am glad I did.

It begins with a man running from a fire, with no shoes and no idea of who he is, only that he has a sense that he is there to save someone. That someone has just been buried.

What follows is an intriguing mystery. Who is Solomon Creed and why is
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Simon Toyne’s Sancti books and thoroughly enjoying them, I was eager to find out what was next from the author. Upon seeing a Goodreads giveaway for Solomon Creed, I jumped at the chance of potentially getting an early read in. As always, I did not expect to win – so when I did, a little happy dance occurred. Unfortunately, I have my family address rather than my university address set for my winnings to be sent to, meaning I had to wait until Christmas break to read it. I should p ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
What made me enjoy this book was that it’s a real page-turner. It’s a well paced and intriguing story with a little bit of everything. There is mystery, action, some violence that I found a bit graphic, and some supernatural sprinkled in for good measure.

Solomon Creed is pretty bad-ass without being showy about it. I can't wait to read more of him. In the meantime, I will be checking out the Sanctus trilogy, also by Simon Toyne.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed it - very different and I wasn't sure where it was going at all for quite some time. Really liked the central character of Solomon Creed and looking further to further adventures. ...more
Lana Cindric
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There's nothing I love more than letting my local bookstore surprise me with crime fiction picks. The Searcher actually came in pair with two other books, and it was on sale.

Listen, the summary on the back cover looked SO GOOD! (I couldn't resist.)

And guess what? The book was great, too!

I'm a sucker for southwestern settings, especially if they come paired with mysteries. I actually found the parallels with the historical settling of Redemption to be fascinating, and the modern suspense and act
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I was lucky enough to win a signed hardback edition of this book on another bloggers blog. I have to say when I received it I was pretty blown away by how impressive the book looked. The cover is really striking and the edges of every book page is black which I absolutely loved and thought was a great touch. Just from the appearance alone you can tell a lot of thought and effort has been put into this book.

Simon Toyne is an author I have been hearing a lot about and I had been meaning to get rou
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Searcher" starts fast. Most of the desert town of Redemption, Arizona is attending the funeral of its newly elected sheriff, who died in a single-person car crash (or did he?), when a plane crash several miles away sets off a prairie fire that threatens the town. As the town forms a ragged line to fight the fire, a nearly albino shoeless man runs out of the smoke on the highway toward the town Was he on the plane? He doesn't know. What is his name He doesn't know. Why is he in Redemption? H ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
I thoroughly enjoyed The Sanctus series and was looking forward to reading The Searcher and I have to say that it did not disappoint. The book was hard to put down and the character of Solomon Creed is quite unique. It is well written, fast paced, good character development, action, history, with a touch of supernatural. I am now anxiously awaiting the second book in the series.
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed, crime
From the smoke of a burning plane emerges Solomon Creed, an albino man with amnesia, clearly educated and skilled, speaking 6 languages and knowing many unusual things - except who he is and why he is there which let's face it - are quite useful things to know! The main plot is this mystery, which converges around a small town in rural America, chockablock with secrets. Here we're introduced to a Mexican crime lord, and a desperate mayor who's resorted to some shady practices in an attempt to sa ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
When a plane crashes outside the town of Redemption, a man walks out of the fire. He has no memory of who he is or why he is here or even if he was on the plane. Yet he seems to have a great deal of knowledge about medicine, firefighting, and the town. He gives the name of Solomon Creed although he is not sure if that is right. He is convinced he is here to save a man except the man is already dead and buried. Yet, he can’t shake the feeling and he is determined to stay and discover what he came ...more
John Wood
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The town of Redemption, Arizona, created after its founder miraculously attained great wealth, complete with the ornate church he built in tribute to his good fortune, is literally under fire. The townspeople must somehow stop the raging inferno, roaring toward them from an airplane crash in the desert. The town, also in economic peril, must somehow uncover several mysteries, the location of the treasure hidden by the town founder, the secret illegal dealings of some of its citizens, the threat ...more
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Searcher is the first novel in the Solomon Creed series. I was totally absorbed while reading this novel as the writing is extremely well done and very descriptive. Solomon Creed is an unusual character and definitely a multidimensional one. Mysteries are to be solved here and a huge one is who is Solomon Creed as he has no memory of himself, only knowing his name from a sewn in label in his suit jacket. Several mysteries are thrillingly unraveled here and the adventure is pretty much non st ...more
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Review: THE SEARCHER by Simon Toyne

THE SEARCHER is so immediately engrossing, and time-consuming of my interest and attention, that I am ashamed I haven't been enjoying Mr. Coyne's earlier novels all along. I was captured from sentence one, and never turned loose Redemption, Arizona, a "founded" town birthed in greed and megalomania, is a microcosm of insanity, where the ethical and sane fare only poorly, if at all. Some of its more substantial denizens are hooked into an avenue of South-of-the-
Wayne Marinovich
A quality read from the author of the Sanctus trilogy. Well written, with good characterisation throughout. It flowed, was easy to read and I felt satisfied at the end. What more do you want from a good book. Highly recommended
This book has been on my Netgalley dashboard for a very long time.
The story starts with a plane crash in the town of Redemption. Where the fire and the smoke threatens the town. Emerging from the fire and no recollection of who he is Solomon Creed. An Albino who comes to save a Jim Coronado. But, he finds out he is already dead. The story continues about a town with corrupt businessman and cops and a drugs cartel and Solomon trying to piece together who he is and what’s happening to the town.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really really wonderful book. A wonderfully easy read and kept me hooked on from the very first page to the very very last one. And the fact that the book was coming to an end was making me really sad, I was trying to prolong the read a bit longer but on the other hand I was dying to find out the end of the book. I'm so happy that I have to second book in the series to follow it up with otherwise I would have gone through severe Solomon Creed withdrawal!! A big thank you to Simon Toyne for thi ...more
Ruth P
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rather enjoyed this book....could imagine it as a very entertaining film and once I got Rhydian and " The Albino" DEA character from The Heat out of my head I enjoyed planning who would play the main character.Solomon is definitely someone I would want on my side!I am pleased there is a series planned and think he could become an entertaining lead.
A bit violent in places,a bit mystical and overall a fast paced and at times thrilling romp that required very little Easter chocolate addled brain
Amber van Rij
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot! Finished almost the whole book in one day. It is a very intriguing story with a lot of nice plot twists! I never got bored while reading this. The only confusing thing for me was that I sometimes didn’t remember who some of the characters were, such as Andrews.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3.75) Very easy read with the usual bun fight at the end but I’m sure if you ask me in 6 months time what happened I will just look at you blankly. Solomon Creed is an unusual character (and if it’s made into a film, one that hopefully Tom C won’t be considered for). I would read more of this series if only to find out more about where SC comes from.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Started slowly but really picked up pace after around page 80. Not quite as good as I am Pilgrim but similar type of story - lots of action, would make a great film.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New author for me to try.
From the first few lines I was hooked. The main character is very different and you slowly discover things about him when he does himself. Wonderful flowing easy to read style and the pages you just want to keep turning. Intresting how the past links to the here and now and weaves it's way through the pages. Battles of good and evil, crimes, loss and redemption. Highly recommend this as a book and author to try. Will certainly be reading the next in tbe series and see wh
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Simon Toyne was born February 29th, 1968 in Cleethorpes, England, but spent his formative years in Peterborough. He moved further south, to Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London, to study English and Drama then ended up working as a producer, director in commercial television for almost twenty years.

He quit in 2007, just shy of his fortieth birthday, to try and focus more on writing

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