By: Simon Toyne
In the dry desert heat, a stranger emerges from the smoke and flame left by the crash of an antique plane. No one in the small town of Redemption, Arizona knows who he is, where he came from or how he got there – not even him. Solomon Creed has no knowledge of his past and struggles to piece it together as he works out the present; which is a sinister puzzle itself. In Simon Toyne’s The Searcher, a plane crash, a suspicious death and questions about where the town is getting its money all smack of something criminal. He has no idea how, but Solomon Creed has the knowledge and the knowhow to get to the bottom of it all. As it would turn out the small town of Redemption, founded with a church, is full of danger and deceit. In The Searcher one man gets close to discovering the town’s secret, too close. This is the man Solomon thinks he is sent to save. If the man is already dead, how can he be saved? One just has to read the book to find out.
I don’t know…I mean…I think I have to put out a warning about this one. If you have to be a productive human being at all over the next couple of days – I mean productive at all, you should probably hold off on reading this book. Because when you crack the spine and read the first couple of pages, Toyne will captivate you and draw you into the sleepy little desert town of Redemption, Arizona. He’ll grasp ahold of your curiosity and lead you through the book’s entirety before delivering one hell of an ending. His creativity has delivered readers a bold new story that I can’t begin to categorize…which is tough…because that’s how I organize my reviews! Solomon Creed is an enigmatic character that is unlike anyone I know from fiction. There are a few hints at the supernatural in the book but everything else is pulse pounding mystery and drama. I cannot wait to read the next book – which he politely dangled in front of his readers at the end of The Searcher. Darn you Simon Toyne…how dare you write such a great novel and not have the second one ready to go.