The Searcher: A Novel

The Searcher: A Novel

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by Simon Toyne
     
 

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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

Overview

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 to bury a local man. The somber occasion is suddenly disrupted by a thunderous explosion in the distant desert. A plane has crashed, and it’s pouring a pillar of black smoke into the air.

As Sheriff Garth Morgan speeds toward the crash, he nearly hits a tall, pale man running down the road, with no shoes on his feet and no memory of who he is or how he got there. The only clues to his identity are a label in his handmade suit jacket and a book that’s been inscribed to him: both giving the name Solomon Creed. When Morgan tells Solomon that he is in Redemption, Arizona, Solomon begins to believe he’s here for a reason—to save a man he has never met . . . the man who was buried that morning.

Miles away, three men scan the skies for an overdue plane carrying an important package. Spotting a black cloud in the distance, they suspect something has gone badly wrong, and that the man who has sent them will demand a heavy price if the package has been lost.

To uncover the secret of his identity, Solomon Creed must uncover Redemption’s secrets too and learn the truth behind the death of the man he is there to save. But there are those who will do anything to stop him, men prepared to call on the darkest forces to prevent Solomon from seeing the light.

Editorial Reviews

Brad Meltzer
“When you read Sanctus, you’ll see just how frightening, ruthless and relentlessly entertaining an order of monks can be. Haunting in the best way.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“[Sanctus] might turn out to be the next great cliffhanger conspiracy thriller.”
Daily Mirror (UK) on Sanctus
“Hard to think of it as a debut, better to think of it as the beginning of a massive new adventure, and a so-long to Dan Brown. . . .”
Booklist (starred review) on The Key
“If you like your secrets deeply hidden and your action breakneck, then Toyne’s sophomore thriller is just the ticket. . . . As in his debut, Toyne delivers a gripping, intricate story of religious and political intrigue that's sweeping yet somehow intimate and very personal. Wow.”
Examiner.com on The Tower
“The Tower is the best of the three novels, no mean feat considering that the first two, Sanctus and The Key, were also exciting and thoughtful. . . . Do not fail to read this unique and extraordinarily inventive novel.”
Greg Iles
“Top-shelf writers aren’t made—they’re born, and you can tell in two pages when you’ve found one. Simon Toyne has got the gift, and THE SEARCHER proves it-his imagery, his language, and the cool mystery surrounding Solomon Creed and where he’s going. I think you’ll love this one.”
Steve Berry
“Not a dull page to be found anywhere. A thriller gem. Simon Toyne is a first class talent, speeding in the fast lane to the top of the genre.”
Scott Mariani
“Intrigue, mystery, atmosphere . . . it will draw you in and hold you there. Solomon Creed is a thriller with smarts and class.”
Mark Billingham
“Who is Solomon Creed? He’s the hero of a fabulous new series of thrillers. Simple as that.”
Peter James
“Compelling, vivid and profound, I loved it. It stays with you long after you’ve finished the final page.”
Examiner.com
“Fascinating, brilliantly conceived and executed, and filled with the kind of profound symbolism and thematic gravitas that separate Toyne’s work from others of the genre. . . . Will keep you involved from beginning to end. . . . A fine piece of literature.”
New York Times Book Review
“How do you create suspense?... That’s the defining strategy of THE SEARCHER, as Simon Toyne holds information tantalizingly out of reach over the course of his wild, mysterious novel… I read it in a two-day fever.”
Bookreporter.com
“Both marvelous and unsettling, full of myth and grounded in the real world, a bloody noir and a contemporary western, a mystery and a thriller… Solomon Creed is entirely original, even as he reminds you of everyone from Lee Child’s Jack Reacher [to] Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon.”
The Missourian
“In Simon Toyne’s “The Searcher,” Toyne begins a new series with a page-turning thriller… Thriller fans should enjoy this vibrant and exciting story.”
Sullivan County Democrat
“A combination of Lee Child-the Jack Reacher books-and Stephen King! How likely does that sound? But in fact the comparisons are apt… Vividly evoked action and electrically alive emotion. And a satisfying climax after breathstopping suspense. Look, just get started on this series. You’ll be glad you did.”
Providence Journal
“One of the best and most original thrillers of the year… A nail-biting, relentlessly suspenseful effort that grabs us on page one and never lets go… “The Searcher” lives up every bit to its terrific premise, a tale as wondrously conceived as it is brilliantly realized.”
Library Journal
05/15/2015
Having launched himself nicely with the "Sanctus" trilogy, Toyne begins a new series, featuring a man named Solomon Creed who arrives in Redemption, AZ, with no memory but the strong conviction that he's there to save someone's soul. Originally scheduled for May 2015; with a 50,000-copy first printing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062329745
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/31/2016
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
452,720
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Simon Toyne is the bestselling author of the Sanctus trilogy: Sanctus, The Key, and The Tower. A writer, director, and producer in British television for twenty years, he worked on several award-winning shows, one of which won a BAFTA. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages and published in more than fifty countries. He lives with his wife and family in England and the south of France, where he is at work on his second Solomon Creed novel.

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The Searcher 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KathleenS More than 1 year ago
Simon Toyne's novels are simply AMAZING! After reading Santus, which was on sale for $0.99 for my Nook a year or so ago, I was hooked and immediately finished the rest of that trilogy. I have been waiting for this one ever since. I was not the least bit disappointed. The Searcher was riveting from the start and I found I could not put it down until I finished. I have and will continue to highly recommend his novels to anyone and everyone who listens.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I am always game for trying a new to me mystery/thriller author. The story will grab you from the start and not let you go until the end. It is an edge of the seat type of book. I liked how there was not only mystery but adventure and a bit of supernatural theme to the story. The characters were well developed and the writing style was very smooth. I also thought the entire book was fast paced which made you seem to read faster. For me this was a great start to a new series that I will happy to continue reading.
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VicG More than 1 year ago
Simon Toyne in his new book, “The Searcher” Book One in the Solomon Creed series published by William Morrow introduces us to Solomon Creed. From the back cover: Perfect for fans of Lee Child and Stephen King, the author of the acclaimed Sanctus trilogy conjures a haunting epic of good and evil, retribution and redemption—the first novel in the mesmerizing Solomon Creed series On a windy hilltop in the town of Redemption, Arizona, people have gathered at an old cemetery to bury a local man who died in a tragic accident. But the occasion is suddenly disrupted by a thunderous explosion several miles away. A plane has crashed, pouring a pillar of black smoke into the air. As Sheriff Garth Morgan speeds toward the accident, he nearly hits a man running down the road, with no shoes on his feet and no memory of who he is or how he got there. The only clues to his identity are a label in his jacket and a book that’s been inscribed to him, both giving the name Solomon Creed. Solomon knows only that he’s here for a reason—to save a man he has never met . . . a man who was buried that very morning. Miles away, three men scan the skies for a plane carrying an important package. Spotting the black cloud in the distance, they suspect something has gone wrong, and that the man who has sent them will demand a heavy price if the package has been lost. To uncover his real identity, Solomon must expose Redemption’s secrets and the truth behind the death of the man he is there to save. But there are those who will do anything to stop him, men prepared to call on the darkest forces to prevent Solomon from succeeding. The Searcher delves into history, murder, criminal revenge, and personal betrayal while also exploring bravery, love, sacrifice, and renewal—all underpinned by a truly frightening and deadly mystery. I think the moment you have a town named Redemption in Arizona you are heading for a place that has secrets and is willing to go to extremes to keep them. Next add in an Albino who has amnesia who feels that he is there to save a dead man. Now add in a crashed plane, a missing package and those that will stop at nothing to stop Solomon from what he has to do. Mr. Toyne has given us quite an engrossing thriller that will have you muttering “oh, no” as you are reading as fast as you can to get to the next page. Don’t start this book late at night as it will cost you sleep as you try to finish it before you go to bed. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Solomon Creed, whoever he may be, draws us into a fast paced storyline. A man out of a burning plane crash appearing unscathed takes us on a journey that encompasses more than just helping the individual he believes to be his reason for being in that place at that time. Each chapter ends with a revelation or an idea that makes one question all that came before in the story. Finishing the book became a driving force through my weekend.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
What a Thrilling Read. I was lucky enough to have been a First Read Winner of this book, and I throughly enjoyed it. Not only did it grab my attention from page one and I had a very hard time putting it down, but it had me guessing until the very end. I loved the characters and the very interesting plot line, it had plenty of action, mystery, suspense and even a bit of a supernatural twist, this book will definitely make it to my reread book pile. "The Searcher" ends with the possibility of a second book and I hope this will turn into a series. Simon Toyne has a new fan in me and I can't wait to find out what new adventure Solomon Creed will encounter next.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
A Fantastic Book Redemption, Arizona In the town of Redemption people have gathered on a windy hilltop in an old cemetery to bury a local man that died in a tragic accident. Suddenly a thunderous explosion several miles away disrupts the occasion. There is a pillar of black smoke pouring into the air from a plane crash. Garth Morgan as the sheriff rushes towards the accident and nearly hits a man running down the road. The man has no memory of how he got there or who he is. He also doesn’t have any shoes on. Only the label in his jacket and a book inscribed to him give clues as to his identity. Both give the name of Solomon Creed. The only thing Solomon knows is that he is there to save a man. A man that he has never met and the one that was buried just that morning. Three men miles away scan the skies for a plane that has a very important package on it. They suspect there is something wrong when they see the black cloud that is in the distance. They also know that the man that sent them will demand a very heavy price if the package is lost. For Solomon to uncover his real identity he is going to have to get to the truth behind the death of the man he is there to save and also expose Redemption’s secrets. There are men prepared to call on the darkest forces, to do anything to prevent Solomon from succeeding. This is a book that takes some great twists and turns that will have readers on the edge of their seats trying to figure out just what is going on in the town of Redemption. They will also have an amazing time trying to figure out just where the story will take them next. Just as readers think they know what is going on something else happens that makes them wonder all over again. This is a book that will draw the reader in and not let go until the very end. This is a suspense story that will stay with the reader long after they have finished the book. This is one book that is worth checking out.