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John Talks about Simon Toyne and The Solomon Creed


John Hutchinson, VJ Books
October 22, 2015

John Hutchinson VJ BooksWhen I read Simon Toyne's 2011 debut thriller, SANCTUS, I was so enthralled with the story's locale, a mountainous citadel in the historic Turkish city of Ruin, that I immediately googled the place to learn more. I, like many thousands who did the same thing, was blown away to learn that it wasn't a real place, but an invention of the author.

That's the level of realism that Simon Toyne delivers. I waited anxiously for the next two books in the trilogy, THE TOWER and THE KEY, completing one of the best three-book-series in modern fiction. Filled with suspense, clouded in mystery and mysticism, these books reveal a three thousand year old conspiracy. Beginning with a symbolic suicide, the story leads Liv Adamson, a seasoned reporter, and a charity worker named Gabriel Mann searching for the cause of terrible plague that is ravaging those inside the Citadel, a plague that threatens all of mankind. Something big is coming, something that will change everything, signaling a new beginning or just maybe - the End of Days.

Now, with the story born in the Citadel told, Toyne brings us THE SEARCHER (SOLOMON CREED in the UK). The story takes us to Redemption, Arizona, another locale created by Toyne. Solomon Creed emerges from the smoke of a burning plane. An albino man with amnesia, educated and skilled, who speaks six languages, he knows many unusual things - except who he is and why he is there.



"When Solomon Creed flees the burning wreckage of a plane in the Arizona desert, seconds before an explosion sets the world alight, he is acting on instinct alone. He has no memory of his past, and no idea what his future holds. Running towards a nearby town, one name fires in his mind - James Coronado. Somehow, Solomon knows he must save this man. But how do you save a man who is already dead?"

THE SEACHER is the first book in another series by Simon Toyne, promising more from one of Britain's newest literary heavyweights.