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.
The stranger to a community in need of salvation, bereft of his identity and most of his memories, is a familiar trope, and Toyne (the Sanctus trilogy) doesn't make his take on it memorable. A tall albino, who comes to believe his name is Solomon Creed, may be the sole survivor of a plane crash outside Redemption, Ariz., which is soon threatened by the fire caused by the crash. Meanwhile, a corrupt ex-cop, Mulcahy, has come to town at the direction of a sadistic Mexican drug lord, Papa T o. Mulcahy hopes to save his father's life by cooperating with the man holding him hostage. And Solomon is convinced that he's meant to help Holly Coronado, the attractive widow of the new sheriff, who just died in a road accident. There's little imaginative about how the story lines relate to each other or the perils the characters encounter. Excerpts from the memoir of "King" Cassidy, the founder of Redemption, only slow things down in this predictable thriller.
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A good beginning
For a new character after the enjoyable read of the Sanctus trilogy. I look forward to the next chapter of Solomon Creed.
Solomon Creed series!
Outstanding and worth the wait after the Sanctus trilogy!