Evoking memories of Sanctus with underground tunnels, religious themes, sinister characters and a dark and unknown presence, Solomon Creed is another example of an author at the top of his game; the break has certainly done him good! Solomon Creed is a book that is both imaginative and entertaining on many levels, one of the elements that helps make this book work so well is the fact that you never truly know who Solomon Creed is. Is he good or bad? Is he hero or villain? So many questions remain, just as they did in the Sanctus trilogy and although the book ties up all the loose ends in this first adventure, it leaves the door open for the next book and certainly left me wanting more!
Simon Toyne gives us an insight into Creed’s personality, his past and the possibilities for his future (if he has a future) but we never truly understand what makes the man tick. The thing is, Solomon Creed doesn’t know who he is either and it’s his memory recall that makes him such a fascinating read. I’m not quite sure what it is about Solomon Creed but he’s such a likeable character, someone you’d expect to help those in need. He won’t take any messing mind and doesn’t suffer fools gladly but I could well imagine that if you needed him, he’d be there to help in any way possible.
Solomon knows about guns, he knows about detection and he has a seemingly inexhaustible knowledge on all manner of topics. One thing is for sure, Solomon Creed is an intelligent man and even though he doesn’t know what makes him tick, he unknowingly knows what makes others function and how to control most situations. As each hour passes Solomon Creed unravels a little more information locked away in his brain. It’s how he does it and how the information unravels that I enjoyed more than anything.
Solomon, according to the Hebrew Bible, built the first temple in Jerusalem and not only is he ascribed an infinite wisdom, born out in this novel, it is a remarkable coincidence, or maybe it’s not, that in this first book we are introduced to Jack Cassidy who built the first church in the middle of the desert in a town called Redemption.
The foundation of the story is the Cassidy clan and their hold on Redemption. Generations come and go and with the line in danger of eroding all hell breaks loose when a plane crashes out the outskirts of the town. Underhanded deals made to ensure the future of Redemption come to light and a power struggle ensues, a struggle that inevitably leads to murder and corruption. There’s very little downtime in the book and the read is both rapid and entertaining.
Characterisation is impressive and although Solomon’s personality and actions carry the book for the greater part there are a number of strong supporting characters that make the book that little bit stronger and balanced. In many ways Creed reminded me of Jack Reacher and his ability to help strangers and his ability to fix the seemingly impossible and that’s never a bad thing! There’s a good balance between good and bad and the character development is well paced and incredibly satisfying.
Dark, Super and Natural – to paraphrase Aristotle Creed is greater than the sum of his parts, and long may that continue!
- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (10 Sept. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007551355
- ISBN-13: 978-0007551354