The Searcher

  • by Simon Toyne
  • Narrated by Joseph Balderrama
  • 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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My first review; unfortunately it's a negative one

What would have made The Searcher better?

Leave out the hokey pseudo-religious stuff and the "spirit world" stuff and make the story at least plausible. The author leaves the reader hanging at the end. The big question that leads you to keep slogging through the novel is the expectation that you'll find out who the main character IS, why he showed up in the first place, how he got there, etc. This is the most unsatisfying story I've experienced in quite some time.


Would you ever listen to anything by Simon Toyne again?

No. I'll remember his name and avoid anything else he has written or will write.


Did Joseph Balderrama do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The only redeeming feature of this listening experience is that the reader did a good job with a poor story. He changed voices and/or accents for the different characters, although I think his Mexican characters were overly stereotyped. I would definitely choose this reader again--unless he consistently chooses to read weird, hokey novels.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Several times I almost quit listening to it, intending to request a refund from Audible, but I kept listening to the end, always thinking there MIGHT be some redeeming qualities, thinking the ending, at least, might be satisfying. It wasn't. I'd say the only redeeming quality was the talent of the reader. Too bad he wasted it on this particular novel.


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- E. Douglas "Photoman"

Strange and Gripping

The narrator, Joseph Balderrama, was worth the listen alone. I have listened to 100s of audible books, but his performance ranked in the top 3 and may even be number 1. It was breathtaking. The story itself was good, but ultimately a bit over the top..
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- Larry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio