From the Publisher:
“They didn’t have to kill him…He never drank from the altar of bones.”
Cryptic dying words from a murdered homeless woman in present day San Francisco unlock a decades-buried secret that changed history. Now a pair of ruthless assassins are sent to cut the few living “loose ends.” And a young, resourceful woman on the run encounters a determined man with his own connected past and vengeful agenda. Forced to partner for survival and answers, a fast-paced and deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, taking them across the globe from the winding streets of Paris to the faded palaces of Budapest to the frozen lakes of Mongolia…where destiny, passion, and further betrayal await them.
The Altar of Bones has it all: The Russian mob. KGB spies. Presidential assasination. A doomed Hollywood legend. Deathbed confessions. Corrosive power. Shattered families. Guardians of an ancient religious icon housing a secret others will kill to possess. The dark promise of immortality. And it delivers on its ambitious premise to leave you stunned and breathless at the end.
An action-packed adventure mystery novel, Alter of Bones is filled with greed, lust, power and a race, which spans the globe. Had Alter of Bones been a movie I would have liked it a lot more. As a book I just did not enjoy the conspiracy theory theme mixed with a magical theme of an ancient tribe of reindeer herders who have a secret cave behind a waterfall on a lake in Siberia, “which is not on a map”, and men have been trying to locate this magical alter, while the Keeper, passed down through generations of women has protected it. For those who enjoy an action packed adventure mystery, Altar of Bones has something for everyone. The book opens in present day San Francisco where Katya Orlova is murdered, making her granddaughter, lawyer Zoe Dmitroff the new Keeper, placing her in peril. The author flashes back to 1937 Norilsk where pregnant Lena Orlova is employed and about to embark on an escape with her lover Nikolai Popov. As I mentioned the books is action packed filled with NKVD, KGB, CIA, and a dizzying array of people all after the sacred alter. The two central characters; Zoe, the new keeper, and Ry O’Malley, black-ops hired to protect Zoe and is her lover. As I mentioned, this book has a little something for everyone, especially violence, a lot of travel, and sex. The book covers a lot of territory. While Alter of Bones kept my attention for the most part, admittedly I skipped the sex scenes as they are really unnecessary to further the plot. The book progressed nicely, but it was simply not a book I was invested in. I felt there was far too much occurring, leaving little room for character development. For those who enjoy a rapid fire action adventure with a hint of mystery, mysticism, conspiracy theories and a lot of romance thrown in, then Alter of Bones may be the book you are looking for.
Philip Carter is a pseudonym for an internationally renowned author.
I received a complimentary copy of Altar of Bones by Philip Carter from Gallery Books to offer my honest review of the book. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned book.