Altar of Bones

Altar of Bones

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"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.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2011.
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781439199084
1439199086
Characteristics: 455 pages ; 24 cm

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Maroon_Magpie_1
Dec 19, 2015

A fantastic read for those looking for suspense, action, and history. It kept me turning the pages in anticipation.

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QED
Jul 28, 2014

Really liked the book and the story line held true throughout. Couldn't stop reading after I hit the 100 page mark. I agree it would make an awesome movie!!

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ntutti
Nov 20, 2012

One of the best books I've read in a while - non-stop action - who is Philip Carter??? Can't find out when in 2012 his next book is coming out - or the title.

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Robert J. Webster
Mar 30, 2012

Great story, could be made into a movie, very bourne'ish.
lots of twists but not confusing. good read!

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zipread
Mar 12, 2012

Altar of Bones --- by Philip Carter. Somewhere in the coldest of Siberia, hidden in a cave behind a waterfall there is a secret altar of bones that hides the passage tio a pool of a most unusual potion: one reputed to be the potion of perpetual youth. Unbeknownst to her, Zoe is a keeper of this fountain. The only problem is, she’s never been to this fountain and must go on a quest to find it. The book keeps you guessing. What’s next? There’s lots of action --- some a little far-fetched. If you like action; exotic locales; novels that include assassinated presidents and Marilyn Monroe then this book’s the ticket.

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Ignusim
Jan 18, 2012

Claimed to be a mix of Robert Ludlum and Dan Brown, and definitely did not fail to impress! A wonderfully written story, that's for damn sure! Apparently, Philip Carter is a pseudonym but I wish he would do more with this series or style!!

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