Wednesday, March 2, 2011

'Altar of Bones' by Phillip Carter

If you have any doubt about whether or not to read this book; stop. Just do it. This is one heck of a damn good book! I enjoy books that “lead” you in one direction and then switchback so hard your spine cracks. ‘Altar of Bones’ is a puzzle of a thriller that will keep you up late for many nights. Course, if you’re a fast reader it’ll keep you up hours. What you have here is a fast paced book that interweaves history and fiction with the infamous bad boys of the Cold War, the Russians. They have heard a rumor that there is a very real “fountain of youth” somewhere in Siberia. They know it’s near a lake, they know this lake has a waterfall; they know the lake is in the middle of nowhere, but they don’t know it all…

Zoe has no idea she’s the last in an ancient and storied line of the “Keepers”. All women, all with strong physical features, all tasked with keeping a deadly secret, and all apparently horny. This adventure starts off in San Francisco, jumps back in time to a brutal prison camp in Norilsk, Siberia, then to present-day Texas. Ry is a black ops guy on a sabbatical of sorts when he runs into Zoe. Luck or fate? There is so much to this book. A Louisiana gumbo of secret signs, hidden clues, brutal hit men, sexual tension thrown in for good measure, and enough suspense and action to make Avery Books happy. This altar of bones is rumored to have unimaginable power but no one truly knows if it’s real or just a myth. Despite not knowing 100%, a few evil souls feel that it’s worth killing over. And kill they do. The players in this puzzle are some of the most demented leaders the world has known. Yes, they are world leaders and if that doesn’t impress and shock, then you’ll be severely impressed when you read how the assassination of JFK and death of Marilyn Monroe play into this story.

Somehow by some lining up of the cosmos I (without choice) seem to pick a reading theme at the start of every year. 2011 seems to be the year of the thriller because I’ve read some that are total bad-ass! This one fits in that group.


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