By Philip Carter
“They didn’t need to kill him…He by no means drank from the altar of bones.”
Cryptic demise phrases from a murdered homeless girl in modern San Francisco free up a decades-buried mystery that modified history. Now a couple of ruthless assassins are despatched to chop the few residing "loose ends." And a young, ingenious girl at the run encounters a determined guy together with his personal hooked up prior and vengeful agenda. pressured to partner for survival and solutions, a fast-paced and lethal video game of cat and mouse ensues, taking them around the globe from the winding streets of Paris to the faded palaces of Budapest to the frozen lakes of Mongolia...where future, passion, and further betrayal watch for them.
The Altar of Bones has all of it: 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 mystery others will kill to possess. The darkish promise of immortality. And it can provide on its bold premise to go away you shocked and breathless on the finish.
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