Altar of Bones by Philip Carter

By Philip Carter

“They didn’t need to kill him…He by no means drank from the altar of bones.”  
Cryptic loss of life phrases from a murdered homeless lady in latest San Francisco release 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, imaginitive lady at the run encounters a determined guy along with his personal attached earlier and vengeful agenda.  compelled 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 promises on its formidable premise to go away you surprised and breathless on the finish.

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The farmhouse walls were thick but Hazel could hear her sister moving round, getting ready for bed. There was something else too, something other than the movement. Crying, Sarah was crying. Softly, like she was trying to hold it in, like she was scared someone might hear. Hazel sat up. Should she go in? Despite the ten-year age gap and the fact that they had different birth dads, 28 she and Sarah were close. They even looked quite similar, both of them taking after Mum: shortish, not fat but not exactly super-slim either, with wide mouths and slightly squashed noses, which made them look ‘interesting’ rather than pretty.

Or maybe she could just phone Sarah. She got her phone out, put it away again. As she got it out for the second time, she happened to glance across the road, where a small figure was darting behind a tree, trying to hide. Hazel hurried forward, caught up with the others and tapped Dee’s arm. ‘Er, I think your brother’s escaped again,’ she said. ‘Oh shit,’ said Dee, immediately darting across the road towards Scott. Hazel hesitated for a moment, then followed. ’ Dee was asking. ’ ‘Why? What’s happened this time?

How did he cope then? Dad? ’ Kieran asked. Dee looked at him, wondering what he was up to. It wasn’t like Kieran to talk about feelings, personal stuff. ‘Well, I was only little,’ Kieran added, defensively. ‘Don’t really remember, do I? I mean did he get . . was he like . . ’ ‘No,’ she said, sitting down on the edge of the bed. ‘I don’t think so. I mean, he changed, I guess. We all did, I suppose. But he got through it. Dad’s not a weak person, Kieran,’ she added. ’ ‘No, but I reckon that’s what you think, sometimes,’ she said, feeling her shoulders tighten in irrational anger.

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