Altar of Bones

Altar of Bones
Philip Carter
Reviewed by James Butlin
Simon & Schuster
Thu, 02/02/2012
9781849833479
£6.99

A sacred bloodline. A globe-hopping adventure. An untold mystery. Sounds a lot like The Da Vinci Code doesn’t it?

Altar of Bones follows Zoe Dmitroff, a young woman who, unbeknownst to her, is the keeper of the legendary Altar of Bones. We’re told the story of her great-grandmother in 1939, as she makes an attempt to escape from a Russian prison in order to protect the secret she and many others have fought for.
 
The comparison between this and Dan Brown is necessary because it’s the most obvious way to show what it might be like, however Altar of Bones is much more mature, and the mysteries to uncover come out of left field. The action doesn’t stop throughout and the way the story is told is extremely cinematic; it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see this on the big screen in the next few years. 
 
The only criticism would be that it gets a bit tiring; with the action moving at such a pace it clocks in at over 600 pages, which makes for a huge amount of action. If you can keep up, it makes sense to pick it up.
 

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