Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

Altar of Bones by Philip Carter (♦♦♦♦)

A homeless woman named Rosie is assassinated in the streets of San Francisco. Her attacker has been searching for clues of the existence of something called the “altar of bones”. Before dying, Rosie reveals a mysterious message and the story begins.

Eighteen months prior to Rosie’s fatal stabbing, a man named Mike O’Malley makes a startling confession to his priest son about a film that he must find if he is to keep alive. After that confession, Mike O’Malley dies and his priest son is killed for not having the film.

Ry O’Malley, Mike’s other son, survives an assassination attempt and infiltrates the Russian mafia in California, in an effort to find the film that can guarantee his life. Ry joins forces with Zoe Dmitroff, a gutsy attorney with blood ties to the stabbed homeless woman, in order to find the film and ultimately the altar of bones and discover its secrets.

I liked this book. It is a non-stop adventure, full of interesting twists and unexpected turns. The story is a rich tapestry with elements of historical fiction--that may not be as fictional as they seem--, thriller novel and Russian folklore. I did like the concoction, though it is far-fetched at times, such as when talking about the fountain of youth. Aside from that, the story is well written and hard to put down.