Tour: The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu

By Tom Vater

October 31 – November 1


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  • Genre:  International mystery and crime
  • Print length: 314
  • Age range: This is an adult book but suitable for mature teenagers age 16+
  • Trigger warnings: Some sex and violence, not particularly graphic. Many drug references.
  • Formats available for the Tour: all standard electronic formats (sorry, no paperbacks)
  • Amazon Rating: New book, not yet rated (5 star on Goodreads)

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About The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu

In 1976, four friends – Dan, Fred, Tim and Thierry – are on a bus along the hippie trail from London to Kathmandu. But everything is not going according to plan.

After a drug deal goes wrong, the boys barely escape with their lives. Thousands of kilometers, numerous acid trips, accidents, nightclubs and a pair of beautiful Siamese twins later, they finally reach the counter-culture capital of the world, Kathmandu, and Fred disappears with the drug money.

A quarter-century later, mysterious emails invite the other three to pick up their share of the money, and they decide to reunite in Kathmandu. Soon, a trail of kidnapping and murder leads them across the Roof of the World.

With the help of Dan’s backpacking son, a tattooed lady and a Buddhist angel, the ageing hippies try to solve a 25-year old mystery that takes them amongst Himalayan peaks, and towards the inevitable showdown with their past.

Praise for The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu

Media reviews:

The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu is a better backpacker’s book than The Beach. – The Bangkok Post

The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu is a great read. – The Nepali Times

Vater sets scenes on a razor edge, catastrophe, oblivion and unbridled passion waiting for these volatile characters to lose their balance…. Multiple narratives and parallel plots give this book breadth and depth – quite a mind trip, actually, and a rather addictive read. – Lifestyle + Travel

Exuberant writing – TIME Magazine review of Sacred Skin

Amazon reviews

Rating: 5 out of 5.

 At the heart of this book lies a story about friendship and how in those hazy days of fast deals and sloppy border crossings, these could fall apart quickly, with tragic consequences. A great thriller from a time long gone, nicely put into focus by the latter scenes playing out in more recent, and more conservative times. Read The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu and freak out! One more time. Amazon Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

 The writing is lean and assured and the cultural details are countless and read like an immersion course into Asia’s byways. A gem of a book which takes us into a world that is long lost to revolutions, geopolitics and terrorism. Hit the road, Jack! Amazon Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

There are some serious moments that touch on the nature of travel and globalization, but on the whole this is a high speed adventure and crime caper gone wrong that stretches around half the globe and left me wanting to book a plane ticket to somewhere crazy and exotic. Bring it on, dudes! Amazon Review

About the Author

Tom Vater is an Asia-based writer.

He has published some 20 books – four novels, nonfiction, illustrated books and guidebooks, all on Asian subjects.

Tom has written four crime fiction novels. The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu – the third English language edition out with Next Chapter out now – is a travel thriller set on the 70s hippie trail between London and Kathmandu. A Spanish translation is out with ExploraEditorial.

The Detective Maier trilogy – The Cambodian Book of the Dead, The Man with the Golden Mind and the The Monsoon Ghost Image, a Southeast Asia series of novels follows the exploits of a former conflict journalist turned private eye.

Tom has written for The Guardian, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Telegraph, the Nikkei Asian Review and many other publications. He co-authored Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos (2011), a notable bestseller. He is also co-author of several documentary screenplays, including The Most Secret Place on Earth (2008), a feature on the CIA’s covert war in Laos in the 60s and 70s.

Tom is on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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