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Cheers to Tom Vater for his fabulous trip.
Bruce & Jen
Tom Vater captures this illusory sense of invincibility, of freedom from the law, that characterised young travellers in that region in those days. And his is a tale of how that sense of invincibility goes horribly wrong. Well worth reading - whether or not you were there in those heady, smoke-filled days.
In the beginning of the next century, the son of one of the four travelers is in Kathmandu, searching for his own version of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. An email from his father throws his vacation off-course--money was made in the ill-fated journey of 1976 and it's finally time for the four guys to collect it. But all four have to sign the withdrawal slip, so it's reunion time in Kathmandu, even though one of the four is dead.
Time twists like a pretzel to great effect in this novel, slowly revealing details from the past to illuminate the present, and the plot holds more curves than a mountain trail in Nepal. Glamorous conjoined twins, a straight-talking woman from Tibet, and a busload of stoned-out freaks who would challenge the leadership skills of Ken Kesey--as well as the Getaway Girl, whose body is a walking art gallery of ink art--the characters in this book take it far above the usual backpacker travel thriller.
So do the descriptions, which are precise, concise, and absolutely stunning. This is a dangerous novel--author Tom Vater knows his territory and he makes his readers want to know it too. When you buy this book, factor in the cost of a trip to Nepal, because you're going to want to go there.
But above all, this book is a smart and compelling suspense novel, leaving The Beach far behind, wheezing and choking in bus exhaust fumes. The Devil's Road to Kathmandu has all of the hallmarks of a new travel classic for this new century--read it.