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Dan, Thierry, Fred, and Tim endeavor to leave their Western ways behind their beaten up Bedford bus and get lost in the rock n' roll lifestyle of Asia, if they only knew just how lost they would get. When a supposedly simple drug deal in the Swat Valley erupts in mayhem, the men escape the bloody feud with their lives and the drugs, and violence imprinted on their minds. Unable to escape their provocative world, various mishaps, drug trips, and women pave their way to Kathmandu, only to then have Fred disappear with the drug money.
25 years later, Dan's son, Robbie, is on his own mission of self-discovery in Kathmandu when his father and the other two remaining men are lured back there by a mysterious e-mail and the promise of seeing their drug money once more. The men, discovering that much has changed in their absence, soon find themselves wrapped up in a tangled web of deceit, corruption, and violence as the story spirals towards one final showdown with the ghosts of their past. With the narrative skillfully weaving between the past and present, the pieces of the puzzle slowly come together and shed light on a mystery that spans over a quarter of a century.Read more ›
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.
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Just finished reading The Devil's Road to Kathmandu, a wonderful adventure of young irresponsible and touching Westerners who got wild in the Wild East, discovered its wonders and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Anna Knott
This book dealt with a lot of drug experiences, had some violence and in general not the type of book I like.Published on July 24, 2014 by Sharon L Telgemeier
The journey taken throughout "THE DEVIL'S ROAD TO KATHMANDU" was so gripping and fun that it has inspired us to go to India; Nepal; and Bhutan this Feb and part of... Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Bruce Bart
The Devil's Road is beautifully written. The visual imagery that is laid out for the reader is so detailed and specific and it made me able to picture everything as if I were... Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by K. Echegaray
The exotic settings pave the way for an exciting plot, full of unexpected twists and turns. As the two stories of adventure seekers on the road to Kathmandu converge, the reader is... Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Jimpolly
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