Book Tour: Cambodian Book of the Dead

Cambodian Book of the Dead

Series: #1 Detective Maier Mysteries Trilogy

By, Tom Vater

Format Read: Ebook with EVIE App playback

How obtained: Part of a book tour for the book from Blackthorn Book Tours.

Book Summary:

Private eye and former war reporter, Maier is sent to Cambodia to track down the missing heir to a Hamburg coffee empire.

His search leads him into the darkest corners of the country’s history, through the Killing Fields of the communist revolution, to the White Spider, a Nazi war criminal who reigns over an ancient Khmer temple deep in the jungle.

But the terrifying tale of mass murder that Maier uncovers is far from over. And soon Maier realises that, if he is to prevent more innocent lives from being destroyed, he will have to write the last horrific chapter himself.

The first book I ever read from Tom Vater was The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu. It was a very well-written book and I enjoyed the historical accuracy. That book was intense and had some pretty graphic elements to it but it doesn’t hold a candle to this new title I’ve read.

Detective Maier has to be one of my current favorite book characters. He is an incredibly flawed man that is smart and seems to slowly be coming to be a better person even in his older age.
He is a very curious man who gets himself into situations that he gets very lucky to have survived.

Tom Vater has made a great story mixed with historical accuracies from the area and traumas from there. I have come to thoroughly enjoy reading his works and I can reccomend any of his stories enough.
16 years or older to read. There is plenty of mature content throughout the borough in the form of drug usage, murder, and rape so it can be very intense with what all is happening in the story. However these types of horrors do happen and are reality.

This is the first book in the series about Detective Maier and I definitely recommend reading it oh, I already plan on reading the next book in the series so be looking forward to that.

I have found this author to be very well-versed in the political climates of Asia as well as much of the history and he has a very good way of articulating it into a story that is not only accurate but highly entertaining.

In My Opinion, this is an absolutely fantastic detective book and if you are a fan of the genre you should totally pick it up. If you are not a fan I still recommend picking this up because it put together incredibly well.

I give this book, 5 narrow escapes out of 5.

About The Author: Tom Vater

Tom Vater

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.

Find Tom at:

Twitter: @tomvater



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