Book Review – The Devil’s Road To Kathmandu

The Devil’s Road To Kathmandu by Tom Vater / Genre: Fiction


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.


I was provided an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. While this isn’t a story I would typically gravitate towards the synopsis did sound interesting. I wasn’t able to really feel a connection with the characters in this book; however, the story itself did hold my attention throughout and that’s why I ended up giving it a 3-star rating.