The Cambodian Book of the Dead

The Cambodian Book of the Dead 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

  • Title: The Cambodian Book of the Dead
  • Author: Tom Vater
  • ISBN: 9781909223189
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ofPrivate 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 innocent lives from being destroyed, he will have to write the last horrific chapter himself.

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    1. Maier, a German reporter-turned-detective goes to Cambodia to find the heir to a coffee fortune. Maier's quest gets him entangled with a beautiful woman who's lovers inevitably die horribly, a Khmer Rouge general, and a Nazi war criminal called the White Spider. Will Maier return from the killing fields or die trying?First, the official business. I got this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for reviewing it.This book and I did not really get along. It's supposed to be a thriller but aside from a ma [...]

    2. I thought of giving this book three stars on the idea that maybe it just wasn’t for me. But my three stars are becoming meaningless to me lately, they are filled with too many books that I liked but didn’t really love, and things that I just felt bad about giving less than three stars because hey the author tried!I’m not the audience for this book. It has a catchy cover that appealed to me, but I think the audience is for people who want to read about exotic locales and have a little bit o [...]

    3. As a non-native speaker myself, I find authors that write in English when this is not their mother tongue fascinating. I'd like to think I'm pretty fluent in English, but I still find myself stumbling for words sometimes, especially when writing because metaphors and sayings are often hard to translate; you have to know the equivalent in English, which might not even resemble the saying in Dutch. So to think of not only writing a book, but writing it in your second language, is something that fl [...]

    4. I received an eBook copy of this title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility. I adore a good mystery, always have. Add in sharp detail that feels like “feet on the ground” research and it becomes a near perfect setting for me. Being acquainted with several people who are either Cambodian or were in refugee camps as a result of either the Vietnam War or the Khmer Rouge, and having my own visions of the [...]

    5. DISCLAIMER: I was given a free copy of this download for review purposes. This did not change my review or rating at allORY – Haunting is the best word I can think of to describe The Cambodian Book of the Dead. This is a modern day thriller interwoven with both the history and culture of Cambodia and war years of the Khmer Rouge. Knowing little about this culture I looked forward to reading this book.Basically, without giving anything away, the story revolves around Maier, a former war corresp [...]

    6. I’ve been meaning to read Tom Vator’s debut novel, The Cambodian Book of the Dead for a while now. I’m glad I finally got around to doing the task, because it’s one hell of a ride. Amusing, horrifying, at times frustrating, always perceptive.The Cambodian Book of the Dead is not for everyone. I was probably predisposed to the book before I’d read the first page, because of my fondness for crime fiction set in Asia generally and Cambodia in particular, a country I’ve spent a lot of ti [...]

    7. Explosive and evocative, THE CAMBODIAN BOOK OF DEAD is a deceptive piece of fiction which at once envelopes the reader in a distinct time and place while enabling a birds eye view of the more macabre side of human nature. Herein lies a multi faceted plot which threads are as deadly as the characters they follow. From unassuming barmen, Cambodian goddesses, journalists, to the Khmer Rouge - author Tom Vater instills a sense of murder lurking at every turn for Detective Maier as he undertakes a ca [...]

    8. Having been to Cambodia myself, I really wanted to enjoy this book. The first chapter was great and I was confident that I was in for a great ride. Unfortunately, it ended there. There is the makings of a very good story here but it reads more like a bad tour guide than a novel. The author seems intent on getting across just how much he knows about Cambodia and it's history at the the expense of the story.The dialogue all felt wrong; there were no contractions in the main characters speech (and [...]

    9. For anyone who has spent time in or read deeply about Cambodia, then there will be much in here that grabs the attention. The journalist turned private eye Maier revisits Cambodia after being there in the early 90s, in search of a German son gone astray.Along the way the protagonist: revisits an old flame, upsets a former Khmer Rouge general, witnesses several deaths, uncovers corruption and financial malpractice, and experiences a lot of Khmer folk practices.It is a terrific ride through the st [...]

    10. Liked this book. It has a fast-paced narrative, with lots of action scenes. Cambodia is really well described, and you can imagine yourself there. Sometimes it is a little bit predictable, but action always continues. It also pictures the real life of Cambodia after the Khamer Rouge, eventhough it is a crime fiction novel. For a non-native english reader, it is fluent and easy t oread.DISCLAIMER: I was given a free copy of this download for review purposes. This did not change my review or ratin [...]

    11. Cambodia in Deep NoirMaier is a private detective in the Raymond Chandler mode, broad-shouldered, perfectly trilingual, a guy who looks "a little lived in." He left Cambodia and his life as a war correspondent when a Khmer friend was blown to bits by a homemade bomb in a Battambang market--a bomb that had been meant for Maier. Years later, he's on his way back to Phnom Penh, hired to find Rolf, the errant son of a wealthy German widow.It would be just another job, but Maier has history in Cambod [...]

    12. Really Liked It. Wanted To Absolutely Love It.I am equally ignorant of and intrigued by things Cambodian. I imagine it to be a perfect setting for storytelling: full of ghosts, mystery and profound sadness.Reading TCBOTD took me back to the first time I watched the movie adaptation of Christopher Koch’s The Year Of Living Dangerously. Like Koch’s Indonesia, Vater’s Cambodia seems to have so much beauty, so much history, so much pain and so many spirits that I found myself not quite being a [...]

    13. The first 25 percent of this book dragged. It was too much of an info dump of historical details, not enough plot forward motion. I mean I was ready to DNF, which is really rare for me, but if I read about one more Khmer Rouge jungle atrocity I was going to scream! I think you should only read this if you have a thick skin and aren't prone to nightmares. I think quite a few of these scenes will stay with me for awhile. I'm not against accurate historical details in a book by the way, nor if they [...]

    14. Wow talk about a dark book. Makes Apocalypse Now, look like a Disney cartoon. This is an outstanding story about a German private detective sent to Cambodia to find the son of a wrathful German family. The leftover bad guys of the Khmer Rouge doing what they did during the time of the killing fields will leave you shocked.This is an excellent book.

    15. I won this as a first reads giveaway. Set in Cambodia as the title suggests, Maier is a German private detective who has headed back to the country where he had been a war correspondant. Tasked with finding a young German heir who had bought a business in Cambodia, and bringing him back home to his family, he stumbles very quickly into a seedy underworld. Clearly there are all kinds of conspiracies going on, and Maier stumbles along trying to make sense of the goings on and trying to keep himse [...]

    16. Four stars for the setting - the tragic history of Cambodia and the stunning scenery, the ruined temples, the mined fields and the deadly jungles are vividly written. Four stars for Meier and Carissa, journalist friends who rediscover each other when Meier returns to Cambodia, this time as a private investigator, and for the black clad teenage girl assassins who are truly scary. Three stars for the whole supernatural thing with Kaley and her sister, and for the Nazi war criminal who is trying to [...]

    17. A great read, fast paced, strong characters and a nicely woven story set in Cambodia. The protagonist, Maier a world weary private eye draws us into a world of struggling ex-pats and Khmer Rouge Generals. I loved the description of Bokor, the old French hill station and the keenly observed descriptions of the European ex-pats. I hope Vater is working on a Maier sequel.

    18. The book overall was good. I liked the start of the story with the history element to Cambodia. The middle was hot and cold with my attention. Sometimes I struggled to read through a chapter. But the end was really good. The White Spider was entertaining.

    19. Story line isn't bad, writing not great though. Read it while travelling Canmbodia, so a bit of the ghosts still lingered

    20. A story taking place in a country the author clearly has affection for. I enjoyed the history lesson as well as the drama. I will keep my eyes peeled for the next installment.

    21. Good debut novel, a little surreal in places, like a lurid dream. A detective novel set in the chaos of post Khmer Rouge Cambodia.

    22. Thought this book was going to be one thing, then it changed into something else entirely. Had a hard time following the writing, which is too bad. It had potential.

    23. I spent a lot of the book confused at what the heck was actually happening. That said, not bad, but not the best.

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