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The Cambodian Book of the Dead Cambodia 2001 A Country Re Emerges From A Half Century Of War, Genocide, Famine And Cultural Collapse.German Detective Maier Travels To Phnom Penh, The Asian Kingdom S Ramshackle Capital To Find The Heir To A Hamburg Coffee Empire.As Soon As The Private Eye And Former War Reporter Arrives In Cambodia, His Search For The Young Coffee Magnate Leads Into The Darkest Corners Of The Country S History A Beautiful, Scarred Woman With A Mythical And Frightening Past, A Khmer Rouge General, An Ex Pat Gangster, An Old Flame, A Man Eating Shark And A Gang Of Teenage Girl Assassins Lead The Detective Back In Time, Through The Communist Revolution To The White Spider, A Nazi War Criminal Who Hides Amongst The Detritus Of Another Nation S Collapse And Reigns Over An Ancient Khmer Temple Deep In The Jungles Of Cambodia.Maier, Captured And Imprisoned, Is Forced Into The Worst Job Of His Life He Is To Write The Biography Of The White Spider, A Tale Of Mass Murder That Reaches From The Cambodian Killing Fields Back To Europe S Concentration Camps Or Die.


10 thoughts on “The Cambodian Book of the Dead

  1. says:

    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 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 man being torn apart by a tiger shark, there aren t many thrilling bits in the first 50% of the book The story started taking off after that but by then, I had already soured on it.The book felt to me like To...


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    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 of a st 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 sta...


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    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 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 floors me Yet that is exactly what Tom Vater has done And to great effect too, because The Cambodian Book of the Dead is an engrossing read The setting for the book is original I ve never read anything s...


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    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 bea 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 beauty and history of the people I instantly was interested in the story and where it would go So, I was predisposed to like the book on those grounds alone What I did not expect was the intelligent and very liberal ...


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    DISCLAIMER I was given a free copy of this download for review purposes This did not change my review or rating at all.STORY 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 corres DISCLAIMER I was given a free copy of this download for review purposes This did not change my re...


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book is about a war correspondent who becomes a detective and is sent to Cambodia to chase down the heir of a coffee business who has opened a dive shop there I didn t enjoy this book much The first half was a ...


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    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 time in and th 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 time in and the setting of my own debut crime novel, Ghost Money.As far as I could tell, The Cambodian Book of the Dead takes place in the early part of last decade The Khmer Rouge insurgency is over ...


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    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 themacabre 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 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 themacabre 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 case to track down an heir to a coffee empire.There is an underlying sense of brutality and violence bubbling beneath the surface courtesy of General Tep and The White Spider two bad men who shape the story s past and present These ch...


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    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 readslike 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 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 readslike 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 very few, if any, in the other characters I don t know anyone who spe...


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    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 For anyone who has spent time in or read d...


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