Rated 1 STAR:  Not finished

Really struggled with this one and couldn’t finish it.   

Sam Cohen and his friends Paul and Alex are hired as guides to take two Americans across the Himalayas to do something, I am not sure what. When they meet up with a group of traders the Americans insist of travelling along with them. They soon learn they are smuggling arms and are already known to the two Americans. When they discover that not only guns but parts that make a nuclear bomb is also amongst the load, Alex is shot and killed, Sam and Paul split and run. Cohen needs to tell someone because guns are one thing but a nuclear bomb is quite another, but on reaching Katmandu it appears that one of the Americans has made it there first and is in the US Embassy.


Synopsis (Goodreads)

A classic international thriller and European bestseller about an American climber in the Himalayas who stumbles on a shipment of backpack nuclear weapons into Tibet. Hunted by the CIA and other covert agencies across Asia, North Africa, Europe and the United States, he is captured then rescued by a beautiful young woman with whom he forms a perilous liaison.

They escape the CIA, are captured, and escape again, across Europe and the United States, death always at their heels. Not only a terrifying portrayal of a relentless manhunt, Tibetan Cross is also a deep inquiry into politics and covert action, the nature of fear, and the painful process of love.

Acclaimed by critics as an “existentialist thriller”, and for its penetrating portraits of the individual versus society, the depths of love, and the roots of war, Tibetan Cross has also been praised as “a deft thriller that will reinforce your worst about the CIA and the Bomb” (Publishers Weekly), and that “grips the reader from the very first chapter until the climactic ending” (UPI).


Sam Cohen is the most stupidest guy who ever had the misfortune to be in charge of his own destiny. He somehow fails to think knowing that he is being chased, that he will not be followed to the family of his friends, and sure enough they are killed and he curses himself for leading them there. This does not happen once but time again. Cohen appears to be in some sort of drug induced psychotic episode for much of this book with drugs and graphic sex, there was a total lack of sensibility for me. The story is being told as it is in Cohen’s head, monosyllabic and stilted which did not work for me. In fact I have no real idea what was going on in the book as I found it too difficult to follow.

Come on, where is the plausibility in a man managing to run miles (30!) with a knee cut through to the bone, a deep cut down his neck and along his shoulder; he also climbs rock faces and swims with a dislocated shoulder, having put it back his self several times. Is beaten up more than once, tortured with electrodes and still manages to keep running.

For someone who is about to be killed he fails to take it seriously enough not to fall in love and have graphic sex with every woman he meets which feels somewhat self indulgent as it adds nothing to the story. The worst part of this book is that it includes a young girl in his sexual exploits in a way that is thoroughly distasteful. It would be one thing to describe pedophilia in way that shows disgust, but quite another to describe it as ‘yet another’ sexual exploit.

I could not like any of the characters very much apart from the elderly guy in the mountains. Cohen appears to be an idiot, the bad guys out of some cartoon, and the women, well, they are pure fantasy of men, not a real character amongst them.

I could not follow the plot very well and realised that this was partly down to the fact that the kindle edition that was sent me was not formatted as such. This meant that paragraphs were not distinct running all parts of the plot into one making no sense at all. I am surprised that such little care has been taken with this in this age of technology. Not acceptable really.

Many thanks to the Publisher for a copy of this book via NetGalley in return for my honest review


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5105 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mandevilla Press (2 Oct 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O5BU52S