Every adventure starts at the fringes of civilization. For expert safari guide Mbuno and wildlife television producer Pero Baltazar, filming in the wild of East Africa should have been a return to the adventure they always loved. This time they’d be filming soaring vultures in northern Kenya and giant sea crocodiles in Tanzania with Mary, the daughter of the world’s top television evangelist, the very reverend Jimmy Threte.
But when a terrorist cell places them in the crosshairs, there is suddenly no escape and they must put their filming aside and combine all their talents to thwart an all-out al-Shabaab terrorist attack on Jimmy Threte’s Christian gathering of hundreds of thousands in Nairobi, Kenya.
I am going to start with the fact that, of the 2 books I have read by author Peter Riva, Murder on Safari is my overwhelming favourite.. It hit the sweet spot for me and I literally consumed it in a few nights. The book is well written and managed to quickly transport me away to foreign places. Labelled as action and adventure - perfect choices by the way - the author offers so much more. Africa really comes alive.
In the book, the main character - Pero Baltazar - is at the beginning of a new filming expedition. When one of his party dies on the first day of filming - a race to stay ahead of evil forces ensues. Although the crew changes locations, they cannot shake their pursuers. They also learn of a terrorist plot that will result in the dead of hundreds of thousands. What they don't know is how it will be achieved. The plot moves along quickly, keeping you turning the pages to see what happens next.
Riva's not only created great characters in this book, but managed to bring them to life physically. As I moved through the story, I could picture how each person looked and understand who they were. Their voices took shape. The same goes for the African cities and countryside the characters moved through. The airport terminal, the vehicles, the tents - all became substantial. The world around me disappeared as I gave myself over to the sights, sounds and smells of Africa. Each time I took a break, I was always surprised by how much time had passed.
Kudos to the author. This book is a definite must read.
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Peter Riva writes books in his spare time on two topics: Sci-Fi and Africa Adventure. He spent many months over 30 years in Africa, many of them with the legendary guides for E. African White Hunters and adventurers. He created a TV series (78 1-hour episodes) in 1995 called Wild Things for Paramount TV. His writing passes on the fables, true tales and insider knowledge of these last reserves of true wildlife.Peter has also worked for more than thirty years with the leaders in aerospace and space exploration, giving him access to cutting edge science and future possibilities. His daytime job for more than forty years has been as a literary agent. He divides his time between New York and New Mexico
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