Film producer Pero Baltazar thought he was taking a Berlin filming assignment. He needed the work, needed to get back in the saddle after fighting off a life-threatening experience in East Africa—alShabaab had attacked his crew, intent on a much larger terrorist attack. Suddenly he finds himself under orders from his part-time employers at the State Department and the CIA when he is handed a mysterious package. It’s an assignment he doesn't want. The problem is, it’s a job contracted by mysterious patrons who are prepared to kill him if he doesn't deliver.
Pero—now in far too deep—turns to friends, old and new, to help him unravel the mystery of the package, uncover connections to Nazi concentration camp gold recently sold by the US Treasury, and thwart the ex–Stasi chief, now head of a powerful banking group.
In this fast-paced sequel to Murder on Safari, Pero calls on Mbuno, his friend and East African safari guide, to anticipate the moves of his enemies as if they were animals—dangerous vermin—who have kidnapped both the film star and director. Mbuno’s tracking skills may keep them from getting killed—provided Pero can rope in more help and keep the CIA at bay.
Exhilarating and expertly crafted, The Berlin Package (Yucca Publishing; April 2016) is a gripping, page-turning thriller set in post–German reunification Europe.
Peter Riva is an established author who produces both SciFi/Cyberpunk and Action/Adventure novels. Of the two genres, I personally love his Action/Adventure stories the best. The Berlin Package is no exception.
Here we again meet film producer Pero Baltazar who occasionally takes assignments as a CIA courier. Unfortunately his last CIA assignment drew him into a frightening terrorist plot that he and his friends had to thwart as best they could. Now finally recovered from the overwhelming demands placed upon him in the previous book - and ready to dip his toe back into work - he reaches out to both his Hollywood agent and CIA contact. A film project in Berlin is offered. The CIA says not now.
When he arrives in Berlin, however, he approached at the airport by a CIA operative who gives him an unexpected package. Frustrated, he calls his contact at headquarters and is disturbed to find all in disarray. No one seems to know what is going on. Quickly he discovers holding this package has made him a target of the dreaded Stazi. Staying just ahead of his pursuers, Pero has to quickly discover why the package is so important, free his kidnapped friends and thwart a world nuclear threat.
It's obvious there is a mole within the CIA, so Pero has to find a solution on his own with just the support of a few trusted individuals. Fortunately one is African tracker and long time friend Mbuno. Together they must find not only the answer, but a solution. The clock is ticking.
This is one fabulous thriller to dive into - escapism at it's best. Trust me, you won't be able to put it down.