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Book Description of Murder on Safari (Book 1):

Only a reality TV producer and an expert safari guide can stop a terrorist attack.

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.

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My Review

Action-packed, intriguing and tension-filled, Murder on Safari is a nail-biting, edge-of -the-seat political thriller.

The main character Pero is resilient and resourceful and a well-rounded, multi-faceted character as are the supporting characters, Mbuno and Heep. Character development is not sacrificed for the action in Murder of Safari and Africa is brought to life thorugh vivid descriptions of wildlife, language and  customs in a way which surely speaks of the author’s personal experiences.

The plot moves along at a fast pace, as Pero and his team races to uncover and hopefully stop the terrorist attack. To thwart their plan, Pero is going to have to put his life on the line and pull out all the stops. There are some realy emotional moments mixed in with tension filled scenes and the author does a great job of tugging on one’s heartstrings.

There is no lack of action, danger and intrigue and the story is written in such an immersive manner that the reader is captivated from the very first paragraph until the very end. The uncovering of the twists is done layer by layer, leaving the reader guessing, which is always a good thing, keeping  the brain and the emotions engaged. Even though at times Pero came off as a Jack of all trades, it was not hard to suspend one’s belief.

A very well written political thriller with tastes of the African Safari and culture, Murder on Safari is well worth the read and will leave you satisfied yet craving more adventures with Pero and his crew.

My Rating

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Author’s Bio:

Peter Riva has spent many months over 30 years travelling throughout Africa and Europe. Much of this time was spent with the legendary guides for East African hunters and adventurers. He created a TV series in 1995 called Wild Things for Paramount. Passing on the fables, true tales, and insider knowledge of these last reserves of true wildlife is his passion. Nonetheless, his job for over forty years has been working as a literary agent. In his spare time, Riva writes science fiction and African adventure books. He lives in Gila, New Mexico.

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