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Title: The Berlin Package
Author: Peter Riva
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
A film producer, a handsome star, and an African safari guide must race to protect themselves and the world from a terrorist nuclear trade.
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—al-Shabaab 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 is a gripping, page-turning thriller set in post–German reunification Europe.
Another great adventure featuring Pero, Heep and Mbuno whom we first met in “Murder On Safari”.The stakes are again really high and the enemy is adept at killing and staying hidden. Their agenda is initially unclear until Pero with the help of a few long time frineds and a couple new friends, are able to put together the clues. They must rush to prevent what would surely be a catastrophe if allowed to happen.
What an adrenaline pumping, action-packed read this was!. Pero is outstanding in his role as the main character and he rises to the occasion time and time again, using his ability to think on his feet to obfuscate the enemies’ plans to their consternation. By now, his thought processes are familiar yet still amazing and his experiences come to the fore, strengthening his other qualities.
The plot is fast-paced and never lacking in conflict, yet there are also scenes that tug on one’s emotions which helps to create a good balance. The feeling of urgency as the plot hurtles to a satisfying conclusion sets one’s heart to pumping as you root for the good guys.
The Berlin Package will pull you in, set your synapses afire by forcing you to imagine all the possible scenarios and outcomes, while keeping you thoroughly engaged and entertained.
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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