Murder on Safari, by Peter Riva
If you’ve ever wanted to make a trip to Africa, you will find this book one to stimulate that desire. Peter Riva has spent time there, without a doubt. The descriptions of the land, the wildlife, from hippos to crocodiles, even vultures. The circle of life that is Africa comes to life with Mr. Riva’s words.
We were pleased to be asked to be a part of the virtual book tour for Murder on Safari. The tour is coordinated by iRead Book Tours, and runs from October 12th, 2015 to November 6th, 2015. Check out the tour to find a schedule of his visits. There will be an array of articles, interviews and reviews featured on many different sites.
Mr. Riva was also kind enough to share an article with us about Mbuna. What a fascinating man he must have been. You can read more about him here, on Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine. Watch for our interview with the author here today as well.
Pero Balthazar, film producer is there to film a television documentary in Africa. With him is his trusted guide, Mbuna. They’ve worked together many times in the past, both familiar with each other and the customs of each. Mbuna has developed into a near legend through his work with Pero. When he is along, everything runs smoothly.
This time it is different. A simple filming with a local paraglider ends tragically. Their paraglider disappears wihle they are driving to the landing site. When they find him, or his body, that is, rather than the accident they expect, they know he was murdered.
Why would someone kill the man filming the wild? It becomes a race and a chase combined. Pero wants to find the killer. He wants justice or revenge. The killers would like to eliminate any witnesses to the crime.
When the producer connects with the daughter of a televangelist for filming, things only get worse. If someone is after her, is it about her famous father?
Staying barely ahead of killers they rush to figure out who they are after and why. Because one of the bodies is identified as a terrorist and what they have planned will mean disaster. Throughout the story, someone in the America State Department has been counting on Pero for information. It is doubtful even they expected this.
The Differences in the Setting
I so enjoyed the description and the customs of the people described in the book, from the tribes to the chief, their culture is fascinating. Combining the old world with the present, blending the two, with their differences must be a challenge to the entire continent. Keeping the peace and satisfying the requirements of both can’t be easy.
The relationship between Pero and Mbuna was so well portrayed: The respect they have for each other, gained over so many years, the friendship they share along with their differences, the trust and loyalty each has for the other. It was a pleasure to see such a positive relationship.
It was a terrific use of a movie producer too! Not the typical view many of us may have. A producer is used to finding solutions to problems that arise while on location filming. Can he do the same here?
Pero Baltazar is a good man trying to do the right thing for everyone, trying to help everyone he can, at the same time honoring his commitments to produce a quality film. He is a very likable character—as is Mbuno—and one I hope Mr. Riva will feature again in coming books.
I was provided this book in audio version for a review on Mr. Riva’s book tour. I enjoyed the narrator of the book too. R. D. Watson was very effective, especially with so many different accents and personalities included. If you have the chance to listen to the book, I would recommend it.
Here’s a sound clip from Audible to give you a taste. It was so well done!
Pick up a copy. You’ll enjoy taking an adventure to Africa.
We recently participated in Mr. Riva’s virtual book tour for his book, The Path. Besides that review, Peter shared his thoughts on his view of the future here. Do take a look at both. The book was so interesting to imagine. The article is terrific.
Official Book Description
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.
Peter Riva spent many months over thirty years in Africa, many of them with the legendary guides for East African white hunters and adventurers. He created a TV series (seventy-eight 1-hour episodes) in 1995 called WildThings for Paramount TV. Passing on the fables, true tales and insider knowledge of these last reserves of true wildlife is a passion.