Thursday, May 19, 2016

Murder on Safari by Peter Riva

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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Peter Riva
About the Author:
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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My Take:

I really enjoy thrillers and this book definitely fell into that category with an on-the-edge-of-your-seat plot. I also have a love for Africa, so the title of the book drew me in. A TV crew, filming in the African safari, unexpectedly becomes involved in terrorist activity. While shooting a paragliding scene, they inadvertently stumble upon a secret camp visible only from the air. This puts them in immediate danger. The thrill continues as they race across Africa attempting to flee from their pursuers and hoping the threat is diminished. Freak accidents continue to occur, although it is to be determined whether these are coincidental or intentional. Can they escape with the crew's lives intact?

The excitement and adventure in this book were great. And if I reviewed the book solely based on the author's talent in writing and ability I think I would gladly give the book minimum of four stars. Personally though, I struggled to get through this book because it contained a lot of profanity. And not just common swear words but taking the Lord's name in vain, which as a Christian is very disturbing to me. Usually as a reviewer I stick mostly to Christian genre because that keeps me within my comfort zone. This time I stepped out a bit. So, I am not going to reduce the number of stars I am giving this book, but I am going to say this, if you are uncomfortable reading a book with a lot of language in it, this book is not for you. If you enjoy thrillers and that doesn't bother you, you will probably enjoy this one. This author certainly has a talent and experience for writing daring escapades.

I received this book from ireadsbooktours in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


  1. It was uplifting to read your review, thank you so much!


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