Book Title: Murder on Safari: A Thriller by Peter Riva
Category: Adult fiction, 352 pages
Publisher: Yucca / Skyhorse
Release date: April 28, 2015
Content Rating: PG-13 (for profanity: one or two f-words and religious expletives, moderate violence)
Riva creates a great cast of characters and unlike some thrillers where character development is sacrificed for the sake of non-stop action, adventure, and a complex plot, this is not the case here. Oh, there is plenty of action and adventure and the plot is good, but the characters are well developed with backstory to clue us into their motivations and actions. The characters are likable and Riva does not shy away from having them show emotions. For example, there is Heep, the master cinematographer who deeply feels responsible if someone is hurt while filming with him. Readers can relate to these characters. The theme of friendship is also strong in this book as it was in Reaching Angelica.
Furthermore, the setting itself is like a character because it is such an integral part of the story. As I said before, Riva shows us an Africa that is real, that is both majestic and terrifying. It is clear that his abundant experience in filming (he created a TV series in 1995 called Wild Things for Paramount that ran for 78 episodes) and in travel (he's traveled in over 60 countries) shines through in this novel. Riva includes details that only someone who has spent considerable time in Africa would know, not touristy stuff either. I loved it!
There are memorable and emotional scenes in this book: when Pero makes the decision to let the vultures hide evidence, when Mary has an encounter with a giant sea crocodile, when a tribe father takes action against his son, when Pero is ready to sacrifice his life to save thousands...such great scenes that make this more than just a good thriller.
I've already started digging into the second book The Berlin Package that features Pero Baltazar and Mbuno and I'm loving it. No surprise there. This time we are in Europe. If Riva uses his signature writing skills then I'm in for another fantastic read. Watch out for my review on May 17.
I highly recommend this thriller series.
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