Do you like to travel? Do you like thrills, suspense, and terrifying moments? Then you should pick up a copy of Kidnapped on Safari by Peter Riva. Although it is the third in the adventure series, I did not feel I missed anything from the other two in sequence. However, I am surely going to read the other two as I am really fond of this book.
From page 1, Riva’s storytelling had me reeled in and following each character. Right away, you are captured. There are no slow moving parts. Pero Baltazar (film producer, CIA mystery man) is the lead, but I really loved Mbuno and was captivated by his role. Something I grasped in the beginning which carried throughout was: Mbuno is such a stoic character!
No one ever questions Mbuno.
Why should they? He is a very well respected, local expert safari guide. Say that three times fast.
Mbuno should be a trusted partner as he is familiar with the landscapes, animals, politics, and people. Not only does Pero rely on Mbuno, but he considers him a good friend. Along with his wife, Susanna, his friends Heep and Mary, Pero Baltazar begins his new project.
Filming a wildlife piece in Northern Kenya, East Africa, Pero relies on Mbuno’s expertise, as always. This has been a long established friendship. Mbuno’s reputation is stellar and his knowledge base quite respected.
The filming is fun and lively. There is some jesting and humor as the characters in Riva’s book develop along with a panoramic portrayal of the landscapes and wildlife.
Sometime into the filming, Mbuno is notified his nephew, Ube, has been missing from a safari.
They cannot just sit idle and wait for news.
But wait. There is more information about your film crew. Pero carries on in this adventurous thriller with so much savoir-faire. He is not just a film producer, but has a mysterious side which is rooted deep into international issues.
Baltazar’s group goes on a rescue mission to find Ube and runs into a dangerous path of twists and turns. Pero even has a little “James Bond humor” with his quick wit which does not get in the way of his investigative and operative skills. It adds to the character’s confidence and brings an occasional grin while you are reading.
Which do you fear the most-the wild of Africa or terrorists? You get to experience both.
Riva takes you through a tangled action-adventure which gives you many horrific rides. The CIA, Mossad, Boko Haram and more intriguing parties begin to mix into the story. The unraveling of a troubled nation is brought to the forefront in this fast paced thriller. There really is no slowing down once you jump into the book.
It kept my interest all the way through. I cannot give away any more.
Peter Riva has years of expertise and talent wrapped up into his writings. Not only is he a great storyteller, but he is accurate and current with contemporary issues. Kidnapped on Safari is full of details which brings the reader into the moment, easily able to place yourself there alongside Pero and Mbuno.
Not only did I enjoy the plot and story, I learned new things from his knowledge base which he shared in this piece. Peter Riva’s Kidnapped on Safari is an exceptional read which is laid out in brilliant detail. I highly recommend you pick it up on Amazon.com
*************************About the Author*****************************************
Taken from the book cover:
“Peter Riva has spent many months over thirty years traveling 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, including the previous two titles in Mbuno and Pero Adventures series, Murder on Safari and The Berlin Package. He lives in Gila, New Mexico.