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Murder on Safari

(Mbuno & Pero #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  30 reviews
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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Yucca
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Briar's Reviews
Murder on Safari is a unique mystery read with in depth descriptions.

I didn't find this book matched well with me as a reader, but the book is still incredible. Peter Riva creates an amazing tale woven in this novel that is full of mystery in Africa.

For me, I couldn't get into the writing style. Peter Riva paints the story well with his words, but we just didn't mash well. I'd highly recommend this novel if you love a good mystery or tales surrounding another country, but I don't think I'll be
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, fast-paced thriller. Loved the characters. the writing sucks you in and makes it hard to put the book down. I plan on reading more of Riva's books.
Olivia-Savannah  Roach
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Murder on Safari by Peter Riva was the first thriller I had read in a long time. At first, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Yet, the nervousness quickly died down and I fell into the story. The novel was full of thrills that kept my emotions charging around at full speed and left me hooked on turning those pages until I reached the end of the book.

The best thing about this novel definitely had to be the pacing. I don't believe I have ever read a novel which has perfected the art of slowly
Jen La Duca
I love books that take place in Africa, it’s such a beautiful and mysteries place and I’ve always wanted to travel there. I don’t watch a lot of reality TV any more but a few years ago I did and loved shows like Survivor and The Amazing Race so when I read the synopsis I was very intrigued to give this book a shot! Murder on Safari by Peter Riva is the story of Pero Baltazar, a wildlife film producer who’s filming vultures in Northern Kenya along with his right-hand man and expert safari guide, ...more
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I got the audio version of this book. Which by the way narrator, R.D. Watson is really good. I have listened to some narrators that have a monotone voice that could put you to sleep, no matter how good or bad the book is written. Then there are other narrators that being the story to life. This is what Mr. Watson did for this book. To be honest, while I liked listening to this book, if I had been reading it I might have given up on it. There were points that even while listening to Mr. Watson ...more
Brian's Book Blog
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The narration in this, done by R. D. Watson was intense. He has a very “horror” deep and mysterious voice (which I liked a lot). The story was made more interesting with his narration voice. Quality was great — no issues at all.

This was a gripping and exciting story. You start, not sure what was going to happen — and when things start to play out you can’t believe what you are reading. I enjoy a good thriller, and I’ve read a lot of stories that usually have a setting in Africa (A lot of
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was impressed by Peter Riva's in-depth knowledge of East Africa and how he managed to bring the area alive on the page. The two main characters, Mbuno, a local safari guide and Pero, a film producer, are well depicted and their relationship obviously goes back many years. No need to read current affairs journals to find out the local political background either as Riva gives us a crash course in African politics and customs. On the oher hand, I did find the other characters superfluous at ...more
Margaret Tidwell
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Murder On Safari by Peter Riva was an amazing book to read. This book is a thrill and I love that it takes you out of the United States and puts you into a situation that you most likely have never experienced. I love this because you can really can imagine something like this happening which always makes books better to me. I loved everything about this book and I loved how I felt like I understood what was going on and like I was there with the characters. I am a huge fan of thrillers and this ...more
John Babb
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having never visited Africa myself, this was a vicarious journey. However, the land, the cultures, the people, and the wildlife of east Africa were so exceptionally described that I was almost certain I had been along on this safari. That al-Shabaab was the novel's terrorist foil made it all the more current, given that group's recent attempt to blow up an airliner in Feb, 2016. The multi-faceted characters, as well as the twists and turns of the plot kept me reading half the night. Don't miss ...more
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Loved it. Full review here:

A very well written political thriller with tastes of the African Safari and culture, Murder on Safari is well worth the read and will leave you satisfied yet craving more adventures with Pero and his crew.
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Murder on Safari by Peter Riva Pero Baltazar is a wildlife film producer and this time he is working in northern Kenya, specifically trying to film large raptors and carrion birds. His local expert guide and friend of multiple decades, Mbuno, thinks there may be trouble brewing in the area. When the film crew loses a man in suspicious circumstances, they need to make some decisions and then a hasty exit. Trouble follows them into Tanzania where they are filming large crocodiles with ...more
Victor Gentile
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Peter Riva in his new book, “Murder on Safari” Book One in the Pero Baltazar Series published by Yucca Publishing gives us Terrorists are planning an attack and time is running out!.

From the back cover: 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
Laura Thomas
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pero Baltazar, a film producer, arrives in East Africa, along with his crew, to film a nature show about vultures and giant crocodiles.

Upon their arrival they are met by Mbuno, a top rate safari guide and someone Pero has worked with numerous times.

The plan is for a crew member to fly with the vultures in his hang glider. It’ll be spectacular. Filming goes great. But the crew member never lands at the rendevous spot.

Pero discovers his body, riddled with bullets. He allows the scavengers to
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am very lucky to have won this book for free from the Goodreads free book giveaway contest. I found this book to be very exciting, filled with suspense, and uncertainty about what would ultimately happen. I also found the characters to be entirely believable and fun; people you would want to hang around with if given the chance. From the cantankerous Heep, to the fascinating guide Mbuno, the character development was very enjoyable. I thought the story was well written and didn't just start ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full review to be posted on The Cubicle Escapee.

This book was a slow developing suspenseful book, now when I say slow developing I meant the author did a fantastic job making me turn the pages until the wee hours of the morning because it was so intense I considered reading the last chapter because I just HAD TO KNOW HOW THIS WAS GOING TO END.

East Africa is one of those places I want to visit someday and I want to visit someday soon, this book's vivid descriptions of Kenya & Tanzania prove
Mary Rajotte
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for your next intense read, Murder on Safari is definitely it.

From the brooding start, through the vivid middle and to the action-packed finish, Murder on Safari is a thrill-ride that suspense lovers are sure to enjoy.

Vivid descriptions of Eastern Africa truly bring the book to life, and it is obvious the author’s experience producing various wildlife documentaries in Africa lend to the setting’s authenticity. The setting is not just backdrop here; it is another character
Tricia Douglas
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Peter Riva for sending me his exciting novel about Kenya/Tanzania/East Africa. It was an excellent read and I would rate it a 4.5 score if this system would allow! I loved the characters of Mbuno and Pero, out in the wilds of Africa to film for a TV series. Peter also did filming for the series Wild Things and so many of the experiences in the story were probably his own unbelievable adventures. And some were quite wild ones, to say the least. Peter goes beyond the life of East Africa ...more
Victoria Brinius
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a really interesting idea for a book. These characters were definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were surrounded by such an interesting locale that it is hard not to get swept up in the scenery. The author has been to East Africa, and you can tell by his picturesque descriptions. This would have made for a great story, however the author added a terrorist plot that left me with a feeling of importance throughout each chapter. The twists and turns left me guessing and ...more
Dhivya Balaji
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it

The book came to me as a part of a bok review tour. While there is nothing really engrossing in the blurb or the title, what attracted me was the setting. Having read (and reviewed) a few books based in Africa, something about the country and its unaltered wild structure attracts me. There is a raw beauty to the continent, and any mention of any countries of Africa, especially the ones with the exotic images of animals brings to the fore of my mind pictures and scenes from
Sahar Sabati
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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Having lived on the continent for quite a number of years but not as either a wildlife television producer or a clandestine courier for the United States government like main protagonist Pero Baltazar, there is a lot in Peter Riva’s thriller Murder on Safari that made me smile. For one, the airport arrival scene at the beginning of the book was vey well described, so much so that some of the sensations typically associated with the airports on the continent I
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-reviews
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 ...more
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This thriller, which author Peter Riva dedicates to friends thinly disguised in the story and his family which is patient as he travels, is the second novel of East African tour guide Mbuno of the Liangulu, the first being A Tribal Rumble: A Safari Campfire Tale, and focuses on a reality television producer named Pero Baltazar and Mbuno being charged with stopping terrorism. Joining them is Mary, the daughter of television evangelist Reverend Jimmy Threte, with a terrorist cell targeting them ...more
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, tour
Murder on Safari by Peter Riva (a thriller) is book one in the Pero Baltazar series. This series is not one the reader has to read in order. I have actually read the second one in the series before this one.

This book centers on the television producer Pero Baltazar, who is filming in the area of East Africa. In the middle of this wonderful trip, the characters end up in the crosshairs of a terrorist group and there seems to be nowhere to escape. No one seems to know who the true target is, Pero,
Marilyn R.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am going to start with the fact that, of the 2 books I have read by author Peter Riva, Murder on Safari is my overwhelming favourite.. It hit the sweet spot for me and I literally consumed it in a few nights. The book is well written and managed to quickly transport me away to foreign places. Labelled as action and adventure - perfect choices by the way - the author offers so much more. Africa really comes alive.

In the book, the main character - Pero Baltazar - is at the beginning of a new
Create With Joy
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Have you ever had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Do you wonder how you would respond if you ever found yourself in a life or death situation?

That’s the situation reality television producer Pero Balatazar faces when he travels to East Africa to reunite with old friend and expert safari guide Mbuno in Murder On Safari – A Thriller by Peter Riva.

On the surface, Pero’s trip sounds like the working adventure of a lifetime – but it doesn’t take long before his dream
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Africa is my husband's bucket list

I LOVE watching the show National Geographic on the TV especially with wild animals in the safari with my husband and sometimes with my kids. It is very educational at the same time very mesmerizing to watch. It feels like you are glued on the TV and will never want to miss a thing.

Africa is my husband's bucket list. He loves the wild animals so as the outdoors. I hope that my husband's bucket list to visit Africa will come true in the future. Murder On Safari
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

Pero Baltazar is a film producer working on a nature film in Africa for a reality TV show. When one of his crew members is murdered, he covers up the murder so that there won’t be political problems and, more importantly, to insure that the family will receive insurance money. His crew leaves as soon as they can to continue with their filming schedule and so that they don’t raise suspicion while they try to solve the murder. What they
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book Tour: Murder on Safari by Peter Riva Pero is sent to film some wildlife. When they get there and settle for the first night. They plan for a photo shoot in the morning. Things start to get interesting once a truck appears and Pero and Mbuno. They start to run.A terrorist cell intercepts them. When they find that Simon as landed and is already dead. They start to wonder who killed him. Why are they after Pero and his film crew?I really like this book by Peter Riva has I feel I was part of ...more
Charlene Hatfield
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Murder on Safari was the first book I received in the GoodReads giveaway. Thank you so much to GoodReads and Mr. Peter Riva, appreciate the autographed copy! Was very easy to read and hard to put down. Liked that things were really finished up at the end. Great ending. Thank you again! Looking forward to more!
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story takes place in the East Africa region. Pero Baltazar a television producer and his crew come to film the wild life but instead end up twisted and tied up in a al-Shabaab terrorist attack. There are quite a few twists and turns int he book and tons of suspense. The story for me started out a little slow but once it started moving it ran the rest of the way through the book. I did enjoy the descriptions of East Africa though I could picture it in my mind. As a place I have never been, ...more
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