Monday, 16 May 2016

Murder on Safari (Review, Tour & Giveaway!)

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Title: Murder on Safari
Author: Peter Riva
Publisher: Yucca Publishing
Publishing Date: 25th April 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to iReadTours for the review copy*

Synopsis: 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.

The problem is, Pero has a secret—he's been working as a clandestine courier for the US State Department for years. If anyone finds out, it may get them all killed. Exciting and expertly plotted, Murder on Safari is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller set in the great wide-open plains of East Africa.


Review: 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 raising the suspense over time until I reached the climax. In the beginning things seemed to be fairly safe until the first murder occurred and it quickly revealed that secrets, betrayal and manipulation were at play. I was kept guessing as I tried to gather as many of the clues as possible. When everything finally boiled down to the climax, it was deliciously dragged out. There were so many things which could go wrong that kept me at the edge of my seat until the very last turn of the page. 


What I also loved about this book had to be the cast of characters that took the forefront. Pero and Mbuno are the main characters - one of them being an America film expert (Pero) and the other being the best hunter there is in Africa. I really loved Mbuno's simple way of acting and the way we could see his traditions and values really shine through in everything he did. I also liked Pero's sharp and quick-witted thinking. He may have only been a film expert, but he did know how to adjust to the new situation he found himself in pretty well. Above all, this adjustment stayed believable. But it was not only them that made the crew - There was Heep, Rius and Pritt as well as Mary for some of the time. Each character brought something new to the mix and were given enough backstory for me to care about them and worry about them when they were placed in dangerous situations. 

This whole novel was set in Africa and we get to travel through quite a few countries. As well as getting familiar with some of the customs and traditions in these places, we get to see some of the setting and the animals among all the heart-racing action happening. Although I did feel as if I was in Africa and really enjoyed the novel being set somehwere more unique than the usual, I wish there had been a little more focus on it. I wanted to delve just a little deeper into this world. 

That's how much suspense there really was...
I was a little worried about the film/plane flying talk becoming a little too technical at times. Even though the novel did happen to go quite deep into its descriptions from time to time, for the most part I was incredibly satisfied reading the explanations. I didn't get bored by them at all and it simply added to the realism of the novel. It was clear the author had done all the research they needed to, and that pleased me. 

A very good thriller, that won't be the last of Riva's that I read for sure. 

Giveaway! Enter for your chance to win 1 of 5 sets of print copies of both Murder on Safari and The Berlin Package, or 1 of 2 $25 Amazon gift cards! 

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.

Connect with the author:   Website   Twitter   Facebook

Olivia's Question: Have you ever been on a safari before? Would you want to go on one?

Olivia-Savannah x

30 comments:

  1. [ Smiles ] Another interesting book!

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    1. You're welcome. I really like your book!

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  3. This sounds very interesting! I'm pretty sure I've never read anything like this. I like how their tradition played a big part in the story, I always love that about going to new places :)

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. It did well to keep in with the traditions and customs. I haven't read too many books set in Africa so I really liked this side one of this one :D

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  4. It's been a long time since I've read a murder novel. I remember that feeling.

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    1. This was the first one I have read in a while, but I follow Fictionzeal which keeps making me want to read more of them!

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  5. Love the setting! And I also like that Mr. Riva knows how to slowly draw his readers in.

    Great review, Olivia!

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    1. The slow suspense was done perfectly :D

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  6. I have to be in the mood when I read mysteries, but the exotic setting sounds like it definitely made this one shine. I majored in anthropology in high school, so when I can see different cultures portrayed through books, it's a plus.

    Lovely review! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the giveaway. ^-^

    Brittany @ http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com/

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    1. I don't pick them up too often but I should really do it more! I think you would like the anthropological side to things herem then :3

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  7. I want to win it as I love a good thriller and this definitely fits that bill!

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  8. I don't remember you reviewing very many thrillers. For some authors, it does seem to be difficult to not make things too technical. Sounds like Peter Riva did well with that. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. I don't usually read them, but the more I follow your blog, the more mysteries and thrillers I want to try.

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  9. I love thrillers, I've really been getting into them lately so I would be so very excited if I got the chance and won a copy of this! Love how you're managing your blog Deanie!<3

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    1. Thrillers are so much fun and really get the heart racing as well. I'm glad you like it <3 Hehehe and here I was thinking that I wasn't managing too well xD

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  10. Great review. This one sounds so good and I do enjoy a thriller. I am especially excited by the fact you said it is paced so well, pacing is everything to me. Might have to give this one a try myself. Thanks for the review :)

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    1. Pacing is really important and I know much you care about it after reading those reviews of the Shadowhunter series, hehe :c

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  11. This is my kind of book. I love murder/mystery books that are well paced.
    I've never been on a safari in Africa so the environment is interesting. So it'll be really cool to learn something about Africa.

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    1. Oh yes, this definitely does sound like the kind of thing you would like. I would love to do a safari, but like you, I never have!

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  12. Safari murder? I can't remember the last time I read a thriller. And this one seems quite heavy, with the terrorists and all. The closest I've come to a safari is the zoo in Pine Mountain, GA. It really is called Wild Animal Safari. LOL

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    1. It'd been a while for me too! I need to get into doing it more often as well. Hehehe the closest I have come to a safari myself is pretty much something similar :P

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  13. Great Review! (Just remember to breathe ;) ...)

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    1. Glad for the reminder! And glad you enjoyed the review ^.^

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  14. Any way you can post that great photo to my FB page?
    https://www.facebook.com/peter.riva

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  15. I'm not really the type of reader who enjoys thrillers/murder-mystery type books to a massive extent, since I get far too anxious and scare *really* easily, so mostly I've stuck to Agatha Christie *laughs* There has been maybe one series that I actually have read that is crime, and that wasn't really scary or anything- although it was throughly enjoyable- but things that cross over into being heart-poundingly exciting/scary/tentative, those don't go so well for me. I *am* going to read Dangerous Girls, at some point, but your description of how intense this one was reading makes me think I wouldn't cope so well with it!

    I'm glad it was mostly splendid going for you, Olivia-Savannah! I do rather like the sound of the characters, especially since more than the MCs have backgrounds and detail to them, to make them come alive, and also I really like that you say you felt like you got to see the country, even if you'd have liked to see even more of it.

    Nice review. xx

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    1. That I can understand! The kind of heart racing thriller is not for everyone. Suspense does different things to different people. I hope you can enjoy Dangerous Girls when you get round to it - that's one of the ones I want to try for myself. And yes, you are right in thinking that this one is really intense.

      Main characters are important to me, and setting is the second most important <3 So I loved that these two elements were handled incredibly well.

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