Synopses & Reviews
A film producer, a handsome star, and an African safari guide must race to protect themselves and the world from a terrorist nuclear trade.
Film producer Pero Baltazar thought he was taking a Berlin filming assignment. He needed the work, needed to get back in the saddle after fighting off a life-threatening experience in East Africaal-Shabaab had attacked his crew, intent on a much larger terrorist attack. Suddenly he finds himself under orders from his part-time employers at the State Department and the CIA when he is handed a mysterious package. Its an assignment he doesnt want. The problem is, its a job contracted by mysterious patrons who are prepared to kill him if he doesnt deliver.
Peronow in far too deepturns to friends, old and new, to help him unravel the mystery of the package, uncover connections to Nazi concentration camp gold recently sold by the US Treasury, and thwart the exStasi chief, now head of a powerful banking group.
In this fast-paced sequel to Murder on Safari, Pero calls on Mbuno, his friend and East African safari guide, to anticipate the moves of his enemies as if they were animalsdangerous verminwho have kidnapped both the film star and director. Mbunos tracking skills may keep them from getting killedprovided Pero can rope in more help and keep the CIA at bay.
Exhilarating and expertly crafted, The Berlin Package is a gripping, page-turning thriller set in postGerman reunification Europe.
Riva’s unconvincing follow up to 2015’s Murder on Safari finds film producer Pero Baltazar fearing for his life on a plane that’s taking him from Washington D.C. to Berlin because it’s flying too high and is in danger of losing power and crashing into the Atlantic. Fortunately Pero knows a lot about planes and is able to persuade a crew member to let him into the cockpit where the pilot realizes Pero is right and takes the aircraft down to a safe altitude. In Berlin Pero who does part time work for the State Department and the CIA receives a briefcase from a U.S. diplomat he knows. The briefcase contains a plastic bag with flakes of paper suspended in a radioactive liquid; the paper Pero later learns came from labels on some gold bars that “the U.S. Treasury was swapping via a Swiss bank and a dealer.” In addition to some awkward prose readers should be prepared for unengaging characters in this unlikely tale of international intrigue. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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.