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.
Peter Riva spent many months over thirty years in Africa, many of them with the legendary guides for East African white hunters and adventurers. He created a TV series (seventy-eight 1-hour episodes) in 1995 called WildThings for Paramount TV. Passing on the fables, true tales and insider knowledge of these last reserves of true wildlife is a passion.
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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 times and certainly at the beginning I found it hard to get my head around who was who. This is a multi-layered thriller that had moments of superb suspense where I couldn't wait to find out what happened, sadly in other places the narrative seemed to be flag at times and hold the story back. A couple of minor characters such as the female car dealer are brilliant and worth an earlier mention. If you love reading about Africa and enjoy a good thriller then you will definitely enjoy this one.