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This author starts out writing a "Heart of Darkness" tale of the African Continent, spinning historical references to the Colonial and post-Colonial East-African epoch like an old master (Joseph Conrad or Graham Greene come to mind). I was enthralled for two hours. Then, the devolution set in. The story rapidly degenerated into unrealistic terror plots against Christian pilgrims in Nairobi, Kenya. It got real weird when the hero, a cinematographer, starts doing all sorts of heroic deeds without the essential history that make his deeds plausible. Ultimately, the story devolves into a stream of consciousness ramble about good guys (doing amazing stuff) and bad guys (doing horrendous evil). Feh! BTW…we never meet the bad guys…they are just names and planted bombs.
I truly enjoy fiction set in Africa. I have read and listened to countless novels and non-fiction retells about the "Dark Continent." However, "Murder on Safari" is in the bottom 10% on my list of recommendations.
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After listening to Peter Riva's 'The Path' a week or so ago, I was not sure what Murder on Safari had in store for me.
I must say, I enjoyed this book much more!
The story starts out slowly, setting the scene, and introducing all the important characters. However, quickly grows into one of intrigue and mystery as we travel with Pero Baltazar and his team through Africa ending in Nairobi, Kenya.
The characters are well defined and their interaction is seamless. The drama and suspense builds rapidly until the ultimate ending. Will they be successful in their quest?
The narrator R. D. Watson does a brilliant job conveying the individual characters, with the emotions realistic, and it is easy to follow the changes in character.