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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.
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By Craig on 05-31-15
Can't Decide - Joseph Conrad or Lee Child
This author starts out writing a "Heart of Darkness" tale of the African Continent, spinning historical references to the Colonial and post-Colonial East-African epoch like an old master (Joseph Conrad or Graham Greene come to mind).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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By Pinky Pollock on 11-25-15
Suspense and Intrigue
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.