Only a reality TV producer and an expert safari guide can stop a terrorist attack.
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
Simon’s only hope is to rely on intellect and instincts he didn’t know he had, and on new friends, not all of them human, to change himself and all humanity. And he doesn’t have much time.
I spotted some people getting out of the elevator. I didn’t know them but my senses made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. “Apollo, danger here. Tell me how to exit the building without being seen.”
“Simon, go to the nearest window and jump.”
“Apollo, I can’t float nor fly. Find a non-death way out.”
“Go to the nearest window and jump. We will catch you.” Now this may seem incredible, but I had complete faith in Apollo not to lie.
Having saved Earth, what else can Simon Bank almost ruin? Leaving Earth was no great sorrow for ex-master System computer wrangler Simon Bank, if only he had been out of the coma for the first 100 years of the journey.
In a 3 Km. spaceship destined for Alpha Centauri B, with a genesis crew including Zip the dog and his old nemesis yet friend Cramer and a computer being, Ra, now inhabiting human form calling herself Aten, Simon emerges from his coma and surprisingly is hailed as an awakened hero. Stuck with unwanted responsibility, he is forced to try and solve the entire enigma of the universe — just a small undertaking! — in order to safeguard his friends before they are all swatted out of existence.
Simon's only hope is to once again plunge— this time into the secrets of the universe’s pan-dimensions — as only he knows how. The fate of all of humanity is at risk as he struggles to prove himself worthy of the Path and the absolute trust his friends place in him.
The only problem is, he knows all too well that if he fails, there is no hope — none at all — for anyone or any living thing left on Earth and that includes his best friend, an artificial intelligence computer called Apollo, that he sadly left behind.
After years in E. Africa - filming and working with wonderful native gun bearers from pre-independence days - I wanted to give a real picture about the Africa I came to know, the wonderful people, the symbiosis with the animals they depend on. Especially I wanted to tell the stories I learned from Mbuno about his father and elephants... so I wove them into a modern day fable, a fable that is, nonetheless, based on the truths of the Dark Continent.
His lithe torso twisting and swaying to allow his legs to keep a steady, determined, rhythm, Mbuno's thin shoe soles felt the backpressure of the soil underfoot, advising him of hidden animal holes, soft earth, and changing terrain. This day, Mbuno wasn't in a hurry. But then he rarely was. To hurry was to risk faltering. To keep a good pace was to arrive. Mbuno measured all of life in easy strides. "A watch," he once explained to a safari client who was impatiently tapping his watch face as they searched for rhino, "does not tell the time of the land, only the time of the sky."
Out here, all alone, the pace of the land kept his internal clock, set his stride, determined his day, and enveloped him in the oneness that was becoming more rare in a modernizing Kenya. This, he thought, this is a good day.
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 the life-threatening experience in East Africa – al-Shabaab had attacked his crew, intent on a much larger terrorist attack. He suddenly finds himself under orders from his part-time employers at the State Department and the CIA when he is handed a mysterious package – an assignment he doesn’t want.
The problem is, it is a job mysterious others wanted him to have and they are prepared to kill him if he doesn’t deliver.
Way out of his depth, Pero turns to friends, old and new, to unravel the mystery of the package, the connections to Nazi concentration camp gold recently sold by the US Treasury, and thwart the ex-Stasi chief, now head of a very powerful banking group, pulling all the strings. Pero calls on Mbuno, his friend and East African safari guide, to assess the moves of his enemy as if they were animals – dangerous vermin – who had kidnapped both the film star and director. Mbuno’s tracking skills may keep them from getting killed providing Pero can rope in more help and keep the CIA at bay.
Exciting and expertly plotted, The Berlin Package is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller set in post-German reunification Europe.
Peter Riva - Author