The Berlin Package (Review, Tour & Giveaway!)

The Berlin Package (Review, Tour & Giveaway!)
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Title: The Berlin Package

Author: Peter Riva
Publisher: Yucca Publishing
Publishing Date: 26th April 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
*Thank you to iReadTours for the review copy*

Synopsis: 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 Africa—al-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. It’s an assignment he doesn’t want. The problem is, it’s a job contracted by mysterious patrons who are prepared to kill him if he doesn’t deliver.

Pero—now in far too deep—turns 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 ex–Stasi 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 animals—dangerous vermin—who have kidnapped both the film star and director. Mbuno’s tracking skills may keep them from getting killed—provided 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 post–German reunification Europe.

Review: The Berlin Package is the sequel to Riva’s previous thriller novel called Murder on Safari. Because I enjoyed the previous book so much I was eager to also review his sequel novel which was released a year later. And I think Peter Riva couldn’t have better managed to continue the series. There is a good use of the old and the new in this book which brings back something the reader is familiar with if they enjoyed book one – but also brings enough newness for this one to be its own separate story. You don’t need to have read book one in order to be able to understand this novel. 

This thriller takes place in Berlin, Germany. It spends less time describing the setting than book one did, but no doubt you’ll easily be doused in the German culture effectively and realistically. At one point in the novel Pero even ends up in Paris, but that isn’t for long and you don’t get too much of a feel for the country. I really loved the setting in this one because despite it not being somewhere as exotic as Africa, it still managed to carry the culture, language and industrial side of Germany. 

This one was also heavily linked to history. This time, Pero seems to be dealing with a package that originated in German history that rewinds all the way back to the Nazi period. There is a lot of the WW2 involved in this one, and more than I had assumed from reading the synopsis. As a historical fiction lover, I was pretty content to see how neatly this aspect of the book tired in. 

As for the plot, Riva once again manages to prove how he has nailed the building of suspense and keeping the reader on the edge of their seats. I could never guess what was going to happen next. In this book, the enemy has become more ruthless and intimate than before, so there was a whole lot more at risk. Torture, kidnapping and hostages all come into play. No character is safe. The plot races and my heart was racing along with it!

At times this novel did get a bit technical. On top of all the thriller and historical business, nuclear radiation also comes into play (I don’t want to give anything away so I can’t say much more than that!) This did lead to there being a lot of science-y talk and explanations given which occasionally was a little overwhelming for me despite it already having been dumbed down. But it didn’t deter me in the overall reading of this book, so I didn’t mind much. 

My excitement while racing through this novel.

Riva brought back old characters that we were familiar with. For example, Pero was the main character once again. Mbuno was present even though he is a safari expert and was outside of his natural element. Riva managed to adapt his animal understanding to that of humans and it worked really well with the novel. Heep is also back again, as Pero’s best friend and most trustworthy person. They shared the same characters as they always had before but it was good to see them together. There are also new characters like Bertha, Sam, Sergio and Susanna. They were fairly well developed and I enjoyed getting to know them. There was even a hint of a romance in this novel as well, which didn’t take the forefront but was sweet. 

A very good read. I’m looking forward to whatever it is that Riva publishes next!

Giveaway! Enter for your chance to win 1 of 5 sets of print copies of both Murder on Safari and The Berlin Package, or 1 of 2 $25 Amazon gift cards! 
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.

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