Reviews -- Hardcover

"Kidnapped on Safari is a richly-detailed Pero Baltazar  thriller set in Africa that quickly seduces the reader with authentic  touches that could’ve been ripped from today’s headlines. … This is a  whip-smart page-turner  impossible to put down once you begin  reading." - Robert Morgan Fisher, Winner of the 2018 Chester B. Himes Fiction Prize and Finalist for the 2019 John Steinbeck Award

"This captivating story, involving Russian efforts to destabilize East-Africa with the help of Boko Haram extremists, is in itself enough to chain you to your seat. Add to this Peter Riva’s soulful rendering of the African spirit, and you have an outstanding reading experience that will linger for a long time." – Bob van Laerhoven, author of international bestselling and award-winning Baudelaire’s Revenge and twelve other novels.

"Riva delivers rat-a-tat action, rarely letting up, building to a nail-biter conclusion. Move over Jason Bourne. Baltazar is here." -- Mary Glickman, bestselling author and a National Jewish Book Award Finalist.

"A clever and entertaining novel in an exotic setting...Few books set in Africa give such a detailed description of settings and language as this one... this book betrays a writer very well at home in his craft." -- Guido Eekhaut, Hercule Poirot Award winner.

"...rousing and topical... a blockbuster... Pero Baltazar and his trusted guide Mbuno will again stop at nothing to do what’s right, and the world could use more of them." -- Steve Anderson, bestselling translator and author of The Preserve and other novels

"A clever and entertaining novel in an exotic setting — what more fo you want for hours of entertainment? Few books set in Africa give such a detailed description of settings and language as this one, due to the extensive experience of the author in the field (mainly as a documentary producer). With an interesting plot and clearly described (and motivated) characters, this book betrays a writer very well at home in his craft." -- Guido Eekhaut, multiple award winning author 


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About me

Langata, Kenya, 1985

 "If you’re in the mood for a sci-fi tale or thriller series to add to your summer reading pile, Peter Riva has got you covered. -- Riva now lives in New Mexico, writes a  regular weekly column for us that discusses every topic  imaginable. -- Riva’s impressive career has provided him with  plenty of inspiration for his novels, which he writes as a form of  relaxation." -- The Lakeville Journal and The Millerton News

I was a pure math major at college but later went to UCLA Film School  and then to the BBC as an Apprentice. I was the creator and producer of  over 78 hours of primetime wildlife television, spent a ton of time in  East Africa and parts of North and Central Africa, co-founded a film  history museum, and was the program manager for the first global  circum-navigation atmospheric flight (Voyager; 1986). 

Voyager World Flight 1986, Edwards AFB, California


I have worked for more than thirty years with the leaders in aerospace  and space exploration as well as environmental causes with the UN, USA  and USSR. I also helped manage and create several international historic  events (the memorabilia of which are on permanent display in national  institutions in America, Germany, and France as well as touring  internationally). 

Bear Creek, Gila, NM

My daytime job for more than forty years has been as a literary agent.  Born and raised in New York City, London, and Switzerland, I moved some years ago  and love where I live now best of all: Gila, New Mexico.

Mbuno & Pero Series

Release date: Jan. 21, 2020

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 The third book in the Mbuno & Pero series pulls terror from  headlines to create a gripping international thriller for readers  of John LeCarre, Daniel Silva, and Iris Johansen.


Pero & Mbuno To The Rescue!

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  Film producer Pero thought he was taking a simple Berlin filming  assignment.  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--a job  contracted by mysterious patrons who are prepared to kill him if he  doesn’t deliver.   

Mbuno & Pero Pair Up!

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Only a reality TV producer and an expert safari guide can stop a terrorist attack.   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.

The Berlin Package

Reviews -- Paperback, Audible, Kindle

"An explosive radioactive thriller written with intelligence. . .  "  —Ron Lealos, author of Pastun and Don't Mean Nuthin'  

"...another great book by this author. If you love thrillers, I know you will love this book."  The World As I See It blog 

 "...twists and turns left me guessing and every minute was crucial.  This is a hard book to put down. I am giving this book a 5/5." —Deal Sharing Aunt blog 

 “The action and suspense begins from the very first page and continues to increase. . . . a strong Four Stars rating.” Rockin’ Book Reviews

“Wow—this novel was just as stunning and fast paced as Murder on Safari.  . . . beyond exciting, full of surprises that you never quite see  coming and an exciting plot line that will have you unable to put the  novel down. Rating: 5/5” Working Mommy Journal Blog

“This  book was so difficult to put down. . . . I highly recommend this book  to anyone, but especially to those who love a good thriller. He could be  the next great thriller writer.” Book Reviews and Wallpapers Blog

“This is one fabulous thriller to dive into—escapism at its best. Trust me, you won't be able to put it down.” Olio by Marylyn 


Murder On Safari

Reviews -- Paperback, Audible, Kindle

“A gripping tale! Here is the East Africa I know so well after 40 years of filming there.” —Bertram van Munster, Co-Creator & Producer, The Amazing Race on CBS TV 

“A fast-paced thriller filled with action, and great suspense . . .  loaded with twists and turns that will leave you guessing . . . you will  not want to put this book down.”  Vic's Media Room

 "An exciting thriller that engages. I rate Murder On Safari 4 out of 5 stars." —Create With Joy Blog

“If  you're looking for an intelligent thriller, one that will take you  through the dusty, dangerous dirt roads of Africa as a TV filming crew  fight to stay alive and stop a terrorist plot, then you must read Murder on Safari.  Author Peter Riva introduces his readers to the real Africa, from his  legendary guide in East Africa, Mbuno of Liangulu to the joys of filming  wildlife. I was enthralled as I read this novel. I highly recommend  this thriller series.” Library of Clean Reads Blog  

 "Reading the book is like a visit to Africa... His  descriptions make it seem alive.... interesting and full of adventure." -  Heidi's Wanderings

"...the kind of book that  gets you hooked from the very first pages.....This story has it all  mystery, suspense and a beautiful location. I give this book a 5/5" -- 3  partners in shopping blogspot

"...fullof thrills that... left me hooked on turning those pages until I reached the endof the book." - Olivia's Catastrophe

"...twists  and turns left me guessing and every minute was crucial. This is a hard  book to put down. I am giving this book a 5/5." - Deal Sharing Aunt  blog 


Science fiction Series

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In a massive spaceship destined for Alpha Centauri B, with a genesis  crew including Zip the telepathic dog, his old friendly nemesis Cramer,  and a computer being named Ra (now inhabiting a human form and calling  herself Aten), Simon Bank emerges from a hundred-year coma and is hailed  as an awakened hero. Stuck with unwanted responsibility, he is forced  to try and solve the entire enigma of the universe—a small  undertaking—before the spaceship, his friends, and all life on Earth are  swatted out of existence by super beings he has accidentally awakened.

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All life on earth is about to be terminated by an entity as old as  the galaxy itself. To make matters worse, Simon has broken everything  already.

In a future world that is run by computer systems  and that is without want, how can a man find his role? Then, if the very  computers he works on to try to make them more human suddenly try to  kill him, revealing a secret so vast that it affects every living soul  on the planet, can that man be a hero? 

Reaching Angelica

Reviews -- Paperback, Audible, Kindle

"If you are looking for a real science fiction book to read this book is for you." Heidi's Wanderings Blogspot

"Part Star Trek and part The Matrix in its pan-dimension concepts, the reader is once again immersed in Simon Banks's life." Library of Clean Reads

"  or... philosophy/religion....reality can be understoodonly by combining  what we find out through both of these channels.  One of the main  reasons I recommend Peter Riva's books, both The Path and Reaching Angelica is thathis characters try to solve the big problems by marrying the two sources ofknowledge." -- Sahar's Blog

"...recommended toscience-fiction enthusiasts." - The AutisticGamer

"Riva  returns to the world of THE PATH with the same flair that we've come to  expect from him....a fun & engaging story. Riva kept the pace up  from page to page as the characters capture your heart." - Pure Jonel  Blogspot

“Thrilling moments keep the suspense  high in space. . . . The way Riva describes the mysteries of the  Universe is intriguing. . . . This cyberpunk world has its own laws of  stretching brains wide with its mind-bending concepts.” —Jake Vyper,

“My favorite part of this book and The Path was Simon’s sense of humor and comedic timing. He was able to make me  laugh among the most stressful situations. When a character in a book is  able to pull that off—it’s a sign of wonderful writing.” –Brian’s Book  Blog

"...will have you tilting your head, wondering, “Did I read that right?” in this amazing continuation of The Path...  The author’s creativity for this well written story is astounding...  read Reaching Angelica, and The Path, as soon as you can." - Jaquo  Lifestyle Magazine

5 Stars. Simon Bank is back…. a great story…” – J Bonder Book Reviews

“…philosophy that is interwoven in all aspects of the action that… makes [it] all the more compelling.”—Sahar’s Blog 


The Path

Reviews -- Paperback, Audible, Kindle

"Reading Peter Riva's science fiction novel The Path (Book 1 of the TAG series)  felt like diving into a world entirely different from our own yet so  immersive that upon returning to the surface we call "reality", I had to  open my window to catch some fresh air (more like "chilling winds") as I  reflected on the novel's mind-bending concepts and thought-provoking  investigations about humans, machines, and the things that set them  apart. The Path is like the virtual Heart of Darkness minus the "darkness" or a potent potion that some might not dare to consume, but its effects are tantalizing. 
The Path is a remarkable experience that brings us to an alien but realistic  world, a fascinating exploration of the human mind, its psychological  aspects, and the possibility of humanizing machines through  assimilation. 
I've wrapped my mind around this  question: Is humanizing an A.I. truly possible? But I think the more  important question is: Is the possibility of losing our human qualities  that make us human --flaws, emotions, the tendency to learn  from mistakes and choose our own paths instead of processing data  through the machines' analogue ways -- more dangerous than machines  outsmarting humans? Discover The Path that Riva has paved, and you might find an answer.  - Jake Vyper,

"I loved it. A Must Read!" -- NRC Books Blogspot"

"Warning:  This bookshould be read with an Aspirin to help alleviate the  brainpressure caused by the concepts related to the existence of human  lifeand the universe as we don't know it. "-- IT Revolution

"For people who love pure Sci-Fi, this book is a treat." - Book and Ink 

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A Tribal Rumble - Mbuno Solo Story

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 "...a wonderful story, full of hope and bravery, set amongst  the beautiful backdrop of East Africa.... wraps around the reader,  bringing them into the very heart of the story to become part of  Africa itself.... The characters are wonderfully written and the author  has made them so realistic that you almost expect them to walk off  the page...[the] magical way the author is able to write made me  reluctant to finish it. This is definitely for any fan of Alexander  McCall Smith,and those who love elephants will find their heartstrings  pulled while reading it. I wish that there were more books out there like  this and I look forward to more from this author."  --OnlineBookClub          

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