"Thought provoking..." was how Arthur C. Clarke described my first book's preface, and then he oh-so-generously agreed to write the foreword. "Sightseeing" (Alfred A. Knopf, 1985, ed. Victoria Wilson) by Barbara Hitchcock and me contained 120 never-before released images taken by astronauts in space - an edit down from 275,000 images we uncovered. Space, science, the wild, traveling, and the environment has always been a fascination for me- to study, chronicle, assist (when I can) and always let one's imagination fly.
Kidnapped On Safari; Book 3 of Mbuno & Pero Series
he third book in the Mbuno & Pero series pulls terror from headlines to create a gripping international thriller for readers of John le Carré, Daniel Silva, and Iris Johansen.
Expert safari guide Mbuno and wildlife television producer Pero Baltazar are filming on Lake Rudolf in Northern Kenya, East Africa, when they receive news that Mbuno’s son, himself an expert guide, has been kidnapped while on a safari five hundred miles away in Tanzania. After gathering the clues and resources needed to trek through the wilderness, they trace the kidnappers back to an illegal logging operation clear-cutting national park forests, manned by sinister Boko Haram mercenaries. There, they find not only Mbuno's son but also a shocking revelation that has terrifying and far-reaching consequences.
Relying on Mbuno’s legendary bush skills, the pair must overcome the danger both from inside and outside the camp to bring Mbuno’s son out alive. In doing so, Mbuno and Pero discover that kidnapping and deforestation are only the beginning of the terrorist group's aspirations, and they realize a threat that would herald an even more dangerous outcome for Tanzania—a coup. A rescue might just risk the entire stability of the region.
Exciting and expertly plotted using facts ripped from news’ headlines, Kidnapped on Safari is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller set in deepest, darkest, Machiavellian, East Africa.
Reaching Angelica: Book #2 in the Tag Series2017
The Berlin Package; Book 2 of Mbuno & Pero Series2016
Murder On Safari; Book 1 of Mbuno & Pero Series2015
The Path; Tag Series #12015
A Tribal Rumble - A Safari Campfire Tale2009
Sightseeing; A Space Panorama1985
Awards and Recognition
- New Mexico-Arizona Winner Fiction 2020
- San Francisco Book Festival 2020; General Fiction; Honorable Mention; Kidnapped On Safari
Press and Media Mentions
- Fantascise.com - premier cyberpunk review site
- Publishers Weekly, 2020: Spotlight on Peter Riva
- The Writing Train Interview 2020
- Jean Book Nerd Interview 2020
- Olio by Marilyn 2015
- Listen Notes 2017
- Mystery Suspense Reviews 2020
- Author Stories Podcast - Episode 797
- Lunch Ticket Interview
- Thrilling Reads Interview