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. Read more...
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.
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-02-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Riva’s unconvincing follow-up to 2015’s Murder on Safari finds film producer Pero Baltazar fearing for his life on a plane that’s taking him from Washington, D.C., to Berlin, because it’s flying too high and is in danger of losing power and crashing into the Atlantic. Fortunately, Pero knows a lot about planes and is able to persuade a crew member to let him into the cockpit, where the pilot realizes Pero is right and takes the aircraft down to a safe altitude. In Berlin, Pero, who does part-time work for the State Department and the CIA, receives a briefcase from a U.S. diplomat he knows. The briefcase contains a plastic bag with flakes of paper suspended in a radioactive liquid; the paper, Pero later learns, came from labels on some gold bars that “the U.S. Treasury was swapping via a Swiss bank and a dealer.” In addition to some awkward prose, readers should be prepared for unengaging characters in this unlikely tale of international intrigue. (Apr.)