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23 October 2009

The Swiss Courier: A Tour and A Review

Title: The Swiss Courier
Authors: Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: October 1, 2009
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN: 978-0800733360
Genre: Historical Fiction

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A brief synopsis:

It is August 1944 and the Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies of the Third Reich. When Joseph Engel, a German physicist working on the atomic bomb, finds that he is actually a Jew, adopted by Christian parents, he must flee for his life to neutral Switzerland. Gabi Mueller is a young Swiss-American woman working for the newly formed American Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner to the CIA) close to Nazi Germany. When she is asked to risk her life to safely "courier" Engel out of Germany, the fate of the world rests in her hands. If she can lead him to safety, she can keep the Germans from developing nuclear capabilities. But in a time of traitors and uncertainty, whom can she trust along the way? This fast-paced, suspenseful novel takes readers along treacherous twists and turns during a fascinating--and deadly--time in history.

My review:

The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey is a fast paced, brilliant spy novel, which takes place towards the end of WWII. Alternating fluidly between Germany and Switzerland, the reader is drawn into the worlds of the Third Reich as well as the resistance movement. The characters are so well written into the story lines one cannot help but feel as if they are there with the characters. The fluidity of the novel along with the impeccable details of the various sites, from Davos, Switzerland to Heidelberg, Germany, one cannot help but feel transported back in time. The story lines flow with a brilliant fluidity while maintaining secrets, hidden identities and agendas until the very end. The Heroine, Gabi, is a strong and intelligent woman, yet not overbearing, rather quite the opposite, and on the surface a seemingly unlikely courier. She is a loving daughter, loyal friend, hard worker and stands up for what she believes to be right, in a time that dictates the opposite. With so much riding on the OSS to keep Joseph Engel out of the hands of the Gestapo, this novel portrays just how important the role of the OSS was during the later stages of WWII as well as the brave men and women who stood their ground, followed their hears and risked their lives to bring the truth forward. The Swiss Courier, in my opinion, is a novel that will be of interest to all readers.

About the Authors:

Tricia Goyer is the author of several books, including Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights, both past winners of the ACFW's Book of the Year Award for Long Historical Romance. Goyer lives with her family in Montana. To find out more visit her website.
Mike Yorkey is the author or coauthor of dozens of books, including the bestselling Every Man's Battle series. Married to a Swiss native, Yorkey lived in Switzerland for 18 months. He and his family currently reside in California. To find out more visit his website.
Listen to an interview with the authors.
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I received a copy of The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey from Litfuse Publicity Group as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.

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4 comments:

okbolover said...

I clicked on your link to this review and was very surprised as I have NEVER heard of this and WWII is my thing!!! how did this one fly under the radar???? hahaah. Great review! I'm going to look it up! there's not much romance in it is there?

Jenny Girl said...

Another great review Jen. I like books with suspense, and twists and turns. Put me in mind of the Good German. I'm def picking this one up.

Petunia said...

What a coincidence! My friend's first novel has just been published. It was co-authored with Tricia Goyer. Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, MO is being released in Dec. It's a christian romance.

Mike Yorkey said...

As the co-author of "The Swiss Courier," it was great to see all the enthusiasm for our World War II-era thriller. Readers have been telling us that we've been keeping them up late to finish the last 50 pages. No one has been able to figure out how "The Swiss Courier" ends yet, so there are some great surprises. Thanks again. Mike Yorkey