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It is August 1944, and the Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies of the Third Reich following the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler's life. Gabi Mueller is a young woman working for the newly formed American Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner to the CIA) in Basel, Switzerland. When she is asked to put herself in harm's way to safely "courier" a German scientist working on the atomic bomb project into Allied hands, the fate of the the world hangs in the balance. This fast-paced, suspenseful novel will whisk you along the treacherous twists and turns of a fascinating- and deadly- time in history.
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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.
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.
An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Suspense and surprisesAugust 2, 2013An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4They had me fooled - more than once. I can't believe I didn't see it coming!
Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey write a fantastic WWII suspense about intelligence agents in Germany and Switzerland working to smuggle a brilliant but naive scientist into Allied hands before the Gestapo capture him.
The novel starts out with seemingly scattered story lines - obviously related, but thus far unconnected. From our heroine, Gabi Mueller, as she undertakes her first field mission, to Swiss operatives smuggling escaped prisoners across the border, to the young, upcoming scientist Joseph Engel who is unwittingly of Jewish descent, to agents working both sides of the war, and to the evil Gestapo major Sturmbannfuhrer Bruno Kassler. As the plot winds on, the story lines grow closer and closer together, until they meet in a thrilling climax. At first it seemed a bit slow, since everything was still fairly scattered, but everything that happens is important for establishing roles, connections, motives, and the final plan of action.
Suspense and mystery are not synonymous; this is not a mystery, but it is suspense. We know almost everything of what is going on, so we feel the thrill, the confusion, the danger - the innocent student is busily working on his equations, little knowing that the Allies are forming a plan to smuggle him out, but the Gestapo is about to knock on the door. And even when it seems everything has been laid out on the table, the authors can still pull one over on the reader! I was impressed by their ability to write a good suspense while still throwing in a surprise here and there. I guess that's what makes it a great suspense!
As far as Christian themes go, there was not a lot outside of some of the characters professing Christ; there was no big lesson to be learned or strong message of faith, but at least some of the characters seemed to genuinely rely on God, especially in such uncertain times where the chances of getting caught far exceeded the chances of survival.
I found the novel to be a thrilling escape from the modern world as the characters eluded Nazis and even their own countrymen.
RevMarcia1Kingsport, TNAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This kept me turning the pages. A great book!March 8, 2012RevMarcia1Kingsport, TNAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a great book that shows what life was like during the war. Tricia is a fantastic author and this book lived up to her reputation.
grannydGarland,TXAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5excellent historical fiction by two new authorsJune 17, 2011grannydGarland,TXAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have almost finished the "Swiss Courier" I find it excellent reading,clean, historically accurate, teaches values, suspencfill I hope to read more from these authors in the near future.
Susan OsbornFullerton, CAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Historical novel filled with intriqueMarch 11, 2011Susan OsbornFullerton, CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey have teamed up to create a fast-paced, suspense novel that takes place during World War II. Set in Switzerland, The Swiss Courier shows unique viewpoints of a woman working for an American organization, American pilots who are shot down over Switzerland, the German Gestapo, and the supposedly neutral Swiss people. It is filled with intrigue, romance, and little known facts about the Swiss during World War II. The ending has an incredible twist that is hard to guess! This book is a must read, particularly for history buffs.
Sandra DeanctAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 5, 2010Sandra DeanctAge: Over 65Gender: femaleI enjoyed this book very much. the history was interesting. Will look for more by the auther .