Courier

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"This is a goddamn big story. It'll make those jerks at the Post look like idiots and Watergate look like a cop taking an apple off a fruit stand."

It's 1972. The Watergate scandal has Washington on edge and Putnam, a Vietnam veteran and courier for one of the capital's leading television stations, is trying to get his life back together after his nightmarish ordeal in the war. Racing at breakneck speed through the streets of the capital, he not only intends to be the best courier in the business, he also intends...

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Overview

"This is a goddamn big story. It'll make those jerks at the Post look like idiots and Watergate look like a cop taking an apple off a fruit stand."

It's 1972. The Watergate scandal has Washington on edge and Putnam, a Vietnam veteran and courier for one of the capital's leading television stations, is trying to get his life back together after his nightmarish ordeal in the war. Racing at breakneck speed through the streets of the capital, he not only intends to be the best courier in the business, he also intends to escape the demons that haunt him. But when Rick picks up film from a news crew interviewing a government worker with a hot story, his life begins to unravel as everyone involved in the story dies within hours of the interview and Rick realizes he is the next target.

Enlisting the aid of friends who have discovered a way to hack into the government's computer databases, and a beautiful young Indian Rights activist, Eva Buffalo Calf, Rick races full throttle through the streets of the nation's capital to stay ahead of his pursuers as he searches for answers. When he discovers the killings have been orchestrated by a rogue CIA agent and his team of assassins, Rick isn't surprised when his road to the truth leads directly to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Kudos to one of television's best producers for writing the thriller of the year."
-Sam Donaldson, White House Reporter

"If the phrase 'a crackling good yarn' evokes an era before Twitter, Facebook, cell phones, videotape, DVD's or cable television, welcome to Terry Irving's fast-paced thriller."
-Ted Koppel, anchor for NBC Nightline, now senior news analyst for National Public Radio and contributing analyst to BBC World News America, and NBC.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909223790
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 683,588
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Irving is a 4-time Emmy award-winning writer and producer who has turned to fiction.

In addition to 4 Emmys, Terry has also won 3 Peabody Awards and 3 DuPont Awards. He has been a producer, editor or writer with ABC, CNN, Fox and MSNBC. He is currently finishing the second novel in the series.

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  • Posted July 15, 2014

    Murder, mystery and mayhem abound in this exciting thriller.

    Murder, mystery and mayhem abound in this exciting thriller.








    An intricately woven, intelligently written story with plenty of intrigue, I was hooked from the very first page. It was fast paced, with layer upon layer of suspense and chaos. I was thrilled to go along for the ride as Rick literally raced against time to unravel a scandalous story that could very well lead to his own demise.




    Exhilarating and nerve-wracking, this book kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a stellar read!

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    I am not done yet. But I can't sit on my hands. I met Terry Irvi

    I am not done yet. But I can't sit on my hands. I met Terry Irving while he was doing a signing at the Falls Church Coleman PowerSports and bought a copy there and has him sign it. I picked it up when I went to bed that same night and when I looked up, it was 3:30AM. 

    That hasn't happened for years. I am a DC resident of 25-years, a BMW motorcyclist, and also a retired DC courier (bike) and the novel is legit -- a totally accurate DC book, including restaurants, politics, etc. Well-written, too. But surely an over-the-top story line along the lines of the TV show Scandal, if scandal took place in DC in the 70s. 

    Also, similar to Homeland, if Homeland took place in the 70s. If you like well-written, page-turning, novels about conspiracy, get this. If you like books that are about normal schmos stumbling into high-strangeness, a world where people are dying, people are being disappeared and shushed, and all that -- as in normal DC crisis management -- then you'll love the book. If you've lived in DC for a while, you'll love this book -- it's surely a star of the book. 

    And so, too, is the BMW R50/2 that also stars. If you're a motorcyclist, love riding, love BMW bikes, or even if you were a bike courier, you'll love it. It's exciting, implausible, and also completely addicting. I have another hundred pages to go, but I couldn't wait to write my initial impressions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    In his debut novel, Courier, author Terry Irving weaves an exhil

    In his debut novel, Courier, author Terry Irving weaves an exhilarating and fast paced political thriller with a historical twist.




    Rick Putnam is a Vietnam Vet and motorcycle courier for one of Washington D.C.'s leading television stations. The Vietnam War has taken its toll on Rick, after recovering from his war wounds, he suffers from PTSD and his method of escaping his demons and the memories of the war that continue to haunt him is by riding his motorcycle at breakneck speeds down the streets and alleys of the capital. When Rick picks up a roll of news film from a correspondent and news crew, he later finds out that the film contains the potential of a very hot and damaging story, and that the correspondent and news crew have been killed. What he doesn't realize is that he's next on the killer's list. With one fast motorcycle and a little help from friends, Rick is determined to figure out who is after him and why ... a discovery that will lead him all the way to the White House!




    Courier is a gritty and gripping political thriller that takes the reader on one hell of a roller coaster ride. From Vietnam to the White House, Nixon to Watergate, author Terry Irving transports the reader back to 1972 Washington D.C., an era of turmoil in US history.




    The author utilizes his past media experience to weave an intriguing tale that is rich in vivid descriptions and historical information. One can only wonder if the author instilled a bit of himself into Rich, as he is also a motorcycle enthusiast who began his career as a media motorcycle courier. I loved following Rich story's, he is a realistic and flawed man who the reader can easily relate to, you can't help but feel for him as he struggles with the residue of his time in Vietnam while trying to put his life back together.




    With a fascinating cast of characters; witty dialogue and gripping interactions; and a riveting action packed storyline with chase scenes, danger, political drama, exciting twists and turns, and even a romantic love story thrown into the mix; Courier is a captivating historical political thriller that will keep you on your toes and turning the pages. I could easily see this novel being made into a movie, it is a must read that won't leave you disappointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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