The Swiss Courier

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She's risking her life to save a man she doesn't know. But whom can she trust along the way?

It is August 1944 and the Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies of the Third Reich after an attempt on 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 Switzerland. When she is asked to put herself in harm's way to safely "courier" a German scientist who is working on the atomic ...

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Overview

She's risking her life to save a man she doesn't know. But whom can she trust along the way?

It is August 1944 and the Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies of the Third Reich after an attempt on 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 Switzerland. When she is asked to put herself in harm's way to safely "courier" a German scientist who is working on the atomic bomb out of enemy territory, the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

"A gripping, fast-paced tale of love, loyalty, and derring-do set in the waning days of the Second World War. I enjoyed everything about The Swiss Courier . . . the wonderful characters, the rich atmosphere, and the truly exciting story. A winner!"--Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Vengeance

"Fabulous! An unforgettable story of faith and courage when faced with the highest of stakes."--Amanda Cabot, author of Paper Roses

"Sizzles like a 24 episode with a World War II twist. The pulsating action and plot twists will keep you riveted."--Bob Welch, author of American Nightingale and coauthor of Easy Company

"A tense, fast-paced thriller . . . a masterful blend of history and intrigue."--Kathleen Fuller, author of The Royal Regency Mystery Series and A Man of His Word

Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty books, including Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights, both winners of the American Christian Fiction Writer's Book of the Year Award for Long Historical Romance.

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 previously lived in Switzerland.

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Bestselling authors Goyer (Night Song) and Yorkey (Every Man's Battle series) collaborate for the first time in this WWII novel that centers around real historical events. Goyer and Yorkey open their text with a brief primer on the unsuccessful 1944 attempt on Adolf Hitler's life (dramatized in the movie Valkyrie). This story takes off immediately following that event; Hitler, bent on revenge, goes after anyone remotely capable of injuring him and sets up countless spies in key positions to take out persons with even the slightest Jewish heritage. Gabi Mueller, a Swiss-American woman who works for the American Office of Strategic Services, finds herself enlisted in safecracking, a job for which she is highly skilled. As Gabi seeks to make a difference in the face of evil, she is asked to help rescue a German physicist who is working on the atomic bomb. While her loyalties are not in question, Gabi struggles over whom to trust as the stakes become life and death. Goyer and Yorkey do a fine job presenting realistic characters and wartime scenarios; some readers, however, might find the sheer number of plot locations difficult to follow. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800733360
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 962,318
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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.

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    Fast-paced, historical novel filled with suspense

    Tricia 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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    Great read!!

    Wonderful read!! I wanted to read this book because WW2 fascinates me and this book is set during WW2 in both in Germany and Switzerland. It's about a young woman named Gabi Mueller who works for the Office of Strategic Services who's asked to help rescue a Jewish German scientist from Nazi Germany. Definitely an entertaining read, making you wonder what will happen next. There's also a twist at the end I DID not see coming but I LOVED it!! This is on my favorite list for sure.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2009

    WWII and Christian Thriller Enthusiasts!

    I usually avoid books dealing with World War II, but decided to review this book since I am familiar with Tricia Goyer's previous work. I knew she'd treat the subject matter with sensitivity and compassion. I was not disappointed. There were not scenes directly dealing with the Jewish concentration camps and for this I am grateful. Leaving that kind of subject in the perifery and to the reader's imagination is an effective and perfectly acceptable tool. Sometimes shocking detailed accounts are necessary, I agree, but for this kind of work, Goyer and Yorkey made the right call.

    This book deals with the underground forces made up of everyday people who want to aid in the war efforts to defeat Germany. It also gives a first-person look at several German villains. All this makes for a well rounded novel.

    Like many novels with several main characters, the first few chapters introduce them and lay ground work. But make no mistake, they are also packed with action. As any writer can tell you, incorporating these two elements of writing is not an easy task. Neither is braiding in the plot twists, but they are there and effective.

    Another reason why this novel is worthwhile and enjoyable is the details used to fill out the story. They are convincing and make the reader feel as though he is right in the cockpit of the plane, hiding to avoid the enemy, and roaming the village with the detained pilots in Switzerland.

    If you are at all interested in this era, this is a must read. I hope there will be other books to make a series. I'd like to know more about several of the characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

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    One of the best WWII novels I've ever read

    If you know me, then you know I'm a grad student majoring in history. If you know me really well, then you know I detest European history. Not that I have anything against those across the Atlantic, but I'm a US history buff and (minus British history) it's just hard for me to remember all those facts about Germany, Italy, France, etc. Therefore I usually avoid reading books about European countries because it just really doesn't interest me. However I do make exceptions when one of my favorite authors decides that most of her books will be set in Europe. Therefore I was totally geeked to read this new offering from Tricia and Mike.

    If you've watched the movie Valkyrie, this book takes place right after the story ends. The best part of this book is that it takes a story that is not know to the average American reader. I tire of reading books based during WWII that used the same storyline and same events over and over again. I really liked Gabi's character because she's the strong, take charge type of female lead who doesn't wait for a guy to rescue her. Joseph's story is very interesting and brings to mind secret daring rescues. The characters are all multi dimensional and really bring the story to life because you can relate to them even if their situations are a lot more dangerous than ours. There's a lot of historical detail in the book but it's not like reading a history book. It's never boring or dry. You really get into the story and I was pleased with the outcome. If I ever decide to write a historical fiction novel, this would be the type of book I would want to write.

    I really enjoyed reading this as I have every other of Tricia's books. This is another book that flows very smoothly and you can't tell when one author writes and when the other picks up. I felt that the combination of historical facts with the dramatic storyline blends well together. This book made me (gasp!) eager to learn more about the events that took place during this time period. One thing I did find interesting is that the war in the Pacific is never mentioned at all, probably due to the fact that war in Europe is so prevalent. It's interesting how it's like that part of the war was totally separated. Overall this is probably one of my favorite historical fiction books read this year, and definitely one of the best WWII books I've read in a long time. I would love to read more from this dynamic writing team. HIGHLY recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

    A Gripping Tale of Unlikely Heroism in a Time of War

    "This is a time for war, not love," says Gabi Mueller, an unlike heroine in a time of war. Hitler's crusade had encroached upon her village and so her courage, Christian faith, and competence led her into a cooperative role for the Allies.

    This is a well-crafted, first-rate novel, each page sparkling with action, dialogue and rich character development. I found myself knee deep into the lives of the characters and the drama of the times. I was overwhelmed, at times, by the historical and cultural touch points. I felt when reading, that was right there in the midst of WW, mixing into the lives of the common people forced to make tough choices.

    This novel wasn't just a pleasurable diversion, it delivered an education into the lives of the common person on both sides of the Swiss-German border in a time of considerable, historical tension. I heartily recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

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    The Swiss Courier

    Gabi Mueller, the daughter of a pastor in the neutral country of Switzerland, working in the offices of the newly formed OSS, has a talent, that draws her to the attention of people higher up in the spying chain. It also put her in the position of being more than a paper shuffler and typing up reports daily.
    She is chosen to be a courier for a German scientist who is working on an atomic bomb.

    Dangerous times lie ahead for Gabi, but care must be taken. She must be careful who she is relays her information to,and who she can truly trust, because one never knows if an operative is working both sides. She also must keep her head about her shoulders and not be swayed by the handsome men she works with.

    A tale of danger, a historical novel about World War II, a look at the intense suffering and horror that the Jews faced, a story filled with faith, love and fast moving action, The Swiss Courier is a book that will not disappoint the reader. Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey have brought us a tale truly worth reading. 5 stars. 322 pages $13.99 US

    This book was provided by Revell for review purposes. No cash or payment was received for this review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2009

    Thrilling WWII espionage novel with a dash of faith and romance

    The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey is a fast-paced suspense novel of World War II. Gabi Mueller, a Swiss-American living in Switzerland, has been working for the OSS in helping to translate messages from the Germans when she is recruited to use her special abilities at safecracking. She's quickly pulled into a dangerous world of secret identities and risky escapes when she's asked to help rescue Joseph Engel , a German physicist who holds the secret to the Nazi atomic bomb before the Gestapo finds and executes him. The authors make the taut atmosphere of spies come to life where every word may have a double meaning, and you can truly trust no one. I was thrilled with how they avoided all cliched pitfalls of suspense novels making it fresh and enjoyable. There is literally no time to breathe as the rescuers race from sabotage, gunfire, and betrayal; I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I hope that these authors pair up again soon!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    I'm excited that Goyer is back writing WWII era fiction!

    I finished reading The Swiss Courier last night. It was a compelling read with a lot of twists and turns. In many ways the story resembled a pure Goyer novel but this book had a slightly different voice. I enjoyed it, though I think I prefer Goyer's voice when she writes solo. The writing in this novel flowed smoothly, though, so that was well done.

    There were so many situations that seemed impossible to escape from, so the tension kept building. I also learned stuff about physics that I didn't know like the whole issue of nuclear fission and the experiments that went with trying to split the atom. I learned about how the Swiss Government felt about the war and how they managed to stay neutral for the most part. I also never realized that some Swiss citizens entered Germany to work every day. I was educated a bit about old WWII planes and other details--I found that all very fascinating. Those were tough times, no doubt. And the double cross situations were rampant. Who could you trust when everyone was trying to stay on the Nazi's good side so they would avoid being sent to the camps?

    The romantic element was nice, though not as strong as I like, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. I didn't know who she would choose until late in the book, so that was pretty cool. I always enjoy the surprise element in a story and the discovery of new things as you read along. If there is a sequel to this book, I'm definitely getting it. I'd recommend this story to people who love WWII era fiction and who want to learn something not commonly covered in the WWII novels currently on the shelves.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

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    I couldn't wait to see how all the threads would weave together

    This story takes place in Europe, 1944. The Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies of the Third Reich. Bruno Kassler, the fast-rising head of the Gestapo Regional Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, discovers a secret about one of the scientists working to create the atomic bomb. Physicist Joseph Engel was born a Jew and adopted by Christian parents at birth. Kassler is convinced that Engel is a spy and that his discovery will earn Kassler a great promotion.

    Gabi Mueller is a young Swiss woman working for the forerunner to the CIA. She has a great talent for breaking into safes that impress her employers. She is asked to take on a special mission to escort Joseph Engel out of Germany before the Gestapo can catch him. The Americans believe that Engel is the key to Germany's development of this super weapon. If they can get Engel out of Germany, his wisdom will be of great use to the United States and the Allied forces.

    There is something fascinating and heroic about the stories from this historical period. Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey have added to that list. Each character hooked me into their world and agenda. I couldn't wait to see how all the threads would weave together. The Swiss Courier is a unique look at the front lines of World War II and what everyday people sacrificed to stand up against the evil surrounding them. Everyday farmers, shopkeepers, and soldiers alike risked their lives to do what was right. This was an unexpected and thrilling adventure. I highly recommend this book for readers ages 16 and up.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    Enjoyed this book

    It was very well written. Couldn't put it down.

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    Posted November 19, 2013

    Bad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Great book!

    Lots of action and deceit, good vs evil, and a surprise ending!! Characters are loveable and relateable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Highly recommend

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel & look forward to reading others by these authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    It started out amazing but then.....

    It had a great beginning! But then it kinda fizzeled out! It got extremely boring and it became very hard to read.....i waas determined to fnish it in two days because it is a pretty easy read page wise but its been a week and im not even half way done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    riviting Rivitind and yet very humani Riviting and fast moving

    This is one of the best historical fiction novels I've read lately. It continually moves and holds your attention fron one page to the next yet through it all,God is continually brought to the forfront and given the glory. Amust read for everyone!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    EXTREMELY GOOD

    Even though this is fiction, it reads as if true. WWII should never be forgotten. The characters in this book did what many unsung heroes did. This book with its characters is very compelling and keeps your interest. A very good twist. Strongly recommend. Even people who do not like to read about war would enjoy. Battles, rank, etc., are not the main focus.

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