The Swiss Courier: A Novel

The Swiss Courier: A Novel

by Tricia Goyer, Mike Yorkey


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800733360
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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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Swiss Courier 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Susanosb More than 1 year ago
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.
PrincessGlor More than 1 year ago
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.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
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.
jubileeJR More than 1 year ago
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.
Daniel_Darling More than 1 year ago
"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.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
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.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
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!
Pappy1943 More than 1 year ago
It was very well written. Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of action and deceit, good vs evil, and a surprise ending!! Characters are loveable and relateable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel & look forward to reading others by these authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
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.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Swiss Courier was not as exciting as I thought it would be. It bounced from one character to another - German, Swiss, and American - and I felt that it spoiled some of the surprise in certain circumstances such as when the double-crosser shows his true color to the reader. Then it was a matter of how long it took for Gabi to discover his true colors. That said, there was still a surprise at the end that I found delightful - and I'm not quite sure if it should have been something I could have figured out earlier. I doubt it - the surprise was pretty well put-together!I did find the process of weeding out Jews horrific, especially when it was obvious that the Gestapo simply twisted truth to fit into the paranoia. The German scientist on the run was a young man who worked with Dr. Heisenberg on developing the bomb, but he had the misfortune of being born Jewish - although he had been adopted and knew nothing about such heritage. However, the Gestapo did not care whether he knew or not and decided to arrest him.While I may not have been too enthralled with the story, I will admit that The Swiss Courier does an excellent job of bringing history to life. It has been a while since I read any World War II stories where I am knee-deep in the war zone. It was interesting to read about Switzerland's position during the WWII, since it was so close to Germany. I did not realize how dangerous it was! Not that there was a lot of war happening in this story, but the espionage had been critical in discovering what the Germans were up to and how paranoid and cruel they were. Gabi may have been in over her head, but she proved to have a good head on her shoulders under pressure and I am glad that she prevailed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Especially enjoyed the surprise identities of the two rescuers at the end of the story.
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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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Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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.