Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Swiss Courier

Want to know what I stayed up half the night to read? Here's a hint: WWII. Need another? Suspense. Another? Multiple seemingly unconnected characters that converge in the final chapter.

You got it. Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey's latest, The Swiss Courier. It is classic Goyer (Maybe classic Yorkey, too, but I'm not familiar...) in that you can't put it down because you just HAVE TO KNOW how they will converge and survive.

I'm a sucker for WWII. Why I revel in that atrocity, I do not know. I think it is the survivor stories that keep me coming back for more. I blame Corrie Ten Boom. And my mother for putting The Hiding Place in my hand in the first place. And I love how Tricia writes it. I'll say it again and again.

This one had me, too. It starts with this bit of history and then ... the story that follows. And, yes, I googled Joseph Engel physicist, just to make sure it wasn't. His name sounds familiar enough to have been involved, you know? You don't? Whatever.

The book was good, man. Good.

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.

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:

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in a word said...

This book sounds awesome! I'm a sucker for everything in it. I've loved WWII since the days when my grandpas would fill me with stories of their exploits. Espionage is another of my passions. Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely be on the lookout for this one.

Chaos-Jamie said...

you're in luck JL, I have an extra copy with your name on it.

Senior Citizen said...

Your interest in WW2 is genetic. Your grandfather was in the Navy and trained navy pilots. Needless to say, when Pearl Harbor happened there was lots of hugging and nose rubbing. Your father was the (almost) first war baby, being born 9 months and 13 days after pearl.

Without that, none of your little munchkins would exist.

History is really interesting, but I need to keep a log of where I put that darn coffee cup - where could it be?(hidden - I suppose) Now who did that to an old, fat, cranky, bald Sr. guy without a coffee cup - Where is that thing?


mommy4life said...

I'd like to borrow your copy if possible...d

Anonymous said...

This book sounds great. I have read some of her books and enjoyed them. Please enter me.