Thursday, October 22, 2009

Book Review & Giveaway: The Swiss Courier

The Swiss Courier
Written by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey

She’s young. She’s beautiful. She’s also a spy. Meet Gabi Mueller, a young woman looking for a little adventure and trying to make a difference in her beloved Switzerland during WWII. Gabi will face danger she’s never known and meet the man of her dreams. Only, which man is it? And will she accept the most dangerous mission of all: to courier a young scientist out of Germany and into the Allies waiting arms?

About the Book

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 HERE

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: Here.

What I Liked About the Book

I like that fact that the book surprised me here and there. Although I had figured out one of the major plot twists, one or two others did surprise me. I like the descriptions of Switzerland and I even learned how the Swiss managed to stay out of the war. It was an interesting, pleasant read. This was an action packed story with well rounded characters and an electric setting.

Anything I Didn’t Like?

There were times when I questioned whether Gabi could really pull off her mission. She was a little naive at times, but considering what she was doing and her youth, that is to be expected. Over all, a nice read!

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Wanna Win a Copy?

The publisher was kind enough to provide an extra copy. So, if you'd like to win your own copy of The Swiss Courier just leave me a comment telling me what your grandparents where doing during WWII. We will choose a winner on Saturday, October 24th. Don't miss out on this great story!

A copy of The Swiss Courier was provided by LitFuse for my review. Thanks LitFuse!


Island Rider said...

My grandparents found their way to Florida during World War II. My grandfather's were too old to be enlisted so found civilian work to support their country. My mother's father moved here to work in the phosphate mines. My father's father moved his family here to take a job as a security guard in the shipyard. About five years after the way was over, my parents met on the beach while my mother was on vacation to this area. And interestingly, my husband's grandfather's came here just after the war as a result of changes the war brought. His father's father worked in the coal mines during the war and got asthma so moved to Florida for a cure. His mother's father left the farm for an automotive job in the big city. His parents met in high school. And the rest, as they say, is history!

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

I'm going to have to go get that book!