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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800733363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800733360
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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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.

More About the Author

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.

In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.

Customer Reviews

I'd like to know more about several of the characters.
notes of jubilee
I love reading about history and a well written historical fiction novel is better any day than a dry history book!
Martha A.
The historic details are very well researched and woven into the exciting plot.
M. Zirngibl

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Okay, so the extra-feminine cover meant I couldn't take this book out in public--a man has to draw his lines somewhere, right?--but I knew it wouldn't stop me from enjoying another Tricia Goyer novel. Goyer, in my opinion, is the successor to Bodie Thoene and her World War II sagas, delivering believable characters, against well researched backdrops, amidst fast pacing. In "The Swiss Courier," she teams up Mike Yorkey, and the pairing is seamless, leaving me unable to determine who did which portions of the research and writing.

Gabi Mueller is a Swiss woman involved as a new agent with the OSS, an American secret service during the war. She finds her safe-cracking skills called into play, and this means crossing into Nazi Germany--although not for the reasons she first expects. As she lives out her life of derring-do, she finds her heart wavering between handsome Dieter and dependable Eric. Even as she carries out her role, Bill Palmer, an American pilot, is being prepared for a mission of his own. Together, Gabi, Dieter, Eric, and Bill will find their lives at risk as they are drawn into plots and counterplots regarding a brilliant scientist with Jewish connections and the secrets of a Wunderwaffe--a wonder weapon, which could be devastating if left to Hitler and his cohorts.

The research is superlative, as one comes to expect from Goyer. The Publishers Weekly reviewer obviously underestimates the intelligence of Goyer's readers and those who love history. The number of plot locations is no trouble at all, only adding credibility to the action, which is credible and fast-paced, yet tame enough not to raise too many eyebrows in the Christian marketplace. The piloting sections were very well done, reminding me of scenes from another favorite Goyer novel, "Dawn of a Thousand Nights." To top it all, the themes of trust and faith are woven nicely into the plot, leaving a few surprises for the final pages.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Apteryx on September 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
I had an opportunity to get my hands on this book before it's publishing date. It is a novel that will remind you of Helen McInnes' writings of the same era of World War II,holding your interest from beginning to a great surprising end. Terrific historical detail that makes you feel as though you are there, great technical detail without making one feel they are being talked down to, and a wonderful feeling when you finish this book that despite the atrocities that occured in this era, man's better nature will rise to the top.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sutton on October 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I finished 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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christy VINE VOICE on November 16, 2009
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The Swiss Courier was only just released a few weeks ago, and there are already a ton of great reviews out all over the web. Based on all the reviews I've seen, I had really high expectations of it, and I was really anxious to read my first book by Tricia Goyer. Even though it was a really great story, there were just too many things that kept bugging me throughout the whole story, and I just can't help but give my honest opinion.

First of all, the title alone is somewhat misleading. I look at the cover and see a woman along with the book's title, The Swiss Courier. So, I expect that she will be the main character in the book. Well, she wasn't. During the first half to two-thirds of the book, she appears about every 3rd chapter at best. While the rest of the story was good, there's so much other activity going on, and her character almost gets lost in the shuffle. Because of this, I think that's why I didn't connect with her or any of the other characters throughout the story.

Another thing that disappointed me was a portion of Joseph Engel's story. I really enjoyed the beginning of it when I was learning about him, and what he's on the brink of discovering. But then, it just stops abruptly once he's in hiding. It was like I got to meet him for 10 minutes, and then he was gone.

Lastly, I think it would've been a huge help if there had been some sort of glossary enclosed in the book. I don't know the slightest bit of German, not to mention that my knowledge of WWII in general is limited, and can't tell you how many times I was confused along the way. In addition to this, I think it would've helped tremendously to have a "fact or fiction" segment at the end of the story just to establish what was real and what wasn't.
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