Saturday, November 14, 2009
Review of The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey
Revell Books sent me this novel to read and review.
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.
I reread the back cover after finishing the book and have to say that the above quote (from the back cover) is only a snippet of what happens in the book. There were so many twists and turns, unexpected spies and undercover agents.
I was hooked by the second chapter. Getting into the first chapter was a bit difficult weeding through the German and Swiss names of people and towns. There were several characters in the book to keep track of, but the "list of major characters" given at the beginning of the book helped.
There were some squeemish parts, but I know they didn't compare at all to what took place in real life during the war.
A great read right to the very end.
Available October 2009 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.