Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Just in Time for Veteran's Day

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day, so it's a perfect time to tell you about a wonderful novel set at the peak of World War II!

The Swiss Courier
by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3336-0
$13.99; October 2009

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.

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. Learn more about her at 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. Visit his website to learn more about him!

It has only been relatively recently that I have read a few books set in this time period. This one just whetted my appetite! I have a huge amount of respect and gratitude for the men and women who sacrificed their lives and risked all during World War II. And while I know it is fiction, the book is prefaced with the actual historical event that surrounds it. Although we primarily think of the men who fought, many women did much more than keep the home fires burning. Gabi is multi-faceted: brave, gutsy, determined, and fiercely patriotic, yet a tender heart beats under that strong exterior. Her superior qualities juxtaposed against the heinous evil of the Nazi regime and the events that unfold make this a suspenseful and fast-paced read. I expected some parts of the ending, but there were indeed a few surprises. And although there is a hint of romance, it is not the main focus. While I enjoy a good love story, in this case I'm glad it's not the main plot, for I plan to pass this one on to my teenage boy. I don't think he'd have much tolerance for that!

Available now at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Many thanks to Revell/Baker for providing me a copy for review.


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Beth Herring said...

looks like a good book!

CeeCee said...

Great review. I love that cover too.