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The Swiss Courier (Swiss Agents)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  701 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
This fast-paced, suspenseful novel takes readers along treacherous twists and turns in Europe during WWII, a fascinating--and deadly--time in history.
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Published October 1st 2009 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Christian penned fiction of substance. Overall, The Swiss Courier is quite the page-turner. And for the most part, a satisfying solid read. Sometimes though, as is the case here, it's challenging to rate a collaborative work if it's unevenly written.

Chapters revolving exclusively around the gestapo, Sturmbannfuhrer Bruno Kassler, Allen Dulles, Werner Heisenberg . . . are extremely well written
Oct 01, 2009 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am with Michelle Sutton's comment " 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. "

I really enjoyed this book. it remind me of what I was born in Heidelberg Germany.. I never know how the history has been made of in durning world war 2 in G
Give me a good historical fiction novel and you will suck me in every. time. This book (while definitely it's own creation and original work) reminded me so much of the Brock and Bodie Thoene series that came out almost 20 years ago. Full of history yet with well-developed and written characters, this is the kind of book that I want to be able to hand to my teenage girls as we study World War II (after we have done the factual study). Two thumbs up on this one. :)
Feb 05, 2011 cecilia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: red-covers
The Swiss Courier was not as exciting as I thought it would be. It bounced from one character to another - German, Swiss, and American - and I felt that it spoiled some of the surprise in certain circumstances such as when the double-crosser shows his true color to the reader. Then it was a matter of how long it took for Gabi to discover his true colors. That said, there was still a surprise at the end that I found delightful - and I'm not quite sure if it should have been something I could have ...more
Christy Lockstein
Sep 23, 2009 Christy Lockstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey is a fast-paced suspense novel of World War II. Gabi Mueller, a Swiss-American living in Switzerland, has been working for the OSS in helping to translate messages from the Germans when she is recruited to use her special abilities at safecracking. She's quickly pulled into a dangerous world of secret identities and risky escapes when she's asked to help rescue Joseph Engel , a German physicist who holds the secret to the Nazi atomic bomb befor ...more
Jesseca Wheaton
Nov 10, 2015 Jesseca Wheaton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is absolutely one of my very favorite books ever! Set in the WWII era you are immediately drawn into a web of secrets, mystery, and intrigue. I was forever trying to figure out how in the world it would all end! And those twists! Just when I thought I had it all figured out about 20 pages from the end. . . you get completely shocked!
The romance was very light, but it was still there which made the story all the more endearing.
So yeah, I loved it. :) Not sure what else I can say; just read
I really loved this read... it was entertaining the whole way through!!!!
Loved the Character development and the individual stories from each character that made a complete bigger picture at the end.
Mar 29, 2010 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gabi Mueller is an idealistic Swiss-American working in the translation pool at the local office of the recently formed American Office of Strategic Services (forerunner to the CIA) in Basel, Switzerland. She’s happy to do her part, but longs to make a more exciting, significant impact on the Allied war effort. When she’s recruited by her handsome supervisor to participate in an undercover operation, she’s thrilled – but the increased responsibility comes with a price. Committing to work as a sp ...more
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R.P. Dahlke
Mar 05, 2012 R.P. Dahlke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this in one of the free book days on Amazon: This is a really exciting read with lots of historical info on WWII. I especially liked the visual descriptions of Switzerland and Germany as I've been to both of these lovely countries.

I was disappointed that this was billed as a historical romance when there wan't much in that department. Considering that the book starts with some gruesome torture scenes, I was looking forward to some strong emotions on the other side to balance the story.

Jill Williamson
Oct 14, 2009 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story takes place in Europe, 1944. The Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies of the Third Reich. Bruno Kassler, the fast-rising head of the Gestapo Regional Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, discovers a secret about one of the scientists working to create the atomic bomb. Physicist Joseph Engel was born a Jew and adopted by Christian parents at birth. Kassler is convinced that Engel is a spy and that his discovery will earn Kassler a great promotion.

Gabi Mueller is a youn
Nov 17, 2009 Amydeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I picked this book up, I wasn’t sure what to think… I’m not a big historical reader BUT I really enjoyed this books. I had a difficult time putting it down. The combination of Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey brought the history together and entwined it to make it fast moving, suspenseful and entertaining. I was drawn in right away to the characters and couldn’t help but like the lead female Gabi right away. She was strong and likeable. I felt like I was swept off into their world of days gone ...more
Mar 20, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a bit to get into this one, it kept going back and forth between Switzerland and Germany at different times throughout several days time. But once I got into it and the hang of it I ended up really enjoying it! I wish I could have read it in one or two sittings.
I've always enjoyed reading about WWII and this one had some suspense added in that kept my attention. A German physicist finds out he was a Jew at birth and must flee for his life to neutral Switzerland. A young Swiss-American
Jocelyn Green
Feb 13, 2012 Jocelyn Green rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The characters aren’t perfect, but they’re believable and likeable. The heroine, Gabi, is not portrayed as a superwoman but as a fairly vulnerable woman with legitimate fears, but whose desire to do the right thing propels her toward danger anyway.

I found the settings of the book fascinating, from the underground church in Germany to life as a dairy farmer or an interned American soldier in Switzerland. I also appreciated reading about German resistance spies. Not every German supported Hitler.

Oct 21, 2009 Iris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize this was a Christian book when I threw my name in the hat for the book giveaway. I was a little worried that the book would be lack-luster and preachy (as other Christian books I've unknowingly checked out have been) but that wasn't the case at all. The story was action-packed, Gabi and her circle of family and friends were lovable and fun to read about, and I loved having the different perspectives of the Germans, the Americans, and the Swiss during WWII. I haven't read a lot o ...more
Gabi Mueller is living in Switzerland during WWII. Her boss at the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) is not all that he seems. Joseph Engel, a brilliant scientist working on the atomic bomb, is wanted by both the Gestapo and the American forces. In the end it will be up to Gabi to take part in a dangerous rescue mission to courier Joseph Engel out of Nazi Germany and safely into Switzerland. ..A mission she may not survive. The last few chapters of this book kept me on the edge of my seat..Benj ...more
Jun 02, 2010 Kaylea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I interviewed the authors, Goyer told me she hoped readers would have a “sleepless night” or two when they read the novel.

Well, in my case, Goyer was right! I started reading the book the evening it arrived in the mail. Two days later (yes, I stopped to go to work) I finished the novel – the first time.

I love books that make me think. The Swiss Courier accomplished that with abundance. I’ll admit, I’ve read it a couple of times…and even found myself Googling the characters to see who was “r
Feb 08, 2012 Justine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! Thrilling, page-turning, mysterious and breath-taking. Centered on the church underground anti-Nazi resistance in Switzerland, just after the failed assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler. Gabi is assigned increasingly dangerous missions by her handsome and mysterious boss, Dieter. She is thrilled by his trust and personal attention, but can she trust him? Then she's handed her most important mission yet: shepherd Prof. Engel, who's been working on the famed "Wonder Weapon" of Germany, ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read anything by Tricia Goyer before and wondered if I would enjoy it. To my surprise, I did!
The plot developed well and the tension built steadily to a satisfying climax at the end. There were a few twists and turns that surprised me and kept me guessing the whole way. It was well done.

My only complaint was it tried a bit too hard to show it was well-researched with the technical terms and German or Swiss/German language. I found my intelligence a bit insulted, but it wasn't too b
May 10, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done historical fiction! I learned more about WWII: specifically the assassination attempt on Hitler and how Switzerland maintained a neutrality position. The characters were well developed and intriguing, with a defining message of those motivated by self-preservation as compared to those who were willing to act for the benefit of others. The theme of trust was prominent. Do you trust in God's leading and ultimate protection, provision, love? How do you know when to trust another individua ...more
I liked this book. It was well written and flowed fairly smoothly. It could be a little disorienting the way it jumped between locations but it was necessary for the story line. I enjoyed the little bit of romance there was and it definitely had enough suspense to keep my attention. I have to admit I was a little surprised at some character reveals toward the end. I had suspected one but not the other. I enjoyed the ending and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Aug 07, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parts of this book were very good and parts I skimmed over because I was bored with it. Parts were a bit religous and preachy. Pay close attention to the beginning because that part of the story is talked about again at the end and I had to go back and read the first chapter because I totally forgot about the things that had happened in the first chapter and had to go back and re read it. overall I would have given the story line 5 stars but the filler really distracted from the main story.
Feb 06, 2012 pdarnold rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-historic
An action packed novel with edge of your seat espionage, praying to do what is right, to follow and believe in the right people, trusting that God will provide the answer in time. I enjoyed this world war II timeline story.
This has a little of all these themes: action, adventure, daily life, Christ centered storyline, spies, danger, romance and giving of ones self even if it means death.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book. I can't wait to read the sequel, Chasing Mona Lisa!
Charity U
Feb 21, 2012 Charity U rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful. I loved this book! It was exciting, it was sweet, it was fun...exciting isn't vivid enough. More like heart-pounding. It'll keep you reading 'til the last page, guaranteed. And there are some neat surprises near the end too!
Jo Franz
Feb 22, 2012 Jo Franz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story and the characters, especially since I have been to Switzerland and the part of Germany in which the story takes place!
Feb 04, 2012 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This is my kind of book! Suspense, romance, intrigue, and history all set in WWII. I liked the characters and loved the surprise ending.
Feb 22, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, action
i read this on a whim because it was historical fiction. I really enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.

Florence Primrose
Jan 02, 2011 Florence Primrose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another WWII story of the underground at work in Switzerland. A quick but enjoyable book to read.
Bethany Swafford
Jan 22, 2017 Bethany Swafford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the Gestapo brings terror throughout Europe, Gabi does everything she can to help the Americans in Switzerland. She risks everything when called upon.

I especially liked all of the different viewpoints this story gave: Gabi, those she worked for, the Gestapo, those hiding from the authorities. It really made the big picture come alive. I also liked the detailed nature of the narrative. I was like I was in the story.

There are scenes discussing religion but its not 'in your face'. For anyone who
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Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of two, 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 tim ...more
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