Saturday, October 31, 2009
The Swiss Courier, co-written by authors Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey, is set during WWII. Gabi Mueller, a Swiss-American transcriptionist for the Americans, is recruited as a spy. Her first assignment? To safely courier a German physicist working on the budding Nazi atomic bomb project to the Swiss border. In a time of traitors and uncertaintym who can Gabi trust?
Before beginning the fast-paced suspense novel, readers are reminded of the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler by Colonel Claus Graf von Stauffenberg on July 20, 1944. The Swiss Courier is based on events set in motion by Hitler's reaction to the assassination attempt.
Here's a glimpse of the opening chapter:
Saturday, July 29, 1944
He hoped his accent wouldn’t give him away.
The young Swiss kept his head down as he sauntered beneath
the frescoed archways that ringed the town square of
Waldshut, an attractive border town in the foothills of the
southern Schwarzwald. He hopped over a foot-wide, waterfilled
trench that ran through the middle of the cobblestone
square and furtively glanced behind to see if anyone had
detected his presence.
Even though Switzerland lay just a kilometer or two away
across the Rhine River, the youthful operative realized he no
longer breathed free air. Though he felt horribly exposed—as
if he were marching down Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm screaming
anti-Nazi slogans—he willed himself to remain confident.
His part was a small but vital piece of the larger war effort.
Yes, he risked his life, but he was not alone in his passion.
To read the rest of the excerpt, go here. There's also a fun trailer to watch and a discussion guide for book clubs wanting to read The Swiss Courier.
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