"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey

Introducing, The Swiss Courier, a thrill-ride collaboration between accomplished authors Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey. The Swiss Courier will keep readers entertained not only once, but it will draw them happily back for a reprise or two. How do I know? As one of the editors, I poured over it multiple times and never became bored; it's that well written.

Tricia is the author of 20+ books and has published over 300 articles for national publications such as Guideposts for Kids, Focus on the Family, Christian Parenting Today, Today’s Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2005.

In her fiction novels, Tricia writes contemporary and historicalstories that feature strong women overcoming great challenges. She recreates historic wartime eras with precise detail through perseverant and comprehensive research.

Each of her World War II and Spanish Civil War novels tell the inspiring stories of engaging characters—and a God whose hand is evident in the landscape of history and the obstacles of ordinary lives.

I'll let Mike Yorkey speak for himself: "I’ve been writing for a living for more than twenty-five years after getting my start at a small weekly newspaper at the California ski resort of Mammoth Lakes. Then in 1986, I received a huge break: I was hired by Focus on the Family, a Christian ministry founded by Dr. James Dobson, to be the editor of Focus on the Familymagazine. I enjoyed eleven fantastic and satisfying years at Focus on the Family before moving into a freelance career as an author, editor, and speaker.

Although I’ve written a dozen books under my name, I’ve collaborated with some amazing people by writing their books for them: folks like Tim and Beverly LaHaye, evangelist Luis Palau, pop singers Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., tennis stars Michael Chang, Roscoe Tanner, and Betsy McCormack,baseball pitcher Dave Dravecky, San Diego physician Nick Yphantides (My Big Fat Greek Diet), and Jordan Rubin of The Maker’s Diet fame.

But the professional and personal highlight has been coming along side Fred Stoeker ever since Every Man’s Battle was released in 2000. The “Every Man’s” series—nearly a dozen books in all—is nearing 2 million in sales, but more importantly, the impact in men’s lives has been mind-boggling and humbling. To be part of influencing millions of guys staggers my imagination and is something I will treasure to the end of my days."

It’s July 1944, and the Gestapo is determined to make examples of anyone remotely suspected of conspiring in the failed
assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler’s life.
Joseph Engel, a young prodigy of German physicist Doctor Weisenberg, working on the Nazi atomic bomb project, is completely unaware of a secret buried deeply in his past that threatens his livelihood and his life.

Gabi Mueller is a young Swiss-American woman working as a translator for the newly formed American Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the CIA's forerunner. Though her job has kept her safely ensconced in the translators' pool, she possesses a secret talent that is about to change all that.

U.S. Army Air Corps Captain Bill Palmer nursed his badly damaged B-17 over the border to a hard-but-safe landing in Switzerland, only to find himself "detained" for the war's duration in an internment camp high in the Swiss Alps.

The circumstances that draw these three diverse characters together forms the compelling plot for this action and character-driven novel. Three years in the works, The Swiss Courier draws readers along its treacherous twists and hair-pin turns during a fascinating—and deadly—time in history.

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