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The Fourth Courier Book Review

GoodMorning Book bugs! I have a special post to share with you guys. I was contacted to do my first-what I would call professional- book review. It has been so hard to keep this story to myself the past few months, now I can finally share with you my thoughts! The Fourth Courier released on April 3rd, 2019, so if you are interested in purchasing the novel you can do so on Amazon, I will attach the links for the book below.

***** My Goodreads review that I shared immediately following finishing the book is in the quotations below.

"I have to start my review by saying how refreshing it was to read this novel. Everything about this novel was thrilling and exciting to read. I enjoyed the attention to detail regarding the Polish native tongue, to the post-cold war changes that the country experienced. I think my favorite character was the doctor for sure and a good second was Kurt. I read this book in less than a day, that's how good it was! I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves a good mystery thriller with characters who aren't afraid to break the rules!"

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a great thriller! The characters were given great personality and fit with the story so well. The story itself was crafted very well, the way Mr. Smith weaved each story to come together was really exciting. I would definitely say that the reader needs to be an adult because there are adult situations in this novel. if anyone does have questions you can email me at


On the 30th anniversary of the victory of Solidarity in Poland and the fall of the Berlin Wall, comes a riveting new novel set in Poland on the brink of change, ​THE FOURTH COURIER(Arcade; Hardcover; $24.99; ISBN-10: 1948924102; On Sale: April 3, 2019) by Timothy Jay Smith.

Smith sets his novel in 1992 in post-cold war Poland, where nothing is quite as it seems. When three execution-style murders take place in Warsaw, FBI Special Agent Jay Porter is assigned to help with the investigation, suspecting that the three victims may have been couriers hired to smuggle nuclear material out of the defunct Soviet Union.

When Jay learns that a Russian physicist who designed a portable atomic bomb has also disappeared, the race is on to find him—and the bomb—before it ends up in the wrong hands. Suspenseful, thrilling, and smart, ​THE FOURTH COURIER​​ teams up an FBI agent with a gay CIA officer who uncover a gruesome plot involving murder, radioactive contraband, narcissistic government leaders, and unconscionable greed​.


Says #1 ​New York Times​ bestselling author Robert Goolrick, "At the very start of Timothy Jay Smith’s ​The Fourth Courier​, we know we are in for a furious, riveting ride. His writing is humane, precise, relentlessly exciting. I dare you to read the opening and not want to race to the finish in one tightly held breath."

"Riveting and irresistible. Smith, with his natural-born ear for dialogue and eye for description, drops us right into the narrative and the moment he does we’re as much a part of the Polish landscape as the characters themselves. You’re going to want to read ​The Fourth Courier​ for its arresting plot, but you’ll remember it for the crisply wrought and indelible images of a Poland on the brink of change." —​David Samuel Levinson, Pulitzer Prize nominated author of ​Tell Me How This Ends Well

Recently, I was notified that The Fourth Courier was selected by Bookstr a community of over 1.5 million readers as one of the five LGBTQ books to honor Stonewall's 50th Anniversary.

Author Timothy Jay Smith


Raised crisscrossing America pulling a small green trailer behind the family car, Timothy Jay Smith developed a ceaseless wanderlust that has taken him around the world many times. Polish cops and Greek fishermen, mercenaries and arms dealers, child prostitutes and wannabe terrorists, Indian Chiefs and Indian tailors: he hung with them all in an unparalleled international career that saw him smuggle banned plays from behind the Iron Curtain, maneuver through

Occupied Territories, represent the U.S. at the highest levels of foreign governments, and stowaway aboard a “devil’s barge” for a three-days crossing from Cape Verde that landed him in an African jail.

These experiences explain the unique breadth and sensibility of Tim’s work, for which he’s won top honors. ​Fire on the Island​ won the Gold Medal in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition for the Novel. He won the Paris Prize for Fiction (now the Paris Literary Prize) for his novel, ​A Vision of Angels.​ ​Kirkus Reviews​ called ​Cooper’s Promise​ “literary dynamite” and selected it as one of the Best Books of 2012. Tim was nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize. His screenplays have won numerous competitions. His first stage play, ​How High the Moon​, won the prestigious Stanley Drama Award. He is the founder of the Smith Prize for Political Theater.

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