The Fourth Courier by Timothy Jay Smith |e-ARC Review

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Hello everyone! How are you all? I hope you’re good.

Today I’m back with another review for you guys and it’s like a long time ago that I did a review in that genre. So I’m pretty excited about it.

And now without further ado let’s start with the review!

Title – The Fourth Courier
Author – Timothy Jay Smith
Genre – Thriller/Mystery
Publisher – Arcade Publishing
Release date – April 3rd, 2019

Format – ebook*
Pages – 320
Language – English
Trigger Warning – murder, death, violence, abuse

Goodreads Synopsis:

It is 1992 in Warsaw, Poland, and the communist era has just ended. A series of grisly murders suddenly becomes an international case when it’s feared that the victims may have been couriers smuggling nuclear material out of the defunct Soviet Union. The FBI sends an agent to help with the investigation. When he learns that a Russian physicist who designed a portable atomic bomb has disappeared, the race is on to find him—and the bomb—before it ends up in the wrong hands.

Smith’s depiction of post-cold war Poland is gloomily atmospheric and murky in a world where nothing is quite as it seems. Suspenseful, thrilling, and smart, The Fourth Courier brings together a straight white FBI agent and gay black CIA officer as they team up to uncover a gruesome plot involving murder, radioactive contraband, narcissistic government leaders, and unconscionable greed.

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The author personally contacted me to read his novel and I agreed immediately after reading the synopsis. Everything that has to do with history is something I need to read. I love history and even though this book isn’t historical fiction or a true-story it still talks about the time of the post-cold war. And to be honest this synopsis screamed at me that I would absolutely love this book and in the end, I may not have loved it but still liked it a lot to give it four stars. But I won’t annoy you further with the why I accepted to review this book and we will immediately move on to the actual review!

What I liked

First of all, I found the plot to be really interesting. I don’t think that I ever read a book about espionage in the mystery/thriller scene and I really loved this. Especially because we got to know what was happening through different point of views. This was interesting because even if you were aware of the bad guys you still didn’t know what was going to happen and you still find yourself wondering what’s really going to happen next. I think that the best word would be being on edge. I sometimes found myself gripping my iPad harder because I had absolutely no clue what was going to happen or didn’t want something to happen. It’s like watching an NCIS episode. You can never be sure about something!

The Turns and Twists weren’t bad either and I sometimes wondered why I didn’t see it coming but then again would it be a real twist if I saw it coming? No, right? Coming back to the plot twists there were some and they were throughout the whole book. So not just at the end of the book.

The Fourth Courier is also very action-packed which is obviously a must for a mystery/thriller novel. If a book in that genre isn’t full of action I will be disappointed and I wouldn’t categorize it as a thriller. I personally like it if my thriller books are action-packed and can’t get enough of it. There could have been a little bit more of these scenes for my personal taste but I’m not going to complain. The action was fine.

The writing style was okay I guess. Not something I usually fall for but still very easily readable. What I want to say with that sentence is that you don’t get bored easily while reading it. Below you will see that I had some troubles while reading this novel but I have to admit that after getting through the first few chapters I didn’t encounter any problems with it afterwards. I just had to be fully emerged in the story to start to like it.

What I didn’t like

I have to be honest with you guys. I had some troubles getting into the book. Then again, this is probably my fault for scheduling way too many review copies reviews in April. I just had a few days to read it and so I put a lot of pressure in it. I’m sure that if I reread it again in the future that I won’t have so many troubles with the beginning.

In some reviews, I’ve read that the book was very fast-paced but I have to say that for me it wasn’t fast-paced enough. I had the feeling that the pace was very slow at some times. But again I’m probably a bit too difficult when it comes to defining a book as fast-paced or not.

Favourite Character

No one, while I enjoyed some of the descriptions I couldn’t find myself getting attached to the characters. The main character was likeable but I wouldn’t say that I was attached to him.

Overall I’d recommend this book to every mystery lover and to those who love it when their thrillers/mystery are set during historical important times.


And this was everything for this review. Are you interested in reading this book? Please let me know in the comments below!

*An electronic arc of this novel was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own!

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