Courier

Courier

by Terry Irving

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Awards for Courier
First Place, Indie Excellence Award, Political Thrillers 2015
Runner Up, Wild Card Category, New England Book Festival 2014
Honorable Mention, Fiction Category, Hollywood Book Festival 2014
Honorable Mention, General Fiction, San Francisco Book Festival 2014
Honorable Mention, Wild Card, Beach Book Festival 2015

"Kudos to one of television's best producers for writing the thriller of the year."
--Sam Donaldson, former White House Reporter
"If the phrase 'a crackling good yarn' evokes an era before Twitter, Facebook, cell phones, videotape, DVD's or cable television, welcome to Terry Irving's fast-paced thriller."
--Ted Koppel, former anchor for ABC News Nightline
"An action-packed tale of murder and political intrigue set in the politically turbulent 1970s.... Irving portrays [courier Rick Putnam] as a classic pulp-fiction hero: a chiseled, chain-smoking ex-soldier who's always ready with snappy quips. ... Irving's story is relentlessly paced, punctuated by bursts of action and violence, and driven by artfully unfolding suspense.... An exciting and gritty, if uneven, thriller."
--Kirkus Reviews.
In his debut novel, Courier, author Terry Irving weaves an exhilarating and fast paced political thriller with a historical twist.
Rick Putnam is a Vietnam Vet and motorcycle courier for one of Washington D.C.'s leading television stations. The Vietnam War has taken its toll on Rick, after recovering from his war wounds, he suffers from PTSD and his method of escaping his demons and the memories of the war that continue to haunt him is by riding his motorcycle at breakneck speeds down the streets and alleys of the capital. When Rick picks up a roll of news film from a correspondent and news crew, he later finds out that the film contains the potential of a very hot and damaging story, and that the correspondent and news crew have been killed. What he doesn't realize is that he's next on the killer's list. With one fast motorcycle and a little help from friends, Rick is determined to figure out who is after him and why ... a discovery that will lead him all the way to the White House!
Courier is a gritty and gripping political thriller that takes the reader on one hell of a roller coaster ride. From Vietnam to the White House, Nixon to Watergate, author Terry Irving transports the reader back to 1972 Washington D.C., an era of turmoil in US history.
The author utilizes his past media experience to weave an intriguing tale that is rich in vivid descriptions and historical information. One can only wonder if the author instilled a bit of himself into Rich, as he is also a motorcycle enthusiast who began his career as a media motorcycle courier. I loved following Rich story's, he is a realistic and flawed man who the reader can easily relate to, you can't help but feel for him as he struggles with the residue of his time in Vietnam while trying to put his life back together.
With a fascinating cast of characters; witty dialogue and gripping interactions; and a riveting action packed storyline with chase scenes, danger, political drama, exciting twists and turns, and even a romantic love story thrown into the mix; Courier is a captivating historical political thriller that will keep you on your toes and turning the pages. I could easily see this novel being made into a movie, it is a must read that won't leave you disappointed!
--Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152021349
Publisher: Ronin Robot Press
Publication date: 07/03/2015
Series: Freelancer
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 848,253
File size: 984 KB

About the Author

I moved to Washington DC in 1973 to kick around for a few weeks until I decided on a real career. I ended up riding a classic BMW R50/2 for ABC News during Watergate. Carrying that news film was the beginning of a 40-year career that has included producing Emmy Award-winning television news, writing everything from magazine articles to standup comedy and developing many of the earliest forms of online media. After producing stories in Beirut, Hong Kong, El Salvador and all 50 states, I still live right outside Washington, DC because my wife and my dog simply refuse to live anywhere else.

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Courier 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
Murder, mystery and mayhem abound in this exciting thriller. An intricately woven, intelligently written story with plenty of intrigue, I was hooked from the very first page. It was fast paced, with layer upon layer of suspense and chaos. I was thrilled to go along for the ride as Rick literally raced against time to unravel a scandalous story that could very well lead to his own demise. Exhilarating and nerve-wracking, this book kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a stellar read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While i enjoyed the story, the poor page layouts with single column words broken sentences and other layout anomalies were very distracting and made reading this book an effort rather than entertaining.
ChrisAbraham More than 1 year ago
I am not done yet. But I can't sit on my hands. I met Terry Irving while he was doing a signing at the Falls Church Coleman PowerSports and bought a copy there and has him sign it. I picked it up when I went to bed that same night and when I looked up, it was 3:30AM.  That hasn't happened for years. I am a DC resident of 25-years, a BMW motorcyclist, and also a retired DC courier (bike) and the novel is legit -- a totally accurate DC book, including restaurants, politics, etc. Well-written, too. But surely an over-the-top story line along the lines of the TV show Scandal, if scandal took place in DC in the 70s.  Also, similar to Homeland, if Homeland took place in the 70s. If you like well-written, page-turning, novels about conspiracy, get this. If you like books that are about normal schmos stumbling into high-strangeness, a world where people are dying, people are being disappeared and shushed, and all that -- as in normal DC crisis management -- then you'll love the book. If you've lived in DC for a while, you'll love this book -- it's surely a star of the book.  And so, too, is the BMW R50/2 that also stars. If you're a motorcyclist, love riding, love BMW bikes, or even if you were a bike courier, you'll love it. It's exciting, implausible, and also completely addicting. I have another hundred pages to go, but I couldn't wait to write my initial impressions.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In his debut novel, Courier, author Terry Irving weaves an exhilarating and fast paced political thriller with a historical twist. Rick Putnam is a Vietnam Vet and motorcycle courier for one of Washington D.C.'s leading television stations. The Vietnam War has taken its toll on Rick, after recovering from his war wounds, he suffers from PTSD and his method of escaping his demons and the memories of the war that continue to haunt him is by riding his motorcycle at breakneck speeds down the streets and alleys of the capital. When Rick picks up a roll of news film from a correspondent and news crew, he later finds out that the film contains the potential of a very hot and damaging story, and that the correspondent and news crew have been killed. What he doesn't realize is that he's next on the killer's list. With one fast motorcycle and a little help from friends, Rick is determined to figure out who is after him and why ... a discovery that will lead him all the way to the White House! Courier is a gritty and gripping political thriller that takes the reader on one hell of a roller coaster ride. From Vietnam to the White House, Nixon to Watergate, author Terry Irving transports the reader back to 1972 Washington D.C., an era of turmoil in US history. The author utilizes his past media experience to weave an intriguing tale that is rich in vivid descriptions and historical information. One can only wonder if the author instilled a bit of himself into Rich, as he is also a motorcycle enthusiast who began his career as a media motorcycle courier. I loved following Rich story's, he is a realistic and flawed man who the reader can easily relate to, you can't help but feel for him as he struggles with the residue of his time in Vietnam while trying to put his life back together. With a fascinating cast of characters; witty dialogue and gripping interactions; and a riveting action packed storyline with chase scenes, danger, political drama, exciting twists and turns, and even a romantic love story thrown into the mix; Courier is a captivating historical political thriller that will keep you on your toes and turning the pages. I could easily see this novel being made into a movie, it is a must read that won't leave you disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good ft light filler.
DaUgh More than 1 year ago
the story & characters was very good, however, when they converted the book into a e-format, it didn't work that well. Several times in the story words were cut out/up so that they weren't complete and one had to spend time deciding if 'fi' meant fire or film. also several times, the words were put horizontally but vertically. in other instances, when two people were talking, the whole conversation was in one paragraph. Very annoying. For these reasons, I'd not recommend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the the story, the typos were a littl distracting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An action packed story with lots of twists and turns. Some of the chases got a little to long and technicle. If you read fast throudh them you did not miss any of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced. Missing words and bad formatting made it a little difficult to follow at some points. I expect the motercyle scenes would be more interesting to those with riding. experience
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced, moving and authentic. Irving captures the feel of DC life in the Watergate era, gives us characters to care about and, even better, villains who aren't cardboard cutouts, but real people whose histories and life choices landed them on the wrong side in this narrative. But damn, I wish the publisher had someone on staff who understands typesetting, formatting and proofreading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The typos are hideous, but the story, direct and to the point, would make one hell of a movie. Great stuff!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But not for me...too much about the races, chases, speed and so on...page after page of this type of action makes it dull.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty nice yeah thats it really