By Dan Walsh
Laced with suspense and intrigue, The Discovery is a richly woven novel that explores the incredible sacrifices that must be made to forge the love of a lifetime. Author Dan Walsh delivers yet another unique and heartfelt story that will stick with readers long after they turn the last page.
The Discovery tells the story of Michael Warner, whose grandfather, literary giant Gerard Warner, leaves him his Charleston estate. An aspiring writer himself, Michael settles in to write his own first novel and discovers an unpublished manuscript his grandfather had written, something he’d kept hidden from everyone but clearly intended Michael to find. Michael begins to read an exciting tale about Nazi spies and sabotage, but something about this story is different from all of Gerard Warner’s other books. It’s actually a love story.
As Michael delves deeper into the story he discovers something that has the power to change not only his future but his past as well.
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Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, The Deepest Waters and Remembering Christmas. He lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area, where he’s busy researching and writing his next novel. Visit www.danwalshbooks.com for more information.
The Discovery By Dan Walsh/978-0-8007-1981-4/$14.99/Paperback/304 pages/Pub Date: April 2012
Endorsements for Dan Walsh:
“The Discovery is a masterful bit of storytelling. It is, above all else, a love story for the ages, one of sacrifice and devotion that will leave readers with a renewed passion for their loved ones.”– New York Journal of Books
“Walsh demonstrates that, like Nicholas Sparks, men are capable of writing romantic fiction.” — RT Book Reviews
Thrilling, romantic and intriguing. In The Discovery, Dan Walsh takes a fascinating sidebar of World War II history and crafts a suspenseful, beautifully written, and deeply satisfying story. This is his best novel yet!” — Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of the Wings of Glory series
“You don’t often find a novel that appeals to men and women alike–but Walsh delivers one here! Taking you on a scavenger hunt leading to mystery, romance and intrigue, this book-within-a-book will tug at your heart and keep you in suspense. You’ll get so caught up in the WWII thriller you’ll forget it’s also a contemporary story. A feel-good read that commemorates the courage, integrity and sacrifice of the ‘greatest generation.”–Christianbook.com
Well-known writer, Gerard Warner, died and left half his estate to his son and aunt Fran, giving the four grandchildren an equal amount of the second half, making them all millionaires. However, Michael Warner, one of the grandsons, inherits millions minus the appraisal price of his grandfather’s Charleston estate as his inheritance. As the family’s aspiring writer, his grandfather saw potential in him as a writer and knew he would appreciate the house the most. Any future royalties from Gerard’s books would be dispersed as they came in.
Michael searches the whole house for anything, pictures, photos, newspaper clippings, letters, etc., to uncover his grandparents’ pasts, but he comes up empty-handed. That is, until he was sitting at Gramps desk, now his. Michael finds a hidden, unpublished manuscript and partial journal—which were left intentionally for him to find. His grandpa knew Michael would know what to do with it.
Michael delves into the manuscript mostly because it was written by Gramps. It was an exciting tale set around WWII, with episodes of suspense, spies, sabotage, Abwehr commanders, and FBI agents. He soon discovers the manuscript is a love story wrought with joy, pain, loss, faith and personal sacrifice to bond with the love of a lifetime. As he voraciously continues to read the manuscript, he realizes how it will change his past and future, as well as his family.
Knowing that German agents hid out in America after WWII to avoid being caught, brought to trial and possible put to death, this story, The Discovery, is so credible. I was so absorbed with the caution and white lies Ben made to cover his tracks. I found myself lost in the joys of Ben and Claire’s new love. The danger that the different characters would be caught was always in the back of my mind. The patriotism that poured forth to save American lives was astounding when compared to today’s lack thereof. The sacrifice of two families caught in the bulls-eye of a deep, longing love is astounding.
As with previous books, Dan is able to draw you into the personal lives of the characters, sensing the depth of feelings flowing between parents and child, as well as Ben and Claire. The depths of danger are palpable, as agents triangulate into position to take down the perpetrators.
One gets so caught up in the intrigue of the manuscript, that one is jolted back to real time when Michael and Jenn correspond about what he’s found and what he thinks it all means. It’s basically two stories in one, which is my favorite style of writing. The point of view is mostly through the eyes of Michael in the main storyline and Ben in the inner story. Michael definitely ascertains the ramifications of what he is reading.
Now, most covers do not necessarily catch my eye, but this one does. Mostly because of the floral parts, but also because I now know it’s a part of the country I’ve never seen in person. As great as the cover is, though, it’s the novel’s content that kept me engrossed in the story lines. Another great book by Dan Walsh!
This book was provided by Donna Hausler of Baker Publishing Groups in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.