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The Discovery, A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Dan Walsh
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Book Description

Gerard Warner was not only a literary giant whose suspense novels sold in the millions, he was also a man devoted to his family, especially his wife of nearly 60 years. When he dies he leaves his Charleston estate to his grandson, Michael, 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 Michael settles in to write his own first novel and discovers an unpublished manuscript his grandfather had written, something he'd kept hidden from everyone but clearly intended Michael to find.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. 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.


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"Dan Walsh's novel-within-a-novel is rich with intrigue, history and romance. Character-driven and wistful without hampering the suspense of the plot's steady pace, The Discovery is a sublime delight that shouldn't be missed." - USA Today

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An Engrossing Story of Family Secrets and a Love for the Ages

When aspiring writer Michael Warner inherits his grandfather's venerable Charleston estate, he settles in to write his first novel. But within the confines of the stately home, he discovers an unpublished manuscript that his grandfather, a literary giant whose novels sold in the millions, had kept hidden from everyone--but which he clearly intended Michael to find. As he delves deep into the exciting tale about spies and sabotage, Michael discovers something that has the power to change not only his future but his past as well.

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 you long after you've turned the last page.


"My wife Norma and I fell in love with Dan's writing after reading his first two novels. I was immediately drawn in by the compelling characters he creates and the relationally driven storylines. His books grab your heart and don't let go until the last page. I look forward to reading every novel Dan writes."--Dr. Gary Smalley, bestselling author and speaker on family relationships

"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

"Dan Walsh's novel-within-a-novel is rich with intrigue, history, and romance. Character-driven and wistful without hampering the suspense of the plot's steady pace, The Discovery is a sublime delight that shouldn't be missed."--USA Today

"Yet again, Walsh has crafted a novel so engaging that you will lose all sense of time as he draws you in and makes the reader a part of the story. Based on historical facts, this is the perfect blend of history, suspense, and romance. Walsh's 'book within a book' concept is intriguing. The reader will be reminded that God alone can give us the peace that surpasses all human understanding."--RT Book Reviews, 4½ STARS and TOP PICK

Dan Walsh is the bestselling and award-winning author of The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, The Deepest Waters, and Remembering Christmas. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1706 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800719816
  • Publisher: Revell (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073UN82W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,091 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Face of Humanity on a Gruesome Time in History March 22, 2012
Format:Paperback
The Discovery is remarkably suspenseful and would appeal to men or women.

I would not have believed that any part of World War II history could be so absorbing. Walsh's "What if" imagination has taken some very important, and sometimes gruesome, facts and spun a very personal story that I didn't want to stop reading. I appreciate when I finish reading a novel and feel that I've learned something, I've been entertained, and I feel as though I've journeyed with the characters through their experiences. The Discovery provides all that and more. Read it. You won't be disappointed. A great resource for book clubs, or literary discussion groups.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd CHANCE LOVE like NO previous novel March 19, 2012
Format:Paperback
There is much more to Michael's million inheritance: secrets-history-perilous love. He said, "I've spent decades dodging its shadow," then secrets rise inside surprise. This is a story within a story so masterfully developed by Dan Walsh that it is almost impossible to describe. For the pleasure of next readers, little should not be divulged. Basically it's a stunning novel wrapped in a novella. Like a buy-1-get-1 burger deal. But fast-food is not five-star like "The Discovery."

I began reading in my patio swing; "`Totally sucked me in.' I drank a sip of tea. `It's not like any book of his I've ever read. It's almost a love story.'" Not true, I've read other Walsh romance +. I own 5. But this is WW2's Daytona Beachhead. A man-love suspense woven so tight the reader can't imagine a positive conclusion possible.
I rushed, pushed reading, eager for `what next.' When done I realize the story was so satisfying it should be read slowly and every word, line, allowed to melt in the mind. I'll reread it that way, as soon as I can get it out of my wife's grip.
I pointed to the half-read Walsh romance book, The Discovery, she held. "It's a romance thriller," said I. "Nagh-ugh! No such thing," she. I grinned. I knew!

Women must indulge in a bit of embroidered spy-v-spy midst romance; as men bear lingering kisses twixt action scenes. Sound like a film? It should become one.

Walsh is a favorite, & not a series author. No I've never promised anyone a positive review, but truthfully, after five stellar writes, I can't envision this up-and-coming author ever releasing one bad. He's destined for a NYBest. Not a formula author, always fresh-exciting-UNIQUE-like classic lit.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST DAN WALSH BOOK YET April 18, 2012
Format:Paperback
I have to say THE DISCOVERY is my favorite DAN WALSH novel. I loved what MR. WALSH did with the storyline. I thought it to be wonderfully unique. The fact that he added history in was an added plus, just the right touch to give me a glimpse into the times without bogging me down with boring details. The voices of Michael and Ben were distinctly different.

Michael Warner's grandfather passes away and with his passing leaves Michael his home. What he discovers will unravel family secrets beyond Michael's imagination.

I loved the story of Ben and Claire. In many books you get to know the character before they die, so when they do you feel the loss. With THE DISCOVERY the initial death holds little meaning. In this wonderful novel things change and in doing so, by the end of the story you're mourning the death. Brilliant!

While reading Ben and Claire's story I completely forgot that Michael was reading it, so emerged in Ben and Claire's tale I was.

The story may have been slow to start, but once you hit page seventy it takes off, making it hard to put down. I especially enjoyed the references to the past. My grandfather was a musician. The mention of the old time bands provided a wonderful trip down memory lane.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Discovery April 15, 2012
Format:Paperback
After Michael Warner's grandfather dies and leaves him his estate, he settles in to write his first novel. Within the confines of the old home is a secret hidden inside an unpublished manuscript that his grandfather left for him to find. As he delves deeper into a story filled with intrigue and spies, Michael discovers something that not only changes the past but the future as well.

Michael finally learns the secrets that have plagued his family for years and has to now decide on what to do with that information.
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I don't really know what I was expecting from this story, but what I got wasn't it at all. This book is suspense and intrigue woven into a gentle historical romance. The takes a while to pick up but once it does, hold on. Your about to go on a gut twisting nail biting adventure that permanently alters your view of WWII.

The book does take a while to pick up though, an that's a problem for me. Until Michael gets about a quarter of the way through the book, the book really is something I had a hard time getting into. Also, the two story at a time thing is something I was never good at. It's just something that's a difficult thing to do for me. I was never a double tasker.

The romance was something that the reader really never got to see. They started dating and then the book continues three months later and they're now in love. However, you do get to see the sacrifices and choices the characters do for love and that is one of my favorite parts. I still would've liked to see the attraction turn into love and not have been dropped in after that development.

One thing I have absolutely no problem with is the suspense and intrigue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Grips you from the very beginning and never lets go. I hated coming to the end and yet could not slow down the pace. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by josie
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!
This book just took its place as the best book I've ever read! I was immediately drawn into the story and the great family mystery, and when the book within the book began, I... Read more
Published 7 days ago by bygrace
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Never Fails
Dan Walsh's novel, The Discovery, is filled with intrigue and was hard to put down. This exciting story entails a young man from Germany who is trained as a spy and sent to America... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kathy Dobyns
5.0 out of 5 stars Thr Discovery, A Novel by Dan Walsh
I really love stories set in the forties. This is another wonderful book, thank you Dan Walsh. Will let all my friends and family know about these incredible stories.
Published 11 days ago by Diana Hartog
5.0 out of 5 stars Basically, Dan Walsh wrote this story specifically for me- thanks...
It's taken me a while to sit down and write this review, mostly because I was shell-shocked in such an amazing way with this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jenmcdan13
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had enough of a plot to keep me wondering how it could ever turn out in a happy way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pat Mylott
5.0 out of 5 stars heart warming!
This book grabs you from the beginning and holds you tight too the end. So glad I read this book!!!
Published 1 month ago by HPNicol
5.0 out of 5 stars Well with the read!
It was a great book about a book. Interesting, intriguing and yet romantic! A good read!
Published 1 month ago by Charmyne
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful for killing time.
Too predictable. Little suspense. An "airplane" book at best. The author has a talent for discription that is for sure but no depth of character.
Published 1 month ago by swimmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the right amount of action....
This was the first fiction novel that I read in the four years since my husband passed. It was just the right amount of action for me... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sam L
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Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 12 novels, published by Revell and Guideposts, including The Unfinished Gift, The Reunion and The Discovery. He has won 3 ACFW Carol Awards, 2 Selah Awards, and three times his novels have been named as finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year.

For those who haven't read Dan's books, reviewers often compare him to Nicholas Sparks and Richard Paul Evans. Although more recently, Dan has also started to pen suspense novels (like, What Follows After and When Night Comes). Dan has been writing fulltime since 2010. He and his wife Cindi have been married 38 years and have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. They live in the Daytona Beach area, where he grew up. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter, read his blog, or preview all his books by visiting his website at http://danwalshbooks.com.

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