Thursday, 10 May 2012

The Discovery by Dan Walsh

Back Cover: 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 But within the confines of the stately home, he discovers an unpublished manuscript that his grandfather, a literary giant whose novels sold in the millions, had kept hidden from everyone—but which he clearly intended Michael to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.

Review: With the reading of a will, Michael, literary giant Gerard Warner's grandson, is gifted with a fortune and his grandfather's old home. Sad at the passing of his beloved grandfather but hopeful at the new turn his life is taking, the inspiring young author wastes no time settling into his grandfather's study to contemplate working on his own book. He is familiar with his grandfather's old typewriter and well-used desk, but what he didn't expect to find was a fully completed manuscript. At first, Michael believes it to be another of his grandfather's thrillers - likely to be worth millions - but quickly realizes, to both his horror and amazement, that this story - his grandfather's last piece of writing - is like no other the old man penned. Gripped by the tale and his rising suspicions, Michael realizes, page by page, that this story is about to change his future and the future of his whole family forever.

Although I read this novel from a far different location than Michael, I felt as if we were sitting side by side discovering the truth of his ferociously secretive grandfather together. I had trouble putting this book down and I gave up trying the last half of the book. Dan Walsh is a good writer who creates believable and relatable characters. Although the book flipped between two different times, I did not find the transition difficult to accept and appreciated how the majority of the novel focused on "Ben" and "Claire". I almost didn't request this book purely based on the front cover. Though beautiful, it did not promise an exciting read. Don't let the pretty greenery fool you as it almost did me - this is a great book. It has everything: a heartwarming romance, fierce loyalty and devotion, patriotism, nail-biting WWII drama, and a good sprinkle of mystery.

Though a novel, this book could have easily been based on a true story. I would definitely recommend it.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

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