Title: The Discovery
Author: Dan Walsh
Released: April 1, 2012
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 Within the confines of the old home is a secret hidden inside an unpublished manuscript that his grandfather left for him to find.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.
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. The author chose the most suspenseful and interesting topic for a generation long mystery. In the author’s note, Dan Walsh says that it’s all fiction and he was running off of the “what if” of it all. If this is what the author comes up with on just “what if” I wonder what he would do if he had more to go on.
For the sake of mystery, I won’t tell the huge secret that shrouds Michael’s grandfather, but I will tell you that as soon as you find out, it’ll all make sense. All of it. Not a single piece of the life of Gerard Warner is up for question or a mystery. It’s nice to have it all completely wrapped up like this one was.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It’s no on my favorite shelf but it was a nice read. Those who enjoy WWII based suspense they will enjoy this book. I give this book a three and a half out of five.
I received this complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are mine own.