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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 Michael settles in to write his own first novel and discovers an unpublished manuscript his grandfather had ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Revell
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Faye
Apr 13, 2012 Faye rated it it was amazing
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A book that is everything a person could ask for in a Christian Fiction book--and more!

The Discovery is, in my opinion, Mr. Walsh's best book so far. The Discovery is a one-of-a-kind story, that reads like a story within a story.
Michael Warner is an aspiring author, who has a famous writer as his grandfather. Michael's Grandfather leaves behind many unsolved mysteries about his younger days, and his family.
One day Michael stumbles upon an unpublished manuscript of his grandfather's, hidden so
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Brandi
Mar 10, 2015 Brandi rated it it was amazing
Oh, my, goodness.
A-ma-zing. Completely amazing.
This was such a beautiful, soul-stirring novel. And when I say soul-stirring, I mean soul-stirring. No, it wasn't extremely emotional and had me bawling through the whole thing. It was more epic. Not like Lord of the Rings with the “fate of the world” plot. Soul-stirring as in it left you in awe. It made your mind reel and made you stop and ponder. A love story that touched your heart, a suspense that made you forget to breathe. It was... well... aw
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Ron
Feb 22, 2014 Ron rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. A World War Two era mystery and romance framed by a contemporary tale of discovering and reacting to the old manuscript. Well-conceived, well-researched and well-written. Good contrast between the peace and plenty in modern America with the fear and struggle of America in the 1940s.

I can't say enough about how the manuscript transports the reader into that time and place. I'm old enough to know it "feels" right. The military, political and religious elements are appropriate for that
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Loren
Apr 14, 2012 Loren rated it it was amazing

Have You ever read a book that is absolutely phenomenal but when you go to describe it to someone, you fail miserably? Well, for me, The Discovery is one of those books! I could tell you it's full of Suspense! I could share with you about Michael and his Grandfather, who was an author. He was one of the BEST Authors ever, and yet no one knew anything about his personal life AT ALL! I could tell you about the unpublished manuscript that Michaels Grandfather wrote and that Michael found it! Was it
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Melanie
Apr 10, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book I have read of Dan Walsh and he is becoming one of my favorites. I must get ahold of the rest of the books he has written!
I love how he combines just a small bit of mystery in his writing to keep you enthralled and reading.
This story is one of Michael Warner and his famous author Grandfather, Gerard Warner. Michael is attending the funeral of his grandfather and inherits his stately home in Charleston along with a manuscript that has yet to be published. Michael yearns to b
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Anna
Jun 11, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not the first Dan Walsh book I have read, and I'll admit to being a fan.
When Michael's grandfather, a famous author, passes away his family has no knowledge of his childhood or any of his early life. Michael is left the home that belonged to his grandfather and grandmother. Upon reading his grandfather's journal Michael is lead to a manuscript left by his grandfather. At first believing it to be a manuscript left behind to be yet published, Michael is absorbed into the story. As familia
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Voni Harris
Oct 22, 2012 Voni Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I may gush a little today. I discovered Dan Walsh.

My first book of his was The Discovery.

It is about stepping out of the shadows and living God’s calling on your life.

It is a story-within-a-story, about a man—Michael—discovering himself while discovering the truth of the past. It contains World War II elements, and contemporary elements. Sorry, that’s all you’re going to get; I don’t want to ruin it for somebody. Because you should read it, definitely.

What I liked best about the story was how hi
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Trinity Rose
Apr 09, 2012 Trinity Rose rated it it was amazing
The Discovery is such a superb beautifully written love story, not only of a man and woman, but love a man had for his family. I love how this book was written. With one book inside of another. How there is such love in each story.
Each of Dan Walsh’s books get better and better. I have enjoyed each and every one of them.
I usually don’t like books that talk about war, but this one was really different and full of action and suspense. It tells of a time when things were different and how life can
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Paula Vince
Jun 09, 2013 Paula Vince rated it liked it
Michael Warner's grandfather has passed away and the will has been read. The family members are happy with their lavish inheritances but can't help wondering about the old man's history. Gerard Warner was a best-selling novelist and multi-millionaire, but he never divulged information about his past. As far as his family can tell, he dropped onto the earth full-grown. As Gerard always dodged any attempts to pin him down, nobody realised that this was not far from the truth.
Michael discovers an u
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Paula-O
Jun 24, 2012 Paula-O rated it it was amazing
"The Discovery" by Dan Walsh

This is my first book read by Dan and I am in love. What a writer, I will be reading more of this man's stories.

Michael Warner has loved his gramps all his life and there most likely was some hero worship in there too. Michael wanted to be a writer and Gramps was a literary giant whose novels sold in the millions.
Today though was a sad one as Gramps has died and the will is to be read and the family inherits all his worldly possessions. Michael knows this will change
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Kav
Apr 21, 2012 Kav rated it it was amazing
I've come to appreciate the way Walsh spins a yarn and this one certainly did not disappoint. He always manages to come at a story with a unique viewpoint and The Discovery stands out as one of my favourites to date.

Love the dual stories that mesh together in a complicated and gripping plot that left me clamouring for more. Impeccably paced, Walsh builds the suspense until it is impossible to put the book down before reaching the end. But along with the intrigue, which is revealed bit by bit, t
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P M
Jan 05, 2013 P M rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-book
I love WW II based story lines and picked this book because of the historical reference. I'm glad I did because this is one amazing tale. I especially liked the story within the story concept. Dan Walsh is an adept author and he delivers this tale with a perfect balance of suspense, history and romance. To take an insignificant fact from the WWII era and to create a compelling tale from it requires a lot of imagination and skill both of which the author seems to possess in plenty. I especially l ...more
Leslie
Feb 16, 2013 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Sweetest story of what could have happened during WWII. I know three of the sweetest sitters ( all still alive) who worked at the shipyards in Brunswick Georgia during the war. I kept imagining this happening around them. I loved the story and plan to re-read it several times. The book is two stories in one. The lesser part is about a man who inherits his grandfather's estate and begins to read a novel his grandfather wrote. The main part of the book is the novel his grandfather wrote about WWII ...more
Darla Crass
Feb 18, 2015 Darla Crass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Discovery is a well crafted book with action and heart. The protagonist, Michael, is presented with a mystery almost immediately. There is something "missing" and he must "discover" it. You'll want to know what it is and how Michael finds it and what is the significance of all the intrigue--so you will keep reading right on through.

The characters are clear and consistent, the plot moves forward at a smooth steady pace and it is clear that Mr. Walsh did his research with painstaking exactnes
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Joyce
Mar 15, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it
I have highly enjoyed two other books by Dan Walsh and this one was a very enjoyable read as well. At the death of renowned author Gerard Wagner's death, his grandson Michael is bequeathed an unpublished manuscript which was unknown until that point. During his life, Gerard Wagner had refused all personal interviews and no photographs had been allowed. No one in the family knew anything of his personal history before he met and married their grandmother. It had been obvious to Michael all his li ...more
Shannon
Jan 17, 2016 Shannon rated it it was amazing
11/13: Kindle freebie or daily deal… can't remember. But I'm so glad I read this one.
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 h
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Jen
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. It cut me deep, crawled inside and decided to stay.

I was actually a little surprised that a free Kindle book could make such an impact. Usually, "featured" free Kindle reads are fast and easy, afternoon reads that offer a quick escape for me. This one snuck up on me.

Maybe it's the fact that I am an aspriring/amatuer writer myself, and to have a wealthy, superfamous au
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Wilma
Jun 19, 2012 Wilma rated it it was amazing
I've read all of Dan Walsh's books & this could well be his best yet.

I enjoyed the story within a story.

I love the history of the 40s in it & the wonderful love story with a twist.

Come follow this family & see what their grandfather may /maynot be hiding for so many years.

This has everything you could want in a good book.

I highly recommend it to my friends & family.

Margaret
What a surprising book, the writing was unique and I was immediately drawn into the story. I wasn't anticipating the "book within the book" approach and at first I was a bit disappointed but I was drawn right back into the story and I ended up loving how the author handled it. I know anytime I feel myself wanting to read ahead of what's happening, I know I have a winner.
Elizabeth Olmedo
Dan Walsh’s The Discovery delivers two intriguing stories as the reader follows Michael’s journey as well as Ben and Claire’s. It is a novel about sacrifice, selflessness, and putting others first. In a world where lust and love are used as synonyms, and “I want you” and “I love you” are pretty much interchangeable, The Discovery is truly a breath of fresh air.

I enjoyed how the characters in the manuscript Michael discovered maintained values such as trust and loyalty even while surrounded by th
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Grace
Oct 15, 2015 Grace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, dan-walsh
I've read several of Dan Walsh's books and every time I wonder if they can get any better but each time I find the next one better than the last! This one was no exception to the rule I loved, "The Discovery" and would highly recommend it to anyone. If you love historical events you will love this book!!!
Bev
Aug 06, 2012 Bev rated it did not like it
I am just not cut out for this kind of fiction. I felt the story was too contrived and predictable, the writing full of trite-often sappy- dialogue, and the parts of the story that were based on fact were grossly underwritten. Sorry to all you who gave this book 5 stars.....No offense intended.
Amanda Erickson
Feb 24, 2016 Amanda Erickson rated it it was amazing
Not the most well written novel but definitely a gripping one. Haven't read a book this fast (<3 days) in over a decade. Certainly the best book I've read in a while.

I think I may have liked it more just because of the fact that I was very close to my grandfather (like the protagonist was with his) and my grandfather also had his share of secrets he kept hidden until a few years before his death. I also love WWII history/stories, again, from my grandfather.

It was a super quick read and I love
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Becky
Nov 11, 2012 Becky rated it liked it
The book had a good premises but it just didnt have much development of the story outside the story
Gerry Nelson
When Michael's grandfather dies, he inherits the family home. An aspiring writer himself, he find an unpublished manuscript obviously left for him by the grandfather. He starts reading the book and is drawn into a love story unlike anything his grandfather ever wrote.
The story is, unfortunately, very simplistic. The message was extremely obviously to me at once, but Michael doesn't see the obvious. The outcome of the novel is trite and the ending leaves a lot to be desired. Just a few too many c
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Gail
Sep 01, 2014 Gail rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, ipad
I've read several books by Dan Walsh now and have liked every one of them! Same with this one.
This is a story within a story. Gerard Warner was a famous writer and devoted family man. When he dies his family members inherit all his money plus his Charleston estate goes to grandson Michael, an aspiring writer. Michael and his wife Jenn move into the house and Michael discovers a hidden manuscript his grandfather meant for him to find. The second story begins as he reads the unpublished book, unc
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Crystal
Apr 12, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
The Discovery captured me from the very first page. First off you have a man who is celebrating the life of his grandfather. He misses him, he's sad he has passed, but he's okay with it. I also love that he's not money hungry and anxious about what he's getting and neither is his wife. Yes they are excited (and they should be) once the will has been read but no one in the family is obsessed with the money part. They all seemed to love the grandfather dearly. So that endeared me to this first. No ...more
Kym McNabney
Apr 18, 2012 Kym McNabney rated it really liked it
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 Mi
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Cindy
Apr 13, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it
I need to start my review with this, then I will move on. Dan Walsh's first two books blew me away, they were awesome, so I was expecting great things from this book. And eventually we got there. This book started so very slow for me, in fact if I had followed my normal rule of thumb of only reading to about page 75 before giving up on a book, I would have never gotten to the good part of this book. Once you hit around the hundred page mark business picks up.

Michael Warner has always wanted to
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Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 16 novels including The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery and When Night Comes. He has won 3 Carol Awards (finalist 6 times), 3 Selah Awards and 3 of his books have been finalists for RT Review’s Inspirational Book of the Year.

Magazine and blog reviewers often compare his novels to Nicholas Sparks or Richard Paul Evans (although Dan has added writing suspense n
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“The sheer force of his present elation and joy had temporarily suppressed any of the dark, disturbing thoughts seeking to ascend the stairway of his mind. For some unexplainable reason, the God he all but neglected from his youth had opened a new door for him, and he had no intention of looking back. Not” 0 likes
“Are most people honest in here?” “Good question.” A long pause. “Some are, but I get the sense a lot of people still hold back with me. It’s hard for people to talk freely with anyone. Hard for me too, I guess.” “Really, you have a hard time being honest?” “Not when I’m sharing facts or admitting things I’ve said or done. But sharing how I’m doing deep down inside . . . with other people? Yes, Ben, that’s hard for me.” “I” 0 likes
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