In June of 1942, U-boats landed eight German saboteurs on US soil, at Long Island, New York and at Jacksonville, Florida. They were all captured within two weeks before any of their planned sabotage missions had been attempted, and six of the men were executed for espionage.
In The Discovery, Dan Walsh takes this fascinating sibebar of US history and crafts a compelling novel - or more precisely a historical novel within a contemporary novel.
When his beloved grandfather dies, Michael Warner inherits his home in Charleston, the typewriter on which Gerard Warner wrote dozens of bestselling novels, and an unpublished manuscript. The unpublished novel is unlike anything else his grandfather wrote - a World War II story of a German saboteur who lands by U-boat in Florida and takes the name Ben Coleman to blend in. He's not the spy he led the Nazis to believe he was, but a German-American desperate for a way home. Ben falls in love with Claire Richards - an impossible love. All deception has a way of unraveling, and Ben finds himself in a fight for his freedom and his life.
Michael is drawn in to the tale of spies and danger and romance, but certain aspects of the story prick his curiosity. As he works to solve the mystery, he learns more about himself and his dreams.
Thrilling, romantic, and intriguing, The Discovery is a suspenseful, beautifully written, and deeply satisfying story. I've thoroughly enjoyed all Dan Walsh's novels, but I'm convinced this is his best yet!
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