Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for 40 years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life—or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the19-year-old she was in 1970. Distraught and disoriented in what to her is the future, she is confined to a mental ward until she discovers a magical ability to pass invisibly through time and space to escape. Alone in a strange world, she uses her mysterious powers to eke out a living, performing magic on the streets and in a quaint coffee shop.
Hoping to discover an exciting new talent, Dane ventures into the coffee shop and is transfixed by the magic he sees, illusions that even he, a seasoned professional, cannot explain. But more than anything, he is emotionally devastated by this teenager who has never met him, doesn’t know him, is certainly not in love with him, but is in every respect identical to the young beauty he first met and married some 40 years earlier.
They begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protégée, but even as Dane tries to sort out who she really is, and she tries to understand why she is drawn to him, they are watched by secretive interests who not only possess the answers to Mandy’s powers and misplacement in time but also the roguish ability to decide what will become of her.
Frank Peretti has crafted a rich, rewarding story of love and life, loss and restoration, full of twists and mystery. Exceptionally well written, Illusion will soon prove another Peretti classic.
©2012 Frank Peretti (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
“Frank Peretti is a master storyteller. His novels stay with you a lifetime, drawing you closer to God and the truth in His word.” (Karen Kingsbury, New York Times best-selling author)
"Frank Peretti kicked open the doors that all of us Christian novelists are passing through today. We owe him a huge debt." (Jerry B. Jenkins, author, The Left Behind Series)
"Frank Peretti may just be the master storyteller of our time - using modern metaphors and fresh images, this remarkable writer helps us visualize the unseen world in ways we never quite pictured before." (Joni Eareckson Tada)
I have read all of Frank Peretti books. This is the first of his books that I have listened too. He is my favorite Christian Fiction writter and this novel was his best. Having the author narrate was a very special bonus.
I loved the comments at the end. They made me understand the deeper meaning of the story. I've never read anything like that. The voice - I had to get used to it. It didn't make Mandy's voice sound like a girl's. That's why I'm giving it a four star.
everything was awesome style the plot the mystery it was all very intriguing thanks mr. Perritti
I found this novel to be rather slow moving and odd. The story line unfolds slowly, which is fine to build interest and suspense but it felt belabored. The story line that develops between an older man and very young (sort of) woman is strange. If a person has an interest in magic, that might be a draw, but it did not build an interest in me as someone who does not enjoy magic-type entertainment. The reading was good, except the woman's voices which came across as childish. It's still not clear to me exactly what happened to bring about the resolution at the end, but it wasn't worth going back to tease out. Clean storyline, which I appreciate, but I had a hard time getting on board with this one.
Sci-fi story of a romance that defies time, mystery, death, and conspiracy, brought me to tears as it so aptly describes the love between my own husband and myself. A thrilling mystery with a surprise twist and ending, I deem this one of my favorite love stories of "all time".
I absolutely love this book. When I started listening to the book, I was so enraptured in the storytelling and the characters that within a day and a half I finished. Frank Peretti has always struck me as a very talented fiction novelist, but I always thought that he was exclusively stuck in the realm of thriller/semi-horror novels. I was completely, and pleasantly taken by surprise as he injected a love story, magic, and other previously untouched themes into this book. picking a favorite moment in this book would be a disservice to the completeness of the story. I very highly recommend anybody seeking a good fiction novel, whether Christian or otherwise, to buy the hardback or audio version of this book and truly enjoy Frank Peretti at his finest.
The love between Dane and Mandy was very engaging, but it felt like Peretti was forcing a Christian message on to the story just to have it there even though it didn't really fit. His early novels ("This Present Darkness" and "Piercing the Darkness") dealt with Christian themes like spiritual warfare. So there the Christian message made sense but this was primarily a sci-fi love story. It was still a good story. He is a great story teller.
"I loved this book so much?"
I couldn't stop listening! It gripped me from beginning to end. I loved that the author was reading it himself. I'm off to find more of your work, Frank Peretti!
Great story line
Real life lessons to learn
Very well Written; has the listener on the edge of each word
"Gripping thought provoking and entertaining"
another epic book from a great author, had me hooked from start to finish. Frank's writing is spell binding a love story but with a meaning.
"held my attention from start to finish."
I don't usually buy books read by the author but I really enjoyed this book and frank peretti reading it.
half way through I wondered where the story was taking me. gripping to the end.
well written with good characterisation and plot I couldn't put it down. loved it.
"Kept my interest"
I haven't read the printed version but I would certainly recommend this Audible version. Peretti's narration gives the listener an idea of what was in his mind when writing. Finally it was a nice touch the explanation at the end of the book.
It has a feel of Dr Who about it. It feels a bit like a multi dimensional jigsaw.
I have listened to "This Present Darkness" & "Piercing the Darkness" though I prefer those two books I feel this could have greater mass appeal.
This novel has a strange feel, sort of like a cross between Laura Ingalls Wilder and Stephen King (without all the bits that make Stephen King good). I stayed with the story for quite a while and then gave up. I haven't really got anything else to say except save your money and get something with more substance and style.
I love most of Frank Peretti's books and I enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed all the others. He takes you down winding and twisting alleys until you have no idea which way is up. Then he starts to let you in to the secret bit by bit and suddenly it all makes sense. At least it seems to make sense. Whether it actually does make sense every reader will need to decide for him/herself. But if you enjoy twisty Sci-Fi tales with a spiritual twist to boot then you can't go wrong with this!!
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