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)
The faith shared by the protagonists. The love of two souls that become one as they experience their lives together. The suspense that I felt as the story unfolded.
This is always the toughest part of writing a review, because when I really enjoy a book I like all of the characters. However, Dean came alive for me. Perhaps because the reader is also the author. Dean is "his" character, and so he is really writing about how he believes he might respond to being caught up in such circumstances. Dean is a caring, strong and God loving man who reminded me a great deal of my own dear husband.
No one else could have brought this book to life as did the author!
Mandy. I would like her to tell me some of what she was feeling. Those things that the book left to my own imagination. Although, I suspect since it is really my imagination I would be asking about, I might already know what she would say.
Mr. Peretti's performance was superb. If he had chosen to do so, he could have had a wonderful and successful career performing and recording audiobooks. Aren't we all blessed that he was born before that this would have been an option. As much as I loved listening to him, losing such an talented author would be sad indeed.
This is the second most beautiful story I've ever read in my 44 years. It compares to a book I read ages ago "Though None Go With Me." I plan to have my daughters read both when they get older. I completely forgave the little shortcomings in how the plot was developed at some points because the story is just so beautiful and perfect. This story had the two things I love the most wrapped up in one book: a love that is complete, and science fiction. I think the final words by Mr. Peretti in which he addresses the reader, truly drove home the story and brought a whole new perspective on the book. Thank you Mr. Peretti for regaling us with this journey through time, love, commitment and wonder.
Very entertaining all the way through. It was a little confusing in the beginning; but like all of Frank Peretti's books, it all comes together toward the end. Loved it.
Yes! I found it really exciting and touching as there were parts which brought tears to my eyes. The author is really the ideal person to read it as he knows the settings and emotions of the characters.
I suppose I would have to compare it to Fatherless by Dr James Dobson as that was the only other fictional Audible book in my library. Both are real enough for me experience the issues and struggles as well as make me wonder what I would do if I were in their shoes. I believe I have read all of the author's books such ast This Present Darkness, Piercing the Darkness, The Oath, etc.
My favorite scene was when Dan discovered Mandy in his room wearing his wife's dress.
The story was fascinating. Very unusual, very interesting, engaging believable characters. The story was pretty easy to follow. I loved his narration of the character's magic shows. They were really fun to read. The romance was unique, with the male main character falling in love with the female main character who used to be his wife but has reverse-aged back to a teen. Heartwarming, endearing story, but exciting at the same time.
Yes. For the above reasons
His voice is low and relaxed, so I can listen to the story in bed at night and fall asleep to it.
When the male protagonist danced with the female protagonist who was a child -- but at the same time was his wife of 40 years.
So good. I want more stories like this.
A story of two people in love with each other and their ability to make magic happen despite
death, time, and circumstance.
In my age demographic I could quickly and completely identify with the main character, Dane. The story connects with the reader/listener quickly and unrolls at the right pace to keep us engaged. Hard to stop and put down.
Lots of poignant moments and 'what-ifs' in the plot, with just the right amount of unexpected twists to hold our curiosity right to the end.
At several points I found myself wanting to talk back to the character as he contemplated making a bad decision. That doesn't happen to me often.
I highly recommend this book as engaging and entertaining and more. It was fun to hear Frank Peretti read it, too.
I am a Frank Peretti fan from way back, but I have to say that this is his best writing.
Illusion is a story of mystery and the human condition. It will keep you listening and you will sink into another time and space to feel the story of these magicians. It is a well developed story with an unlikely narrator.
I do wish that Mr. Peretti would let someone else do the audio. I believe that someone more practiced in this field would bring much more to the story, but don't let this deter you from the book. It is most definitely worth hearing or reading.
Guy with Weird Interests
I enjoy Frank's books a lot. They have a good storyline and they are easy to follow along with while listening to the audio version. There are some complicated plot twists at certain points that may be hard to follow if you are not listening well, but I was able to follow along while driving to work everyday.
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