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)
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.
I have always loved to read. Discovering audible has been great for a multitasker! Sorry for any misspells on reviews!
I loved it
Mandy`s experience when she suddenly is wearing a hospital gown in the park and everything has changed. Reminded me a a nightmare that you just want to wake up from.
I have not heard him narrate prior to this novel. I was a little leery when I saw the author was narrating but he did a fine job.
The last chapters of the book were so suspenseful, I was wishing I had the printed copy so I could speed read to find out what happened. This book would make an awesome movie.
I hope I can find another as good, I am about done with it and I loved it so much I am buying another from this auther next.
I think the story line was imaginative and the characters were likable. I just didn't feel like it was very interesting. I didn't even bother to listen to the end of the book.
The conclusion seemed a bit drawn out to me. I felt bored quite a bit throughout the novel. I have a lot of respect for Mr. Peretti and I'm no expert on pacing, but it just seemed slow.
I don't know a whole lot of narrators, but it seemed like Mr. Peretti was having a lot of fun reading his book. Sometimes I felt like he was having more fun than I was.
The first part of the book has a good amount of suspense - enough to keep you reading/listening for awhile.
With Frank Peretti being the author and the narrator, it brings the book alive. He puts the emphasis where he intended it to be.
We have listened to several of his books. Monster was my favorite ... until Illusion. Frank Peretti narrated both of these books. Illusion has such a great story and ending.
Haven't read the print edition (that's why I buy Audiobooks!).
When you figure out what's going on!
Huge improvement in HIS voice performance! Quite frankly, in his earlier works I found his voice shrill and irritating, but the years, or training, have transformed him into an outstanding voice talent! I didn't even realize it WAS him 'til 1/3 of the way through when I checked to see "who this great narrator" was?
Really good! Intriguing, clever story-line rivals his earliest works!
Frank Peretti does an excellent job reading this book...which has a really great story and the ending does not disappoint. I'd say each of his books has been a "work of art" or a "masterpiece" and this book fits right in with all the others. :) I started listening to this book when I had "down time" (when I was doing something else like my hair or watering plants outside) but by half-way thru the book I was just carrying my phone around with me listening to it all the time. :)
The story, etc. was pretty good. I was disappointed simply because I was looking for the kind of Peretti story like This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. This is nothing like it at all. The characters in the story are christians but that is as spiritual as it gets. Just not what I wanted when I purchased a Peretti book.....
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