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)
My husband & I listened to this book on a road trip and oh man, what a story!! We were completely caught up with the characters & couldn't fathom how it would end. It's written by a seasoned pro & that shows. My husband & I both HIGHLY recommend this book!
The performance was really good on this book. But the story was not as gripping as his other books. I had trouble staying interested, it moved kind of slow in some of the parts. Overall the story was a unique.
I was hesitate to read (or listen to) this book initially. I was used to reading the horror books by this author and when I heard this was a departure from that.
I was under the impression that it would be a love story or drama which are two dramas I have no interest in whatsoever. Because of my love of great storytelling (and I love this author's storytelling) I gave it a shot.
This is definitely not a sappy love story. It has a refreshing new take on the popular science fiction themes of time travel and parallel dimensions. Science Fiction is my favourite genre and it is done well in this novel.
A great read or listen.
I didn't read the print verson
I found his reading of the book engaging and easy to listen to.
I really like Frank Peretti and I wanted to like this book but I finally gave up about 1/3 of the way through it. It took WAY too long to get to the plot. Too much description, maybe he was trying to develop the characters, but it just got too boring. I really want to find a synopsis somewhere because I am interested in the plot and how the book ends, but it wasn't worth listening through all of the descriptive detail and parts of the story that dragged on forever to get to it.
Yes. The sound effects and over-dubbing intensified the experience of being there and Mr. Peretti brought to the performance what he knew was written into it, perhaps better than a performer could have. His performance was outstanding.
No. It was kind of intense at times and I needed a break.
I loved this book, though not what I expected at all. The twists and turns in the plot added to my enjoyment, the illusion artistry was captivating, and the science fiction elements fascinating. Definitely not a recipe romance novel, but assuredly a love story.
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