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Illusion: A Novel | [Frank Peretti]

Illusion: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Ronda Amesbury, MA, United States 08-03-12
    Ronda Amesbury, MA, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2011

    I love a good murder mystery or any novel where good overcomes evil. Two of my favorite authors are Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.

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    "Confusing. Requires a second reading."

    I was a little disappointed and confused with the plot. Perhaps I need to re-read it to see if I missed something....

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    Joseph Buckeye, AZ, United States 07-31-12
    Joseph Buckeye, AZ, United States 07-31-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "TOTALLY CAPTIVATING FROM THE FIRST WORDS"
    Where does Illusion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Illusion ranks among my top 10. This is fantastic book from Frank Peretti! I will definitely listen to it again!


    What about Frank Peretti’s performance did you like?

    The author read this book himself and did a great job. Very easy to listen to and you will be sucked right into the action as Frank reads the book. He does a great job of making his characters come alive!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Shallowater, TX, United States 07-30-12
    Michael Shallowater, TX, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Sci-fi at its best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As an illusist myself, I was attracted to the book. Frank Peretti has been a good mystery writer and he did not let us down this time. There is magic, suspence, and spy movement. Without giving away the element of the book, it is the best sci-fi i've listened to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The character's faith statements were incredible. We need hope for a world we live in today.


    Any additional comments?

    Wouldn't it be neat if we could time travel?

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    Maggie Layton, UT, United States 07-25-12
    Maggie Layton, UT, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Could not get into this book"
    What disappointed you about Illusion?

    I really tried to like this book...but could not finish it. That doesn't happen very often, but it was all over the place and I just couldn't follow.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Palmer Goodlettsville, TN, United States 07-18-12
    Palmer Goodlettsville, TN, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining Audio Book"

    I truly enjoyed this audio book. it was very entertaining, and held my interest.
    Frank Peretti did an excellent job as the narrator.
    I will usually pass over books, where the autor is the narrator.
    Allowing us to preview the book. Showed Peretti could naster the task.

    I look forward to listening to additional books from this talented author.

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    Matthew E. Morgan Reynoldsburg, OH USA 07-12-12
    Matthew E. Morgan Reynoldsburg, OH USA 07-12-12

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    "Stunning Romance-Mystery-SciFI"

    Illusion is a smooth blend of genre - mystery, romance, and even a little science / speculative fiction added for good measure. Peretti takes the reader on a journey through life, death, and eternity. Like the magicians that make up the main characters, the more I describe ruins the magic of the book. It is simply a suspenseful, harrowing, tear-jerking, emotionally stirring, mind-ending, wide-eyed-wonder capture of the human experience.

    Even more than the book, it is wonderful to hear Peretti narrate this. He has a great grand-fatherly tone and I was taken back to my childhood when my grandfather would tell stories at bed time. Even more than just the quality, as Dane and Mandy are patterned off of him and Barb, his love shows through his voice.

    Thank you Frank Peretti, for a quality piece of writing that warms the spirit, massages the heart, and stimulates the mind.

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