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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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    Janie ROCHESTER, MN, United States 07-03-13
    Janie ROCHESTER, MN, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Would you recommend Illusion to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. For the above reasons


    What about Frank Peretti’s performance did you like?

    His voice is low and relaxed, so I can listen to the story in bed at night and fall asleep to it.


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

    When the male protagonist danced with the female protagonist who was a child -- but at the same time was his wife of 40 years.


    Any additional comments?

    So good. I want more stories like this.

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    Laura Sheridan, WY, United States 03-19-13
    Laura Sheridan, WY, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Miraculous Story About Love, Hope, and Magic"

    A story of two people in love with each other and their ability to make magic happen despite
    death, time, and circumstance.

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    B. Walrath 03-18-13
    B. Walrath 03-18-13
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    "A 'virtual page' turner."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Illusion?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book as engaging and entertaining and more. It was fun to hear Frank Peretti read it, too.

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    Andrea 12-15-12
    Andrea 12-15-12
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    "Wonderful plot that will keep you listening!"

    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.

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    Ralph Newberry, SC, United States 11-29-12
    Ralph Newberry, SC, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2013

    Guy with Weird Interests

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    "Good Christian Book by Frank Peretti"

    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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    Lisa 11-18-12
    Lisa 11-18-12

    I have always loved to read. Discovering audible has been great for a multitasker! Sorry for any misspells on reviews!

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    "thought provoking,suspensful"
    If you could sum up Illusion in three words, what would they be?

    I loved it


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Illusion?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Peretti’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Positively speaking 11-12-12

    Positively speaking

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    "OMG I LOVE this story!"
    Would you listen to Illusion again? Why?

    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.


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    Michael SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 10-13-12
    Michael SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 10-13-12
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    "NOT Peretti's Best"
    What disappointed you about Illusion?

    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.


    What could Frank Peretti have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frank Peretti?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The first part of the book has a good amount of suspense - enough to keep you reading/listening for awhile.


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    Andrew 09-22-12
    Andrew 09-22-12
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    "Peretti's best one yet!"
    What made the experience of listening to Illusion the most enjoyable?

    With Frank Peretti being the author and the narrator, it brings the book alive. He puts the emphasis where he intended it to be.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Peretti’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


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    Gipper1254 Yucaipa, CA USA 09-20-12
    Gipper1254 Yucaipa, CA USA 09-20-12 Member Since 2012

    Gipper1254

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    "Perreti's Back!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Illusion to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print edition (that's why I buy Audiobooks!).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Illusion?

    When you figure out what's going on!


    What does Frank Peretti bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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?


    Any additional comments?

    Really good! Intriguing, clever story-line rivals his earliest works!

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