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Illusion: A Novel Hardcover – March 6, 2012

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“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 bestselling author (Karen Kingsbury, New York Times bestselling 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 (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 (Joni Eareckson Tada)

"Frank Peretti is a master storyteller. He has a way of using fiction to draw our attention to the very real spiritual world around us. His stories are modern day classics and I can't wait to see the impact Illusion has on readers!" —Michael W. Smith (Michael W. Smith)

About the Author

Frank Peretti is the author of This Present Darkness, Piercing the Darkness, The Oath, and many more. There are more than 12 million copies of his novels in print. He lives with his wife in the Western United States.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; 1 edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439192677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439192672
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (518 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Frank E. Peretti is one of American Christianity's best-known authors. His novels have sold over 10 million copies, and he is widely credited with reinventing Christian fiction. He and his wife, Barbara, live in the Pacific Northwest. www.frankperetti.com.

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One minute magician Dane Collins is tooling down the road with his beautiful wife of forty years, Mandy, the next he stands beside her badly charred body as the doctor takes her off life support. A tragic car accident separates him forever from his one and only love. One minute a 19- year-old Mandy is traipsing through the county fair with her best friends, the next finds her at the fair - 40 years later, a teenager dressed only in a hospital gown - trying to convince everyone around her she isn't crazy.

I am happy to be the bearer of good news. Peretti is back. It's been six years since his last book where he matched metaphors with Ted Dekker (House) - an experiment in "You write then I'll write" which left me feeling embarrassed for two of my favorite authors. Before that was Monster (2005), which was so weak I couldn't get beyond page 50.

So when I say "Peretti is back" I mean the Peretti of novels I can't put down. Illusion is the story of married magicians Dane and Mandy Collins who have decided to retire from Vegas to start a new chapter in their lives. But when Mandy is killed, Dane struggles to continue living life with out her. So when a teenage Mandy doppelganger appears on the streets of his small town, he thinks he's one rabbit short of a magic trick. Mandy is no less perplexed when she's snatched out of the 1970s and thrust into the present. Peretti's newest book is a sort of a Siegfried and Roy Meet Quantum Physics. He skillfully blends the worlds of platform magic and stage illusions with an inter-dimensional, time travel slight of hand - "now you see it; now you don't", sci-fi style.

But the real magic of Illusion comes from the time-altered romance between Dane and Mandy.
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When I first heard that Frank Peretti was releasing a new book after six years,I was so excited I could not contain myself! While I was waiting on "Illusion" to arrive,I read an interview that was done with Frank about the book. In the review he said that "Illusion" was not a typical Frank Peretti book,that it was his way of celebrating his own relationship with his wife of 40 years and so in a sense it was a love story. I was skeptical at the idea of Frank Peretti writing a love story,having been a huge fan of his work for many years. Then I received the book,and jumped right into it. I began to get a little anxious as I read the first few chapters,because it seemed the story was going nowhere. In fact,after I had read the first 20 chapters and they were a little slow moving,I started to get scared that not only was this story not going to be typical Peretti,but would be a total departure from what he normally writes.

I need not have worried. Once the action began,I remembered that most of the previous books I had read by this author started out slowly,giving you time to get to know the characters and develop a feel for their situation. Then when the action starts,it comes at you from all directions and keeps you on the edge of your seat. "Illusion" was no different. It may not have been a typical Frank Peretti novel in one sense, but in another it was totally Frank Peretti!

The story begins with Dane Collins losing his wife of 40 years,Mandy,in a car wreck. They were magicians for that time and had decided to retire to Idaho,where Mandy grew up. After her death,Dane decides to go ahead with the move. Meanwhile,we meet Mandy before she ever met Dane,at a county fair.
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What can you say about Frank Peretti that hasn't been said? That man is a legend, and one of the biggest forces that the Christian fiction industry could've dreamed of, and beyond. I thrived off of "The Oath," which was my first Peretti read, I shot through "Prophet," was awed and inspired by "This Present Darkness" and "Piercing the Darkness," and the list goes on and on, doesn't it? But before this, before "Illusion," there was "Monster," and for me, it was a major stumbling block. So when "Illusion" was announced, there were question marks. Does Peretti still have what it takes to awe and inspire like he did all the other times? The answer is a refreshing YES, and as a magician might make it out to be, in spades! Peretti hasn't gone anywhere, and he's still got some magic left in his hat!

Dane has said goodbye to his beloved wife, Mandy. To the world of magic and entertainment, Dane and Mandy were the names to watch, and you loved them, plain and simple. But no more Mandy. Now, what?

Oh, really? See, there is a Mandy, and the mental ward has been keeping an eye on her, until she finds a way to get out of there. Now, this Mandy thinks the year should be 1970, and thinks she's 19 years old. But discovering that things aren't what they appear to be, Mandy lives in this world, and picks up a gig at a coffee shop, and shows off some magic that she has up her sleeve. And then a man walks into that coffee shop, only to be reminded of his beloved wife! What is this? What's going on here? Well, what's going on is that Dane begins talking to this young prodigy, learning about her, growing to love her, as a mentor, despite the age being obvious.

And oh yeah, they are being watched, and they are being watched carefully. Just thought you should know.
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