Illusion by Frank Peretti – A stunning new thriller from the father of Christian fiction —a grieving husband encounters a teen identical to his dead wife in face. Some novelists resist allegory, but Peretti (Monster) embraces it. Illusion. Frank Peretti. Howard, $ (p) ISBN Illusion. Frank Peretti. BookPage review by Sandy Amazeen. Web Exclusive – March 09, Christian novelist Frank Peretti, author of This Present Darkness, .
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Illusion by Frank E. Illusion by Frank E. Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for forty 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 the nineteen-year-old she was in Distraught and disoriented in what to her is the future, she is confined to a me Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for forty years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life — or so everyone thinks.
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 forty years earlier.
They begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protege, but leretti 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.
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To ask other readers questions about Illusionplease sign up. What are your thoughts on spiritual warfare? Do you believe in it? Yvonne Conradie I’m all for it. But this is not what I have in mind to write about. I want to draw your attention to the latest book I read of Frank Peretti, namely …more I’m all frqnk it. I want to draw your attention to the latest book I read of Frank Peretti, namely Illusion. I am very disturbed about the fact that he wants to give the impression that you can be a serious child of God and then get involved with all those ‘magic’ things.
Magic is of the devil, and it does not fit in frannk a Christian’s life. To ullusion levitation and all those ‘magical’ things these people did, and especially Mandy was to me very disturbing. Actually the whole story with the time machine and everything was horrible. See 1 question about Illusion…. Lists with This Book. In one sense, books pegetti like cakes–the recipe may be more enticing than the taste. Magic, time travel, mature love and teenage confusion strange mix, but Peretti made it work without being too creepymad scientists, doves, etc.
Decent writing for the most part, but too choppy and disjointed at ilulsion. Even the villains were a bit bland. Yes, poor soul Mandy thrown for a loop, and then having to figure life out in a decadent and evil world In one sense, books are like cakes–the recipe may be more enticing than the taste.
Yes, poor soul Mandy thrown for a loop, and then having to figure life out in a decadent and evil world. But not too decadent, and she gets lots of help. Prayer, God and church were inserted like jelly beans every once in awhile, as much for background as breakfast and lunch–they get the characters through the day, even if the morsel is as appetizing frsnk a bit of fast food. I’d given the novel four stars for the wonderful descriptions pereti multiple timeline existence alone.
However, I can’t bring myself to give four stars to a book that I kept wanting to end already. Seriously, it is pages too long. For example, pages and pages of Mandy’s magic act. One or two, okay, but they went on and on. I love watching magic, but the pwretti wonder is in the trick on the eyes. Those pages and pages of cute coins and spinning hulu loops became boring.
The story didn’t create a world I enjoyed dwelling in for that long. Dane was depressing, Mandy was interesting–all the other characters are highly forgettable. The time machine concept, Rrank liked. Still, I know folks who will love this novel, and I’ll give my copy. For modern Christian literature, this is one of the better novels I’ve read. Jan 23, C. Darlington rated it really liked it Shelves: After waiting six years for another Peretti novel, my hopes were very high upon starting this novel.
While it’s definitely different from his other works, it’s clearly Peretti. I was intrigued from the beginning perettu never knew what was going to happen next. The sign of a good novel! As is usually the case for Peretti, you have to read carefully to keep track of everything, but that’s what we’ve come to expect from him.
I’ve tried to think of which Peretti novel this one frrank closest to, but After waiting six years for another Peretti novel, my hopes were very high upon frannk this novel. I’ve tried to think of which Peretti novel this one compares closest to, but it’s really it’s own thing.
There are hints of The Visitation and even Monster.
Recommended for all Peretti fans most definitely. I think this frxnk will gain him new fans as well. May 01, Mike the Paladin rated it really liked it.
Frank Peretti has written books I really don’t care for and that I lost interest in. He’s written books I thought were okay including the YA books that were his first to catch notice. And he’s written one that I have on my favorites list The Visitation. The Visitation This one other than the Visitation is the one I’ve liked best. Here we have a magical literally one might say story of two people who have been married and working together since their youth They have performed together everywhere and are well known for their illusions Dane is shattered by the loss of his life long love and retires to the new home that was supposed to be for him and Mandy.
Then he meets a young woman a budding magician of 19 who is the double for Mandy at that age. She has Mandy’s looks, Mandy’s way of moving and most of all Mandy’s wonder at her magic. Is there more here than meets the eye?
Are Mandy’s inexplicable illusions more than simply illusions? Is there simply more to this than meets the eye? Of course there is this is a novel. This is a good readable book and that will say a lot to those of you who know how a book that’s simply a romance with little other plot will cause me to pitch a book away in a heartbeat. The plot is interesting and gets more “complex” as it goes along it may well strain the “acceptance” ability of some readers but it’s nice.
Peretti does seem to have one problem that shows up in most of his books even the one I think of as a favorite. He sets out to drop “hints” about what’s going on and this goes on forever.
Then once he establishes “what’s going on” we go through the same events to demonstrate it It can get a bit old and can also cause the story to start to drag. That’s why this get’s 4 stars instead of 5. As far as the story goes, the plot, the characters even the slightly esoteric touches it sort of “cooks down” into a satisfying dish. It’s not the best book it’s not going into my favorites but it does satisfy. It’s also I think a cut above some of what’s called Christian Fiction. For the non-Christians, I think they will be able to read the novel without really noticing the Christian influence well other than the fact that there’s no blasphemy and a belief in God is accepted and not presented as somehow backward.
So, good novel and I can recommend it.
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View all 7 comments. Mar 03, Heidi rated it liked it. A love story that defies time and physics! Our story opens with the unexpected death of Mandy, the magician, at age fifty peretit. Mandy and her husband, Dane, are leaving Las Vegas, after years of performing as a successful magic act. The two are headed to Couer d’ Alene, Idaho to retire on their new ranch.