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The publication of Frank Peretti's Illusion in 2012 ended the wait for a new novel from the master storyteller and set new standards for Christian supernatural fiction. Illusion will no doubt propel Frank Peretti back on to bestsellers lists all over the world.
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Frank Peretti's 'Illusion' takes you beyond the bounds of a gripping love story, with a supernatural twist. The New York Times bestselling author strips away the normal to reveal love at a deeper level and a world where nothing is as it seems and where anything is possible. This riveting love story is a rich rewarding journey of twists and mystery that transcends time and space to explore what death, life and unconditional love really mean.
Dane and Mandy Collins, a popular magic act, are about to retire when tragedy strikes. In a fiery car crash, Mandy is killed. Whilst Dane comes to terms with his loss he looks back at how he met his beloved wife when he is plunged into his own illusion. Imagine waking up and 40 years have passed you by without stealing a single day of your youth. Mandy just did, one moment she was waiting to see a magic show in 1970, than she abrupt awakes to finds herself in 2010.
Labelled as a paranoid schizophrenic, Mandy manages to escape a mental hospital and makes a living performing magic tricks on the streets. Dane stumbles upon this young woman, and becomes convinced she is the illusion of his deceased wife. They seem completely identical. Together they try to uncover this baffling chain of supernatural events and discover what, or who is behind them.
This spell-binding novel is rich in memorising description and clever twists that we’ve come to expect from this New York Times bestselling Christian author. If you’re looking for the perfect present for a book lover, ‘Illusion’ is a powerful love story with a distinct supernatural twist that will entertain and ignite supernatural discussion.
Frank Peretti is a hugely successful author, selling millions of books. His previous titles include: ‘This Present Darkness’, ‘Piercing the Darkness’, and ‘The Oath’.
Illusion by Frank Peretti was published by Lion Hudson in September 2012 and is our 12336th best seller. The ISBN for Illusion is 9780857213266.
Narrator: "One World - Two Dimensions - Countless Possibilities... In a world where nothing is as it seems, anything is possible. The long-anticipated novel by master storyteller, and New York Times bestselling author Frank Peretti: Illusion."
"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.
"Frank Peretti has a way of using fiction to draw our attention to the very real spiritual world around us. His stories are modern day classics." -Michael W. Smith.
“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
Frank Peretti burst onto the Christian fiction stage back in 1986 with his novel 'This Present Darkness' which to date has sold over two million copies. Through the late eighties and nineties, Peretti continued to write regularly, maintaining popularity with his readership.
However, after further success in the early 2000s, Peretti's 2005 novel 'Monster' led to widespread disappointment. Readers who had fond memories of Peretti's earlier works were left wondering if perhaps he had lost his mojo.
The story doesn't stop there though - seven years since the publication of 'Monster', Peretti offers us 'Illusion'. A readership unsure whether this novel would be of the old Peretti ilk have largely had their fears dispelled - reader reviews regularly suggest 'Peretti is back'.
Again weaving a fictitious plot line with spiritual themes, Peretti thrills his readers with a love story that has a tragical twist. Dane and Mandy are two illusionists who plan to retire to Mandy's childhood home of Idaho. The couple's 40 years of happy marriage are suddenly brought to an end as Mandy is killed in a car crash.
Dane decides to go ahead with the move to Idaho, while the author crafts a way back for Mandy who is plucked out of 1970 and placed into the present day - a hospital gown-wearing, budding illusionist, aged 19.
The two cross paths as Dane struggles with his grief while Mandy - confused, and perceived by many to be crazy - tries to make a living as a street performer under the name Eloise. Dane agrees to teach 'Eloise' ways to improve her act, and is astounded not only by her skill, but also the ways this 19 year old reminds him of the wife he recently lost.
Peretti's gripping story immediately hooks the reader, enabling the author to toss your emotions this way and that as he builds tension towards one of two inevitable conclusions: happy discovery of Dane and Mandy's situations a joyous reconciliation, or perhaps more tragedy as the two are forced apart, whether through their confessions or their silence.
A rollicking read, Peretti's 'Illusion' is sure to thrill, entertain and please as you resist the temptation to flick forward to the conclusion seeking reassurance of a happy outcome, instead abandoning yourself to the plot as this masterful storyteller massages your emotions.
Comment From Mark:
How did you prepare your mind and your heart for writing your first novel in such a long time?
Oh, I just had to be ready to settle down and try it again. Turns out it was just like getting back on a bicycle again ... duck to water ... my thing. Felt great.
Comment From Diana:
What does your wife think of your new book?
Barb really loves it. She says it's the best one yet and everybody should read it. She's amazed and proud. Oh, and she says it's really deep too.
Comment From Diana:
If you could be any animal in the world, which animal would you be, and why?
An Eagle because I love to fly.
Comment From Guest:
I can't imagine there is any way that you would remember, but I met you at a book signing in Dallas in the early 90s (?). I'm the fella who got Saved while reading about Sally Beth Roe and her salvation in "Piercing the Darkness" - The world became "New" that day. Just wanted to say "Thank you" again. I am now a priest in southwest Montana serving in five small parishes and I blame you!! :)
What can I say? All praise to God for using my little offerings in such marvellous ways!
Comment From Guest:
What inspired you to become a writer?
I was born and designed by the Lord to be a writer. I was writing stories when I was a little kid. I don't think there was ever a moment when I wasn't a writer and then decided to become one. I always was.
Comment From Guest:
What is your biggest advice to aspiring writers who want to write stories that make a difference in God's kingdom?
Learn the craft and know what you're doing.
Comment From Andy:
Can't wait for Illusion! Please tell me this isn't your last story. Are there more books to come?
It's not my last story, and yes.
Comment From Mary Weems:
How does the cover of "Illusion" tie into the storyline? How do you choose a cover for a story from your heart?
A mysterious girl without a face ... who is she? doves signifying the Holy Spirit ... a curtain showing how she's about to go onstage to perform ... I and the cool folks at Howard went through a whole bunch of cover ideas before we picked this one. We felt it showed the inner spirit of the book.
Comment From Leann:
Is there spiritual truth that you feel you need to communicate at this time, with your new book? It seems to me your books are like a book within a book.
You're so right. Mandy is a theme within a theme. One could say it's about love, but deeper down it's about our longing to be with our heavenly Bridegroom, Jesus, but even beside that, if I can convey a portrait of how beautiful a love relationship in a marriage can be ... wow, that's a timely message right there!
Comment From Rogie:
Would my non Christian friends enjoy this book? Many Christian novels are a bit preachy.
This one isn't preachy. It just tells a great story about two people who happen to be Christians. The message is in the story ... kind of like Jesus' parables.
Frank may have had a 7 year break but his talents for plot manipulation have only strengthened with time. Without giving too much away – Illusion is much like his earlier work (This Present Darkness), but intertwined with a love story.
Crafted with all that its title implies, this book will keep you gripped as you wonder how its tangled plot will unravel. At times the storyline charges forward with intensity and twists like a rollercoaster. But it sometimes slows down to allow for a sense of wonder when he reveals a crucial twist or mind-bending truth.
With 54 chapters and over 600 pages inside, Illusion does require you to set aside a week or two to read and enjoy. A more than worthwhile sacrifice, as you’ll quickly find this book to have a surprisingly rewarding quality. The richly detailed characters, Mandy especially with her supernatural talents and alluring inner monologue, draw you in to the excitement and tension.
Romance readers will appreciate the depth of this story, science fiction readers will be entertained by Frank’s descriptions of each magic trip and space travel, and Christian readers will discover hidden messages to enlighten and encourage. In a bog post, Frank described his writing style as subtle, never spoon feeding the message, but allowing those who have the ears to hear it.
Is this book suitable to give to a non-Christian friend? I would say it definitely is, but only to the right person. Frank describes this book as a parable, in that the message is wrapped within the story. It’s in no way preachy; the characters are Christians so they naturally take their faith into consideration.
The type of person who’d enjoy this book – Dean Koontz fans who can cope with romance. People who enjoy a fast paced, gripping read that crosses genres. And of course, anyone who enjoyed Frank Peretti’s previous books are going to love it.
In all honesty...
... ‘Illusion’ is a love story - but don’t be put off. It’s not in any way soppy, as nestled within the pages is also astrophysics, magic, government conspiracies and multidimensional travel. It conveys the power of marital love that is stronger than time, space and everything in between.
|Author / Artist||Frank Peretti|
|Publisher||Lion Hudson (September 2012)|
|Number of Pages||576|
|Page last updated||9th January 2017|