Fatal Illusions  -     By: Adam Blumer
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Kregel Publications / 2009 / Paperback

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* With her pastor husband, Marc, entangled in a church discipline situation, Gillian Thayer agrees to a much-needed sabbatical at Whistler's Point in Michigan, where amateur illusionist Haydon Owens is also visiting. When a woman is strangled, the police arrest the last person to see her alive---Marc! Can the investigator of Cincinnati's "magician murders" clear him? 352 pages, softcover from Kregel.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0825420989
ISBN-13: 9780825420986
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An amateur magician, an unassuming family . . . a fatal illusion

Haydon Owens wants to be the next Houdini. He has been practicing his craft and has already made four women disappear. All it took was a bit of rope and his two bare hands.

The Thayer family has come to the north woods of Newberry, Michigan, looking for refuge, a peaceful sanctuary from a shattered past. But they are not alone. Little do they know that they are about to become part of Haydon's next act.

Time is running out and already the killer has spotted his next victim. Who will escape alive?

""Fatal Illusions" is an engaging, fast-paced read with a captivating storyline that grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. Highly recommended "--Mark Mynheir, homicide detective and author of "The Night Watchman"

"An awesome ride "--Rosey Dow, Christy Award winning author of "Reaping the Whirlwind"

"Adam Blumer tells a fast-paced story that weaves together a serial killer, a physically wounded pastor and his spiritually wounded wife. The twists and turns will keep readers guessing."--Rick Acker, author of "Blood Brothers"

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  1. Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Extreme Thriller!
    March 17, 2013
    Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Law enforcement authorities in the Cincinnati area are investigating the deaths of four young females murdered by strangulation with a magician's trick rope. A young man with delusions of grandeur fantasizes, practicing and honing his skills in magic, his aspiration to become the next great illusionist. In Chicago, a crazed woman is obsessed with her former pastoral counselor. False accusations and an ensuing scandal require the counselor's family to be placed on sabbatical in the North Woods of Michigan's upper peninsula until the scandal subsides. Caretaker of the grounds at a lighthouse and mansion, the counselor's family experience more than just a sabbatical.

    Adam Blumer has unmistakably researched his topics and geographic locations down to the most careful details. His presentation is descriptive and dramatic, yet without gory scenes or obscenities, proof that great novels can be penned without sordid, graphic description. Numerous heightened emotions are encountered throughout this fast-paced novel, and overcome through prayer and faith, forgiveness and grace, harmoniously intertwined, creating a calming spiritual quality in the midst of adversity.

    Fatal Illusions is an impressive, masterfully written suspense story containing multiple plots interwoven into an impressive, heart pounding, and unpredictable experience! This is suspense at its best, thrilling and volatile, undeniably the optimum in suspense in religious fiction. Shocking and unforeseen events come to light throughout this novel, creating a roller coaster ride to the very end.

    "Fatal Illusions" is as good as it gets! Drama unfolds with an ever-increasing pace. I highly recommend this thriller of a suspense novel.

    Disclaimer: For the purposes of FTC compliance, I hereby state that I have no vested financial interest in this book, and I have received no monetary compensation from the author or publisher. I received a PDF copy of this book from the author.
  2. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Someone is Watchful...Waiting
    December 12, 2011
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    Haydon Owens, a wanna-be-Houdini, had made four young teenage girls, each with blonde hair, blue eyes, and wire-rimmed glasses, disappear. Wanting to change his life around and avoid police capture, he spirits himself off to a small cabin in Newberry, Michigan, where no one knows anything about him. Little did he know that he'd find another blonde, blue-eyed girl with wire-rim glasses that would enrage him.

    Pastor Marc Thayer has been shot by a woman, Stacey James, who is obsessed with unrealistic romantic interludes with him, who screams that he tried to rape her. To put the media to rest and salvage the church's ministry over an alleged sex scandal, he, along with his wife, Gillian, and daughter, Crystal, is put on sabbatical up in Newberry, Michigan. Little does the Thayer family know who is out there _ watching them.

    Adam Blumer starts his book, Fatal Illusions, with the murder of a young teenage girl, who feels like someone is always watching her, but she can't see anyone is the wings.

    He fast forwards us four years into the midst of media frenzy over an alleged rape/possible affair that involves Pastor Marc Thayer and Stacey James. The dialogue between Pastor Marc and his church staff, as well as his wife's questioning conversations are real and relevant for the circumstances. You can feel the anguish of Gillian's mistrust of her husband's possible infidelity. The reality of a mandated sabbatical leaves all three family members in consternation, yet they are forced to move on.

    From the moment that the Thayer family strikes out on their way to Newberry, the author ups the ante with fast-paced twists and turns amongst a serial killer, a rejected woman, and an unsuspecting family. Of course, most of the intense activity is set in the evening, which inflates your level of fear, as nighttime always makes the suspense more eerie and frightful, something the author plays on throughout the story line.

    Tucked in between the suspense and danger, Adam throws in some romance to lower the intensity of the scenes, while keeping your mind on the killings at the edges of your mind. It's a fine-line approach that intertwines superbly.

    The character that I loved the most is Crystal. Her innocence and love of music endears her to my heart. She doesn't like the upheavals in her life, but she doesn't make a scene about it.

    The constant prayers of newly-involved retired FBI agent Chuck Riley, as well as the Thayers and their friends, is interspersed throughout the episodes naturally. They are constantly giving thanks and glory to the Lord in every circumstance. Yes, they definitely have doubts and anger, but they encourage one another to trust that the Lord is in control of everything that happens.

    This book was provided by the author, Adam Blumer, through Susan Sleeman of The Suspense Zone, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 30, 2010
    Vickie Gress
    Very good book fast moving, once you start reading you will not want to put it down, I read that this is the first book for this author, I know I will read more of his books when they come out.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    February 17, 2010
    Rick Combs
    The thing I loved about this book was the solid,Christian heroes & heroines, showing good values and good judgement. Sad to say, it seems to be "cool" nowadays for Christian authors to focus on less than spiritual heroes. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was predtictability. I would've liked to seen a few "red herrings" or plot twists instead of it being so obvious who the bad guy was. All in all, though, an enjoyable read.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 9, 2010
    Pam Barry
    This book was great! What a fast paced page turner! What I really like is the fact that it is truly "Christian Fiction". Thank you Adam Blumer for remembering Our Lord and His Word as you wrote your novel! Most Christian Fiction or Inspirational Fiction is just "clean" fiction. Not only did I get to read an intriguing story line, I got to read God's Word and His outlook on the events happening in the book. I can loan this book out and know that it will keep my friend's interest AND minister to her heart!THANK YOU!!!!
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Adam Blumer
Located in: Iron Mountain, MI
Submitted: December 19, 2008

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I live in Michigan's U.P. with my wife and daughters. God has enabled me to work from home as a freelance editor and writer. My unique work situation gives me more opportunities to work on the next project. I studied print journalism in college and graduated with a B.A. in that field, but I wanted to write novels since I was a kid who enjoyed scribbling pirate tales.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I wanted to write an enjoyable, fast-paced, and suspenseful tale about average believers caught up in extraordinary events. At the same time, I wanted to challenge readers in their faith. Hopefully, I achieved both objectives. If readers walk away only entertained, then I don't personally believe that I've done my job. Years ago, I read "This Present Darkness" by Frank Peretti and saw that Christian novels can be both entertaining and faith-challenging.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I probe several spiritual themes in the story that will hopefully get readers thinking. Mainly I probe the themes of secrets and deception (or "illusions" as my title suggests). As believers, how do we lie to ourselves and to others? Should married couples ever keep secrets from each other? What can happen if they do? I also encourage readers to think about how they would protect their families if they faced the same type of evil my main characters must confront. I also explore the Internet and the danger of online predators.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  As a writer, this project stretched me more than anything else I've ever worked on. Many of the novel's themes are also areas I've had to work through in my own thinking. When life doesn't seem to make sense, how do I respond? Do I trust God, even when His ways are difficult to understand from a human standpoint? Do I try to keep secrets from God or from others? Do I try to hide who I really am inside? What happens if I try to live a lie?

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My biggest writing influences are probably Frank Peretti, Terri Blackstock, Brandilyn Collins, and Mary Higgins Clark. My favorite authors list is simply too long to include here.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Thank you for your support. I'm hard at work on the next project, and hopefully God will open publication doors. May the Lord receive all the glory!

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