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Howard Books / 2012 / Hardcover

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Magicians Dane and Mandy Collins are about to retire when a car accident claims Mandy's life. A grieving Dane goes to see a new magic act---and is shocked to find a 19-year-old version of his Mandy. When the two reunite, can they uncover the conspiracy behind their meeting, Mandy's supernatural magic, and who's following them? 576 pages, hardcover from Howard.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 576
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1439192677
ISBN-13: 9781439192672
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Publisher's Description

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 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 forty 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.

Author Bio

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.

Publisher's Weekly

Some novelists resist allegory, but Peretti (Monster) embraces it. When Mandy dies in a car accident, Dane, her husband of 40 years and illusionist partner, must carry on without her. But is he really without her? Mandy awakens from the accident in the present, but as a 19-year-old who thinks it’s 1970. The two soon meet as Mandy is experimenting with some new magical powers and trying to figure out just who is behind this grand illusion. Though she calls herself Eloise, she resembles the Mandy whom Dane met 40 years before, and it’s making him crazy. Meanwhile Mandy wonders if she is certifiably crazy herself, but she is soon confronted by dark figures who know why she came back and what could become of her. Peretti captures the irony of how two magicians get caught in a greater illusion than they’ve ever created themselves. (Mar. 6)2012 Reed Business Information

Editorial Reviews

“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 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 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

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  1. Gerry
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    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
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    May 4, 2013
    Gerry
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a fun read! It was like watching a modern day movie with all it's special effects!
  2. Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent
    November 11, 2012
    Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    totally unexpected writing from Peretti but was such a great story!
  3. Monika
    Switzerland
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Story
    October 31, 2012
    Monika
    Switzerland
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    With great expectation was I reading Franks new Book.

    The story is nice and the action is fascinating. But I am still disappointed.

    Where is God in all of this? Whay is here no live changing red thread in this book anymore?

    Where is his spiritual fire he used to wave so supreme in his first books?

    Now this is a good Story, but I did not get my spiritual food I expect from a Frank Peretti book.
  4. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Time Travel and Romance
    July 12, 2012
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Frank Peretti in his new book, "Illusion" published by Howard Books takes us into the lives of Dave and Mandy.

    From the inside jacket flap: 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 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 forty 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.

    I am so excited to be reviewing a Frank Peretti work. I have been reading his books since the beginning with his classic, "This Present Darkness". Though this is the first time I have actually had the chance to write a review and I am starting out with a bang. This is a study of marriage and a love that, literally, transcends time. Dave and Mandy have been married for forty years when they have a terrible accident and Mandy dies--or does she? All of a sudden there is a teenage version of Mandy running around and she doesn't remember Dave. What would you do if the woman you loved turned up alive but in the body of a teenager who had no idea of who you were?

    Frank Peretti has given us a terrific book in "Illusion". It is a romance, it is a time travel story and it will keep you guessing and flipping pages just to keep up with everything that is going on. In the Note from the Author Mr. Peretti tells us that this love story is based on the romance he has with his wife. Ah, that everyone would be blessed with a romance that would split time. If you are looking for a nice summer read that will show you what a marriage union-romance should be then "Illusion" is the book for you.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Howard Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Radiolady
    Toronto, Ontario
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 29, 2012
    Radiolady
    Toronto, Ontario
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    As a huge fan of Frank Peretti's, this was a difficult book to get through. I enjoyed some of the twists and turns, but a few left me scratching my head. Towards the end of the book, the story was completely engaging. Not my favorite, but highly recommended.
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