Saturday, March 31, 2012

Howard Books - Simon & Schuster Book Review: Illusion by Frank Peretti

With more than 14 million copies of his novels in print, FRANK PERETTI is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and has been called "America's hottest Christian novelist." Peretti's two spiritual warfare novels. This Present Darkness (1986) and Piercing the Darkness (1988), captivated readers, together selling more than 3.5 million copies. Frank and his wife Barbara, live a quiet and creative life in the timberlands of northern Idaho.

Product Details
Howard Books, March 2012
Hardcover, 512 pages
ISBN-10: 1439192677
ISBN-13: 9781439192672


"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."

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The above was taken from the back cover description of Illusion by Frank Peretti.  I chose to include it because I believed it provided a perfect summary of this book. 

I absolutely love the way Frank Peretti writes. When you read his books it's as if you are watching a movie. You can envision all the characters and feel everything he writes. He really has a gift which convinces as well as transports you. I didn't want to put the book down.

Illusion is an amazing love story with a touch of science fiction. It made my heart race and kept me on the edge of my seat anticipating what would happen next. This is definitely my kind of book; full of intrigue and suspense.

Initially, I wasn't sure what to expect from Frank Peretti's new book, Illusion. As it is quite different from other books he has written, such as my favorites, This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness, which had an overt Christian theme.
But, as Frank Peretti wrote in his note, there is Christian "symbolism and thematic elements" in Illusion.  He goes on to explain, "I suppose this tale is a fictional tribute to love as God made it, and by that, an illustration of how beautiful the love between ourselves and our Lord can be."  I thought that was beautiful.

I believe Illusion is a literary masterpiece and Frank Peretti is a genius.  This book should be made into a movie, with all the special effects.  Illusion is entertaining and does not disappoint. It goes without saying that I highly recommend this book to everyone.

In conclusion, I am hosting a book give away and the winner will be selected at random.  Please comment below by April 9th and win a free copy of Illusion.

I want to personally thank Howard Books and Julie Busteed from Handlebar Marketing for sending me a complimentary copy of Illusion to review. 

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For those of you who can't wait and want to get this book right away.  You can purchase Illusion at the following links:

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1 comment:

Pilar Arsenec said...

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