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11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

After an absence on the writing scene after a number of years, F

After an absence on the writing scene after a number of years, Frank Peretti has come back in full force with his new novel Illusion.
A cross seemingly between sci-fi and reality this book has substance that carries you from cover to cover.
The characters are real, b...
After an absence on the writing scene after a number of years, Frank Peretti has come back in full force with his new novel Illusion.
A cross seemingly between sci-fi and reality this book has substance that carries you from cover to cover.
The characters are real, believable and magical, which completely fits into the scale of the book.
While written from what I believe is a Christian World View (it's a completely clean and wholesome book), it is not in anyway preachy so if you generally don't read Christian fiction, don't let that stop you from picking it up.
Fans of Peretti and new readers alike should enjoy this latest novel.

posted by DorianSD on March 9, 2012

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Let me first begin by saying that I love Frank Peretti's books,

Let me first begin by saying that I love Frank Peretti's books, and I'm proud to own, and have read, all of them.

With that said, I had a hard time with this book. The idea was there, but the execution was not. It was extremely slow, and it took me an entire week to ...
Let me first begin by saying that I love Frank Peretti's books, and I'm proud to own, and have read, all of them.

With that said, I had a hard time with this book. The idea was there, but the execution was not. It was extremely slow, and it took me an entire week to chug my way through this book (and I am a very fast reader...I normally read a book in 2 days max). While I'm glad Peretti's "back", and I'm disappointed in this book. It's definitely one that won't ever be read again.

posted by 4093958 on April 16, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Let me first begin by saying that I love Frank Peretti's books,

    Let me first begin by saying that I love Frank Peretti's books, and I'm proud to own, and have read, all of them.

    With that said, I had a hard time with this book. The idea was there, but the execution was not. It was extremely slow, and it took me an entire week to chug my way through this book (and I am a very fast reader...I normally read a book in 2 days max). While I'm glad Peretti's "back", and I'm disappointed in this book. It's definitely one that won't ever be read again.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    disappointing

    I have quite liked Frank Peretti's books in the past and was expecting the same quality of spiritual warfare. I realize that this book is also about spiritual warfare of a different and modern kind, but it was not what I expected. It is a good love story.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    Illusion by Frank Peretti

    I recommend that, if you do not know the basic premise of this book already, you stop reading this review immediately and go read the book—without reading the back cover. I went into this story knowing nothing about it, and I highly recommend you do the same. If you still wish to continue reading, please note that this review may contain spoilers, depending on your definition of "spoiler."

    [Book description belongs here; had to remove it because the review had too many characters overall.]

    Over twenty-five years ago, Frank Peretti wrote and published the astounding classic, This Present Darkness. Since then he has become one of the most well-known Christian authors still alive, publishing a new novel every few years until he suddenly disappeared from the writing world seven years ago, before returning two years ago to pen this novel.

    Prior to Illusion, I'd only read one book by Frank Peretti. That was House, the last book he published (co-authored with Ted Dekker) before taking his extended writing break. In the past friends have tried to convince me, numerous times, to read more of Frank's books, but I've just never had the time, even though I've owned several of his books for some time now. When I was asked to review Illusion, however, I jumped at the chance. Various people had influenced me one way or another regarding the author, and frankly (pardon the pun), some of them had me doubting him, but in the end that did not diminish my enjoyment of the book.

    The story starts strong—a tragedy has torn a man to pieces. Not literally, but in his mind. His wife, also stage partner and best friend, had been injured in a car accident and died a horrid death in a hospital. The man mourned her death, unable to accept that his companion for forty years was now gone forever. The next chapter is a flashback, or so it seems. It's about the deceased woman, the man's wife, hanging out with college friends at a fair in 1970, forty years before the accident. The reader hangs around for the flashback, enjoying it but wondering where it's going, then—BAM! Everything changes. It comes out of nowhere and just leaves you thinking, "Woah..." Never before have I been awed like that as early as Chapter 2 in any book.

    Things often make no sense throughout the book. You find yourself thinking, "There is no way there can be a logical explanation for this." You think it's cool, but in the end, since you can't think of any possible solution or explanation to the magic and illusions, you think it won't be all that cool when it's actually revealed and explained. If you find yourself thinking that, you're dead wrong. Not only does everything have a logical explanation, but it blows your mind away.

    Frank Peretti has truly created a story worthy to be passed down through generations. The plot, which changes much over the course of the book, is extremely intricate and drags you along, whether you want it to or not. I can easily understand how it took two years to write, especially with the amount of research put into it. The characters were unforgettable, the emotions undeniable, and the ending was the type of ending that dropped my jaw and made me say to myself, "Now, if I could write an ending like that, it would sell millions."

    Five stars. Five stars all the way. Early on in my reading I was leaning toward four stars, but by the end I couldn't imagine giving it such a low rating. I was amazed; impressed bey

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    True to Frank Peretti's style, Illusion is unusual and mysteriou

    True to Frank Peretti's style, Illusion is unusual and mysterious. It is well written for the most part, but at 512 pages it drags out a bit. While the book is true to Peretti's style, I think I've outgrown his style as I've matured and grown in my faith. In my opinion, magic arts and sorceries of any kind have no place being practiced by a true believer. (Revelations 9:21) The cryptic nature of her magic is interesting and is not portrayed as a dark art, but rather as an effect of time travel - that is, until Mandy, the main character, begins to be troubled in her travels during a show in which she levitates. She later begins to see the evil behind her powers, but does not yet understand them.

    The symbolism and thematic elements are only hinted at in the book, but Peretti offers a note from the author at the end of the story and explains just what this book is about:
    Being lost in this weird and sinful world, trying to discover who we are and where we belong. (The main character is lost in that she doesn't know what happened to the world around her.);
    The deception and lure of this world that we overcome as we reach for heaven, our home; (The deception part is clear, but I'm not sure how the rest applies to the book.);
    The comforting presence of the Holy Spirit and His quiet assurances that we have a place in this world as well as a holy and eternal destination; (Again, I'm not sure how this applies to the book - the book is about man playing God, defying death, and transcending time.)
    Our longing and lifelong quest as the bride of Christ to be united with Jesus, our bridegroom. (This book was just not a great picture of that.)

    Now, Peretti's "personal, heart-level reflection" that the story is about the love of his life for forty years makes sense - this is sci-fi love story, not a Christian book.

    The book has a few redeeming qualities - the man behind the creation of Mandy's powers sacrifices his life for hers, but most importantly it shows the consequence of man trying to play God.

    I've read Frank Peretti's first two novels and found them to be more meaningful and spiritual in nature. I can't say that for his youth novels, nor Illusion. If you are looking for a book that is not spiritual in nature and you like science fiction mysteries, then you might like Illusion. Disclosure: This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Howard Books, in exchange for an authentic review.

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    Posted June 19, 2012

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