Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Review of Illusion

Frank Peretti is arguably my favorite writer. Not only do I enjoy his books, but the man himself comes across as very humble, very likeable.

His last book, House, coauthored with Ted Dekker, was released in 2006. And like other Peretti fans, I have long awaited new material from him. So naturally, I jumped at the chance to review his latest work, Illusion.

If you are a diehard Peretti fan who enjoys sci fi, magic, and suspense/thrillers, you should enjoy this book. Even if you are not a Peretti fan, if you're looking for something different in the realm of Christian fiction, this is it. This is not some formulaic end times thriller nor bonnet fiction; it is something entirely fresh and different. A magical story, this book reminded me a little of the movie, The Prestige.

Told in third person, Illusion is a suspenseful, sci-fi-ish story written by Frank Peretti and published by Howard Books. This tale was different than the other supernatural tales Peretti fans are used to him writing. But different isn’t necessarily bad, just different.

Strange things happen. A magician (Dane Collins) loses his wife, and a young girl (Eloise Kramer) awakes to find herself transported forty years into the future. And of course, the two events are related.

I’ve read that Peretti has been releasing chapters on his Facebook page, so if you’re interested, you might want to check that out.

The book is available for preorder on Amazon and is set to be released March 6, 2012.

*Please note that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  1. It's about time that Peretti came out with something new! My all-time favorite novel is Piercing The Darkness. I'll admit that Peretti has slid from the top spot because he has more competition than ever, from the likes like Randy Singer, Amy Wallace, Heidi Glick, and Jackie Layton; that said, I still enjoy his stories for the most part (I'll admit -- I didn't really like The Oath, and I've yet to read House; I also haven't read The Visitation but saw the movie of that and Hangman's Curse.

    Jeff Reynolds

  2. I was first introduced to the supernatural best-sellers of Frank Peretti as a teenager living in Michigan. "This Present Darkness," his first work for adults, was published in 1986 and spent almost three years on the best-sellers list. The novel details the spiritual warfare taking place in the fictional town of Ashton. As a young person, although I knew it was fiction, it still was very influential in how I came to perceive the unseen battle between good and evil that is going on around us every day.

    Over the years, Peretti has written several more best-selling novels, as well as non-fiction books and a teen series, but I had never read any of them except 1989's "Piercing the Darkness," the sequel to "This Present Darkness." In large part that was because as I became an adult and started my career and a family, my free time for reading virtually evaporated.

    It is only in the last few years that I have really gotten back into reading, and I still don't have near the time I would like to spend on reading. But once I saw that Peretti had a new book on the way, I knew I had to read it. "Illusion" is Peretti's first novel in seven years, and for longtime fans, it was well worth the wait. "Illusion" is a love story disguised as a mystery with a twist of sci-fi.