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Illusion -- Frank Peritti Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Saturday, 14 April 2012


I must say that I was quite pleasantly pleased with Peretti's latest novel Illusion.  Out of the blue I received an invitation from the publisher (or their marketing team) to provide a blogger's review of the book.  Normally I'm not a Peretti fan but I decided to give it a shot.  I'm glad I did!  Illusion is a captivating, surprising, and entertaining book.  Although Frank Peretti is known for his supernatural thrillers he had departed from that genre entirely with this book.

I don't want to give away any of the plot so I'll try to describe the story in general terms.  As the story starts we find the main character, Dane Collins, in the hospital as his wife of 40 years dies.  This sets the stage as the unfolding story shows us how Dane deals with his loss.  Interwoven with Dane's story we see flashbacks to his wife's early years. Then the story takes a twist (seriously big twist!).

I'm afraid I can't describe much more of the story without giving major plot elements away.  As the story continues we see Dane's grief unfolding and how he tries to deal with it mentally and emotionally.  The struggles he deals with, the support from his old friends, and the reactions from his new friends are so well described that we can't help but empathise with him -- sometimes even to the point of feeling emotional discomfort with his choices and circumstances.

And then the story takes another twist.  We discover that it's not a story about Dane and how his life will continue after his wife's death at all.  The pace picks up and we become involved in conspiracy, greed, and corruption which all climaxes in the Grand Illusion.  It is a very satisfying read.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story.  



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